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    Mystics beat Wings, take No. 1 seed in WNBA playoffs
    September 6, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    WASHINGTON (AP) Emma Meesseman scored 23 of her 25 points in the first half and the Washington Mystics beat the Dallas Wings 86-73 on Friday night to spoil rookie Arike Ogunbowale's record-tying fourth straight game with 30-plus points.


    Washington (25-8) clinched the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after the game when Chicago beat Connecticut in overtime. The Mystics, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, and the Sun each secured a double-bye into the semifinals.


    Ogunbowale scored 30 points to reach the mark for the fifth time this season, moving past Odyssey Sims for second on the WNBA list. Maya Moore opened the 2014 season with four straight 30-plus games and finished with 12.


    LaToya Sanders and Elena Delle Donne each scored 16 points for Washington.


    Dallas (10-23) has lost seven of its last eight games.


    SKY 109, SUN 104, OT


    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 30 points and Chicago beat Connecticut to hand the WNBA regular-season title to Washington.


    Chicago took a 34-33 lead in the highest-scoring first-quarter in league history.


    Chicago point guard Courtney Vandersloot had 19 points and 11 assists to pass Sue Bird with 29 points/assists double-doubles. Astou Ndour added 18 points. The Sky (20-13) moved into a tie with Las Vegas for the fourth seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.


    Courtney Williams scored 25 points for the Sun. Connecticut (23-10) entered with a 15-1 home record but dropped two games behind the Mystics. The Sun will be the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and have a double-bye into the semifinals.


    FEVER 86, LIBERTY 81


    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - New York clinched the best chance to win the WNBA draft lottery by losing to Indiana.


    New York has a 44% opportunity to secure the top pick in the draft. The Liberty (9-24) are 16-51 over the past two years and Indiana is 18-49. Indiana (12-21), by finishing with the second-worst two-year record, will have a 27% chance to get the No. 1 pick.


    Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points for the Fever. Tina Charles led New York with 19 points.


    MINNESOTA 83, PHOENIX 69
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    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    4:00 PM Chicago Sky Washington Mystics The Entertainment and Sports Arena
    4:00 PM Connecticut Sun Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    4:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena
    4:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center
    4:00 PM New York Liberty Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    4:00 PM Seattle Storm Dallas Wings College Park Center




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    WNBA SEPT. OPINIONS AND BEST BETS: ALL BASED ON 5 UNITS


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    09/06/2019...........5-3-0....62.50%.......+8.50
    09/05/2019...........2-2-0....50.00%.......-1.00
    09/04/2019.......... 2-0-0... 100.00%.... +10.00
    09/03/2019.......... 3-3-0... 50.00%...... -1.50
    09/01/2019.......... 3-3-0... 50.00%...... -1.50




    Total..................15-11-0...57.69%.......+14.50




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    BEST BETS:


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


    09/06/2019.............2 - 2................-1.00................3 - 1.............+9.50............+8.50
    09/05/2019.............2 - 0................+10.00.............0 - 2.............-11.00............-1.00
    09/04/2019 ............1 - 0................+5.00...............1 - 0.............+5.00............+10.00
    09/03/2019.............1 - 2................-6.00................2 - 1.............+4.50.............-1.50
    09/01/2019.............2 - 1 ..............+4.50................1 - 2..............-6.00.............-1.50




    Totals.....................8 - 5 ...............+12.50..............7 - 6.............+2.00.............+14.50
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    Saturday’s 6-pack


    NHL over/under point totals for 2019-20:


    Anaheim Ducks 81.5


    Arizona Coyotes 89.5


    Boston Bruins 100.5


    Buffalo Sabres 83.5


    Calgary Flames 96.5


    Carolina Hurricanes 95.5


    Movie Quote of the Day
    “……Who cares? I’ll tell you. Me. I’m not your best friend. I’m your only friend. I don’t make anything? I’m making you money. And lest we forget, that’s the only reason any of you became stockholders in the first place. You want to make money! You don’t care if they manufacture wire and cable, fried chicken, or grow tangerines!


    You want to make money! I’m the only friend you’ve got. I’m making you money. Take the money. Invest it somewhere else. Maybe, maybe you’ll get lucky and it’ll be used productively. And if it is, you’ll create new jobs and provide a service for the economy and, God forbid, even make a few bucks for yourselves.


    And if anybody asks, tell ’em ya gave at the plant. And by the way, it pleases me that I am called “Larry the Liquidator.” You know why, fellow stockholders? Because at my funeral, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a few bucks in your pocket. Now that’s a funeral worth having!”
    Danny DeVito, in Other People’s Money


    Saturday’s quiz
    What city hosts the Camellia Bowl every December?


    Friday’s quiz
    Mitchell Trubisky played his college football at North Carolina.


    Thursday’s quiz
    Adrian Peterson is the only active NFL player who has been the NFL MVP but isn’t a QB.


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


    13) Good Lord I’m tired of hearing about Antonio Brown; Oakland Raiders gave up 3rd and 5th round draft picks for Brown, who turned into a huge pain in the neck. The latest drama between Brown and GM Mike Mayock happened after HBO’s Hard Knocks turned their cameras off for the summer. Too bad.


    Brown has $30.125M of guaranteed money in his contract, so he “apologized” Friday because otherwise they were going to cut him, and he was going to lose the $30M. Go figure.


    12) Line on Monday’s Denver-Oakland game moved from pick ‘em to Broncos -2 as soon as news of Brown’s Thursday hijinks became public. Total also dropped a point; we’ll see if the spread moves back to where it was, now that Brown is back in Monday’s lineup.


    11) Week 1 of the NFL season should be called National Overreaction Week.


    Everyone that wins is going to the Super Bowl; the losers are all going to get fired or replaced by their backup.


    Green Bay’s 10-3 win in Chicago Thursday was a dull, defensive struggle, and now the teams not playing their starters in preseason are getting the blame. All of which raises the question, is it worth it to risk a starter getting hurt in a meaningless game to be sharper in Week 1?


    10) Jacob deGrom has a 2.18 ERA in his last 60 starts; Mets are 24-36 in those games.


    9) Seven American League games Friday night; only one of 14 starting pitchers got a decision; lot of close ballgames, plus a few teams were using openers.


    8) Phillies’ catcher JT Realmuto has started 118 games behind plate this year, 14 more than anyone else in the major leagues.


    7) Baseball stuff:
    — Astros’ P Aaron Sanchez (shoulder) is done for the year.
    — Cubs put P Craig Kimbrel (elbow) on IL.


    6) When the A’s/Tigers resumed a suspended game from May 19 Friday, Oakland was missing three of the nine players in their lineup when the game was stopped back then. Detroit was missing four of nine.


    A’s closer Liam Hendriks wasn’t the closer back in May; he was in the game when it was stopped in the 7th inning back then, so he was on the mound when the game resumed Friday.


    5) NHL’s San Jose Sharks hired former LA Dodgers’ general manager Ned Colletti as a scout; he once covered the Philadelphia Flyers as a beat writer, but has never worked in a hockey front office, so this is a very unusual move.


    4) Glad to see Vlade Divac getting inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this week; he was one of my favorite players to watch, a big guy who was a terrific passer. Divac was a big part of the 2002 Sacramento Kings, who lost the Western Conference final to the Lakers in seven games, one of the toughest losses I can remember in the NBA playoffs.


    3) Thursday night’s Green Bay-Chicago game averaged a 12.8 rating and 22.0M viewers, up 13% and 16% vs last year’s Falcons/Eagles Week 1 Thursday game. It was the highest-rated and most-watched Week 1 Thursday game since 2016.


    2) Wake Forest 41, Rice 21— If Wake Forest gets to a bowl game this year, it’ll be the 4th year in a row for the Deacons; Wake Forest has never played in four consecutive bowls.


    1) Altering an official government weather forecast is actually illegal. Who knew?
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    Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack


    Top six picks for Week 1 in Westgate Super Contest:


    6) Panthers +2.5, 845


    5) Broncos even, 856


    4) Buccaneers even, 862


    3) Texans +7, 904


    2) Colts +6.5, 1,052


    1) Ravens -6.5, 1,080




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    Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday…….


    13) Colorado 34, Nebraska 31 OT:
    — Cornhuskers led 17-0 at halftime and looked safe; they weren’t.
    — Teams combined to score four TD’s in a span of 4:23, with Buffaloes cutting a 17-0 deficit to 24-21.
    — Helps to have a 5th-year senior QB: Steven Montez was 28-41/375 passing.
    — Nebraska has now lost eight consecutive road games.
    — These teams used to be great rivals in the old Big 8 Conference; too bad they don’t play more often. Most of the fans in Boulder Saturday were wearing red.


