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    LOS ANGELES (0 - 0) at LAS VEGAS (0 - 0) - 5/26/2019, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 4-2 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 5-1 straight up against LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    Los Angeles is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Las Vegas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games at home
    Las Vegas is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 11 games when playing Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Las Vegas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 7 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
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    Los Angeles @ Las Vegas


    Game 611-612
    May 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    111.349
    Las Vegas
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    Dunkel Team:
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    Los Angeles
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    Defending champ Storm dump Mercury


    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) After the rings were handed out, the banner unveiled, the Seattle Storm proved there can be optimism about what they can accomplish even without Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird on the floor.


    ''Don't doubt us. Just don't doubt us,'' Seattle's Natasha Howard said. ''Even though we're down two players with injury, don't doubt us. Anything can happen this season.''


    Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Jewell Loyd added 17 points and the Seattle Storm opened defensive of their WNBA title with a 77-68 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.


    Beginning a season where they will play without Stewart, the reigning league MVP, for the entire season and Bird, an 11-time All-Star for a significant portion, the Storm rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to make sure celebrating last year's title was capped with a victory.


    With Bird sitting on the bench and Stewart a few feet away in a protective boot, Seattle's two biggest stars were forced to be spectators and watched their teammates outscore Phoenix 40-25 in the middle two quarters and hold off the best efforts of DeWanna Bonner to rally the Mercury. Bonner scored 15 straight points for Phoenix late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to pull the Mercury within 58-57. That's as close as they would get as Seattle outscored Phoenix 19-11 over the final seven minutes.


    Bonner finished with 31 points, as the Mercury started a season where they will be without Diana Taurasi for a significant chunk after undergoing back surgery in late April. Brittney Griner added 18 points


    ''They know who is going to score for us and we need other people to be aggressive on offense and be more involved,'' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said.


    Jordin Canada, starting for Bird, had eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for Seattle. Canada struggled with six turnovers in the first half. She had just one in the second half.


    ''The first half I was overthinking it too much, wasn't playing with a lot of poise and patience,'' Canada said. ''The second half my coaches talk to me, my teammates talked to me about staying in the moment.''


    Playing in one of two temporary home arenas, Seattle received its championship rings, unveiled a championship banner with the three years it has won the league title then got a sense of what it will take without Bird and Stewart on the floor.


    Bird will soon undergo left knee surgery. She may be able to return at the end of the season depending on her recovery. Stewart is out the entire season after tearing her right Achilles tendon playing overseas. Stewart was placed on the suspended list by the Storm earlier this week to clear a roster spot, but the WNBA has made Stewart an ambassador and will pay her in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm.


    RING CEREMONY


    Seattle was presented with its championship rings before tipoff. Included in the celebration was coach Dan Hughes, who recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract. Hughes is out for an undetermined period while he undergoes treatment, accepted the first championship ring of his career as a head coach.


    TEMPORARY HOME


    Seattle is playing in temporary venues for at least the next two seasons while the arena at Seattle Center - formerly KeyArena - undergoes a complete renovation that will be the home for the Storm and Seattle's future NHL franchise when it reopens in 2021. The Storm are playing five games in Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle. The remaining home games will be played at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.


    UP NEXT


    Mercury: Phoenix hosts Las Vegas in its home opener next Friday.


    Storm: Seattle travels to Minnesota on Wednesday.
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    SUNDAY, MAY 26
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    LA at LV 08:00 PM


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    do you know where you can get the all time head to head records? can't find on basketball reference.
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    Am not sure but i'll look for it..................
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    Las Vegas Aces put on show in opener even without Liz Cambage




    LAS VEGAS -- Coach Bill Laimbeer refers to this desert oasis as a "big small town." As in, Las Vegas is a large enough metro area to support the WNBA's Aces well, but not so huge that they're lost in the landscape. This is a place, Laimbeer said, where someone like Liz Cambage can stand out -- and not just because she's 6-foot-8. But because she has star quality that extends beyond how good her game is.


    Yet as excited as Las Vegas Aces fans are about getting the Australian center -- who came via trade with Dallas earlier this month -- their team showed them plenty in Sunday's season opener even without her. The Aces won 83-70 over the Los Angeles Sparks, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from A'ja Wilson, last season's rookie of the year. Cambage, who is dealing with Achilles' tendinitis, did not play, sporting a black suit and a look of concentration during the game as she studied her new teammates and provided encouragement.


    Wilson, one of three overall No. 1 draft picks on the roster along with Kelsey Plum (2017) and Jackie Young (2019), started Sunday where she left off as a rookie, as one of the most talented players on the floor. But guard Kayla McBride (20 points, seven rebounds) and forward Dearica Hamby (12 points, 14 rebounds) also shined for the Aces. Hamby, in her fifth season, came off the bench to give Las Vegas a lift, which is her specialty.


