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  1. #241
    WNBA Capsules
    July 7, 2018


    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kristi Toliver scored 18 points to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-74 on Saturday for coach Mike Thibault's 300th career regular season win.

    Thibault is the first WNBA coach to reach that milestone. Sparks coach Brian Agler is second all-time with 264.

    LaToya Sanders added 14 points and eight rebounds while Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins scored 11 points apiece for the Mystics (12-6). Washington has won six of its last seven games.

    Toliver, who hit all of her 13 free-throw attempts, made two foul shots to spark an 8-2 spurt that gave the Mystics a 74-66 with two minutes left after a jumper by Natasha Cloud. Chelsea Gray hit a 3-pointer to pull the Sparks within five with 1:18 remaining, but Washington made 9 of 10 free throws from there to seal it.

    Gray led Los Angeles (12-8) with 23 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. The Sparks have lost five of their last six.

    The Mystics shot just 41 percent, including 1 of 16 from 3-point range, but made 32-of-35 free throws.

    SKY 77, LYNX 63

    CHICAGO (AP) - Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Sky beat the Lynx.

    Allie Quigley added 15 points and four steals for Chicago (7-12), which snapped a three-game skid.

    Quigley and Cheyenne Parker made back-to-back layups and Vandersloot hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-42 with six minutes left in the third quarter and the Sky led the rest of the way. Maya Moore's layup early in the fourth quarter trimmed Minnesota's deficit to 68-61, but scored nine of the final 11 points to pull away.

    Moore led the Lynx (11-8) with 16 points and Seimone Augustus scored 11. Minnesota, which came in leading the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8), made just 5 of 18 from behind the arc.

    Chicago hit 9-of-17 3-pointers.


    ACES 94 , SUNS 90

  2. #242
    League Standings

    RANK TEAM W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK

    #1 Seattle Storm 14 5 0.737 - 6-4 8-3 6-2 8-2 W 4

    #2 Phoenix Mercury 14 5 0.737 - 6-3 5-3 9-2 8-2 W 4

    #3 Washington Mystics 12 6 0.667 1.5 8-1 7-4 5-2 7-3 W 2

    #4 Los Angeles Sparks 12 8 0.600 2.5 5-5 8-3 4-5 4-6 L 3

    #5 Minnesota Lynx 11 8 0.579 3 7-3 6-3 5-5 8-2 L 1

    #6 Dallas Wings 9 8 0.529 4 4-7 6-3 3-5 5-5 W 2

    #7 Connecticut Sun 10 9 0.526 4 6-4 5-1 5-8 3-7 L 2

    #8 Atlanta Dream 8 9 0.471 5 5-3 4-3 4-6 4-6 L 1

    #9 Las Vegas Aces 8 12 0.400 6.5 2-8 5-5 3-7 5-5 W 2

    #10 Chicago Sky 7 12 0.368 7 4-5 5-5 2-7 4-6 W 1

    #11 New York Liberty 5 13 0.278 8.5 4-5 3-7 2-6 2-8 L 2

    #12 Indiana Fever 2 17 0.105 12 1-10 1-9 1-8 2-8 L 1



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    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00

    MAY'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00

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    WNBA JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........14-19.........42,42%.....-34.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.......................6 - 10................-25.00....................8 - 8................-9.50..............-34.50



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    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY JULY 8, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Dallas Wings New York Liberty Westchester County Center
    3:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    7:00 PM Washington Mystics Seattle Storm KeyArena


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    Sunday’s 6-pack

    — Baltimore is 24-64; if you bet $100 on all their games, you would be down $3,548.

    — A’s 6, Indians 3 (11)— Stephen Piscotty hit a 2-run homer in the 11th.

    — Rays 3, Mets 0— Nate Snell is 12-4, 2.09 this season.

    — In his last four starts, Jason Hammel has allowed 37 hits, 24 earned runs in 17.2 IP.

    — Hornets’ G Malik Monk is out 6-8 weeks after breaking his thumb in summer league.

    — Angels are only MLB team with winning record (13-11) when they don’t homer in that game.

    Tweet of the Day
    “If you sneak in and go to somebody’s practice, it’s unethical. If somebody’s steals my signals, that’s on me. It’s up to you to keep things changed up.”
    Unnamed longtime college coach, on football espionage

    Sunday’s quiz
    Who is the only active MLB manager who played in the Little League World Series?

    Saturday’s quiz
    Carmelo Anthony broke into the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.

    Friday’s quiz
    Justin Verlander has given up the most career home runs to the White Sox (41).

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    Sunday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind……..

    13) It is possible that I watch too much TV; wore out my damn remote control. Seriously.

    The 0 and the 4 buttons don’t work anymore; DirecTV sent me a new one, which better get here pretty soon.

    12) Colts’ QB Andrew Luck lost his wallet recently; a guy found it, and returned it to Colts’ HQ, without taking anything out of it. Honorable guy.

    For his honesty, Luck gave the guy a signed football; throwing in some game tickets or a signed jersey/helmet might’ve been good, too. Everyone is happy, which is the main thing.

    11) NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is very popular; the first game of the day is usually in the girls’ gym, Cox Pavilion, and it always almost full for the first game.

    Once the day gets started, they’ll have two games going at once; the best move, if you don’t care which game you’re watching, is to walk down the hall to the Thomas & Mack Center and stretch out in the big arena— lot more room, and closer to the concession stands, which are pretty good.

    10) Did I mention it was supposed to be 110 degrees in Las Vegas Friday? So for $38 or so, you get solid entertainment all day while staying cool. Cheaper than playing video poker all day.

    9) I’ve told this story here before, but few years ago, I’m sitting in Cox Pavilion by myself watching the summer league, listening to conversations around me. For a solid hour, not one of the conversations were in English.

    GM’s from basketball leagues all over the world are in Las Vegas, looking for players to help their teams next season. Once spent an hour talking to an agent whose clients were all players who played overseas. Guys still make six figures playing ball internationally.

    8) Indiana Pacers lost their summer league opener 92-89 to Houston Friday; they were 19-33 on the foul line; you wonder why Doug McDermott makes $7M a year? Shooters are always welcome.

    7) This is going to look strange; Tony Parker signed a 2-year, $10M deal to go to the Charlotte Hornets. Parker played for San Antonio the last 17 seasons.

    Dwight Howard was bought out by the Nets, signs a 2-year, $11M deal with the Wizards.

    Zach LaVine signed a 4-year, $78M offer sheet with Sacramento- Bulls matched it.

    6) Guy that owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers is selling his NYC mansion for a mere $88M, thats million, with an M. Place looks more like a museum than a house.

    5) There is a grocery store on East Flamingo Rd in Las Vegas, Smith’s Food King, with a bar inside it. This is an excellent idea. Wife shops, husband drinks, marriages are happier.

    4) Orlando Magic’s summer league team had five practices in three days before the summer league began; they’ll practice once a day on their off-days until summer league is over.

    3) University of Houston hired Robert Boudwin as assistant AD for marketing and event presentation; he spent two decades as the Houston Rockets’ mascot “Clutch the Bear”

    2) This makes no sense; major league base coaches have to wear batting helmets on the field, but watch when a team has a runner on 2nd base- the third base coach will stand halfway between home and third, to get a better angle on a ball hit to the outfield.

    This is totally unsafe; the third base coach shouldn’t be allowed to be closer to home plate than the coaches’ box. I mean, if you care about safety and all.

    1) Bartolo Colon and Jamie Moyer are only pitchers in MLB history to allow a home run to 300 different players; this week James McCann became the 300th player to homer off Colon.
    Last edited by Cnotes53; 07-08-2018 at 12:16 AM.