    12) Michigan 24, Army 21 OT:
    — Army lost in OT at Oklahoma LY; they’re a good team.
    — Why would anyone schedule the Cadets? They play an unusual style that is hard to prepare for, they’re smart, poised, tough and they never give up.
    — Army was up 14-7 in 3rd quarter and had ball in red zone, but threw a terrible INT. Seeing how they only threw five passes all day, they probably second guessed themselves on the flight home.


    — Michigan QB Patterson (19-29/207) didn’t look good at all.
    — Wolverines lost three fumbles, ran ball for only 108 yards.


    11) Florida State 45, UL-Monroe 44 OT:
    — WarHawks missed a PAT in OT that ended this game.
    — Seminoles led 24-7 at halftime.
    — Cam Akers ran ball 36 times for 193 yards for FSU.
    — Total yardage was 501-419 FSU; ULM scored a defensive TD.


    10) LSU 45, Texas 38:
    — QB Burrow was 31-39/471 passing for LSU; he was once the 3rd stringer at Ohio State.


    — Total yardage was 573-530; when was last time LSU allowed 38 points and won?


    9) Minnesota 38, Fresno State 35 OT:
    — Gophers tied game in last minute of regulation, scoring a 20-yard TD on 4th-and-10 wth 0:46 left. A perfect pass and a great catch.
    — Fresno QB threw a pick in end zone to end game in OT; he had WR wide open, but lofted ball too much and a safety picked it off.
    — Second tough loss in row for inexperienced Fresno; they lost 31-23 at USC last week.


    8) WTF is Georgia playing Murray State?
    Florida-UTMartin?
    Oklahoma-South Dakota?
    Oklahoma State-McNeese State?
    Washington State-Northern Colorado?


    Have some onions, play teams that give as many scholarships as you do.


    7) Upsets of the Week:
    — California (+13.5) 20, Washington 19- Game ended at 4:23am ET
    — San Diego State (+7.5) 23, UCLA 14
    — Western Kentucky (+7.5) 20, FIU 14
    — Coastal Carolina (+7) 12, Kansas 7
    — Colorado (+4.5) 34, Nebraska 31 OT
    — North Carolina (+4.5) 28, Miami 25
    — BYU (+4) 29, Tennessee 26 OT


    6) I-A team that lost to a I-AA opponent:
    — Southern Illinois 45, UMass 20


    Close calls/red flags:
    — Kent State 26, Kennesaw State 23
    — Georgia State 48, Furman 42
    — Louisiana Tech 20, Grambling 14


    5) Boise State 14, Marshall 7:
    — First half, Thundering Herd gained 172 total yards, had 9 first downs.
    — Second half, Thundering Herd had zero points, zero first downs.


    Not many games end 14-7 when total yardage is 437-172.


    4) Maryland 63, Syracuse 20— Whats up with the Terrapins? They hung 79 points on a I-AA team last week, they had 42 at the half in this one-sided game. Maryland ran the ball for 354 yards, threw for 296 more, converting 11-15 third down plays.


    3) Memo to TV people who cover college football games: “Plays run” means more than “time of possession”, especially when one team is running a no-huddle offense.


    2) Baseball stuff:
    — Minnesota Twins’ P Michael Pineda failed a PED test, is suspended for 60 games, will be ineligible for the postseason.
    — Cubs’ SS Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb, is done for regular season.


    1) Patriots dropped from 6-1 to 4-1 to win the Super Bowl now that Antonio Brown has finagled his way to Foxboro. Too bad Raiders-New England don’t play this season.


    Word of the Day: Finagle— Obtain something by devious or dishonest means.
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    Sunday, September 8



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    Trend Report
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    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Atlanta is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta's last 12 games
    Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Atlanta is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Atlanta is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
    New York is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    New York is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Atlanta


    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Indiana is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games
    Indiana is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
    Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
    Indiana is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games at home
    Indiana is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Connecticut
    Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
    Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Indiana is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games
    Connecticut is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
    Connecticut is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Indiana
    Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
    Connecticut is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Connecticut is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana


    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
    Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Washington is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Chicago
    Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Chicago
    Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
    Chicago is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games
    Chicago is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
    Chicago is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Washington
    Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington


    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
    Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games at home
    Dallas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Dallas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Dallas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Dallas's last 16 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games
    Seattle is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Seattle's last 20 games on the road
    Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
    Seattle is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Seattle's last 16 games when playing on the road against Dallas


    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    Phoenix is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Phoenix is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
    Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home
    Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    Phoenix is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    Phoenix is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    Phoenix is 8-1 SU in its last 9 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
    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
    Las Vegas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Las Vegas's last 10 games
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 1-8 SU in its last 9 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


    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 13 games
    Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 16 games when playing Minnesota
    Los Angeles is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
    Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
    Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Minnesota's last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
    Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles




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    WNBA
    Long Sheet


    Sunday, September 8



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    CONNECTICUT (23 - 10) at INDIANA (12 - 21) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CONNECTICUT is 7-1 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    CONNECTICUT is 7-1 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    SEATTLE (17 - 16) at DALLAS (10 - 23) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 7-2 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 7-2 straight up against DALLAS 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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    NEW YORK (9 - 24) at ATLANTA (8 - 25) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ATLANTA is 4-4 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 4-4 straight up against NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LAS VEGAS (20 - 12) at PHOENIX (15 - 18) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 6-3 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 7-2 straight up against LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CHICAGO (20 - 13) at WASHINGTON (24 - 8) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 8-1 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 8-1 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MINNESOTA (18 - 15) at LOS ANGELES (21 - 12) - 9/8/2019, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 11-4 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 10-5 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    11 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Sunday, September 8




    New York @ Atlanta


    Game 619-620
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New York
    101.795
    Atlanta
    101.530
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New York
    Even
    149
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 2 1/2
    159 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    New York
    (+2 1/2); Under


    Connecticut @ Indiana



    Game 615-616
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Connecticut
    113.719
    Indiana
    107.161
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 6 1/2
    164
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 3 1/2
    159
    Dunkel Pick:
    Connecticut
    (-3 1/2); Over


    Chicago @ Washington



    Game 623-624
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    114.880
    Washington
    121.014
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 6
    166
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 8 1/2
    177 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+8 1/2); Under


    Seattle @ Dallas



    Game 617-618
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    109.958
    Dallas
    100.929
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 9
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 3
    151
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (-3); Over


    Las Vegas @ Phoenix



    Game 621-622
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Las Vegas
    105.173
    Phoenix
    107.672
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 1 1/2
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Las Vegas
    by 2 1/2
    162
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (+2 1/2); Under


    Minnesota @ Los Angeles



    Game 625-626
    September 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    115.486
    Los Angeles
    113.445
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 2
    162
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 4
    159 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (+4); Over
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    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    MIN at LA 04:00 PM
    MIN +4.0
    O 158.5



    LV at PHO 04:00 PM
    LV -2.5
    U 162.0



    SEA at DAL 04:00 PM
    DAL +3.5
    O 151.0


    CONN at IND 04:00 PM
    CONN -3.5
    O 159.0



    CHI at WAS 04:00 PM
    CHI +8.0
    O 177.5



    NY at ATL 04:00 PM
    ATL -2.5
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    Delle Donne helps Mystics win 26th game
    September 8, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    WASHINGTON (AP) Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, making WNBA history along the way, and the regular-season champion Washington Mystics raced past the Chicago Sky 100-86 on Sunday.


    She became the first player in WNBA history to shoot over 50% from the field (220 of 427), 40% from 3-point range (52 of 121) and 90% from the foul line (114 of 117). Her free throw percent of 97.4 is a record for a player with at least 100 attempts.


    The Mystics (26-8), who lost to Seattle in the finals last year), have a double-bye into the semifinals and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Sky (20-14) are the No. 5 seed and play No. 8 Phoenix at home on Wednesday in the single-elimination opening round of the playoffs.


    Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot had six assists to become the first player in league history to reach 300 in a season, which she did exactly, and the first player to average at least nine assists a game for a season (9.1).


    ACES 98, MERCURY 89


    PHOENIX (AP) - Liz Cambage had 21 points and A'ja Wilson scored eight of her 20 points in the final three-plus minutes to help the Aces beat the Mercury, clinching the No. 4 seed in the playoffs for Las Vegas.


