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    Saturday’s six-pack

    — 96 major leaguers have been on the DL more than once this season.

    — White Sox 6, Royals 3- KC has followed 9-game win streak with a 2-10 skid.

    — Mets 7, Phillies 6— Amed Rosario’s first MLB homer was the game-winner.

    — Marlins 6, Rockies 3— Giancarlo Stanton hit his 40th home run.

    — Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill will have knee surgery, is done for the season.

    — DL happenings:

    Cubs’ C Willson Contreras (hamstring) is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

    New York P CC Sabathia (knee) goes on the 10-day DL.

    Seattle P James Paxton (pectoral) goes on the 10-day DL

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

    13) Buffalo Bills had an active Friday; they traded WR Sammy Watkins and a 2018 6th-round pick to the Rams, getting CB E.J. Gaines and an ’18 2nd-round pick in return.

    They also traded CB Ronald Darby to the Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 3rd-round pick. Buffalo now has six picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft.

    In 2014, Bills traded two first-round draft picks to move up and acquire Watkins ahead of Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Jr. Oy.

    12) Dallas Cowboys’ RB Ezekiel Elliott was suspended by the NFL for six games; Dallas has a Week 6 bye, so Elliott can return for the Week 8 game with the Redskins.

    11) Indians @ Rays Thursday night; attendance was 9,533
    Indians @ Rays Friday night; attendance was 16,794

    When the Rays move to Canada and become the Montreal Expos, this is why…….

    10) Eagles’ backup QB Matt McGloin was 28-42 passing in Green Bay Thursday; lot of passes for a third-string QB to throw in an exhibition game.

    9) Chicago Bears have a veteran QB trying to hold off a first-round draft pick, with a head coach on the hot seat. Sound familiar?

    The 2016 Rams had a veteran QB (Case Keenum) trying to hold off a first-round draft pick (Jared Goff), with a head coach on the hot seat (Jeff Fisher).

    Hope this season works out better for Coach Fox than last year did for Jeff Fisher.

    8) Didn’t help Chicago’s new QB Mike Glennon when he threw a pick-6 0:48 into the Bears’ first preseason game, Thursday vs Denver. People are not patient in today’s world.

    7) One of the prettiest plays of the weekend was Miami backup QB David Fales throwing a 99-yard TD to Damore’ea Stringfellow, an undrafted free agent from Ole Miss.

    6) Golfer Patrick Cantlay eagled the 7th hole at the PGA Thursday and Friday. Hard to do.

    5) Dodgers started this season 10-12; they’re 71-21 since. LA was 9-11 when they called Cody Bellinger up to the big leagues on April 25- you do the math.

    4) Houston Astros were 58-27 in their first 85 games, with a 3.91 team ERA.
    Since then, they’re 13-16, with a 5.20 team ERA.

    3) Cardinals’ pitcher Lance Lynn got drilled in the top of his head by a line drive hit by Lorenzo Cain Thursday night, but he stayed in the game and pitched six innings. St Louis swept four games from Kansas City- they hit grand slams in consecutive games Wednesday/Thursday for the first time in six years.

    2) Jeffrey Loria has apparently sold the Miami Marlins for $1.25B, thats billion, with a B, to a group of 16 investors, most famous of which is Derek Jeter, who will run the baseball side. Fans in Miami are better off without Loria.

    1) Over the last seven years, A’s/Nationals have made ten separate trades; it is almost like your local fantasy league, where certain people only trade with certain other people.

    But in a business where teams are worth $1B or so, or more, do teams really do each other favors when one team is in contention and the other isn’t?

    On July 16, the A’s sent Sean Doolittle/Ryan Madson to bullpen-starved Washington- the Nationals also added Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. Problem solved for Washington.

    When the A’s needed a catcher in 2013, all of a sudden Kurt Suzuki fell into their lap, a gift from the Nationals. It helps to have friends.
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    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 12, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Dallas Wings Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    7:30 PM Indiana Fever Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    8:00 PM Atlanta Dream San Antonio Stars AT&T Center
    10:00 PM Seattle Storm Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks New York Liberty Madison Square Garden

    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 15, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    10:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM New York Liberty Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    7:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    8:00 PM Indiana Fever Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    8:30 PM Los Angeles Sparks Chicago Sky Allstate Arena
    10:00 PM San Antonio Stars Seattle Storm KeyArena

