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    Lynx's lineup tinkering may continue against Sky
    The Associated Press



    The Minnesota Lynx have just three games remaining before the playoffs, but it's not too late for coach Cheryl Reeve to make some changes.


    Reeve is dealing with injuries and age as her team prepares to host the Chicago Sky on Tuesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.


    In Sunday's loss to first-place Seattle, Minnesota (17-14), which was without forward Rebekkah Brunson (concussion) and point guard Danielle Robinson (ankle sprain), began the game with Lindsay Whalen on the bench.


    "We're trying to find ourselves as we head into the playoffs," Reeve said after the game. "And we're trying to find what we're going to look like."


    Tanisha Wright started in place of Whalen, who came off the bench.


    It was the first time since her WNBA debut 14 years ago that Whalen did not start a game in which she played.


    The veteran point guard, who was rested during road wins over Chicago and Las Vegas the previous two games, supported her coach's decision.


    "If it's what's best for the team, that's what I'll do," Whalen said, according to the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune. "I'm always going to support Coach's decision. I'll just try to have a positive impact on the team."


    Whalen announced Monday that she will retire at season's end. In the spring, Whalen became the head coach at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota.


    "I'm so lucky to have been a part of such a great career," Reeve said at a press conference Monday afternoon. "I feel so blessed to have been on the sidelines and had a seat to this."


    "You believed in me and you believed in what I could do," Whalen replied.


    Minnesota, which closes out the regular season at Connecticut on Friday and at home against Washington on Sunday, dropped to seventh place after the loss to Seattle. But the Lynx are just one game out of fourth.


    The top four seeds in the WNBA playoffs receive byes for the single-elimination first round.


    Minnesota star Maya Moore said her team needs to respond better to on-court adversity.


    "We just have to keep pushing through the tough stretches," Moore said. "We have to be able to put together offensive and defensive combos together to get runs. You have to put scores together. We didn't do that tonight."


    The Sky (11-20) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 82-75 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.


    Chicago never recovered from a six-game losing streak in June that left it six games below .500. The Sky have experienced four skids of at least three games.


    It has been a tough season for rookie Gabby Williams, who didn't taste defeat much at the University of Connecticut.


    "Going from a program where we only lost a few games, winning is almost expected, and now it's hard," Williams told The UConn Blog on Sunday. "So it definitely has been a big adjustment. I think the mindset is just trying to rebuild this team."


    The Sky have home-and-home matchups with the last-place Indiana Fever to wrap up the season. The finale is Sunday in Chicago.
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    Sparks play for playoff positioning against Liberty
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    This is what the Los Angeles Sparks know:


    There are three games left in the regular season.


    Tuesday's game against the New York Liberty is their last home game until the postseason.


    They've already clinched a spot in the postseason, which starts Aug. 21.


    Who the Sparks play in the postseason, where they will start the postseason, and when is up in the air.


    One other thing the Sparks know, is if they don't play better than they have in their past 10 games (5-5 record), their run to two straight WNBA Finals will end.


    Los Angeles (18-13) and Connecticut are tied in fourth place. Phoenix sits 1/2 game behind and arch-nemesis Minnesota is a full game behind the Sparks.


    And with New York coming to Staples Center with the second-worst mark in the league at 7-23, Los Angeles would seem to have the upper hand.


    Well ... the last time the Sparks tasted victory was Wednesday in New York when they outscored the Liberty in the fourth quarter for an 82-81 win.


    Sparks coach Brian Agler said his team really controls its own destiny.


    "It's an optimistic viewpoint, but the reality is we have to do things better on the court. I just don't see us, at this moment, doing that on a consistent basis," Agler said. "So, whether we find that, I don't know. Has this core group done it before? Yes they have, but we've been inconsistent with that this year."


    Agler would love to see the Sparks come close to the type of performance they displayed in win over the Liberty on June 24. The Sparks held Tina Charles to 10 points, and the Liberty shot just 38.3 percent from the field and scored a league-low 54 points.


    Don't be deceived -- the Sparks are more than capable of playing that kind of defensive against anyone, including most recently, Minnesota.


    After holding the Lynx to 57 points on Aug. 2, Candace Parker talked about how their defense might be able to carry them through the postseason.


    "I think, defensively, we were on point," Parker said. "We were helping each other, we didn't give them anything easy. Even when they scored, it worked for. I think, for us, that's what we need to do and want to do."


    Nobody in New York envisioned a season like this for first-year heafd coach Katie Smith. The Liberty have lost nine straight and at 7-23 have snapped a run of three straight seasons with 20-plus wins.