  3. #243
    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Sunday, July 8



    Phoenix @ Atlanta

    Game 307-308
    July 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    113.709
    Atlanta
    104.324
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 9 1/2
    165
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
    by 4
    161 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (-4); Over

    Dallas @ New York


    Game 309-310
    July 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    115.071
    New York
    102.416
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 12 1/2
    169
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 2 1/2
    164 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (-2 1/2); Over

    Washington @ Seattle


    Game 311-312
    July 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    112.511
    Seattle
    116.531
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 4
    161
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 6 1/2
    167 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+6 1/2); Under





    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Sunday, July 8


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    PHOENIX (14 - 5) at ATLANTA (8 - 9) - 7/8/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHOENIX is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) in all games this season.
    PHOENIX is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games this season.
    PHOENIX is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    PHOENIX is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) in May, June, or July games this season.
    PHOENIX is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) against Eastern conference opponents this season.
    PHOENIX is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    PHOENIX is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    PHOENIX is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    PHOENIX is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 25-15 ATS (+8.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 4-3 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 5-2 straight up against ATLANTA 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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    DALLAS (9 - 8) at NEW YORK (5 - 13) - 7/8/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 0-9 ATS (-9.9 Units) in road games in July games over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 105-74 ATS (+23.6 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1997.
    NEW YORK is 17-29 ATS (-14.9 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 17-29 ATS (-14.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 4-3 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 6-1 straight up against DALLAS 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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    WASHINGTON (12 - 6) at SEATTLE (14 - 5) - 7/8/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 322-379 ATS (-94.9 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 22-41 ATS (-23.1 Units) in road games on Sunday games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 24-45 ATS (-25.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) after a non-conference game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 4-3 straight up against WASHINGTON 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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    WNBA

    Sunday, July 8


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    Trend Report
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    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 10 games
    Phoenix is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Phoenix is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 12 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
    Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
    Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 12 games when playing at home against Phoenix


    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games
    Dallas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Dallas is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
    Dallas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing New York
    Dallas is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing on the road against New York
    Dallas is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York Liberty
    New York is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    New York is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games
    New York is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Dallas
    New York is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Dallas
    New York is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas


    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
    Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
    Washington is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Washington is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Washington's last 18 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Seattle is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    Seattle is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing Washington
    Seattle is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Seattle's last 18 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

  4. #244
    Rising Mercury visit Atlanta for Dream matchup

    Phoenix steamrolled to the best record in the NBA behind the clutch play of Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, and the Mercury will rely heavily on both as they roll into Atlanta for a matchup with the Dream on Sunday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech University.

    The Mercury (14-5) head south after an 84-77 home win over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday. Taurasi scored 25 points, Griner added 23 and DeWanna Bonner pitched in 12 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

    Bonner started in place of Sancho Lyttle, who is out for the season with a knee injury, shifting into the post from small forward.

    Taurasi passed Tina Thompson as the league career field goals leader with a basket early in the third quarter. Last season, Taurasi also passed Thompson to become the WNBA career scoring leader, and she also leads in 3-pointers.

    "When you lose two key players (Lyttle and Camille Little, out with an ankle injury), you try to stay consistent in what you want to do," Taurasi said. "We slide DB (Bonner) to the four, she has a great game. She's a great player; you put her anywhere on the court.

    "Our mindset the whole year is what we can we do being a veteran team, stepping up to the plate in moments like this. Tonight's game showed that."

    Little could return Sunday at Atlanta, Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said, and so will 6-foot-5 post Marie Gulich, who has missed three games after a death in her family.

    The Dream return to the court after a 95-86 loss on Friday to the Seattle Storm, who with the win moved into a tie with the Mercury for the league's best record. Angel McCoughtry (29 points) and Tiffany Hayes (23) combined for 49 points for Atlanta in the loss, and Brittney Sykes added 12 and Renee Montgomery scored 10 for the Dream (8-9).

    The loss to Seattle was the first of seven home games this month for the Dream, who play six of their next nine games at home.

    Atlanta's Renee Montgomery scored her 3,000th career point at Minnesota last Friday.

    McCoughtry , who sat out the 2017 season to rest her body, now ranks 15th overall among WNBA career scoring leaders at 5,284 career points. She reached 5,000 points the second fastest in league history behind Taurasi.

    McCoughtry continues to break records, including setting a high of 39 points in a game against New York on June 19.

    Phoenix won the first game between the two teams 78-71 on June 3 in Atlanta as Bonner and Griner each had 20 points and seven rebounds.

    The Mercury have won 10 of the last 13 games against the Dream but are 1-2 in the last three meetings on the road against Atlanta.

    In 12 all-time meetings between the Mercury and the Dream in Atlanta, they each have won six games.

  5. #245
    Wings visit struggling Liberty

    The Dallas Wings and New York Liberty reside in the second-to-last spot in their respective conferences but there are stark differences.

    While the Wings are over .500, the Liberty own one of the league's worst records and are well short of being in playoff contention.

    The Wings go for their 10th win while the Liberty try to avoid their 14th loss Sunday afternoon when the teams get together at the Westchester Civic Center in White Plains, N.Y.

    Like the NBA, the Western Conference has more teams with a winning record and, since the league's playoff format is putting the top eight in regardless of conference, there is more jockeying out west. The only losing team of the six teams are the Las Vegas Aces, which is why Dallas (9-8) is fifth.

    As for New York (5-13), it owns the league's second-worst record, and several of its recent losses are double-digit contests.

    Dallas is among the league's most productive offenses at 85.7 points per game. It has topped 85 points in eight games and is 7-1 when doing so. The Wings followed up a 108-85 home win against the Chicago Sky on Tuesday with a 90-63 home victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday.

    Azura Stevens scored a career-high 26 points in a game in which Dallas dominated the paint by getting 38 points, outrebounded Indiana by a 47-22 margin and allowed 35 percent shooting.

    Stevens is averaging 7.7 points but has reached double figures in four of her last seven outings.

    "I thought her footwork was really good," Dallas coach Fred Williams said. "She was just really energetic getting to the rim. She's really blossoming for us."

    It was also the first game Dallas was not led in scoring by Skylar Diggins-Smith or Liz Cambage. Diggins-Smith is averaging 18.5 points while Cambage is at 20.6 points per game.

    The Wings could use another productive night since the schedule is about to become tougher. After completing a week of playing the three worst teams in the East, next week features a home game with the Phoenix Mercury followed by visits to the Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm.

    "They come to work every day, practice. You saw how they enjoy playing with each other," Williams said. "Everybody is starting to get in rhythm with each other. They just really, really like playing with each other."

    Off to their worst start since 2006 and their second-worst start overall, the Liberty would like to find some rhythm and secondary scoring.

    New York is 1-7 in its last eight games and is averaging 75.3 points. During this skid, six of the losses are by double digits and the Liberty have been held under 80 points six times.

    Those include the last two defeats, double-digit setbacks to Seattle and the Washington Mystics. The Liberty scored just eight points in the fourth quarter on Thursday and were handed an 86-67 loss at Washington.

    Tina Charles scored 26 points but had little help. The other player in double figures was Epiphanny Prince, who shot 3 of 11 and scored 11 points.

    "Right now, we're beating ourselves in a lot of games in a variety of ways," New York coach Katie Smith said after Tuesday's loss to Seattle. "We're not very consistent. If we decide as a unit that we're done with this and we're tired of it, there could be some good things."

    New York recorded a 94-89 victory over Dallas on May 29 in its third game of the season when Charles scored a season-best 34 points.

  6. #246
    Mystics-Storm Preview

    When Elena Delle Donne is on the court, the Washington Mystics are a different team.

    Makes sense, since the forward is a four-time WNBA All-Star and the league's 2015 MVP.

    And she's the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Month and Player of the Week.

    Which means despite sharing the league's top record, the Seattle Storm (14-5) will have their hands full Sunday afternoon when they host the Mystics (12-6) at KeyArena.

    The Storm beat the Mystics 81-77 on May 29 in Seattle as Jewell Loyd scored 27 points, but Washington was without Delle Donne, who was sidelined with flu-like symptoms, and guard Natasha Cloud.