    The Aces, who missed the playoffs each of the last four years earned a bye in Wednesday's first round and will host a second-round game on Sept. 15.


    Wilson hit a jumper to tie the game at 89 and spark an 11-0 closing run by Las Vegas (21-13) as the Mercury went 0 for 5 from the field and committed three turnovers over the final three minutes.


    Brittney Griner led Phoenix (15-19) with 24 points.


    STORM 78, WINGS 64


    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd combined to score 30 of their 38 points in the first half and the Storm beat the Wings, helping Seattle clinch the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.


    The Storm, the defending champions, will host No. 7 seed Minnesota in a single-elimination first-round game on Wednesday. The Lynx lost at Los Angeles and the Storm have the tiebreaker between the two teams.


    Seattle has won three in a row overall, and four straight at home, against the Lynx.


    Arike Ogunbowale led the Wings (10-24) with 25 points to finish the season with 630, the third-highest rookie scoring total in WNBA history.


    SPARKS 77, LYNX 68


    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Riquna Williams hit four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to help the Sparks beat Minnesota, ruining the Lynx's chance of hosting a playoff game in the first round.


    The Sparks (22-12) have a first-round bye in the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday and will host the worst remaining seed in the second round.


    The Lynx (18-16), who had a five-game win streak snapped, will be the No. 7 seed because of their loss and Seattle's win over Dallas. Minnesota has lost three in a row against the Storm overall and four straight in Seattle.


    Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 16 points and career-high tying 11 rebounds.


    FEVER 104, SUN 76


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kelsey Mitchell hit a WNBA regular season record nine 3-pointers, scoring 38 points to help the Fever beat the Sun.


    The second-year guard had 30 points in the first half and broke the mark of eight held by five different players. She equaled the nine 3s that Kristi Toliver hit in the 2017 playoffs.


    The Fever (13-21) finished the season on a high-note winning their last three games. They have the second best chance to get the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery.


    The Sun (23-11), locked into the No. 2 seed and a double-bye in the playoffs, played their starters less than half the game.


    Rookie Teaira McCowan added 17 points and nine rebounds. She finished with 304 rebounds on the season, breaking Erlana Larkins' 2014 franchise record by one.


    LIBERTY 71 DREAM 63


    ATLANTA (AP) - Tina Charles scored 14 points, Amanda Zahui B. added a double-double and the Liberty topped the Dream.


    The Liberty (10-24) had an 18-11 advantage in the third quarter to stretch a 44-38 halftime lead to 63-49 and was never seriously challenged by the Dream (8-26).


    Atlanta gave a ceremonial start to injured forward Angel McCoughtry, who has been sidelined for the season while recovering from a knee injury she suffered last year. They took her out right after the tip.
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    WNBA SEPT. OPINIONS AND BEST BETS: ALL BASED ON 5 UNITS


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    09/08/2019...........3-9-0....25.00%.......-34.50
    09/06/2019...........5-3-0....62.50%.......+8.50
    09/05/2019...........2-2-0....50.00%.......-1.00
    09/04/2019.......... 2-0-0... 100.00%.... +10.00
    09/03/2019.......... 3-3-0... 50.00%...... -1.50
    09/01/2019.......... 3-3-0... 50.00%...... -1.50




    Total..................18-20-0...47.36%.......-20.00




    *****************************


    BEST BETS:


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


    09/08/2019.............1 - 5................-22.00..............2 - 4..............-12.00...........34.00
    09/06/2019.............2 - 2................-1.00................3 - 1.............+9.50............+8.50
    09/05/2019.............2 - 0................+10.00.............0 - 2.............-11.00............-1.00
    09/04/2019 ............1 - 0................+5.00...............1 - 0.............+5.00............+10.00
    09/03/2019.............1 - 2................-6.00................2 - 1.............+4.50.............-1.50
    09/01/2019.............2 - 1 ..............+4.50................1 - 2..............-6.00.............-1.50




    Totals.....................9 - 10 ...............-9.50..............9 - 10.............-10.00.............-19.50
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    Final WNBA playoff seedings finally set
    September 8, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA's playoff bracket is set after a busy final day of the regular season.


    Washington, Connecticut and Los Angeles had already sealed up the top-three playoff spots before Sunday's contests. The Mystics and Sun don't play until the semifinals. The Sparks will play Sunday against the worst remaining seed.


    Las Vegas, which had clinched the franchise's first playoff berth since 2014 and first since moving to Nevada last year from San Antonio, earned a first-round bye and a home game with a victory over Phoenix on Sunday and a loss by Chicago.


    ''The season kind of went how I expected it to. A lot of ups and downs, trying to understand each other and learn how to win,'' Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said. ''We had our moments we looked very good, and moments where we looked really bad. All in all, to take the fourth seed and have a bye in the first round and a home game. We will take it.''


    While the Aces have a bye, Chicago will have to play Wednesday against Phoenix. The Mercury are no stranger to the single-elimination postseason format, going 6-0 in it since the league changed to it in 2016. Chicago swept the three games during the regular season between the two teams.


    ''In a one game knockout situation as long as we can limit what they want to do and make them feel uncomfortable anything is possible. We didn't win at Connecticut last year and we went in there and won,'' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. ''We've been in these situations before so we're not looking at it like ''Oh we haven't won,'' because you just go and play. We're going to believe. We know we can do this. It's not easy, no game is easy. Anyone can beat anyone in this league so we just have to make sure that it's our night.''


    Minnesota had a chance to get a home game, but a loss to Los Angeles on Sunday and a win by Seattle in Dallas gave the Storm the home matchup against the Lynx on Wednesday night in the opening round. Seattle won three of the four meetings between the teams this season, including the last three.


    ''We know how to be good, and now we need to do that on the road. That's the hardest thing, and that's why the home games are so coveted,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''We are going to see if we can win a hard road game. We need to play a lot better than we did today.''
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    The WNBA regular season came to an end on September 8. See below for more information on where all teams stand and the opening-round matchups. The Playoffs begin September 11.

    The Playoff Picture Is Set


    (NOTE: Updated through games played on 9/8)


    First Round (Single Elimination)
    – No. 8 Phoenix Mercury at No. 5 Chicago Sky
    – No. 7 Minnesota Lynx at No. 6 Seattle Storm


    Second Round (Single Elimination)
    – Lowest-Seeded First-Round Winner at No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
    – Highest-Seeded First-Round Winner at No. 4 Las Vegas Aces


    Semifinals (Best-of-Five Series)
    – Lowest Remaining Seed at No. 1 Washington Mystics
    – Highest Remaining Seed at No. 2 Connecticut Sun


    Finals (Best-of-Five Series)
    – Tip Off September 29


    The Playoff Field


    (NOTE: Updated through games played on 9/8)

    Washington Mystics (26-8)
    – Clinched No. 1 seed, double bye to semifinals, and home-court advantage throughout the Playoffs


    Connecticut Sun (23-11)
    – Clinched No. 2 seed and double bye to semifinals


    Los Angeles Sparks (22-12)
    – Clinched No. 3 seed and first-round bye


    Las Vegas Aces (21-13)
    – Clinched No. 4 seed and first-round bye


    Chicago Sky (20-14)
    – Clinched No. 5 seed and first-round home game


    Seattle Storm (18-16)
    – Clinched No. 6 seed and first-round home game


    Minnesota Lynx (18-16)
    – Clinched No. 7 seed


    Phoenix Mercury (15-19)
    – Clinched No. 8 seed


    Tiebreak Procedure


    The following tiebreak procedure shall be used to break ties for playoff eligibility and home-court advantage.


    a. Two-Way Tie Between Teams. In order to break a tie, the following criteria will be utilized in the order set forth:
    (1) Better record in head-to-head games.
    (2) Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
    (3) Better point differential in games net result of total points scored less total points allowed head-to-head.
    (4) Better point differential net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents.


    b. More Than Two Teams Tied. As many teams as possible will be eliminated at each step. As soon as one or more teams are eliminated at any step, the process must begin again from step (1).


    Playoff Format


    Effective with the 2016 season, the WNBA implemented changes to playoff seeding and qualification procedures as well as the postseason format. Under the new postseason structure, the eight teams with the highest winning percentages regardless of conference qualify for the playoffs and are seeded based on their record.


    Additional features of the reconfigured playoff structure are as follows:


    The number of playoff rounds increased from three to four. The top two seeds receive a bye to the semifinals (third round), and the third and fourth seeds receive a bye to the second round.