    Future Hall of Famer Tina Charles has taken this year's struggles personally and promises to give 100 percent until the final second of the regular season.


    "I never take it for granted," she said. "Playing for the New York Liberty is an honor. I hold this jersey and organization near and dear to my heart. I always just try and seize the moment.


    "We are just going to go out there and try to win some games. We are going to continue to get better, be coachable, listen to the coaching staff, and pay attention to detail. We have to take it one game at a time."


    New York is coming off a nine-point loss to Atlanta on Sunday. And despite the disappointment of winning only seven games, Smith sees a silver lining in her first year.


    "I feel comfortable. I want to keep learning. The conversations, the relationships, game planning," she said. "I feel very comfortable and willing to adjust. Next year's going to be a whole new ballgame."


    Similarly, the Sparks are also heading into Tuesday's game after suffering a 12-point loss to Phoenix on Sunday.


    Parker scored a team-high 23 points, including the first 12 to open the game but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
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    TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    DAL at CONN 07:00 PM
    CONN -9.5
    O 176.0

    CHI at MIN 08:00 PM
    MIN -9.5
    O 162.5



    NY at LA 10:30 PM
    NY +14.0
    U 156.0
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    Vandersloot sets record as Sky tops Lynx
    August 14, 2018



    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 26 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 74-66 on Tuesday night.


    Los Angeles (19-13) is tied with Connecticut for the fourth playoff spot - with the Sun holding the tiebreaker. The teams face off Sunday to end the regular reason.


    Candace Parker added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks. She passed Swin Cash for 11th on the WNBA career rebounding list with 2,530.


    Los Angeles took a 67-61 lead with 6:08 remaining but didn't make its next field goal until Ogwumike's layup at 1:46. Gray sank a pullup jumper, beating the shot clock, to make it 72-66 with 44.2 seconds to go and New York turned it over on its next possession.


    Tina Charles had 21 points and seven rebounds for New York (7-24).


    SKY 91, LYNX 88


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA's single-season assists record, helping the Sky to the road win.


    Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave her 237 assists, breaking Ticha Penicheiro's mark set in 2000.


    Rookie Diamond DeShields scored a season-best 28 points for Chicago (12-20). Vandersloot had 16 points and 10 assists.


    Allie Quigley spun in the lane and made a runner to put Chicago ahead 89-88 with 57.9 seconds left. Lindsay Whalen had a jumper rattle out at the other end.


    Minnesota called a timeout with 19.7 seconds to go, but didn't get off a shot as Vandersloot grabbed a loose ball and hit two free throws. DeShields blocked Alexis Jones' 3-pointer just before the buzzer.


    Maya Moore scored 21 points for Minnesota (17-15), and Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double. Fowles became the sixth player in WNBA history to grab 3,000 rebounds.


    SUN 96, WINGS 76


    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Jonquel Jones had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sun beat the Wings to spoil the head-coaching debut of Taj McWilliams-Franklin.


    McWilliams-Franklin was named interim coach on Sunday after Fred Williams was fired.


    Connecticut (19-13) has won seven of eight.


    Chiney Ogwumike added 13 points for the Sun and Morgan Tuck had 12. Jones was 4 of 6 from 3-point range in her second straight double-double.


    Jones scored 16 points in the first half to help Connecticut build a 50-38 lead. The Sun's reserves had 44 points at intermission.


    Allisha Gray scored 18 points for Dallas (14-18), and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and eight assists. The Wings have lost nine straight games, jeopardizing a playoff spot that once seemed secure.
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    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:05 PM Washington Mystics Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    10:05 PM New York Liberty Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Event Center




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    08/14/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    08/12/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50
    08/11/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/10/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00
    08/09/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/08/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    08/07/2018 2-6-0 25.00% -23.00
    08/05/2018 3-5-0 37.50% -12.50
    08/04/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    08/02/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    08/01/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    TOTALS.........29-33-0........46.77%.....-36.50




    BEST BETS.....................ATS.............UNITS.... ............O/U...................UNITS.............TOTAL


    08/14/2018..................2 - 1............ +4.50.................2 - 1..................+4.50............+9.00
    08/12/2018..................2 - 3.............-6.50..................1 - 4..................-17.00............-23.50
    08/11/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00............-11.50
    08/10/2018..................2 - 0............+10.00................2 - 0..................+10.00..........+20.00
    08/09/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00............-11.50
    08/08/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................1 - 1..................-0.50..............-1.00
    08/07/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................1 - 3..................-11.50............-23.00
    08/05/2018..................1 - 3............-11.50.................2 - 2...................-1.00.............-12.50
    08/04/2018..................1 - 0............+5.00..................1 - 0.................+5.00.............+10.00
    08/03/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    08/02/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50
    08/01/2018..................1 - 1.............-0.50..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+9.50