    Las Vegas led throughout the game, and firmly took control by holding the Sparks to eight points in the second quarter. Los Angeles was without veteran forward Candace Parker, who has a hamstring injury. The Sparks have been known for their defense in recent years, but there were glitches in a different system under new coach Derek Fisher.


    "It's going to take some time, but we have to be patient," Sparks guard Alana Beard said.


    Sunday was the first time the Ogwumike sisters, Nneka and Chiney, have played together in the WNBA, with Chiney coming to Los Angeles in a trade from Connecticut. Nneka had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Chiney had a Sparks debut she'd probably like to forget, going 1-of-10 from the field and finishing with two points.


    Maria Vadeeva, a Russian post player in her second season in the league, led Los Angeles with 24 points. It's uncertain how long they'll be without Parker, but they missed her despite the amount of talent they do have.


    Young had a solid debut for the Aces, starting and going 4-for-4 from the field for eight points. Plum had 11 points and a team-high six assists. It was the kind of game that has to whet the appetite of Aces fans; if they played this well without Cambage, just wait until she's on the floor.


    Laimbeer is frank -- and he's correct -- in saying that Tulsa was the worst place Cambage could have ended up when she was drafted into the WNBA at No. 2 in 2011. The franchise had just moved from Detroit, had someone in Nolan Richardson who'd never coached the women's game before, and too much was expected from the 19-year-old Cambage with a franchise that didn't have enough talent or strong direction.


    Even though it has been a long road for her to get here, Laimbeer says he thinks it's the right fit. The anticipation will build for when she gets to take the court for the Aces. But Sunday's victory was a good indication that Vegas is good -- and will soon get even better.
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY MAY 28, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Indiana Fever Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena


    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Seattle Storm Minnesota Lynx Target Center

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY MAY 31, 2019

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:30 PM Seattle Storm Atlanta Dream State Farm Arena
    10:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:30 PM Connecticut Sun Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JUNE 1, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics The Entertainment and Sports Arena
    7:00 PM New York Liberty Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    8:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Dallas Wings College Park Center
    8:00 PM Seattle Storm Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    6:00 PM Connecticut Sun Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Events Center




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    WNBA MAY'S OPINIONS AND BEST BETS:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    05/26/2019 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    05/25/2019 1-5-0 16.67% -22.50
    05/24/2019 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50




    Totals...............4-8-0.........33.33%....-24.00




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    BEST BETS:


    DATE........................ATS................... ..UNITS..................O/U..................UNITS.............TOTALS


    05/26/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................1 - 0................+5.00...............+10.00
    05/25/2019.............0 - 3......................-16.50.................1 - 2................-6.00................-22.50
    05/24/2019.............1 - 1......................-0.50...................0 - 2................-11.00..............-11.50




    Totals.....................2 - 4......................-12.00..................2 - 4................-12.00..............-24.00
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    Armadillo: Monday's six-pack


    NBA Finals odds:


    Warriors in 4: 5-1


    Warriors in 5: 7-2


    Warriors in 6: +275


    Warriors in 7: 5-1


    Raptors in 4: 25-1


    Raptors in 5: 10-1


    Raptors in 6: 12-1


    Raptors in 7: 6-1




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    Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend…….


    13) We need to recognize more people who do good stuff in their free time. Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol spent his offseason last year volunteering on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea with a mission to rescue and assist migrants and recover the bodies of those lost at sea.


    12) Twins 7, White Sox 0— In their last 20 games, Minnesota has scored 149 runs, an average of 7.45 runs per game. Over is 7-4 in their last 11 games.


    11) Braves 4, Cardinals 3 (10)— St Louis led 3-0 in 9th inning, blew the lead and lost for the 16th time in their last 22 games. Atlanta scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk.


    Coming into the game, major league teams were 423-2 this season when leading by 3+ runs after eight innings. Now they’re 423-3.


    10) Bullpens have become so hit/miss lately; lot of bettors are leaning towards betting on first five inning results, rather than nine-inning results. Keeps the starting pitcher as the essential piece of the equation.


    9) Mets 4, Tigers 3— Mets split their last dozen games; this was their only win by a starting pitcher in that span. Hechevarria homered to the opposite field for the winning homer.


    8) Baltimore Ravens will be using a completely new offense in 2019, but no one told the team’s QB, Lamar Jackson. Odd way to do business.


    7) College basketball transfer portal:
    — Joel Ntambwe bolts from UNLV to Texas Tech.


    Texas Tech is coached by Chris Beard, who was UNLV’s coach for three weeks in March 2016, before jumping to the Red Raiders. This should make him even more popular in Las Vegas.


    6) NBA Finals start Thursday in Toronto:
    — Home team has gone 19-3 SU in Game 1 of the last 22 NBA Finals.
    — Last 22 years, under is 14-7-1 in Game 1 of the Finals.
    — Raptors are 8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS at home in this year’s playoffs.
    — Warriors are 6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS on the road in the playoffs.