    Teams will be re-seeded after each postseason round.


    The first and second rounds are single elimination. In the first round, the No. 5 seed hosts the No. 8 seed and the No. 6 seed hosts the No. 7 seed. In the second round, the No. 3 seed hosts the lowest-seeded first-round winner and the No. 4 seed hosts the other first-round winner.


    The semifinals feature a best-of-five format, with the No. 1 overall seed playing the lowest remaining seed and the No. 2 overall seed meeting the remaining team. The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will host Games 1, 2 and 5, and the lower-seeded teams will host Games 3 and 4 in their respective series. The WNBA Finals remain best-of-five and follow the same 2-2-1 format.


    Playoff Schedule


    Below is the complete list of 2019 WNBA playoff dates. All times and broadcast information to be announced. Schedule subject to change.


    DAY DATE PLAYOFF ROUND GAME

    Wednesday Sept. 11 First Round Elimination


    Sunday Sept. 15 Second Round Elimination


    Tuesday Sept. 17 Semifinals Game 1


    Thursday Sept.19 Semifinals Game 2


    Sunday Sept. 22 Semifinals Game 3


    Tuesday Sept. 24 Semifinals Game 4*


    Thursday Sept. 26 Semifinals Game 5*


    Sunday Sept. 29 Finals Game 1


    Tuesday Oct. 1 Finals Game 2


    Sunday Oct. 6 Finals Game 3


    Tuesday Oct. 8 Finals Game 4*


    Thursday Oct. 10 Finals Game 5*


    * – If Necessary
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    Cheat Sheet - First Round
    September 8, 2019
    By VI News



    The first round of the WNBA playoffs begins on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with a a single-elimination format. The winners of these games will travel to either No. 3 Los Angeles or No. 4 Las Vegas for second round matchups on Sunday.


    Those games will be single-elimination as well with the winners advancing to the semifinals against either No. 1 Washington or No. 2 Connecticut for a five-game series before the WNBA Finals, which is also a best-of-five matchup.


    (Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under - O/U)


    No. 8 Phoenix at No. 5 Chicago (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)



    -- The Sky went 3-0 both SU and ATS versus the Mercury this season.


    -- The pair met twice in Chicago and the home squad captured an 82-75 victory on June 10 and a 105-78 blowout win on Sept. 1.


    -- The 'over' went 2-1 in the three encounters and the totals ranged from 165 to 169 .


    -- Phoenix enters the playoffs as the lowest seed and the worst record (15-19 SU, 17-16-1 ATS).


    -- The Mercury closed the season with four consecutive losses and setbacks in six of their final eight games. In Sunday's finale, the club was outraced 98-89 to Las Vegas at home.


    -- Phoenix went 6-11 away from home but it did manage to produce a 9-7-1 record versus the number.


    -- Versus the Eastern Conference, the Mercury went 10-8 SU and 11-7 ATS. That includes a 4-5 SU and 6-3 ATS mark on the road.


    -- The 'under' went 19-15 for the Mercury this season and that include a 7-10 mark on the road.


    -- Since the WNBA created the first and second round elimination matchups in 2016, the Mercury have been involved each of the last three seasons.


    -- Phoenix has gone 6-0 in those games, going 3-0 at home in the first round and 3-0 in the second round.


    -- Unfortunately for the club, they’ve never captured a semifinal matchup after winning the elimination games. They dropped a 3-2 series to Seattle last season, which was an improvement after getting swept in the 2016 and 2017 semifinal matchups.


    -- Chicago earned the third seed in the Eastern Conferenec with a 20-14 overall record but for our purposes, the club was the most profitable team (21-12-1 ATS) in the league.


    -- At home, the Sky went 12-5 SU and 11-6 ATS.


    The team went 9-9 SU and 11-8-1 ATS versus the Western Conference this season. At home, the Sky went 6-3 both SU and ATS at home.


    -- Chicago closed the season with a 100-86 loss at Washington on Sunday. Prior to that setback, the Sky had won two straight and five of the last eight.


    -- The offense has been on fire of late, averaging 107 points per game in the two recent wins and that pushed the averaged up to 84.6 PPG on the season, ranked second in the league.


    -- Along with covering numbers, the Sky were also beasts for 'over' bettors. The high side went 22-10-2 but make a note that the 'under' was 8-7-2 at Wintrust Arena.


    -- After watching the 'under' cash in five straight games for Chicago, the club saw the 'over' go 4-0 their final four matchups versus the West.


    -- This will be the first trip to the playoffs for Chicago since 2016 when Los Angeles eliminated the Sky in four games (3-1). Chicago went 1-3 ATS in that series and the 'over' was 3-1 with the lone 'under' connecting in its only win versus the Sparks.




    No. 7 Minnesota at No. 6 Seatlte (ESPN2, 10:00 p.m. ET)


    -- The Storm went 3-1 both SU and ATS versus the Lynx in the regular season.


    -- At home, Seattle went 2-0 by capturing an 84-77 win on June 4 and an 82-74 victory on Aug. 18.


    -- The 'over' went 3-1 in those games and the totals ranged from 148 to 152 .


    -- Minnesota (18-16 SU, 18-15-1 ATS ended the regular season on Sunday with a 77-68 loss at Los Angeles. Prior to that defeat, the Lynx had won five in a row while covering four of those games.


    -- On the road, the Lynx went 7-10 both SU and ATS.


    -- The club went 3-1 both SU and ATS down the stretch away from home and that included Sunday's loss at Los Angeles.


    -- Total bettors saw Minnesota post a stalemate (17-17) in its 34 games, with the 'under' go 9-8 on the road.


    -- Minnesota played in its first playoff elimination game last season and the club dropped a 75-68 decision to Los Angeles as six-point underdogs.


    -- Despite getting sent home early last year, the Lynx have won the WNBA Finals in each of the last four odd years (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011).


    -- While that trend could have you leaning to Minnesota, the Storm are the defending WNBA champions.


    -- Seattle went 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS in last year's postseason and that included a 5-0 record (2-3 ATS) at home.


    -- At home this season, Seattle went 11- 6 SU and 9-7-1 ATS.


    -- The Storm closed the regular season with a 3-1 record and that included a 78-64 road win over Dallas on Sunday.


    -- Seattle produced the second best 'under' record (20-13-1) in the regular season but the 'over' closed the season with a 5-3 record.
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    Monday’s 6-pack


    Top six picks for Week 1 in Westgate Super Contest:


    6) Panthers +2.5, 845- L


    5) Broncos even, 856


    4) Buccaneers even, 862- L


    3) Texans +7, 904


    2) Colts +6.5, 1,052- W


    1) Ravens -6.5, 1,080- W


    2019 record: 2-2


    News Item of the Day
    Boston Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski Sunday night, less than a year after Boston won the World Series. Not a lot of loyalty in this world.


    Monday’s quiz
    Who holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history?


    Sunday’s quiz
    Sam Elliott played Bradley Cooper’s brother in A Star is Born.


    Saturday’s quiz
    Montgomery, AL hosts the Camellia Bowl every December.


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    Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday……


    Eagles 30, Redskins 27:
    — Washington led 20-7 at the half.
    — Redskins threw 45 passes, ran ball only 13 times.
    — Washington is 1-6 vs spread in last seven NFC East road games.


    — Eagles had TD plays of 51-53 yards, both on 3rd and 10 passes.
    — Philly converted 11-17 third down plays.
    — Eagle offense in 2nd half: four drives, 43 plays, 272 yards, 25 points.


    Bills 17, Jets 16:
    — Buffalo’s first seven drives: 35 plays, 165 yards, outscored 8-0 by Jet defense.
    — Buffalo’s last four drives: 28 plays, 220 yards, 17 points.
    — 38-yard pass from Allen to Brown with 3:00 left was the game-winner.


    — Jets were outgained 370-223; they averaged only 3.4 yards/pass attempt.
    — Jets’ new kicker missed a PAT and a 45-yard FG.
    — Not many teams are +3 in turnovers and lose; Jets had four takeaways (+3).


    Vikings 28, Falcons 12:
    — Atlanta turned ball over three times, was only 2-8 on third down.
    — Falcons had punt blocked on first series, threw INT on second series.
    — Last 2+ years, Atlanta is now 4-13 vs spread on road (1-7 as road dog).