    The Mystics are 11-3 with Delle Donne in the lineup this season and 1-3 without.

    "We haven't done anything," veteran Storm point guard Sue Bird, who is tied for the league lead with 7.5 assists per game, told The Seattle Times after the previous meeting against the Mystics. "What have we done? We beat Washington without Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud. So what? They had eight people.

    "Don't get me wrong. I'm not Negative Nancy who can't look at our team and understand that we're playing at a high level and that we've done a lot of good things."

    Led by forward Breanna Stewart, who is tops in the WNBA in scoring (22.2 points per game) and fifth in rebounding (7.7), the Storm has won four straight games to tie Phoenix for the league's best mark. Delle Donne is among the league leaders with 19.9 points per game.

    The Mystics, who have won six of their past seven games, are coming off an 83-74 victory Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles, as Kristi Toliver scored a team-high 20 points in helping coach Mike Thibault record his WNBA record 300th career regular-season victory. LaToya Sanders added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins each scored 11.

    "My life has been really rewarding doing this," Thibault told his hometown St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press last month. "And I feel like, in some small way, maybe I've made a difference somewhere."

    Stewart had 29 points and nine rebounds and Bird added a season-high 18 points and 10 assists, her 26th career double-double, as the Storm won 95-86 on Friday at Atlanta to sweep a two-game trip that also took them to New York. Natasha Howard had 10 points and 11 rebounds against the Dream and Seattle tied a season high with 21 fast-break points.

    The Storm, which leads the league in scoring with 87.0 points per game, has a 21-15 advantage in the all-time series against the Mystics.

  7. #247
    SUNDAY, JULY 8
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    PHO at ATL 00 PM
    PHO -5.0
    O 160.5


    DAL at NY 00 PM
    NY +3.5
    O 164.0


    WAS at SEA 07:00 PM
    SEA -6.0
    U 168.0

  8. #248
    WNBA Capsules
    July 8, 2018


    SEATTLE (AP) Sue Bird scored 21 while setting the franchise scoring mark to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 on Sunday.

    Bird became the Storm's all-time leading scorer with her 13th point of the game, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007) on a pull-up jumper with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Bird also moved ahead of Jackson to seventh on the all-time WNBA scoring list, behind Lisa Leslie (6,263).

    The Storm outscored the Mystics 27-10 over the final seven minutes of the third quarter to lead 75-66 at the end of the period. Seattle extended its lead to 88-74 on Breanna Stewart's 3-pointer with 4:18 to go. Elena Delle Donne's step back 3-pointer closed the deficit to 95-89 with 25.1 seconds left but the Mystics got no closer.

    The Mystics led 56-48 on Kristi Toliver's 3-pointer after a 10-4 run to open the third quarter.

    Stewart had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Seattle. Natasha Howard added nine points, including the 1,000th of her career.

    Elena Delle Donne scored 29, Toliver added 18 and Ariel Atkins 17 for Washington.

    WINGS 97, LIBERTY 87

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Skylar Diggins-Smith had 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists to help the Wings beat the Liberty.

    The Wings (10-8) had their largest lead at 88-65 on Allisha Gray's 3-pointer with 6:27 left in the game. Dallas still led by 20 with three minutes to go before the Liberty (5-14) closed the game on a 15-5 run.

    Liz Cambage added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Wings, who won their third straight. Gray scored 15 and Azura Stevens had 13.

    Dallas pulled away with an 8-1 run to end the first quarter with a 30-22 lead and had a 12-0 run in the third quarter to build the lead to 63-42.

    Tina Charles had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the Liberty. Amanda Zahui B added 12 points and Epiphanny Prince scored 11.

    DREAM 76, MERCURY 70

    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiffany Hayes had 18 points and the Dream held off a late rally to beat the Mercury.

    The Dream (9-9) opened the game on an 8-0 run and reached their largest lead at 62-39 on Hayes' jumper with 4:28 left in the third quarter.

    Leilani Mitchell's 3-pointer with 47.3 seconds left closed the deficit to 73-68 for the Mercury (14-6). Elizabeth Williams made two free throws with 25.6 seconds left and Hayes split a pair with 19.4 seconds left to help the Dream hold on.

    Renee Montgomery and Brittney Sykes added 13 points each, and Elizabeth Williams and Angel McCoughtry each scored 10 for Atlanta.

    Diana Taurasi scored 19, Brittney Griner added 18 and Mitchell 10 for the Mercury. Sancho Lyttle missed the game with a knee injury.

  9. #249
    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JULY 10, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Seattle Storm KeyArena
    8:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Dallas Wings College Park Center
    8:30 PM Las Vegas Aces Chicago Sky Wintrust Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 11, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    11:30 AM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    11:30 AM New York Liberty Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    12:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 12, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM Dallas Wings Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY JULY 13, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Chicago Sky Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    7:00 PM Indiana Fever Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    7:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    8:00 PM Las Vegas Aces Minnesota Lynx Target Center

    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JULY 14, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    9:00 PM Dallas Wings Seattle Storm KeyArena


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


    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00

    MAY'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00

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

    WNBA JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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


    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........15-23.........39.47%.....-51.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.......................6 - 12..............-36.00......................9 - 10..............-15.50..............-51.50

  10. #250
    Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

    Odds to win the Pac-12 college football title this season:

    5-9: Washington Huskies

    9-2: Stanford Cardinal

    4-1: USC Trojans

    8-1: Oregon Ducks

    15-1: Arizona, Utah

    40-1: UCLA Bruins


    **********

    Armadillo: Tuesday's Den: Random comments, thoughts, questions

    13) Is the famous cook Wolfgang Puck a hockey fan?

    12) What is the point of batting the pitcher 8th? Still don’t get it, and no one has done it in a playoff game, so that tells me it is just a gimmick.

    11) Wouldn’t geographic re-alignment help baseball by creating more games between rivals and reducing travel costs?

    If the All-Star Game was US against the World, it would be a lot more spirited.

    10) An actor named John Hurt passed away last year, at age 77; he appeared in 207 movies, and died in 43 of them, which is the record for the actor whose character died in the most movies.

    9) I don’t think set-up men should make the All-Star Game; if you’re not a starter or not the team’s closer, then you’re not one of the six best pitchers on your team, so no All-Star Game for you.

    An exception is Milwaukee’s Josh Hader; their front office is misusing Hader so badly— he’s thrown only 44.2 innings all season, when he should be starting games, not pitching in the 6th and 7th inning only.

    If Milwaukee gets nosed out of a playoff berth, that’ll be a big reason why.

    8) Mets sent TV analyst Keith Hernandez out to a wiffle ball field in centerfield for an inning or two during the first game of last night’s twinbill, to tutor little kids on hitting balls off a tee.

    You know your team is bad when watching a 5-year old whack wiffle balls is a diversion from the actual game you’re broadcasting.

    7) A former Goldman Sachs banker is in talks with U.S. prosecutors to potentially plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to steal billions of dollars from a Malaysian state investment fund.

    Is there no end to the corruption in this world? It is sad.

    6) There was once an NHL player named Miroslav Satan who played 15 years in the NHL, playing for five different teams, scoring 224 goals. How could someone named Satan never play for the Devils?

    5) I’m curious how many actors have played the President of the US in movies/TV.

    4) Do NASCAR drivers get a lot of speeding tickets when they’re driving in normal traffic?

    3) I was curious about guys who are in the Las Vegas Summer League, are they responsible for their own sneakers, if they’re guys without shoe contracts?

    Was told by someone who knows that established NBA players send sneakers to guys on their team who might need them, and that player agents might also provide some to clients.

    2) Baseball doings:
    — Mets put Todd Frazier (ribs) on the DL.
    — Marlins’ C JT Realmuto is on the paternity list.
    — Dodgers put OF Yasiel Puig (oblique) on the DL.