    Golden State is -$285 to win the series.


    5) Since 2000, most games a major league team has won without making the playoffs is 93:
    — 2002 Mariners
    — 2002 Red Sox
    — 2003 Mariners


    — 2005 Indians


    4) One thing you hear baseball people say a lot: You have to have good up-the-middle defense. Apparently, baseball people in Detroit don’t say that a lot.


    Detroit Tigers are playing JaCoby Jones in CF; he’s not good. He went 6-13 this weekend to get his batting average over .200. He looks very shaky in the outfield; not really sure what Detroit sees in him.


    Niko Goodrum started all three games of the Tigers’ series at Citi Field this weekend, but he started at three different positions. Detroit has sketchy defense in part because they jerk around their players around so much, and in part because their players just aren’t very good.


    3) Baseball stuff:
    — Pirates put D Francisco Cervelli on the 7-day concussion IL.
    — Padres scratched Chris Paddack from his start Sunday (stiff neck)
    — Astros’ 2B Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) left Sunday’s game early.
    — Tampa Bay moved P Tyler Glasnow to the 60-day IL.
    — Orioles put 1B Chris Davis (hip) on the IL.


    2) Get well soon to Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert, who was hospitalized Sunday after experiencing stroke-like symptoms.


    1) RIP Bart Starr, 85, who passed away this weekend; Starr led the Packers to five NFL titles, including wins in the first two Super Bowls.


    Starr played college ball at Alabama; he was drafted by Green Bay in the 17th round of the 1956 draft. He also coached the Packers from 1975-83.
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    Tuesday’s 6-pack


    Updated odds for US Open golf tournament:


    6-1- Brooks Koepka


    7-1- Dustin Johnson


    12-1- Eldrick Woods


    14-1- Rory McIlroy


    16-1- Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth


    20-1- Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler


    Tweet of the Day
    “It would be nice to have another starter that we can run out there. Not to say that [Steven] Brault and Rookie [Davis] — I heard [Mitch] Keller’s coming up — can’t do it. But if you look at the staffs around the league and the division we’re in, it’s tough. We have to be running out the best thing we have every night. That’s what we’re trying to do right now.”
    Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jacob deGrom is a really good pitcher; what is the Mets’ record in his last 40 starts?


    Monday’s quiz
    Steve Kerr played his college basketball at Arizona.


    Sunday’s quiz
    Michael Jordan was the 3rd pick in the 1984 NBA Draft; Hakeem Olajuwon was the first pick. Sam Bowie was the second pick.


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    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……


    13) General observation from watching hours and hours of baseball; older umpires call more strikes than younger umps. No data to support this, but just get the feeling from watching so many games than older guys give more corners.


    12) It still baffles me why major league baseball blacks out games; do they want the game to get more exposure, so younger people will like it the way we do?


    Dodger games are blacked out in Las Vegas, which is three hours from Los Angeles. To paraphrase my high school chemistry teacher, “……this is nonsensical.”


    You could have hundreds of people in casinos all over Las Vegas watching baseball, rooting for baseball players, talking/caring about baseball, but they black out the games. Why?!?!?!?!?


    11) Baseball is hard; long season, 162 games in 182 days.
    — Sunday, Trevor Story was 0-5 with five strikeouts.
    — Monday, Javier Baez was 0-5 with five strikeouts.


    Both these guys are really good players. Thats why you hear people say that you have to keep an even keel over the course of a long season. There will be bad days.


    10) Rays 8, Blue Jays 3— Tampa Bay starter Yonny Chirinos didn’t allow a hit for five innings, but was taken out after throwing 69 pitches, with a 4-0 lead. Interesting decision.


    9) Brewers 5, Twins 4— Twins scored first in 36 of their 53 games; they’re 30-6 in the games where they scored first. Minnesota still leads the AL Central by 10.5 games.


    8) WHIP is a pitcher’s stat; walks and hits allowed divided by innings pitched- it measures how many baserunners a pitcher allows. Seems strange to me that if a pitcher hits a batter with a pitch, it doesn’t count against his WHIP. Shouldn’t it count the same as a walk?


    7) Baseball stuff:
    — Colorado put OF Charlie Blackmon (calf) on IL.
    — Astros put 2B Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) on IL.
    — Arizona put P Luke Weaver (forearm) on IL.


    6) David Price will start Tuesday’s game vs Cleveland; he left his last start in Houston after 15 pitches because of flu-like symptoms.


    5) World Series of Poker starts this week in Las Vegas; this is the 50th WSOP. Would be nice if they made online poker legal again, so ESPN would show more of the WSOP replays and less of their hideous talkshows that pollute the airways on weekdays.