    — Under Zimmer, Minnesota is 23-7-1 vs spread as a HF, 17-2-1 outside NFC North.
    — Minnesota threw only 10 passes the whole game; that doesn’t happen much.
    — Vikings won/covered their last five home openers.


    Ravens 59, Dolphins 10:
    — Baltimore had ball 10 times, scored eight TD’s, kicked a FG.
    — Jackson was 17-20/324 passing; he is 7-1 as an NFL starter.
    — Ravens won last four Week 1 games by combined score of 139-20.


    — Miami ran only 12 times for 21 yards; they were -3 in turnovers.
    — Dolphins gave app 643 yards, were down 42-10 at halftime.
    — 2020 NFL Draft begins April 23rd in Las Vegas.


    Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26:
    — McCoy carried ball 10 times for 81 yards in his KC debut.
    — KC had a 14-yard advantage in starting field position.
    — Five of KC’s seven plays of 20+ yards came on first down.


    — Foles got hurt; backup Minshew was 22-25/275 passing, with two TD’s.
    — Jaguar defense gave up TD plays of 68, 49 yards.
    — Both teams averaged 10+ yards/pass attempt, which doesn’t happen much.


    Titans 43, Browns 13:
    — Tennessee defense scored nine points, gave up only 13.
    — Titans were +3 in turnovers (3-0), had 11-yard edge in field position.
    — Tennessee won/covered six of last seven road openers.


    — Cleveland were called for 18 penalties for 182 yards.
    — Since re-joining NFL in 1999, Browns are 1-19-1 SU in Week 1
    — Last 9+ years, Cleveland is 7-15-2 as a home favorite.


    Rams 30, Panthers 27:
    — 89 of Gurley’s 97 rushing yards came in second half.
    — LA converted 9-17 third down plays.
    — Rams had one punt blocked, another deflected; no bueno.


    — McCaffery had 29 touches for 209 yards; their WR’s caught only 11 passes.
    — Newton ran ball only three times, for minus-2 yards.
    — First time in six years that Carolina lost its home opener.


    49ers 31, Buccaneers 17—
    — Five TD’s in this game: three scored by the defenses, two by offenses.
    — Teams who were +2 or better in turnovers this week are 7-2-1 ATS.
    — First time in five years 49ers won their road opener.


    — Tampa Bay scored only 10 points in four drives into red zone.
    — Last 5+ years, Bucs are now 16-25 vs spread at home.
    — TB started eight drives 75+ yards from goal line; on those eight drives, their offense was outscored 14-7 by SF’s defense.

    Lions 27, Cardinals 27, OT:

    — Detroit led 24-6 with 11:30 left in the game.
    — Stafford threw for 385 yards, had two guys with 100+ receiving yards.
    — Last 5+ years, Lions are 11-5-4 vs spread when laying 3 or fewer points


    — First three quarters, Murray was 9-25 passing for 70 yards.
    — 4th quarter and OT, Murray was 20-29 passing for 239 yards.
    — Last 3+ years, Cardinals are 8-16-1 SU at home.


    Seahawks 21, Bengals 20:
    — Cincy threw ball for 395 yards but lost three fumbles (minus-2 in turnovers).
    — Bengals scored only six points in three trips to the red zone.
    — Since ’11, Bengals are 23-14-4 vs spread as road underdogs.


    — Seattle was outgained 429-273 but pulled out the win.
    — Seahawks won their last 11 home openers (8-3 vs spread).
    — Under is 16-2-1 in Seattle’s last 19 home openers.


    Chargers 30, Colts 24 OT:
    — Indy ran ball for 203 yards, threw for 173; they converted 7-13 on 3rd down.
    — Colts start season 0-1 for the sixth year in a row.
    — Viniatieri missed two FG’s and an extra point.


    — Chargers led 17-6 at half; they took opening kick of OT and drove 75 yards for a TD.
    — 14 of Chargers’ last 17 home openers went over the total.
    — Bolts had eight plays of 20+ yards, 2nd-most in NFL on Sunday (Ravens).


    Cowboys 35, Giants 17:
    — Giants lost eight of their last nine season openers.
    — Total yardage was 494-470 Dallas; NYG was only 2-11 on third down.
    — Teams that were -2 or worse in turnovers are 2-8 SU this week.


    — Cowboys have now won five games in a row against the Giants.
    — Dallas averaged 12.7 yards/pass attempt; Prescott threw for 405 yards
    — Elliott ran ball 13 times for 53 yards a couple days after he reported.


    Patriots 33, Steelers 3:
    — Steelers were only one of 24 teams that played Sunday who didn’t score a TD.
    — Since 1997, Steelers are 1-9-1 vs spread when an underdog in their road opener.
    — Pittsburgh ran ball 13 times, dropped back to pass 48 times, a losing ratio.


    — NE averaged 9.6 yards/pass attempt, outgained Steelers 465-308.
    — Since ’13, Patriots are 29-13-3 as home favorites, 18-8-1 outside AFC East.
    — Last six Super Bowl champs are 4-1-1 vs ATS in their season opener the next year.
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    Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack


    Six more interesting pointspreads for this week’s college football:


    — North Carolina @ Wake Forest (-3)


    — Kansas State @ Mississippi State (-7.5)


    — Maryland (-7) @ Temple


    — Pittsburgh @ Penn State (-17)


    — Eastern Michigan @ Illinois (-8)


    — Akron @ Central Michigan (-3)




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


    13) ESPN football analyst Brian Griese is very good; Monday night he produced an old set of notes he had as a player, when his coach was Jon Gruden, back when he played for the Buccaneers in 2004-05, 08. Gruden would hand-write the notes and distribute them to players.


    Griese said “…..I never felt more prepared as a player than when I played for Gruden” which is obviously high praise from a guy who spent 11 years playing QB in the NFL, and whose dad was also a really good QB in the NFL.


    12) Virginia is -7 over Florida State in Charlottesville Saturday; since 1997, Seminoles are 11-2 SU vs Virginia, 8-5 vs spread— FSU was favored in all 13 games, eight times by 12+ points. 10 of their 11 wins over the Cavaliers were by 14+ points. Teams haven’t met since 2014.


    11) Actor Matthew McConaughey is apparently the Texas Longhorns’ new Minister of Culture, which means that he is a prominent celebrity booster who helps pump people up when it comes to all things Texas Longhorn. People are impressed by celebrities.


    From The Athletic: “McConaughey once thought he would be a college or pro athlete — he jokes he only gave up the dream about eight years ago — and he believes if he hadn’t found the acting thing, he might have become a coach. Now he has the chance to speak with, influence and encourage college kids.”


    Four years ago McConaughey started teaching a course at Texas, Script to Screen, in which film students receive a script from a film he’s working on and follow through all of its edits and iterations until production. The Moody College of Communications named him a professor of practice last week.


    10) Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey had 29 touches for 209 yards in the Panthers’ 30-27 loss to the Rams LW; great production if you have him in your fantasy league, but Carolina better find some other weapons, because 29 touches a week isn’t sustainable, especially in a week like this one, when the Panthers are playing on three days’ rest.


    9) Sunday afternoon in Queens, the Phillies had Andrew Knapp at bat with two men on and the pitcher (reliever Mike Morin) due up next; the Mets walked Knapp intentionally to get to the pitcher’s spot, because they wanted Morin out of the game, either that or they didn’t think the Phillies would hit for him. This strategy had one glaring problem.


    Bryce Harper wasn’t in the game yet, so they walked Knapp to pitch to pinch-hitter Harper, and strategy does not get much dumber than that; it is baseball malpractice. Harper walked to force in a run. Philly won the game 10-7.


    8) Mets’ P Noah Syndergaard doesn’t want to throw to catcher Wilson Ramos; he pleaded his case to pitching strategist Jeremy Accardo, manager Mickey Callaway, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, then got annoyed when word of the private conversation became public.


    7) Mets’ bullpen has a 7.62 ERA in 80.1 IP in Jacob deGrom’s starts this season.


    In totally unrelated news, Milwaukee star OF Christian Yelich fouled a ball off his knee Tuesday night and fractured his kneecap; he is done for this season.


    6) Cleveland Browns had 19 snaps on 1st-and-10 Sunday; on 15 of those 19 plays, they were penalized and wound up with 1st or 2nd down and more than 10 yards to go. Not good.


    5) Kentucky QB Terry Wilson is out for the season after hurting his left knee last week.