    1) Former NBA star Yao Ming got his degree this weekend from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China; he first enrolled in 2011. The 38-year old Ming majored in Economics.

  11. #251
    WNBA Betting Recap - 7/2-7/8
    Joe Williams

    League Betting Notes (Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 8)

    -- Favorites went 10-6 straight up (SU)
    -- Favorites went 8-7-1 against the spread (ATS)
    -- Home teams went 10-6 SU
    -- Home teams went 8-7-1 ATS
    -- The 'under' went 10-6

    Team Betting Notes

    -- Atlanta (9-9) picked up an impressive 76-70 victory against Phoenix (14-6) to get back to .500. After a 1-4-1 ATS run from June 12-27, the Dream is a solid 3-1 ATS over the past four outings. The 'over' is 4-1 across the past five contests, while going 6-2 over the past eight, too.

    -- It has been very difficult trying to figure out Chicago (7-12) this season. They rattled off three straight victories from June 24-29, including wins against the Dream and Mercury. However, they nosedived in a three-game span from July 1-5 before surprising Minnesota (11-8) as an 8 1/2-point underdog with a straight-up win on July 7. The Sky are 5-2 ATS across the past seven after the win, but they're just 2-5 ATS in their past seven on the road.

    -- It was another ugly week for Connecticut (10-9), as they dropped a pair of road games after surprising Los Angeles (12-8) on July 3. The Sun are 3-8 ATS over the past 11 outings, and they still haven't covered in back-to-back games since June 1-3.

    -- Dallas (10-8) is on a season-high three-game winning streak after a perfect 3-0 SU/ATS week. The Wings have covered four in a row on the road, too, and they're 6-2 ATS in their past eight away games.

    -- Indiana (2-17) won a stunner in Minnesota as a 14-point underdog, the largest upset of the season, winning for the few moneyline (+800) bettors who bravely banked on the Fever. It was their only cover across the past six, too.

    -- The Sparks have been stumbling a lot lately, dropping a season-high three in a row. They're also 1-6 ATS over the past seven outings, too. While they have been a bit undependable lately against the spread, total bettors known L.A. is solid. The 'under' is 13-7 in their 20 games this season.

    -- New York (5-14) enters the new week on a three-game swoon after an awful week. They posted a season-low 62 points in their home outing July 3 against Seattle (15-5), and they're also 0-3 ATS in the past three outings, too, while going 3-10 ATS over the past 13. The Liberty haven't had consecutive covers since a three-game streak May 25-June 2.

    -- As mentioned above, the Mercury had their four-game win streak snapped July 8 in the ATL. They're still 4-1 SU/ATS over the past five outings. Under bettors have found Phoenix to be favorable, too, as the under is 4-1 in the past five, and 10-4 over the past 14.

    -- The Storm have tied a season-high win streak, going 5-0 SU/4-0-1 ATS across the past five. They're also averaging 96.0 PPG over the past two, and it's no surprise that the over has hit in back-to-back games for Seattle as a result.

    -- Washington (12-7) has lost consecutive games just once this season, a three-game losing skid from June 1-7. They're a solid 6-2 SU and 5-2-1 ATS across the past eight outings, too.

  12. #252
    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, July 10



    Los Angeles @ Seattle

    Game 313-314
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    109.462
    Seattle
    116.729
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 7 1/2
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 1
    161
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (-1); Under

    Phoenix @ Dallas


    Game 315-316
    July 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Phoenix
    111.658
    Dallas
    114.806
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Dallas
    by 3
    165
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Dallas
    by 1 1/2
    168
    Dunkel Pick:
    Dallas
    (-1 1/2); Under

    Las Vegas @ Chicago


    Game 317-318
    July 10, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Las Vegas
    109.430
    Chicago
    105.974
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Las Vegas
    by 3 1/2
    179
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    by 4
    174 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Las Vegas
    (+4); Over





    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Tuesday, July 10


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    LOS ANGELES (12 - 8) at SEATTLE (15 - 5) - 7/10/2018, 3:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 123-85 ATS (+29.5 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 36-25 ATS (+8.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SEATTLE is 6-2 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 5-3 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PHOENIX (14 - 6) at DALLAS (10 - 8) - 7/10/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
    PHOENIX is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    PHOENIX is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 5-4 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 5-4 straight up against DALLAS 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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    LAS VEGAS (8 - 12) at CHICAGO (7 - 12) - 7/10/2018, 8:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LAS VEGAS is 81-55 ATS (+20.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    LAS VEGAS is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    LAS VEGAS is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 8-17 ATS (-10.7 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 8-17 ATS (-10.7 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) in home games on Tuesday since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 37-57 ATS (-25.7 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 4-3 against the spread versus LAS VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 5-3 straight up against LAS VEGAS 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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    WNBA

    Tuesday, July 10


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    Trend Report
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    Los Angeles Sparks
    Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Los Angeles is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 17 games
    Los Angeles is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games on the road
    Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Los Angeles is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Seattle is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Seattle is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games at home
    Seattle is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
    Seattle is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


    Phoenix Mercury
    Phoenix is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
    Phoenix is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Phoenix is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games on the road
    Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
    Phoenix is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Phoenix is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Dallas Wings
    Dallas is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games
    Dallas is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
    Dallas is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
    Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Dallas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
    Dallas is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Dallas is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix


    Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Las Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 6 games on the road
    Las Vegas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Las Vegas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 6 games when playing Chicago
    Las Vegas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Las Vegas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
    Chicago Sky
    Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Chicago is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
    Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Las Vegas
    Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Las Vegas
    Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Las Vegas

  13. #253
    Sun trade Bentley to Dream for Clarendon
    July 9, 2018


    NEW YORK (AP) The Connecticut Sun have traded guard Alex Bentley to the Atlanta Dream for Layshia Clarendon and a second-round pick in 2019 on Monday.

    Bentley is averaging 10 points for the Sun this season as the team's sixth player. The former All-Star was drafted by the Atlanta Dream in 2013 with the No. 13 pick before being traded to Connecticut as part of a three-team deal with Washington in 2014.

    Clarendon came to Atlanta in 2016 and is averaging just 4.3 points this season. She was drafted ninth by Indiana in 2013. Clarendon set the franchise record for assists last season when she had 226 - tied for third most in league history - and made the All-Star team.

    ''We are excited about obtaining Layshia,'' Connecticut Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said. ''She's a talented and savvy guard with a great reputation as a leader on and off the court. She was thrilled when we spoke, and can't wait to arrive in Connecticut.''

    The Sun started off the season 7-1 before struggling the past month to fall to 10-9. The team completed a recent west coast swing 1-3.

    Atlanta coach Nicki Collen was excited to have Bentley after coaching her for two years as an assistant in Connecticut.

    ''I know she can be a dynamic scorer, but more importantly, she can create opportunities for her teammates because of her speed and skill with the basketball,'' Collen said.

    ''I also consider Alex one of the premier on-ball defenders in the WNBA which will only strengthen our team defense. I am very excited to welcome Alex back to Atlanta where her WNBA career started.''

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  14. #254
    Sparks go into eye of Storm

    In basketball, it's often about finding the right combination.

    It would seem veteran coach Dan Hughes has discovered just that in his first season with the Seattle Storm.

    The Storm (15-5) have won five straight games to move to the top of the WNBA standings heading into Tuesday's home game against the Los Angeles Sparks (12-8).

    Seattle improved to 13-1 with the starting lineup of guards Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd, forwards Breanna Stewart and Alysha Clark and center Natasha Howard with Sunday's 97-91 victory over Washington.

    "I think that we have just continued to gain chemistry," said Stewart, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds Sunday and leads the WNBA in scoring at 22.4 points per game. "We have gotten into the swing of things as the season has gone on. ... We are doing what we need to do."

    That chemistry starts with Bird, who is second in the league in assists with 7.3 per game. Bird scored 21 points Sunday in passing former league MVP Lauren Jackson as the franchise's career scoring leader.