    TOTALS......................15 - 16..........-13.00................14 - 15...............-23.50.............-36.50
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    Wednesday’s 6-pack

    Odds to win the Wyndham golf tournament this week:


    12-1— Webb Simpson


    14-1— Henrik Stenson


    16-1— Hideki Matsuyama


    18-1— Rafael Cabrera-Bello


    25-1— Berger, Lowry, Niemann, Snedeker


    30-1— Garcia, Henley, Horschel, Moore


    Quote of the Day
    “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
    William Congreve, 1697


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Who is the only current major leaguer whose first name and last name are both state capitals?


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Matt Nagy (Bears), Jay Gruden (Redskins) are NFL head coaches who used to play QB in the Arena League.


    Monday’s quiz
    Oregon Ducks play their home games in Autzen Stadium.


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    Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….


    13) What does it take to get fired at Ohio State?


    The Ohio State assistant football coach who didn’t get fired after his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence in 2015, had been arrested two years earlier on a DUI charge- the judge in the DUI case was a member of the Ohio State President’s Club, and the coach got slapped on the wrist.


    Go figure.


    The assistant coach has finally been fired, by the way.


    12) Obviously, there isn’t enough good news in the world, so it is my pleasure to tell you that on August 27, Weird Al Yankovic will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


    The ceremony is free and open to the public; if you’re in the LA area, what else have you got to do on a Monday morning (11:30am)?


    11) In his career, Clayton Kershaw has thrown 318.1 innings against the Giants; his ERA in those innings is a paltry 1.58.


    10) If you play fantasy football, this might help you at your draft. Judging from stuff you read about the Cowboys, they’re emphasizing fade routes to the corner of the end zone this summer, which means more passes to WR’s than tight ends, now that Jason Witten has retired.


    9) Speaking of which, must be serious money in fantasy football, seeing how ESPN ran a 27-hour fantasy football marathon this week, mostly on ESPN2, signing up around 1.5 million teams to play this season.


    8) This from agent Tom O’Connell; his client (Phillies’ P) Zach Eflin is “being demoted” to AAA, even though he really isn’t, its a procedural thing. He won’t miss a turn in the majors, but he loses $20,000 in salary and nine days of major league service time because of it.


    “While this transaction on the surface seems purely administrative, it caught us by surprise and is tremendously disappointing. Major-league starters have a strict routine that they adhere to that allows them to be successful; this roster move affects that. While the club may feel that they are doing what’s best for the organization, they also lose sight of the human element and how it will affect the player.”


    Phillies did same thing with Nick Pivetta last year; I hope they’re reimbursing the guys after the season. Otherwise, they’re creating ill will over what amounts to pocket change (for them).


    7) Ronald Acuna hit leadoff homers in both games of the Braves’ doubleheader Monday; he is only 4th player ever to do that, joining Brady Anderson in 1999, Rickey Henderson in 1993.


    Before that, only time it was done was way back in 1913.


    6) In baseball, 47% of replay challenges result in reversals.


    If someone had told me before instant replay started in baseball that 47% of calls would be overturned, I wouldn’t have believed them. Despite the delays, instant replay obviously has value, because getting calls right is good for the game.


    5) Baseball doings:
    — New York (A) put CC Sabathia (knee) on the DL
    — White Sox 2B Yoan Moncada (root canal) missed Tuesday night’s game
    — Indians’ P Trevor Bauer is on DL; he broke a bone in his leg when he was hit with a line drive in his last start.


    4) For the first time in his career, golfer Sergio Garcia missed the cut in all four majors in one year. Not going when you’re trying to get named to the Ryder Cup team.


    3) Random stat: Major league hitters miss on 22.9% of their swings.


    2) Former big leaguer Tom Paciorek subs as the analyst on White Sox games; he seems like a very nice guy, also kind of funny. Fun to listen to. He subs for Steve Stone, who is also very good, very smart, but not a funny guy.


    1) Good advice from motivational writer Jon Gordon:


    “No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work.
    If they praise you, show up and do the work.
    If they criticize you, show up and do the work.
    If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work.
    Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way…….”
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