    I enjoyed watching poker re-runs; seeing the hole card cam and watching how people reacted to bad beats. Was unscripted and fun to watch, unless the horrendous talk TV they have on now.


    4) College basketball transfer portal:
    — TCU poaches George Mason grad transfer Jaire Grayer
    — Arkansas poaches SMU grad transfer Jimmy Whitt.


    3) A’s 8, Angels 5— Oakland won its 10th game in a row, their longest win streak in 13 years.


    2) Monday’s game between the White Sox and Royals was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the 5th inning, tied 1-1. The game will be resumed before tomorrow’s regularly-scheduled game.


    1) RIP to Bill Buckner, who passed away at age 69; he hit .289 over a 22-year career that saw him get 2,715 hits. Twice led the league in doubles; won NL batting title in 1980.
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    INDIANA (1 - 0) at CONNECTICUT (1 - 0) - 5/28/2019, 7:00 PM
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    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 5-1 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 5-1 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 6-16 ATS in its last 22 games
    Indiana is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games
    Indiana is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    Indiana is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Connecticut
    Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 10 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
    Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut's last 10 games
    Connecticut is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Connecticut is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
    Connecticut is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Indiana
    Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut's last 10 games when playing at home against Indiana
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    Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation
    May 28, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Klay Thompson craved a little calm.


    The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he's ready to relax his mind.


    It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper.


    ''I try to go 30 minutes,'' said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. ''It's hard. It's very hard. An hour would be nice, but you've got to work up to that.''


    Thompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors.


    Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant sat out injured for the entire Western Conference finals, leaving Thompson and Splash Brother Stephen Curry to take on an even greater load on both ends.


    Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant.


    Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games.


    Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, ''That's the way the basketball gods can be.'' Then, it's back to work.


    Left off the All-NBA team? ''Oh, I didn't?'' he replied when told he hadn't made the cut.


    Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: ''It is what it is. I can't control it. Do I think there's that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that's the reason why we're still playing. So, I don't even want to get into it, honestly.''


    The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State's sensational backcourt - Curry is a two-time MVP - a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered ''I missed you'' when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29.


    He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season.


    Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn't up to his ''standards.'' He went out and scored 32 after that with six 3-pointers, hitting his first seven shots.


    ''The mind's so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that's what I try to do,'' Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. ''Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.''


    Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace - ''100 percent, nothing would surprise me.''


    Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own.


    ''So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,'' Gervais said. ''There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don't leave any of those up to chance - why should the rest of us?''


    When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference finals, Thompson noted, ''I wish it was sunny'' before adding, ''A little overcast, but it's all good.''


    Sure is.


    Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too.


    ''Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that's it. And we all laugh about it,'' Kerr said. ''But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn't surprise me that he's meditating and he's found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.''


    The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn't matter if he's in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco - ''just random,'' he said.


    Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game.


    ''Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that's incredible,'' Thompson said. ''That's so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you've kind of seen it before.''


    He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven.


    ''Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can't listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it's nice,'' Thompson explained. ''It's a challenge. It's much harder than working out. Especially for me, I've got like my mind racing. So it's a good practice for me.''


    Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars.


    ''He's a dream to coach. He's zero maintenance,'' Kerr said. ''But he'll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there's a whole lot there, but there's plenty there, he just sort of doesn't let you in on it very often.''


    Thompson knows it's not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus.


    ''I still will have bad days once in a while, but that's just being human,'' Thompson said. ''It's something I've incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It's just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.''
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    Indiana @ Connecticut

    Game 613-614
    May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

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    Connecticut
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    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
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    Vegas Team:
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    Connecticut
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    (+9); Over
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    Jones scores 25, leads Sun past Fever
    May 28, 2019
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    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Jonquel Jones scored 25 points and Jasmine Thomas added 16 to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Indiana Fever 88-77 on Tuesday night.


    Jones scored 14 first-half points to help the Sun build a 40-37 lead at the break. Connecticut opened the third on a 19-9 spurt to take the first double-digit advantage and led 62-52 at the end of the quarter.


    Courtney Williams added 13 points and Alyssa Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds for Connecticut (2-0), which has won nine straight home games dating to last season. Jones made four of the Sun's 10 3-pointers.


    Erica Wheeler had 26 points and nine assists and Candice Dupree added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana (1-1), which hasn't won back-to-back games to start a season since 2012. In the Fever's season opener, rookie Teaira McCowan hit her first game-winning shot at any level against New York.
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    WNBA MAY'S OPINIONS AND BEST BETS:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    05/28/2019 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    05/26/2019 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    05/25/2019 1-5-0 16.67% -22.50
    05/24/2019 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50




    Totals...............5-9-0.........35.71%....-24.50




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    BEST BETS:


    DATE........................ATS................... ..UNITS..................O/U..................UNITS.............TOTALS


    05/28/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................0 - 1.................-5.50................-0.50
    05/26/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................1 - 0................+5.00...............+10.00
    05/25/2019.............0 - 3......................-16.50.................1 - 2................-6.00................-22.50
    05/24/2019.............1 - 1......................-0.50...................0 - 2................-11.00..............-11.50




    Totals.....................3 - 4......................-7.00..................2 - 5................-17.50..............-24.50
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    Wednesday’s 6-pack


    — Jose Altuve had a setback in his injury rehab, now has problems in both legs.