    "In some ways it's obviously nice, for me personally I think, that a lot of these lists that I am climbing, it speaks more to my longevity as a player," said Bird, 37, in her 16th season with the Storm.

    "I've been able to be consistent and stay on top of my game, year in and year out, more than anything, especially with something like points because it took me a long time to get on some of these lists. I am definitely not a better scorer than Lauren (Jackson) was."

    The Sparks, who have played in the WNBA Finals each of the past two seasons, winning the title in 2016, have lost three straight games.

    That includes a 83-74 home loss Saturday to Washington despite Nneka Ogwumike's 22 points and season-high 13 rebounds.

    "We are at a point in our season where it goes beyond X's and O's," veteran Sparks guard Alana Beard said. "It comes down to the intangibles that we are not showcasing right now on the court. And with those intangibles, it comes from heart and passion and determination and wanting to get certain things done, and collectively it's not there."

    The Sparks, who are allowing a league-best 76.8 points per game, uncharacteristically gave up 53 to the Mystics in the second half.

    That doesn't bode well against the Storm, who are averaging a league-high 87.5 points.

    "I think we just have to do something that feels good," Sparks forward Candace Parker said. "I think that's the key to making our offenses flow and making our defenses, you know, I think we're best when we're aggressive defensively."

  15. #255
    Mercury go on road to face Wings

    The Phoenix Mercury started their run of four road games in seven days with an upset loss to the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, ending a four-game winning streak that included three victories away from home.

    The Mercury (14-6) are in the midst of playing seven of eight games on the road and Mercury coach Sandy Brondello is concerned the odd schedule could be taking a toll. They next play Tuesday at the Dallas Wings, who are 10-8 after three consecutive wins.

    The good news is Phoenix has played well away from home, despite Sunday's 76-70 loss at Atlanta, with the most road wins in the WNBA with a 9-3 record. The Mercury are 5-3 at home.

    "We are very busy," Brondello said of the arduous schedule. "We love what we do and the assistants do a great job putting the clips together for the players to watch. We spend a lot time watching film.

    "Our job is to prepare the team, and we just get into a routine. We have been good on the road, we don't mind the road ... it is just one game at a time. We have to be ready to play every single one and get the rest where we can."

    Diana Taurasi scored 19 to lead the Mercury against Atlanta. Brittney Griner added 18 points and Leilani Mitchell contributed 10, including three on a 3-pointer with 47.3 seconds left that cut the Dream's lead to 73-68. Atlanta made free throws in the waning seconds to hold off the Mercury, who trailed 62-39 at one point in the game.

    Phoenix is 2-0 against Dallas, including a 75-72 win on the Wings' home court June 12.

    Griner outplayed Dallas post player Liz Cambage in their second matchup of the season. Griner had 18 points and five rebounds while Cambage mustered 10 points and only three rebounds. Both players fouled out.

    "I was not really happy with some of the situational outcomes on our end that didn't go for us," Dallas coach Fred Williams said of the game. "I thought it got physical. We just have to play through it."

    Cambage recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in Dallas' 97-87 win at New York on Sunday.

    Skylar Diggins-Smith led all scorers for the day with 32. It increased her total to 54 games with at least 20 points, a franchise record. It also gave her eight 30-point games, which is also a new franchise record.

  16. #256
    Sky ready for visit from Aces

    The Las Vegas Aces will go for their third win in a row when they visit the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night at Wintrust Arena.

    Las Vegas (8-12) must make up ground in order to reassert itself into the WNBA's playoff picture. The Aces are coming off back-to-back, hard-earned victories that included an 84-80 win over the Sky and a 94-90 win over the Connecticut Sun.

    Now comes the Aces' second meeting in less than a week against Chicago (7-12).

    The Sky have withstood a streaky season that included a three-game winning streak, followed by a three-game losing streak, followed by an uplifting 77-63 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday night. Much like Las Vegas, Chicago is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture and needs to close the season on a high note to have a shot at the postseason.

    The win over the defending champion Lynx gave Sky players a boost of confidence as the season's second half continues.

    "It just shows that when we put our minds to it and when we're focused and high energy that we can beat anyone in the league," Sky guard Allie Quigley told the Chicago Daily Herald. "We just have to use this as motivation to keep moving forward."

    A tough test awaits as the Sky prepare to face top rookie A'ja Wilson and the Aces.

    Wilson, 21, was this year's No. 1 overall pick out of South Carolina. She has averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season while also shutting down the paint with 1.7 blocks per contest. On Monday, the young center was named as the WNBA's Western Conference player of the week after averaging 29 points and nine rebounds in her last two contests.

    Kayla McBride also has shined for the Aces this season. She scored 27 points in her team's most recent win over the Sun.

    "Our two horses went off again," Aces coach Bill Laimbeer to the Las Vegas Review Journal after his team's most recent win. "There's no question where our bread is buttered."

    Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot said she and her teammates must maintain their focus on passing to open teammates.

    "I think the ball movement was better (in our last game), and we emphasized that going into the game," Vandersloot said to the Daily Herald. "If we continue to move it, drive it, kick it, we can get wide-open shots and we can knock down those shots."

    Chicago is 5-5 at home. Las Vegas is 3-7 on the road.

  17. #257
    TUESDAY, JULY 10
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    LA at SEA 00 PM
    SEA -3.0
    U 161.0


    PHO at DAL 08:00 PM
    DAL -2.5
    O 171.0


    LV at CHI 08:30 PM
    LV +3.5
    O 175.5

  18. #258
    WNBA Capsules
    July 10, 2018

    SEATTLE (AP) Alana Beard scored five of her 11 points in overtime including a 3-pointer that put Los Angeles ahead for good in a 77-75 victory to end Seattle's five-game win streak Tuesday.

    Candace Parker led the Sparks (13-8) with 21 points. She added 10 assists and was a rebound shy of a triple-double with nine boards.

    Beard's shot from behind the arc came with 3:23 left in overtime and put Los Angeles ahead 71-70. After Breanna Stewart missed a pair of shots, Beard came back with a jumper to extend the Sparks' lead.

    The Storm (15-6), who lead the WNBA's Western Conference, could not respond.

    Parker's turnaround hook gave the Sparks a 77-72 lead with 1:05 to play. Natasha Howard cut into the margin with a three-point play, but Seattle came no closer

    Sue Bird, Howard and Stewart all missed chances to tie the game in the final seven seconds. Howard finished with 18 points for Seattle while Stewart had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

    WINGS 101, MERCURY 72

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 20 points and the Wings won their fourth straight with a victory over the Mercury.

    Aerial Powers added a season high 18 points, Azura Stevens scored 15 and Liz Cambage chipped in 13 for the Wings (11-8).

    Dallas never trailed after the opening minutes and had its largest lead at 95-66 which they matched at the final score. The Wings pulled away with an 11-2 run near the end of the first quarter and scored 10 straight points to end the third quarter with an 80-54 lead.

    The Mercury (14-7) committed 13 of its 22 turnovers in the first half and trailed 59-39 at halftime. Brittney Griner scored 21 and DeWanna Bonner added 20.

    Diana Taurasi left the game due to illness in the first quarter and did not return. Phoenix has dropped the first two of a four-game road trip.

    ACES 98, SKY 74

    CHICAGO (AP) - Kayla McBride scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to help the Aces take the season series against the Sky.

    The Aces (9-12) outscored the Sky 32-15 in the second quarter and closed the third with an 18-2 run to make it 76-50. The Sky (7-13) got the deficit no closer than 17 in the fourth.

    Las Vegas won its third in a row including an 84-80 win at home against Chicago on Thursday night. The Sky beat the Aces 95-90 on June 3.

    McBride was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and the Aces were 6 of 12. Tamera Young added 16 points, Kelsey Plum scored 14 and A'ja Wilson 12.

    Diamond DeShields had 15 points to lead Chicago.