    4) Jets signed K Sam Ficken and cut K Kaare Vedvik, who has been traded twice, cut once in the last six weeks. Vedvik missed a PAT and a field goal in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to Buffalo.


    Jets also acquired WR DeMaryius Thomas from New England for a 6th round draft pick.


    3) Houston Texans released veteran CB Aaron Colvin, just over a year into a 4-year, $34M contract; he gets $7.5M this year- that was guaranteed.


    2) If you live in the Albany area and like pro wrestling, you will be interested to know that Ric Flair is doing an appearance at Colonie Center Sunday, at a hobby shop that is upstairs by the food court. They’re expecting a big crowd; get there early.


    1) Patriots at Dolphins opened at New England -14.5, but as I type this, it is up to -18.5 or -19. Takes lot of onions to back a Dolphin squad that lost 59-10 last week, while New England was killing the Steelers, but Patriots have lost SU in five of their last six visits to south Florida.


    CG Technology got a $55,000 bet Tuesday on the Patriots (-18) to cover; if that person read this site, he/she would know that over the last decade, Week 2 teams who won by 28+ points in Week 1 are 1-10 vs spread in their Week 2 game. We’ll see what happens.
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    Wednesday, September 11



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    PHOENIX (15 - 19) at CHICAGO (20 - 14) - 9/11/2019, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 6-3 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 5-4 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MINNESOTA (18 - 16) at SEATTLE (18 - 16) - 9/11/2019, 10:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 7-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 6-4 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA


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    Trend Report
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    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
    Chicago is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games
    Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
    Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games on the road
    Phoenix is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    Phoenix is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago


    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Seattle is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games at home
    Seattle is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Minnesota
    Seattle is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Minnesota is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Minnesota is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Seattle




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    Phoenix @ Chicago


    Game 601-602
    September 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    104.054
    Chicago
    113.400
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 9 1/2
    185
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    by 6
    169
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (-6); Over


    Minnesota @ Seattle



    Game 603-604
    September 11, 2019 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    102.777
    Seattle
    112.803
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 10
    156
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 2 1/2
    151
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (-2 1/2); Over
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    PHO at CHI 08:00 PM
    CHI -6.0
    O 170.0



    MIN at SEA 10:00 PM
    MIN +2.5
    O 151.0
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    WNBA postseason gets underway
    September 11, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    NEW YORK (AP) After a wild regular season, the WNBA postseason gets underway with a pair of first-round games.


    Top seeds Washington and Connecticut don't play for another week, as the teams earned double byes to the semifinals. Los Angeles and Las Vegas don't play until Sunday against the winners of Wednesday night's games.


    The first round, single elimination round matches Chicago welcoming Phoenix, and Seattle hosting Minnesota.


    The Mercury will head into the Windy City short-handed as they will most likely be without Diana Taurasi. Phoenix's star guard has missed most of the season with back and hamstring injuries. She's listed as doubtful for the opening game.


    ''Hopefully we can win and get her ready for Sunday,'' Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said on Tuesday. ''But at this stage, I don't envision Diana playing.''


    Taurasi has been the ultimate competitor in do-or-die WNBA playoff elimination games, going 13-1 in her career, with her lone loss coming against Seattle in the semifinals last season. The Mercury have gone 6-0 in the single elimination format since the WNBA first introduced it in 2016. Phoenix is used to playing without Taurasi this season, and Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner have had outstanding seasons, as well as guard Leilani Mitchell.


    Chicago is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Sky are led by guard Courtney Vandersloot, who became the first player in WNBA history to have 300 assists in a season. While experience is on the Mercury's side, the Sky have won all three games between the teams this season. That includes a 27-point win last week.


    In the second game of the night, Minnesota will visit the defending champion Storm. Both teams have been a bit surprising this season considering the players they've been missing. Seattle has played this season without reigning MVP Breanna Stewart, who has been out with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The Storm have also been missing Sue Bird for the entire year after she had knee surgery in May.


    Seattle has found other players to step up in the absence of the two stars. Natasha Howard has had an incredible season, playing well at both ends of the court.


    Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve had to find a way to restructure the franchise after four key pieces to the Lynx's dynasty were missing. Lindsay Whalen retired, Rebekkah Brunson sat out because of a concussion and Maya Moore decided to take the year off. Add to that Seimone Augustus missed the first half of the season while recovering from knee surgery and Reeve had a mostly new roster this season.


    The one mainstay from the championship run was center Sylvia Fowles, who had another strong season. She was complemented by first-round pick Napheesa Collier, who is a leading candidate for rookie of the year.


    Here are a few things to watch for in the playoffs:


    RESTING TIME: Washington and Connecticut will have time to heal up and be ready for the semifinals. For the Mystics, it's a chance to get a few more days for Kristi Toliver to recover from a bone bruise that has sidelined her for the last few weeks. For the Sun, it's a chance to play a best-of-five series in the playoffs instead of a single-elimination game in which the team hasn't fared well, losing the last two years to Phoenix.


    PLAYOFF NEWBIES: The Las Vegas Aces were the preseason pick by the WNBA's general managers and coaches to win the league this year. Coach Bill Laimbeer has said all along it's a three-year plan for the team and this is just the second year. The Aces earned a bye on the final day of the regular season and have the talent to make a deep playoff run. They are led by the dominant front court of A'ja Wilson and Liz Cambage.


    ROUNDING INTO FORM: The Los Angeles Sparks have been nearly unbeatable at home this season, winning 15 of 17 contests. With Candace Parker, Chelsea Gray and the Ogwumike sisters leading the way, the Sparks have playoff experience and depth. The key though might be the play of Riquna Williams. Los Angeles' guard was suspended for 10 games because of a domestic violence arrest. She provides the team with a consistent outside shooting presence and has the ability to create her own shot.
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    Sky and Storm advance to second round
    September 12, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    CHICAGO (AP) Diamond DeShields scored 25 points and the fifth-seeded Chicago Sky used a dominating second half for a 105-76 win over the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game on Wednesday night.


    Astou Nadour and Stefanie Dolson added 16 points apiece for the Sky, who play at fourth-seeded Las Vegas on Sunday in the single-elimination second round. Allie Quigley had 15 points, Cheyenne Parker had 11 off the bench and Courtney Vandersloot had nine points to go with 11 assists as Chicago was making its first playoff appearance since 2016.


    Phoenix only trailed 44-41 at halftime despite losing league-leading scorer Brittney Griner with a left knee injury with 8:18 left in the second quarter. Griner was called for an offensive foul setting a screen on Quigley, and it appeared there was knee-to-knee contact. Griner went to the locker room with the help of injured star Diana Taurasi, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury.


    Griner returned to start the third quarter with a knee brace, playing briefly before going to the bench for good. She had six points, more than 14 below her average. Chicago used a 12-0 to start the second half and the Sky didn't look back.


    STORM 84, LYNX 74


    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Jordin Canada scored a career-high 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Storm beat the seventh-seeded Lynx.


    With Jewell Loyd adding 22 points, the No. 6 Storm, who play at third-seeded Los Angeles on Sunday in the single-elimination second round, got 48 out of their backcourt. Minnesota had one point from starting guards Odyssey Sims and Danielle Robinson. Mercedes Russell contributed 13 points for Seattle.


    Sylvia Fowles scored inside with 5:52 to play in the fourth quarter to pull Minnesota within 71-67. The Lynx then went nine straight possessions without scoring. By the time Napheesa Collier made a free throw with 1:11 to play, Seattle was up 76-68.


    Damiris Dantas led the Lynx with 20 points, Collier had 19 and Fowles 11. Fowles also had 11 rebounds and Collier 10. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Collier is the third rookie in WNBA history to produce a double-double in their playoff debut, joining Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings.


    Seattle led 29-21 after one quarter as Canada and Loyd scored 11 points each. Minnesota stayed close because of its frontcourt production but never led after the opening minutes.