    — Byron Buxton (knee) left the Twins’ game after crashing into the OF fence.


    — Nationals’ OF Victor Robles has been hit by a pitch four games in a row.


    — Legalized sports betting was voted down in Louisiana Tuesday.


    — Reds 11, Pirates 6— Derek Dietrich hit three home runs.


    — Crowd in Tampa Bay Tuesday: 5,786. Don’t bitch when they move to Montreal.


    Tweet of the Day
    “I get booed everywhere I go. Great players get booed.”
    Manny Machado, always very modest


    Wednesday’s quiz
    What three QB’s won Super Bowls playing for Joe Gibbs?


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jacob deGrom is a really good pitcher, but the Mets are 16-25 in his last 41 starts.


    Monday’s quiz
    Steve Kerr played his college basketball at Arizona.


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


    13) 5-star Class of 2019 basketball recruit RJ Hampton announced Tuesday that he will skip college and will play professionally in Australia/New Zealand this season to prep for the 2020 NBA Draft. He reclassified from the ’20 class to 2019 earlier this spring with an eye on becoming eligible for the 2020 draft.


    So this is a 6-5 guard who is supposed to be in a senior in high school, but who will travel all the way to Australia and play pro ball this season, then go to the NBA Draft when he could’ve been a freshman in college, in the 2020-21 season.


    It is a free country, but sometimes you wish parents would let their kids be kids. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out, and if others follow his path.


    12) Here are some guys who shunned college for playing overseas:


    — Brandon Jennings has scored 7,801 points in nine seasons (14.1 ppg); he was a double-figure scorer and starter for the first six years of his career, and has earned around $41M total.


    — Emmanuel Mudiay has scored 2,901 points in four NBA seasons, including 14.8 points per game for the Knicks; he’s earned around $14M so far.


    — Three years ago, Terrance Ferguson skipped college to play pro ball in Australia; he’s played the last couple years for Oklahoma City, scoring 5.2 ppg in 20 mpg over 135 games, earning $3.9M for those two seasons.


    — Jeremy Tyler played overseas in 2010, then scored 3.6 ppg in 9.9 mpg in 103 NBA games in three seasons. He still plays ball overseas; he made $2,396,488 in the NBA.


    11) Yesterday, on the same day Bill Buckner passed away, the Twins called up a rookie pitcher named Devin Smeltzer, who then called one of his old coaches, former big league pitcher Woody Williams, to tell him the good news.


    Back in 1993, when Williams got called up to the majors for the first time by Toronto. he was told by an instructor in the Blue Jays’ organization. A guy named Bill Buckner.


    10) Hitters who have come up with most men on base this season:
    — Marcell Ozuna, StL- 173
    — Xander Bogaerts, Bos- 171
    — Rhys Hoskins, Phil- 161


    9) Hitters who have knocked in highest %age of runners from 3rd base (minimum of 10 runners on 3rd base):
    — Gio Urschela, NYY- 10-14 (71.4%)
    — Eric Hosmer, SD— 8-12 (66.7%)
    — Max Kepler, Minn- 10-16 (62.5%)


    8) Hitters who have knocked in lowest %age of runners from 3rd base (minimum of 10 runners on 3rd base):
    — John Hicks/Francisco Cervelli- 1-16 (6.25%)
    — Martin Maldonado, KC- 1-14 (7.1%)
    — Randal Grichuk, Tor- 2-19 (10.5%)


    7) College basketball transfer portal:
    — Joey Hauser jumps from Marquette to Michigan State.
    — Sam Hauser jumps from Marquette to Virginia.


    6) Baseball stuff:
    — Tigers put 2B Josh Harrison (hamstring) on IL.
    — Angels put 3B Zach Cosart (shoulder) on IL.
    — Twins put P Michael Pineda (knee) on IL.


    5) Phillies’ OF Odubel Herrera was placed on administrative leave by MLB after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlantic City Monday.


    Very unusual for teams not to play on Memorial Day; I’m guessing Herrera wishes the Phillies had a game yesterday. This will wind up as a very expensive visit to Atlantic City.


    4) When major league teams come to New York City, they get to explore a little, whether it be at MLB Network, or the Topps baseball card HQ, or other media outlets.


    Bob Scanlan, a Padres broadcaster, posted a baseball card of a young Tony Gwynn playing for San Diego, but wearing number 53, not number 19. Looked like a spring training game.