  19. #259
    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 11, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    11:30 AM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics Capital One Arena
    11:30 AM New York Liberty Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    12:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Indiana Fever Bankers Life Fieldhouse


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


    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00

    MAY'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00

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

    WNBA JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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


    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........19-25.........41.30%.....-42.50


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS.......................9 - 12..............-21.00....................11 - 12..............-11.00..............-32.00

  20. #260
    Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack

    Six NFL teams who won 4+ more games than they did in 2016:

    — Jacksonville Jaguars

    — Los Angeles Chargers

    — Los Angeles Rams

    — Minnesota Vikings

    — Philadelphia Eagles

    — San Francisco 49ers


    **********

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

    13) Six NFL teams improved their win total by 4+ games last year.

    Over the last 19 years, 104 teams have done that; of the 98 before last year, they mostly regressed in the third year, winning an average of 2.45 less games per season. 70 of those 98 teams won fewer games than they did in the second year, when they improved.

    12) On the other hand, over those same 19 years, 104 teams have won 4+ fewer games than they did the year before, and strange as it may seem, in that third year, the 96 teams prior to LY improved by the same 2.45 wins per team that the above teams regressed by. Go figure.

    11) This is one story of how difficult it is to make an NBA roster.

    Kid named Isaiah Briscoe is on Orlando’s summer league team in Las Vegas; he played two years at Kentucky, scoring 9.6 ppg as a freshman, 12.1 as a sophomore, at which point he declared for the NBA, but he wasn’t drafted- doesn’t shoot the ball well enough.

    Briscoe played for the 76ers’ Summer League team LY, went to training camp with the Trailblazers, but got cut— he wound up playing pro ball in Russia last winter, and did well there, scoring 18 ppg.

    10) Can you imagine what it is like to be a 21-year old kid who was treated like a God for two years at Kentucky, then spending last year as an anonymous American playing in Russia?

    Talk about a humbling experience; I’m sure he made decent bank over there, but it ain’t the NBA and you’re in freakin’ Russia.

    Briscoe had nine points in 24:00 vs Memphis Sunday, played three scoreless minutes against the Suns Monday. Orlando is a rebuilding team, but it could be back to Russia or some other foreign country for Briscoe- where else can a 22-year old with no college degree make a six-figure salary?

    9) G-League players make around $35,000, except for the two 2-way players each team can have, who make anywhere from $75K to $275K a year.

    The competition for these NBA roster spots is really, really fierce.

    8) USC is a football underdog twice this September; Trojans are +4 at Stanford September 8, and +4.5 at Texas Sept 15.

    Going back to 2016, USC will have been an underdog in five of its last 12 September games, and that is a little surprising.

    7) fanatics.com has orders for Lebron James #23 Laker jerseys from all 50 states and 90 different countries.

    6) Rookie pitcher Corey Oswalt allowed one hit in six innings for the Mets Monday night, but the one hit he allowed was a bases loaded double to the opposing pitcher Aaron Nola, who was 9 for 136 hitting in his major league career.

    5) Buster Posey has a problem with hip inflammation, will miss the All-Star Game; Yadier Molina takes his place on the NL roster.

    4) Sacramento Kings’ top draft pick Marvin Bagley III is out for the rest of Summer League with a pelvic bone bruise. Bagley is still a kid, won’t turn 20 until next March. Takes some time for these young players to mature physically so they can compete with adults.

    3) Royals’ 2B Whit Merrifield found out just before Sunday’s game that he wouldn’t be an All-Star; he went out and got five hits against the Red Sox.

    Merrifield is hitting .303 this year with a .371 OB% and is now mentioned in trade rumors to lot of contending teams. He is also versatile, playing in both infield and outfield.

    With Gleyber Torres hurt, Jed Lowrie was named to the AL team at 2B.

    2) Reds 7, Indians 4— Cleveland led this game 4-0 in 9th inning; their bullpen has worst ERA in the major leagues, which suggests they’ll be making a trade or two for a reliever this month.

    1) Congrats to the workers who rescued the 12 soccer players and their coach from the flooded caves in Thailand. Great work by those Navy SEALS.

  21. #261
    WNBA

    Wednesday, July 11


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    Trend Report
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    New York Liberty
    New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    New York is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
    New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
    New York is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Connecticut
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 7 games when playing Connecticut
    New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
    Connecticut Sun
    Connecticut is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
    Connecticut is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
    Connecticut is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing New York
    Connecticut is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing New York
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Connecticut's last 7 games when playing New York
    Connecticut is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
    Connecticut is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Connecticut's last 8 games when playing at home against New York


    Atlanta Dream
    Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
    Atlanta is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
    Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    Atlanta is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Washington
    Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
    Washington is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
    Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games when playing Atlanta
    Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Washington's last 10 games when playing at home against Atlanta


    Minnesota Lynx
    Minnesota is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Minnesota is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
    Minnesota is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
    Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
    Minnesota is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Indiana
    Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Indiana Fever
    Indiana is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Indiana is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
    Indiana is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
    Indiana is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota

  22. #262
    WNBA
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, July 11



    New York @ Connecticut

    Game 321-322
    July 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am

    Dunkel Rating:
    New York
    97.681
    Connecticut
    113.712
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 16
    160
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 7 1/2
    166
    Dunkel Pick:
    Connecticut
    (-7 1/2); Under

    Atlanta @ Washington


    Game 323-324
    July 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am

    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    101.375
    Washington
    117.313
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 16
    158
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 7 1/2
    164
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-7 1/2); Under

    Minnesota @ Indiana


    Game 325-326
    July 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    110.249
    Indiana
    104.732
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 5 1/2
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 12
    158
    Dunkel Pick:
    Indiana
    (+12); Under

  23. #263
    WNBA Basketball Trend Report

    NEW YORK (5 - 14) at CONNECTICUT (10 - 9) - 7/11/2018, 11:30 AM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW YORK is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 34-19 ATS (+13.1 Units) on Wednesday since 1997.
    CONNECTICUT is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 105-75 ATS (+22.5 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more since 1997.
    NEW YORK is 46-28 ATS (+15.2 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.

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

    ATLANTA (9 - 9) at WASHINGTON (12 - 7) - 7/11/2018, 11:30 AM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 27-12 ATS (+13.8 Units) as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
    ATLANTA is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    WASHINGTON is 322-379 ATS (-94.9 Units) in all games since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-0 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 5-1 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

    MINNESOTA (11 - 8) at INDIANA (2 - 17) - 7/11/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in home games this season.
    INDIANA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    INDIANA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in home games in May, June, or July games this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    INDIANA is 4-3 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 5-2 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

  24. #264
    Sun return home to face Liberty

    The last time the Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty saw each other, Shekinna Stricklen converted a rare 4-point play at the buzzer to give Connecticut an 88-86 road victory over New York.

    It was the first buzzer-beating 4-point play in WNBA history and the NBA hasn't had one since Ray Allen did it in 2012.

    The win was the sixth in the first seven games for the Sun, who have gone just 4-8 in 12 games since, capped by a 1-3 trip west. They return home for a Wednesday morning (11:30) game against the struggling Liberty at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

    Monday, the Sun (10-9) made a move they hope will bolster their season, shipping Alex Bentley to the Atlanta Dream for All-Star Layshia Clarendon and a second-round pick in next year's draft.

    "We are excited about obtaining Layshia," general manager and coach Curt Miller said. "She's a talented and savvy guard with a great reputation as a leader on and off the court. She was thrilled when we spoke, and can't wait to arrive in Connecticut."

    Clarendon, one of six WNBA players to record 200 assists in a season, came off the bench in 14 of her 18 games this season. Bentley also was coming off the Sun bench.

    From the Hartford Courant Monday: "According to WNBAinsidr, Bentley and Sun guard Courtney Williams were in a 'physical altercation,' which is why Williams hasn't been with the team recently despite the Sun referring to her absence as being for 'personal reasons.' The incident allegedly occurred some time between June 27 and July 1."