    Trailing 64-59 entering the fourth quarter, Minnesota got an early basket but Seattle reserves Shavonte Zellous and Sami Whitcomb combined for seven points to push the lead to 10. The Lynx answered with six points but then went cold with six turnovers and four missed shots before Dantas hit a 3 in the final minute.
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    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    5:05 PM Chicago Sky Las Vegas Aces Mandalay Bay Events Center




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    WNBA SEPT. PLAYOFFS OPINIONS AND BEST BETS: ALL BASED ON 5 UNITS


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD




    09/11/2019 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50


    Total................3-1-0........75.00%.....+9.50




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




    09/11/2019..............1 - 1................-0.50................2 - 0............+10.00..........+9.50


    Totals......................1 - 1 ...............-0.50................2 - 0.............+10.00..........+9.50
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    Props for tonight’s NFL game:


    — Over/under passing yards for Jameis Winston: 275.5


    — Will Mike Evans score a TD? Yes +$120, No -$140


    — Over/under receiving yards for Chris Godwin: 59.5


    — Over/under completions for Cam Newton: 22.5


    — Over/under rushing yards for Christian McCaffrey: 80.5


    — Over/under receiving yards for DJ Moore: 60.5


    Quote of the Day
    “The greatest Cowboy of them all has taken his last ride. It will never be the same again. We could never thank him enough for all that he did for our university. He gave us everything he had and all that he asked in return was that we play by the rules and dream big. He was living proof that anything is possible if you’re wearing orange. “
    Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder, talking about billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens, who passed away Wednesday


    Thursday’s quiz
    What is the only division in the NFL where none of their teams lost last week?


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne played the little kid’s chess mentors in the excellent movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Oakland Raiders are only NFL team that shares their stadium with a major league baseball team; when the Raiders move to Las Vegas next year, there will be none.


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


    13) Current Washington State football coach Mike Leach became the Texas Tech coach back in 2000; on his Tech team that first year were 23 guys who later became either college or NFL coaches, eight have been I-A head coaches, another eight have been coordinators.


    Very impressive coaching tree he has: Kliff Kingsbury, Dana Holgorsen, Sonny Dykes, Art Briles, Dave Aranda (LSU’s DC), Lincoln Riley.


    12) A’s 5, Astros 3— 21-year old Jesus Luzardo made his MLB debut and threw three innings, allowing only a solo home run. Very impressive debut.


    11) Every time I watch Marcus Semien play shortstop for the A’s, I’m reminded what a great infield coach Ron Washington is; his hard work helped make Semien the player he is today.


    10) NFL teams that impressed me in losses last week: Panthers, Colts, Texans.


    9) Purdue LB Markus Bailey, team’s top tackler last season, is out for the year (knee).


    8) NFL injury stuff:
    — Chargers’ TE Hunter Henry (broken leg) is out for the year.
    — Raiders’ S Johnathan Abram (shoulder) is out for the year.


    7) Two pitchers on the Pittsburgh Pirates got into a fight with each other before Monday night’s game; one of them hurt his hand and needed surgery on that hand. Not good.


    Sometimes I lose sight of just how long the baseball season is; 162 games in 182 days, and if you’re having a cruddy year, tensions can run high.


    6) This nugget from Ralph Michaels:


    Last 25 times Oklahoma was a road favorite, that game went over the total 22 times.


    5) There were 90 touchdowns scored in NFL’s Week 1, the most in an opening week of the NFL in the Super Bowl era.


    4) United States lost to France 89-79 Wednesday, in quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, snapping a streak of 58 straight wins in international competition.


    3) Dodgers clinched their 7th straight division title Tuesday, but they haven’t won a World Series since 1988, and until they do, lot of their fans won’t be happy.


    2) Jorge Soler’s season over/under for home runs back in the spring was 14.5; he hit his 43rd homer Wednesday night.


    1) RIP to T. Boone Pickens, 91, the billionaire who donated over $500M to Oklahoma State; their football stadium is named after him.
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    Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack


    Top six picks for Week 2 in Westgate Super Contest:


    6) Falcons, +1.5 (729)


    5) Rams, 2.5 (785)


    4) Bengals, -2 (804)


    T2) Steelers, -4 (966)
    T2) Cowboys, -5 (966)


    1) Browns, -2.5 (2,053)— Spread posted before Darnold declared out


    2019 record: 3-3




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    Armadillo: Sunday's Den: Wrapping up a college football Saturday


    13) Virginia 31, Florida State 24— Cavaliers had three TD drives of 72+ yards in the 4th quarter, as they handed FSU a loss that made the Seminoles 13-15 SU in their last 28 games.


    12) Iowa 18, Iowa State 17— Game was delayed twice by lightning for total of almost three hours; Hawkeyes won 5th straight game in this rivalry, despite being outgained by 105 yards. Cyclones lost two fumbles, were 3-9 on 3rd down; Iowa was 10-19.


    11) Temple 20, Maryland 17— Weird game; Terrapins were 5-21 on 3rd down, 1-6 on 4th down, failing to score on three drives where they had 1st-and goal. Maryland scored two safeties, was +2 in turnovers but still lost- they completed only 16-39 passes.


    10) BYU 30, USC 27 OT— Cougars win in OT for second week in a row; they won at Tennessee LW. Trojans were minus-3 in turnovers; total yardage was 452-430, fun game to watch.


    9) Air Force 30, Colorado 23 OT— Buffaloes started LY 5-0, then lost their last seven games and fired coach MacIntyre, who I think is a good coach (DC at Ole Miss now).


    Colorado beat Nebraska LW, in the renewal of an old rivalry, then they get beat in OT here by an Air Force team that ran ball for 289 yards. Buffs have a senior QB; this is their year to make some noise, but this is a bad loss.


    8) Wake Forest 24, North Carolina 18— Demon Deacons are 3-0, and appear headed to their 4th straight bowl, which would be the first time Wake Forest has done that. Thats the good news.


    Bad news for Wake Forest will be when a big $$$ school comes calling for coach Dave Clawson, who appears headed for greener pa$ture$ fairly soon. Very good coach.


    7) Upsets:
    — Kansas (+19) 48, Boston College 24
    — Arizona State (+15.5) 10, Michigan State 7
    — Kansas State (+7.5) 31, Mississippi State 24
    — West Virginia (+7) 44, NC State 27
    — Temple (+7) 20, Maryland 17
    — Eastern Michigan (+7) 34, Illinois 31
    — Liberty (+6) 35, Buffalo 17


    6) I-A team losing to a I-AA team:
    — Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24— Citadel runs the option, making things worse for Tech.


    Close call, red flag:
    — Virginia Tech 24, Furman 17
    — Nevada 19, Weber State 13
    — Wyoming 21, Idaho 16


    5) Eastern Michigan 34, Illinois 31— Was impressed by EMU senior QB Mike Glass III, who was 23-36/316 passing in the Eagles’ upset win.


    4) Arizona State 10, Michigan State 7— Spartans didn’t score until there was 8:37 left to play; Sun Devils went ahead 10-7 with 0:50 left, then Michigan State tied it on a FG with 0:06 left, but they had 12 men on the field- when they tried the kick again, they missed badly.


    Big win for Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils, who were 15.5-point underdogs; ASU is 6-2 ATS as an underdog under Edwards.


    3) Arizona 28, Texas Tech 14— Wildcats ran ball for 314 yards, converted 15-21 third down plays. Arizona QB Tate threw for 185 yards, ran for 129 more.


    2) Southern Miss 47, Troy State 42— Both teams threw for 500+ yards; there were six TD’s scored in 4th quarter, including back/back kick returns for TD’s— shortest play of the six TD’s was 34 yards. 12 TD’s, no turnovers, wild game.


    1) A gambler put $1,000 on Auburn to beat Kent State (with no pointspread) at a Caesars sportsbook Saturday night. Auburn won 55-16; the bettor wins $5, so he basically got a free drink for his trouble.
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    Cheat Sheet - Second Round


    The WNBA playoffs is down to six teams as the first round concluded this past Wednesday.


    In those games, the home teams went 2-0 both straight up and against the spread as Chicago and Seattle posted wins and covers against Phoenix and Minnesota respectively while the 'over' also cashed in both games as well.


    The Sky will now head to desert to meet Las Vegas on Sunday while the Storm trek down the West Coast for a matchup at Los Angeles later in the evening.


    Those two clubs will meet the winner of Sunday's winners in the semifinals, which are best-of-five matchups.


    (Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under - O/U)


    No. 6 Seattle at No. 3 Los Angeles (ESPN, 3:05 p.m. ET)


    Regular Season Meetings (Los Angeles 2-1 SU/ATS, Over 2-1, Home Team 3-0 SU/ATS)



    June 21 - Seattle (+1.5) 84 vs. Los Angeles 62 (Under 154)
    Aug. 4 - Los Angeles (-4.5) 83 vs. Seattle 75 (Over 148)
    Sept. 5 - Los Angeles (-6.5) 102 vs. Seattle 68 (Over 155)


    -- The home team went unbeaten in all three regular season meetings.