    3) Joe Gibbs got elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame last week; he is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so that puts him in a unique place in sports history.


    Gibbs won three Super Bowl titles with the Redskins, with three different QB’s.


    2) Two TV series I wish hadn’t ended:
    — Without a Trace was a show about finding missing people; Anthony LaPaglia played Jack Malone, a sarcastic FBI agent who led the unit, but who also had problems of his own. Just an excellent show; it still re-runs late night on cable.


    — In Plain Sight used to be on USA Network; this show was about people re-located in the Witness Protection Program. They had some really good stories, there was a good mix of drama with some humor added in, but the show’s star got a better offer to be in a show on network TV, so she quit and the show ended. Too bad.


    1) Speaking of late night TV, I see those Peloton exercise bike commercials and I want to trade my exercise bike in for one of those, since everyone on their commercials looks like an Olympic athlete. No overweight, bald people ride a Peloton; you think it would help? Nah, me either.
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    Trend Report
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    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games
    Seattle is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
    Seattle is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
    Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Seattle's last 23 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Seattle is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Seattle is 1-19 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Minnesota's last 18 games
    Minnesota is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games at home
    Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Minnesota's last 23 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Minnesota is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Seattle




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    SEATTLE (1 - 0) at MINNESOTA (1 - 0) - 5/29/2019, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 4-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 3-3 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Seattle @ Minnesota


    Game 615-616
    May 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    110.449
    Minnesota
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    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 1
    150
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 3
    155 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (+3); Under
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    SEA at MIN 08:00 PM


    MIN -4.0


    U 154.0
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    Sims and Fowles help Lynx beat Storm
    May 29, 2019
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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Odyssey Sims had 15 points, Sylvia Fowles grabbed 13 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 72-61 on Wednesday night.


    The teams have combined to win six of the last nine WNBA titles, but the marquee matchup a season ago looked much different without stars Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart on the court.


    Minnesota jumped out to a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter as Seattle was just 4 of 16 from the field. The Lynx led by 15 points at the half after holding Seattle to 31-percent shooting and Sims made it 44-24 early in the third.


    Damiris Dantas added 12 points for Minnesota (2-0). Napheesa Collier, who scored the second-most points in a rookie debut last week, scored nine points in 25 minutes.


    Natasha Howard, who had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in Seattle's opener, scored 18 points for the Storm (1-1). Jewell Loyd added 13 points for Seattle, which started a three-game road swing over a four-day span.


    Last season, Seattle snapped a 16-game road-losing streak in the series.
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    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY MAY 31, 2019
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    10:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    10:30 PM Connecticut Sun Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JUNE 1, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    7:00 PM New York Liberty Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    8:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Dallas Wings College Park Center
    8:00 PM Seattle Storm Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena


    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019
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    WNBA MAY'S OPINIONS AND BEST BETS:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    05/29/2019 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    05/28/2019 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    05/26/2019 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    05/25/2019 1-5-0 16.67% -22.50
    05/24/2019 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50




    Totals...............7-9-0.........43.75%....-14.50




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    BEST BETS:


    DATE........................ATS................... ..UNITS..................O/U..................UNITS.............TOTALS


    05/29/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................1 - 0................+5.00...............+10.00
    05/28/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................0 - 1.................-5.50................-0.50
    05/26/2019.............1 - 0......................+5.00.................1 - 0................+5.00...............+10.00
    05/25/2019.............0 - 3......................-16.50.................1 - 2................-6.00................-22.50
    05/24/2019.............1 - 1......................-0.50...................0 - 2................-11.00..............-11.50




    Totals.....................4 - 4......................-2.00..................3 - 5................-12.50..............-14.50

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    Thursday’s 6-pack


    Matchups for the Gavitt Games this fall:


    — Villanova at Ohio State


    — Michigan State at Seton Hall


    — Creighton at Michigan


    — Purdue at Marquette


    — Providence at Northwestern


    — Penn State at Georgetown


    — Minnesota at Butler


    — DePaul at Iowa


    Quote of the Day
    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.”
    John McCain


    Thursday’s quiz
    Which state is known as the Granite State?


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Joe Theismann won Super Bowls playing for Joe Gibbs.


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jacob deGrom is a really good pitcher, but the Mets are 16-25 in his last 41 starts.




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    Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……


    13) One important thing in baseball now is for your starting pitchers to go deeper into games, to take stress off your bullpen. Over the course of a 162-game schedule, you can wear out your bullpen if they get used too much— after all, the starting pitchers are the better pitchers.


    So far this season, Angels have only had 10 games where their starter went 6+ innings, but they use the opener a decent amount. John Means lasted six innings Wednesday; it was only the 11th game that Baltimore’s starters lasted 6+ innings


    12) Pirates 7, Reds 2— These teams don’t like each other; since 2014, 72 Pirates have been hit by Cincinnati pitchers, 64 Reds have been hit by Pittsburgh hurlers. Six players were hit in the 5-4 Pirates’ win Wednesday.