    While the Sun closed their road trip with a 94-90 loss at Las Vegas, the Liberty (5-14) fell by 10 at home to Dallas, their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games.

    Wednesday marks the latest return to Connecticut by former UConn star Tina Charles, the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player with the Sun. She sought a trade to go home to New York in 2014, but things have not worked out as planned -- and this is another bad season for the Liberty.

    New York has been eliminated in one playoff game each of the last two years, and it will take a turnaround to even make it to the postseason in 2018.

    "I haven't been on a team where I have other Olympians," Charles told Deadspin recently. "I believe in every player that's on this team, so for me, I don't see it as a challenge. That's just what I've always known... I can't think about, 'what if I was on this team, or what if I had these (teammates).' I can't think about that in the midst of what I have right now, this is the moment I'm in."

  25. #265
    Dream ride into Mystics encounter with Bentley

    WASHINGTON -- The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Mystics return from a West Coast trip to host the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday morning at Capital One Arena.

    The Mystics (12-7) defeated the Lost Angeles Sparks on Saturday 83-74 before dropping a 97-91 decision to the Seattle Storm on Sunday.

    Washington led 56-48 in the third quarter at Seattle before the Storm went on a 27-10 run over the final seven minutes to lead 75-66 at the start of the fourth and held off a late Mystics rally.

    "Yeah, once you get the first one you get greedy and want the second one," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said of the road swing. "We gave ourselves a chance at the start. We had a good start and when you play a back-to-back, you always wonder how you're going to start, but the third quarter was like an avalanche for about four or five minutes."

    Elena Delle Donne scored 29 points against Seattle, Kristi Toliver added 18 and Ariel Atkins 17.

    "We have to go home and get rested because we have a big week ahead of us," Thibault said after Sunday's game.

    The Mystics face the third-place Dream (9-9) in a home-and-home twice this week sandwiched around a visit from the fourth-place Chicago Sky. Washington and Atlanta will be meeting for the first time this season.

    Delle Donne was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. She averaged 20.3 points over three games, along with 5.7 rebounds. She shot 45.1 percent from the field to earn the 15th Player of the Week nod of her six-year career.

    Atlanta is coming off a big win, 76-70 over the visiting Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. The Dream scored the first nine points and led by as many as 23 points late in the third quarter before holding off a Phoenix surge.

    Tiffany Hayes had 18 points, Renee Montgomery and Brittney Sykes added 13 points each, and Elizabeth Williams and Angel McCoughtry each scored 10 for Atlanta.

    Wednesday's game marks the return of guard Alex Bentley to the Dream. Bentley was acquired Monday from the Connecticut Sun for Layshia Clarendon and a 2019 second-round WNBA Draft pick.

    Bentley, who was drafted by Atlanta and played for the Dream in 2013, was averaging 10 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds for the Sun. She has a career average of 11.0 points and has knocked down long distance shots at a 30.8 percent clip.

    Dream coach Nicki Collen was an assistant with the Sun from 2015-17.

    "Having had the opportunity to coach Alex Bentley in Connecticut for two seasons, I know she can be a dynamic scorer, but more importantly, she can create opportunities for her teammates because of her speed and skill with the basketball," Collen told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Washington won all three meetings last season.

  26. #266
    Lynx look for consistency against Fever

    The Minnesota Lynx will be looking to avenge a rare loss to the Indiana Fever when the two teams square off in a Kids Day matinee contest on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

    The Lynx had won seven games in a row until Indiana surprised them 71-59 on July 3 in Minneapolis, in the process keeping Minnesota under 60 points on its home floor for the first time since 2010.

    In the week since that game, Minnesota beat Los Angeles in a rematch of last year's WNBA championship series and then fell on the road to Chicago 77-63.

    Maya Moore led the Lynx (11-8) with 16 points in the loss to Chicago but needed 16 shots to reach that total. Seimone Augustus had 11 points while Sylvia Fowles, playing against her former team, had nine points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which shot 35.5 percent from the floor and was 5 of 18 on shots from beyond the arc.

    It's been an inconsistent season for the Lynx, something they are not used to and definitely won't accept.

    "When you don't pay attention to detail on both ends of the floor, you're very up and down," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Sometimes you set a good screen, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you take a good shot, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you play the schemes, sometimes you don't. That leads to very up and down."

    Indiana, meanwhile, would love to have the 11 wins that the Lynx have. The Fever (2-17) have just two victories on the season, one each at home and on the road, and laid its biggest egg of the year just two days after pulling off the upset of Minnesota, losing 90-63 at Dallas.

    The Wings outrebounded Indiana 47-22 in Thursday's game, and handed the Fever a 27-point defeat, the club's worst of the season.

    "It is difficult to win a basketball game when the rebound margin is minus-25," said Fever coach Pokey Chatman.

    Indiana got 42 of its 63 points from veterans Candice Dupree, Cappie Pondexter and Natalie Achonwa in the loss to Dallas, as that trio shot 16 of 31 from the floor while the rest of the Fever team combined for 8-of-37 shooting.

    "Our defense wasn't there," Dupree said after the loss to the Wings. "They beat us on the boards, they turned us over and they scored a lot of points. They had an attack mentality."

    Since the Fever played in Minneapolis on July 3, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson passed former Fever great Tamika Catchings as the WNBA's all-time rebounding leader.

    Minnesota leads the overall series between the two teams 23-14 and but for the loss last Tuesday at Target Center, has dominated regular-season meetings since 2012. The Lynx have won 14 of the past 16 regular-season games since July 15, 2011.

    Kids Day has annually produced some of the Fever's best attendance figures, including last season's crowd of 12,282, the largest in club history. The Fever and Lynx share home-and-road Kids Day appearances on Wednesday in Indianapolis and July 18 in Minneapolis.

  27. #267
    WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    NY at CONN 11:30 AM
    NY +9.0
    O 165.0


    ATL at WAS 11:30 AM
    WAS -8.0
    O 161.5


    MIN at IND 12:00 PM
    IND +10.0
    U 157.0

  28. #268
    Dream cruise past Mystics, 106-89
    July 11, 2018


    WASHINGTON (AP) Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points and Jessica Breland added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 106-89 on Wednesday.

    Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points apiece, finishing a combined 9 of 13 from 3-point range for the Dream (10-9). Breland added a career-high seven assists and blocked three shots.

    Natasha Cloud led the Mystics (12-8) with 17 points and Elena Delle Donne added 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Breland and Hayes scored five points each during a 10-0 run that gave the Dream a 44-34 lead midway through the second quarter.

    Atlanta, which made 11 of 18 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field, led 59-50 at halftime before a day game youth crowd of 11,354.

    The Mystics pulled within seven points after Delle Donne's layup to open the fourth quarter, but McCoughtry scored six straight points for a 65-52 lead with eight minutes left.


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


    Zellous hits 3 at buzzer, Liberty beat Sun
    July 11, 2018

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Shavonte Zellous banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the New York Liberty past the Connecticut Sun 79-76 on Wednesday.

    Tina Charles led New York with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Epiphanny Prince scored 15 and Zellous finished with 14.

    Brittany Boyd found Prince for a 3-pointer in the corner to tie it at 76 with 24.3 seconds left. After Connecticut's Jasmine Thomas missed a 3, the Liberty (6-14) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left. Zellous hit her only 3-point attempt in the game, finishing 6 of 7 from the field.

    Chiney Ogwumike had 17 points on 8 of 11 shooting and nine rebounds, while Courtney Williams scored 16 points for the Sun (10-10). Alyssa Thomas, who returned from a 10-game absence because of a shoulder injury, added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Connecticut led by as many as 10 points before a day-game crowd of 7,413. Rachel Banham's 3-pointer gave the Sun a 74-69 lead with 2:50 left.