    -- The Sparks captured their two victories at home, winning by eight points in early August before a 34-point blowout win last week.


    -- Seattle advanced to this matchup by defeating Minnesota 84-74 at home this past Wednesday in the first round as a 2 1/2-point home favorite while the 'over' (149.5) cashed.


    -- Including that victory, the Storm have won and covered four of their last five games. The lone loss, mentioned above, came at Los Angeles.


    -- Seattle went 7-10 SU and 9-8 ATS on the road this season.


    -- When catching points away from home, the Storm went 5-9 SU and 7-7 ATS.


    -- In their last six spots as a road underdog, Seattle went 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS.


    -- Even though Wednesday's first-round playoff game went 'over' the total, the Storm were a solid 'under' bet in the regular season (20-13-1).


    -- On the road, the low side went 11-5-1 for the club and all of those results are attributed to Seattle's defense that is allowing a league best 75.1 points per game.


    -- Los Angeles finished the regular season with a 22-12 SU and 17-16-1 ATS record, the best mark in the Western Conference.


    -- The Sparks closed the year with three straight wins at home, winning by an average of 17.6 PPG.


    -- At home, Los Angeles was an impressive 15-2 SU and 12-5 ATS.


    -- As home favorites this season, the Sparks closed with 12 consecutive wins and they went 9-3 ATS in those contests.


    -- Total bettors saw a nice back and forth with Los Angeles this season as the club saw the 'over' go 18-16 overall, 9-8 both at home and on the road.


    -- L.A. went 1-1 in last year's postseason and the win came at home, a 75-68 decision over Minnesota as a six-point home favorite.


    -- Going back to the 2015 playoffs, Los Angeles has gone 8-2 both SU and ATS in its last 10 playoff games at home. The 'over' has gone 6-4 during this span but the 'under' has connected in the last three encounters.


    -- Seattle managed to steal one road win against Washington in last year's WNBA Finals but that was an anomaly. Prior to that win, the Storm had dropped eight straight playoff games on the road.




    No. 5 Chicago at No. 4 Las Vegas (ESPN2, 5:05 p.m. ET)


    Regular Season Meetings (Las Vegas 2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS, Over 3-0, Away 2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS)



    July 2 - Las Vegas (-9) 90 vs. Chicago 82 (Over 162.5)
    Aug. 9 - Chicago (+7) 87 at Las Vegas 84 (Over 164.5)
    Aug. 18 - Las Vegas (-2) 100 at Chicago 85 (Over 168.5)


    -- This regular season matchup saw the visitor go 2-1 SU and ATS, with all of the encounters coming in the second-half of the season.


    -- Chicago surprised Las Vegas on Aug. 9 wtih an 87-84 win as a seven-point home favorite but it did fall to Las Vegas 90-82 at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 2.


    -- The point-spread on those games was Vegas -9 and -7, which is much higher than Sunday's opening number of -2.5.


    -- The totals on those games ranged from 162.5 to 168.5 and the 'over' went 3-0 in the regular season. Fast forward to the playoffs, where defense is expected to be stressed, and the number is up to 176.5 off an opener of 173.


    -- Chicago came to play this past Wednesday as it dominated Phoenix 105-76 in wire-to-wire fashion as a seven-point favorite.


    -- Including the win over the Mercury, the Sky have won and covered three of their last four games.


    -- The 'over' has been the hot hand for Chicago, winners now in seven straight and 15 of the last 16 for the club.


    -- Chicago is the only team in the WNBA to average and allow over 80 points per game (84.6, 83.3).


    -- On the road, the Sky went 8-9 SU and 10-6-1 ATS.


    -- Circling back to the 'over' angle, the Sky have watched the high side go 15-2 in 17 away games.


    -- Las Vegas finished 21-13 SU overall but it burned bettors with a 13-21 record against the spread.


    -- The Aces were strong at home, going 13-4 at the Thomas & Mack Center and they were a tad better for bettors (7-10 ATS).


    -- Vegas finished the season with a 98-89 road win at Phoenix but a 1-4 record in its previous five games could be alarming.


    -- The 'over' went 10-7 at home for Las Vegas, 17-16-1 overall on the season.


    -- This will be the first playoff appearance for the Las Vegas franchise since the club moved from San Antonio.


    -- Prior to Wednesday's playoff win over Seattle, the last trip to the postseason for the Sky came in the 2016 playoffs.
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    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games at home
    Los Angeles is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing Seattle
    Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Los Angeles's last 19 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
    Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Seattle's last 21 games on the road
    Seattle is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Seattle's last 11 games when playing Los Angeles
    Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    Seattle is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Seattle's last 19 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles


    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    Las Vegas is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
    Las Vegas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Las Vegas's last 11 games
    Las Vegas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 5 games at home
    Las Vegas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
    Las Vegas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Las Vegas's last 16 games when playing Chicago
    Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Las Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Las Vegas's last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
    Chicago is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games
    Chicago is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
    Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Las Vegas
    Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Chicago's last 16 games when playing Las Vegas
    Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas




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    Sunday, September 15




    Seattle @ Los Angeles


    Game 605-606
    September 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    109.661
    Los Angeles
    114.917
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 5
    152
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 7
    155
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (+7); Under


    Chicago @ Las Vegas



    Game 607-608
    September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    115.275
    Las Vegas
    108.390
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 7
    166
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Las Vegas
    by 4 1/2
    175
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+4 1/2); Under









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    SEATTLE (19 - 16) at LOS ANGELES (22 - 12) - 9/15/2019, 2:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 20-38 ATS (-21.8 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 82-113 ATS (-42.3 Units) in road games after a division game since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in home games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games in August or September games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in home games vs. division opponents this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    SEATTLE is 43-31 ATS (+8.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 23-13 ATS (+8.7 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    SEATTLE is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 5-4 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 5-4 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CHICAGO (21 - 14) at LAS VEGAS (21 - 12) - 9/15/2019, 4:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games this season.
    CHICAGO is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) as an underdog this season.
    CHICAGO is 11-1 ATS (+9.9 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest this season.
    CHICAGO is 18-10 ATS (+7.0 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    CHICAGO is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    CHICAGO is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    CHICAGO is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    LAS VEGAS is 26-46 ATS (-24.6 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) after a division game this season.
    LAS VEGAS is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 5-3 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    LAS VEGAS is 5-4 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Hamby's shot lifts Las Vegas over Chicago
    September 15, 2019
    By The Associated Press



    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dearica Hamby hit a shot from a few steps inside halfcourt with 5 seconds left to lift Las Vegas to a 93-92 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.


    With the Aces down by two, Hamby stole a pass from Courtney Vandersloot, took a dribble over halfcourt near the sideline and threw up her shot that went in. The Sky had one last chance, but Astou Ndour's 3-pointer from the corner after a timeout was off.


    Las Vegas will play Washington in the best-of-five semifinals that begin Tuesday.


    Liz Cambage had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, Hamby finished with 17 points.


    Hamby made a short basket to give Las Vegas a five-point lead with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter but Diamond DeShields and Vandersloot each made a layup before Ndour, who made just 14 3-pointers in the regular season, hit a corner 3 with 24.4 seconds to play to give Chicago a 92-90 lead.


    On the ensuing possession, Vandersloot poked the ball off the leg of A'ja Wilson, who lost it out of bounds. Vandersloot then had the ball in the backcourt and was under pressure when Hamby stole it and hit her deep runner.


    Diamond DeShields had 23 points, Ndour scored 17 and Kahleah Copper 16 for No. 5 seed Chicago.


    SPARKS 92, STORM 69


    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chelsea Gray had 21 points and eight assists, Candace Parker added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Sparks beat Seattle to eliminate the defending-champion Storm from the WNBA playoffs.


    No. 3 seed Los Angeles advance to play second-seeded Connecticut, which earned a double-bye to the semifinals. The best-of-five series begins Tuesday in Connecticut. The WNBA said that they will pay for charter flights for the winners of the second round games to fly east so that the teams can have a full day to prepare for the first game of the semifinals.


    Natasha Howard gave the Storm their first lead since early in the second quarter with a 3-pointer that made it 56-55 with 3:11 left in the third but Parker answered with a layup, Gray hit a pull-up jumper and, after a short basket by Seattle's Jewell Loyd, the Sparks scored 21 of the next 24 points to pull away for good.


    Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 points and Riquna Williams added 11 for the Sparks (22-12).


    Natasha Howard led the Storm with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.
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