    Updated Sat Aug 12 12:04 AM EDT



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    LEAGUE STANDINGS

    Rank Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK


    #1 Minnesota Lynx - x21 4 0.840 - 11-1 11-2 10-2 8-2 L 1

    #2 Los Angeles Sparks - x19 7 0.731 2.5 9-4 12-1 7-6 7-3 W 1

    #3 Connecticut Sun16 9 0.640 5 8-4 9-3 7-6 8-2 W 4

    #4 Washington Mystics15 10 0.600 6 10-2 9-2 6-8 5-5 W 1

    #5 New York Liberty14 12 0.538 7.5 7-5 8-4 6-8 6-4 W 2

    #6 Phoenix Mercury14 12 0.538 7.5 6-6 7-6 7-6 4-6 W 1

    #7 Dallas Wings13 15 0.464 9.5 7-9 9-6 4-9 4-6 L 1

    #8 Chicago Sky11 16 0.407 11 5-9 4-9 7-7 6-4 W 3

    #9 Seattle Storm10 16 0.385 11.5 5-7 8-6 2-10 3-7 L 4

    #10 Atlanta Dream10 17 0.370 12 4-10 7-7 3-10 2-8 L 6

    #11 Indiana Fever9 18 0.333 13 4-8 6-7 3-11 2-8 L 1

    #12 San Antonio Stars6 22 0.214 16.5 1-12 5-10 1-12 4-6 L 1
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    WNBA August Record: Best Bets ( BASED ON 5 UNITS )

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS

    08/11/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/10/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/08/2017..............3-3-0..............50.00%...................-1.50
    08/06/2017..............4-2-0..............66.67%..................+9.00
    08/05/2017..............3-1-0..............75.00%..................+9.50
    08/04/2017..............4-6-0..............40.00%..................-13.00
    08/03/2017..............0-2-0................0.00%..................-11.00


    Totals...................16 - 20 - 0.............44.44%..................-30.00


    DATE.......................ATS................TOTA L............OU................TOTAL
    08/11/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........0 - 2................- 11.00
    08/10/2017..............0 - 2..........- 11.00..........1 - 1................- 0.50
    08/08/2017..............3 - 0...........+ 15.00........0 - 3................- 16.50
    08/06/2017..............2 - 1...........+ 4.50.........2 - 1.................+ 4.50
    08/05/2017..............2 - 0...........+10.00........1 - 1...................- 0.50
    08/04/2017..............3 - 2............+ 4.00........1 - 4..................-17.00
    08/03/2017..............0 - 1.............- 5.50........0 - 1...................- 5.50


    Totals....................11 - 6 - 0........+ 16.50.........4 - 13.................-46.50
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    WNBA

    Saturday, August 12


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    Trend Report
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    7:00 PM
    DALLAS vs. CONNECTICUT
    Dallas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Connecticut
    Dallas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
    Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
    Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    7:30 PM
    INDIANA vs. WASHINGTON
    Indiana is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    Indiana is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Indiana
    Washington is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Indiana

    8:00 PM
    ATLANTA vs. SAN ANTONIO
    Atlanta is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Antonio
    Atlanta is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
    San Antonio is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta
    San Antonio is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

    10:00 PM
    SEATTLE vs. PHOENIX
    Seattle is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    Seattle is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games
    Phoenix is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home


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    Saturday, August 12



    Seattle @ Phoenix

    Game 621-622
    August 12, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    110.204
    Phoenix
    108.159
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 2
    175
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
    by 3 1/2
    165 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (+3 1/2); Over

    Atlanta @ San Antonio


    Game 619-620
    August 12, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    106.300
    San Antonio
    106.386
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    Even
    161
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 3
    157 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+3); Over

    Indiana @ Washington


    Game 617-618
    August 12, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Indiana
    103.654
    Washington
    114.703
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 11
    152
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    by 6 1/2
    157 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-6 1/2); Under

    Dallas @ Connecticut


    Game 615-616
    August 12, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Dallas
    106.217
    Connecticut
    118.012
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Connecticut
    by 12
    167
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 10
    176 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Connecticut
    (-10); Under


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    Saturday, August 12


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    DALLAS (13 - 15) at CONNECTICUT (16 - 9) - 8/12/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DALLAS is 25-37 ATS (-15.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 21-35 ATS (-17.5 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 7-14 ATS (-8.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    DALLAS is 6-18 ATS (-13.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 7-19 ATS (-13.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    DALLAS is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in all games this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 14-1 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15+ games after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 13-6 ATS (+6.4 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    CONNECTICUT is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 29-13 ATS (+14.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    INDIANA (9 - 18) at WASHINGTON (15 - 10) - 8/12/2017, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) as a favorite this season.
    WASHINGTON is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 307-362 ATS (-91.2 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 33-56 ATS (-28.6 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 7-3 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 7-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ATLANTA (10 - 17) at SAN ANTONIO (6 - 22) - 8/12/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ATLANTA is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

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

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    SEATTLE (10 - 16) at PHOENIX (14 - 12) - 8/12/2017, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 16-34 ATS (-21.4 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    SEATTLE is 6-13 ATS (-8.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
    SEATTLE is 5-12 ATS (-8.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
    SEATTLE is 42-23 ATS (+16.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 5-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 6-2 straight up against SEATTLE 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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    Preview: Wings (13-15) at Sun (16-9)
    Date: August 12, 2017 7:00 PM EDT


    There were two things the Connecticut Sun knew as they recovered from a 1-5 start to play well through the rest of the first half of the WNBA season.