    Eugenio Suarez got drilled on the hand in 8th inning; x-rays came back negative, but Suarez had some words for pitcher Clay Holmes on his way to first base.


    11) Cubs starting pitchers gave up 6+ runs four games in a row Saturday-Tuesday, first time they’ve done that since August of 2006.


    10) Foul poles at Safeco Field in Seattle are 92 feet high. In case you were wondering.


    9) Toronto will host a college basketball tripleheader Nov 16;
    — Tennessee-Washington
    — Buffalo-Harvard
    — Rutgers-St Bonaventure


    8) College basketball transfer portal:
    — Coppin State transfer Justin Steers bolts to Rider.


    7) Baseball stuff:
    — Astros put SS Carlos Correa (broken rib) on IL.


    6) Houston now has Altuve, Springer, Correa, Diaz all on the IL. Tough times for their training staff. Correa got hurt during a home massage; he broke a rib getting massaged.


    5) Top five starting pitchers, if you bet on all their starts:
    1. Lucas Giolito CWS (8-2) +$855
    2. Clayton Kershaw LA (8-0) +$800
    3. Jordan Lyles Pitt (8-2) +$777
    4. Matt Shoemaker Tor (5-0) +$673
    5. Jose Berrios Minn (9-2) +$671


    4) Seven of Notre Dame’s football opponents this fall have a bye week the week before they play the Fighting Irish, first time that has happened to anyone in the last 30 years.


    3) Former Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis has joined Arizona State’s football staff as a special advisor to head coach Herm Edwards. Too bad; Lewis was good on TV doing AAF games and would’ve been a solid TV analyst for NFL games.


    2) Blue Jays’ CF Jonathan Davis made one of the best catches you’ll ever see to end the first inning in Tampa Bay last night- it saved two runs, cost Avisail Garcia two RBI.


    1) Random thing I learned today: singer Ariana Grande is allergic to tomatoes- she cancelled two shows after having an allergic reaction this week. No pizza for her.
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    Triples-doubles in Game 1 of an NBA Finals:


    — Wilt Chamberlain (Apr. 14, 1967)


    — Walt Frazier (Apr. 26, 1972)


    — Dave Cowens (May 23, 1976)


    — Magic Johnson (June 2, 1991)


    — Jason Kidd (June 5, 2002


    — LeBron James (June 6, 2013)


    Quotes of the Day
    Part 1
    “I’m extremely disappointed about not being on the field with my teammates. I sustained the rib fracture during a massage at my home on Tuesday. To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating. However, I will work hard to get back on the field as quickly as possible to help our team achieve our goal of winning another championship.”
    Carlos Correa, who needs a new masseuse


    Part 2
    “Are you f—-ing blind?!?!?!”
    Female fan at the Oakland Coliseum Wednesday, yelling at the home plate ump after a called strike. Her voice was captured by the field mike.


    Friday’s quiz
    Which NBA head coach was born in Lebanon?


    Thursday’s quiz
    New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Joe Theismann won Super Bowls playing for Joe Gibbs.


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    Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…….

    13) Oh Canada is one of my favorite songs; when I got married many, many years ago, we had to pay the organist $75, whether she played at the wedding or not. This was 1992, $75 was a decent payday. The $75 annoyed me a great deal; it really irritated me. I don’t even think the priest got $75. Organists must have a good union.


    Anyway, we’re sitting there on the altar after Communion and the organist is earning her $75 and all of a sudden, I’m hearing her play Oh Canada, and there are murmurs in the church. I had no idea this was going to happen. Murmurs turned to laughter. She played it well.


    The marriage didn’t go very well, but that was definitely the highlight of the wedding. Got a text reminding me of that during that national anthem in Toronto last night. Still makes me laugh.


    12) Raptors 118, Warriors 109— Siakam shot 14-17 from floor, scored 32 points with five assists for Raptors. Green/Bell/Iguodala shot combined 6-18 from floor as Toronto takes 1-0 series lead on its home floor.


    Dell Curry played the last three years of his 16-year career for Toronto, so of course Drake shows up for this game wearing a Dell Curry Raptors’ jersey.


    12) Weird stat of the day from The Sporting News: This is the 36th consecutive NBA Finals series with at least one former teammate of Shaquille O’Neal. Danny Green and Shaq were teammates on the Cavaliers nine years ago.


    10) Back in January, when the St Louis Blues were floundering near the bottom of the NHL, a courageous bettor wagered $400 on the Blues (250-1) to win the Stanley Cup. He is three wins away from a big payday. Notable that he didn’t hedge his bet before the finals to guarantee a profit. Finals series is tied, 1-1.