    New York snapped a three-game skid, winning for just the second time in the last 10 games.


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


    Robinson hits her 1st trey, Lynx top Fever
    July 11, 2018


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Maya Moore added 19 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Wednesday.

    Danielle Robinson made her first 3-pointer to end a 0-for-39 drought in her seven-year WNBA career. She finished with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc.

    Minnesota (12-8) led 10-2 and never trailed. Moore hit a jumper to push the lead to 15 points before Kelsey Mitchell made three 3-pointers in an 11-0 run that trimmed Indiana's deficit to 31-27 midway through the second quarter.

    The Lynx scored 13 of the next 15 points.

    Erica Wheeler led Indiana (2-18) with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Mitchell finished with 11 points and Natalie Achonwa 10.

    Minnesota shot 51.6 percent from the field despite going 4 of 16 from 3-point range. The Lynx made 17 of 19 free throws.

    Indiana, which beat the Lynx 71-59 on July 3, has lost eight of its last nine games.

  29. #269
    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 12, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM Dallas Wings Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


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


    WNBA MAY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    Totals............30 - 22 - 2...57.69%......+29.00

    MAY'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS........................11 - 12.................-11.00.......................... ...18 - 8 - 1................+46.00

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

    WNBA JUNE RECORD: OVERALL PICKS

    TOTALS................66 - 53....................55.46%.....................+ 49.50

    JUNE'S BEST BETS:

    TOTALS................40 - 23....................55.03%...................... +49.50


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    WNBA JULY RECORD: OVERALL PICKS.

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    07/11/2018 3-3-0 50.00% -1.50
    07/10/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.00
    07/08/2018 1-4-1 20.00% -17.00
    07/07/2018 2-4-0 33.33% -12.00
    07/06/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/05/2018 3-4-1 42.86% -7.00
    07/03/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
    07/01/2018 3-7-0 30.00% -23.50

    TOTALS...........22-28.........44.00%.....-44.00


    JULY'S BEST BETS:

    07/11/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................2 - 1...............+4.50...............-1.50
    07/10/2018.................3 - 0...............+15.00......................2- 1................+4.50.............+19.50
    07/08/2018.................0 - 2...............-11.00.......................1 - 2................-6.00..............-17.00
    07/07/2018.................1 - 2................-6.00........................1 - 2......,.........-6.00..............-12.00
    07/06/2018.................0 - 1................-5.50........................1 - 0...............+5.00..............-0.50
    07/05/2018.................2 - 1...............+4.50........................1 - 3...............-11.50.............-7.00
    07/03/2018.................2 - 2................-1.00........................3 - 1...............+9.50..............+8.50
    07/01/2018.................1 - 4................-17.00......................2 - 3................-6.50...............-23.50

    TOTALS....................10 - 14..............-27.00....................13 - 13................-6.50..............-33.50

  30. #270
    Thursday’s 6-pack

    Six NFL teams who won 4+ more games than they did in 2016:

    — Jacksonville Jaguars

    — Los Angeles Chargers

    — Los Angeles Rams

    — Minnesota Vikings

    — Philadelphia Eagles

    — San Francisco 49ers

    Quote of the Day
    “We used to have this sports ticker and this roll of paper that would keep spitting out. And at that time, it made a bit of a racket, but if you were doing it long enough—it was a dot-matrix printer. If you did it long enough and you were sitting next to this thing for hours upon end like I was, a home run had a certain rhythm to it. You know somebody hit a home run, not even by looking at it, just by hearing how that thing was going—’oh, that’s a home run, I better check that out.’”
    Mets radio engineer/producer Chris Majkowski

    Thursday’s quiz
    Who is the only person in NBA history to lead the league in 2-point FG% one year and 3-point %age in another year?

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Carlton Fisk (43) is the oldest player to get a hit in an All-Star Game.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    In the famous movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was from Kansas.

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

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

    13) You look at the benches in the NBA Summer League and you see two rows of coaches, maybe 8-9 coaches for each team. NBA teams spend lot of money on player development, which is more important now because players come into the league younger than ever before.

    One of the first books I remember reading was The Open Man, Dave DeBusschere’s diary of the Knicks’ 1969-70 title team. For a 12-year old kid who was falling in love with basketball, I went thru that book pretty quickly.

    One thing that stands out now was that coach Red Holzman had NO ASSISTANT COACHES; Dick McGuire was his advance scout and trainer Danny Whalen kept track of timeouts and served as an assistant coach of sorts, but Holzman did all the actual coaching.

    The game has changed drastically in that regard.

    12) George Karl’s son Coby is on the Lakers’ bench coaching during summer league; he is also the all-time leading scorer in Las Vegas Summer League history, with 337 points. Archie Goodwin is next, at 318 points.

    11) Miami Marlins were 23-42 on June 10, but since then, they’re 15-14, hanging in there and hitting the ball well- they had 22 hits in a game in Washington Sunday. Don Mattingly has done a fine job keeping a talent-shy roster competitive in games.

    10) Cincinnati Bengals may have seen one of the errors of their ways; they were 31st last year in $$$ spent on their offensive line, letting LT Andrew Whitworth bolt to the Rams.

    Bengals are now 22nd in OL spending for this coming season; they hope it results in a QB who gets hit a lot less this season.

    9) San Diego Padres lost their last 13 games against Clayton Kershaw, scoring a total of 12 runs off Kershaw in those 13 games.

    8) An unnamed AL scout after watching the Kansas City Royals recently:

    “I think someone will bite on Lucas Duda as a lefty bat off the bench. They won’t get enough for Duffy or Merrifield to move them. They’ll definitely move Moustakas and he will help someone. Won’t get the big return. Doesn’t happen anymore.”

    7) Houston Astros’ contract situation in the near future:
    — Verlander, $28M a year thru 2019 (Detroit is paying $8M of that)
    — McCann, $17M with an option after this year (NYY is paying $5.5M of that)
    — Keuchel, $13.2M, free agent this season
    — Reddick, $13M a year thru 2020 (yikes)
    — Gurriel, $12.4M this year, $10.4M in ’19, $8.4M in ’20.
    — Altuve, $9M this year and next, then a $29M/year deal kicks in
    — Morton $7M, free agent after this season
    — Cole $6.75M, arbitration this winter, then free agent after 2019.
    — Carlos Correa isn’t a free agent until after 2021
    — Alex Bregman isn’t a free agent until after 2022

    Astros have some serious decisions to make about their starting pitchers this winter; their young position players are going to keep Houston strong for a long time.

    6) When the Indians blew a 4-0 ninth inning lead in a 7-4 to the Reds Tuesday, it was in large part the manager’s fault. Terry Francona told pitching coach Carl Willis to get “OP” up in the bullpen, he meant Oliver Perez, but Willis thought he said “OT” meaning Dan Otero, so Willis told the bullpen coach to get Otero warmed up.

    Few minutes later, Francona went to the mound, waved to the bullpen for a pitching change and was surprised to see Otero come to the mound instead of Perez. Whoops.

    5) Baseball doings:
    — Indians’ OF Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) is out 8-10 weeks.

    4) Injury-plagued Duke alum Harry Giles, who Sacramento drafted in 2017 despite having two ACL injuries before getting to the NBA, has played 23.3 mpg in his first three summer league games this month, scoring 12 ppg, grabbing 7.5 rpg.

    3) There are 19 Kansas Jayhawk alums playing in Las Vegas this week.

    2) There is guy named Chris Majkowski who is a radio engineer for Mets’ games and he has worked 4,011 consecutive games, dating back to 1993- imagine not missing one day of work for 25 years? Majkowski threw out the first pitch before the Mets’ game Wednesday.

    1) Astros’ closer Ken Giles blew a 9th-inning lead Tuesday, appeared to curse out manager AJ Hinch when he was removed from the game, then was sent to AAA today. Alrighty then.
    Last edited by Cnotes53; 07-12-2018 at 12:48 AM.

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