    9) You can’t make this stuff up: A Jacksonville couple was arrested this week on charges of animal cruelty after a police officer rescued a pig from the couple’s steaming hot Lexus that was parked in a mall parking lot. Temperatures were in the high 90’s at the time.


    I mean, not only do you have a pig in a car, but you have a damn Lexus. Why?


    8) All-time record for home runs in a month:
    — 1,119 in August 2017
    — 1,101 in June 2017


    So far this May, entering Thursday’s games, there have been 1,069 homers hit.


    7) Baseball stuff:
    — Detroit optioned OF Victor Reyes back to AAA.
    — Red Sox put P Hector Velasquez (back) on the IL.
    — Cincinnati optioned P Lucas Sims back to AAA.
    — Marlins optioned P Elieser Hernandez back to AAA.


    Jake Odorizzi’s last six starts for Minnesota:
    — 35.2 IP, allowed 3 runs, 39 baserunners, Twins won all six games.


    6) Cleveland Indians didn’t hit a triple in their first 54 games; they hit three of them Wednesday, in their 55th game.


    5) MLB Network couldn’t wait to show Boston-New York games Thursday/Friday, but horrible weather postponed Thursday’s game in the Bronx- it’ll be made up August 3rd as part of a doubleheader. I’m guessing that twinbill will be on national TV.


    National TV outlets should try showing more Astros’ games; they have a dome. No rainouts.


    4) This didn’t sound right when I heard it, but apparently, Los Angeles County has more voters than 42 of the other 49 states; they have voters who speak 13 different languages.


    3) Lakers-Nets are playing two preseason games in China in October.


    2) College basketball transfer portal:
    — South Carolina poached 6-9 Micaiah Henry from Tennessee Tech.
    — Brad Calipari (John’s son) entered the transfer portal; guess he wants playing time.
    — KJ Lawson bolts from Kansas to Tulane; another guy who wants to play.


    1) In case you were wondering, people in Finland prefer silence to casual conversation.


    Schools and tutors in Finland are now offering courses in casual conversation; ‘It does not come naturally to Finns.’ Some Finns have begun to take lessons, in classrooms or even from private tutors, so they can make conversation in their international business dealings.


    Says one Finnish small talk tutor: “Lower your standards; not every conversation you have has to be clever. You can comment on food, any music that is playing, even the weather.”


    Who knew that could be a job? Go figure.
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    Lynx star Augustus out indefinitely
    May 30, 2019
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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus will be out indefinitely following arthroscopic knee surgery.


    The Lynx announced Augustus had the procedure Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The 35-year-old Augustus is the franchise leader in games played, points scored and field goals made after being selected with the first pick in the 2006 draft.


    The eight-time All-Star has been held out of the first two games for a new-look Lynx team following the retirement of guard Lindsay Whalen and a leave of absence for forward Maya Moore .


    Another mainstay missing from the team's four WNBA titles from 2011-2017 is forward Rebekkah Brunson. She was sidelined by a concussion late last season and is not currently on the roster while she decides her future.




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    Seattle's Sue Bird undergoes surgery
    May 30, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird has undergone arthroscopic surgery on her left knee, though there remains no word on whether she can return this season.


    Bird underwent surgery on Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The team says once Bird is cleared to travel, she will return to Seattle to continue her rehabilitation.


    Bird announced last week she had a loose body in her knee that was affecting her ability to sprint and jump, and needed surgery to repair the problem. She was on the bench for Seattle's season-opening win over Phoenix on Saturday when the team received its 2018 WNBA championship rings during a pregame ceremony.


    The 11-time All-Star missed the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her left knee.
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    SEATTLE (1 - 1) at ATLANTA (1 - 0) - 5/31/2019, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 5-1 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 4-2 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LAS VEGAS (1 - 0) at PHOENIX (0 - 1) - 5/31/2019, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 4-3 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 6-1 straight up against LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CONNECTICUT (2 - 0) at LOS ANGELES (0 - 1) - 5/31/2019, 10:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 4-2 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 3-3 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA


    Friday, May 31



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    Trend Report
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    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
    Seattle is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Seattle is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road
    Seattle is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    Seattle is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
    Seattle is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Seattle is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta


    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 17-5-1 ATS in its last 23 games
    Atlanta is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Atlanta is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
    Atlanta is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home
    Atlanta is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Atlanta's last 22 games at home
    Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Seattle
    Atlanta is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle


    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Las Vegas is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Las Vegas's last 10 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Las Vegas's last 16 games when playing Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix


    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
    Phoenix is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
    Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Phoenix is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 10 games at home
    Phoenix is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Las Vegas
    Phoenix is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Phoenix's last 16 games when playing Las Vegas
    Phoenix is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Las Vegas


    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
    Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
    Connecticut is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Connecticut is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
    Connecticut is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
    Connecticut is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Connecticut is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles


    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
    Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
    Los Angeles is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Los Angeles is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    Los Angeles is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut
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