    One was that they were better than people thought in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season -- even without the injured Chiney Ogwumike.

    The other was that if they survived the first half, the schedule after the break called for nine of the first 10 games to be at home at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

    So far, so good.

    The Sun came out of the All-Star break with a five-game homestand. They won the first four heading into Saturday night's game against the Dallas Wings. After Saturday, Curt Miller's team plays at Atlanta on Tuesday, then returns home for four more -- including a return trip by the Wings.

    The question as they go into Saturday's game is how long floor leader Jasmine Thomas will be out with an ankle sprain? She missed Tuesday night's win over Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm and is officially listed as day-to-day. But seeing her in a boot Tuesday, one would think Saturday would be a quick return.

    With Thomas out, Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones took over in the fourth quarter to dispose of the clearly underachieving Storm.

    The win, the seventh straight, eighth in the last nine home games and 16th in 20 overall improved the Sun's record to 16-9. They lead the Eastern Conference by a game over the Washington Mystics and are third in the playoff seeding.

    The Wings (13-15) are seventh and coming off a tough 101-100 overtime home loss to the Phoenix Mercury. They are two games ahead of the Atlanta Dream, who sit ninth in the overall standings.

    "This is a learning curve for our team and we'll just keep building it," coach Fred Williams said after the game ended with the Wings failing to get off a final shot despite having control of the ball.

    Glory Johnson had 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds but was guilty of seven turnovers. Rookie Alisha Gray matched her season high with 19 points and added four steals in the loss.

    Courtney Williams scored 15 of her career-high 27 points and Jones controlled the boards in her fifth straight double-double in the Sun's win over the Storm. Jones posted 20 points and 14 rebounds.

    The Sun, also without the injured Lynetta Kizer, ran off a 31-9 fourth quarter.

    "Unbelievable. JJ (Jones) and Courtney came alive," Miller said after the game. "We were missing some shots we were capable of making but Courtney got going and then we just rode her and it's tiring chasing her around. She has boundless energy and then when you're chasing her around, screens, screens, and we really got going.

    "JJ was a real factor, it may not say it on the stat sheet with, necessarily, blocks (she had three). But they got into the paint and she was disrupting finishes around the rim and altering shots all night long, even when she wasn't getting blocks. Then, it felt like she got every big defensive rebound when we needed one. So, those young kids really were gritty tonight. Rachel's (Banham) line might not be impressive, but we haven't played Rachel Banham 19 minutes and she more than held her own, pleased with her minutes also."

    Banham hit her only basket of the game to put the Sun, who rallied from behind, the lead for good.

    The Wings defeated the Storm 96-82 in Texas on June 25.
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    Preview: Fever (9-18) at Mystics (15-10)
    Date: August 12, 2017 7:30 PM EDT


    The Washington Mystics are learning how to get by without All-Star Elena Delle Donne. They've already shown the ability to dominate the Indiana Fever without her.

    The Mystics (15-10) host the Fever (9-18) Friday night having won the first two matchups by an average of 16 points. They also claimed victory in the previous game, downing the Diana Taurasi-led Phoenix Mercury 85-80 on Sunday to open a four-game homestand while playing their second consecutive game without Delle Donne (thumb surgery).

    Kristi Toliver paced four double-digit scorers with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field including three 3-pointers. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 17, Emma Meesseman added 15 and Tianna Hawkins scored 10.

    Washington, which was also without second-leading scorer Tayler Hill (knee surgery) and guard Natasha Cloud (foot), led 43-38 at halftime and fended off Phoenix in the closing minutes.

    "I just told them, that's one of those guts wins," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "I'm looking down the bench and we have forty-something points in street clothes, and (Diana) Taurasi is doing all of her crazy stuff. Some of the calls weren't going our way, and we just kind of hung with it and figured out a way to win. Defensively, in the key moments of the fourth quarter we were good enough at the end."

    The win separated the Mystics in the race for the fourth seed in the WNBA Playoff race. Washington is 1 1/2 games ahead of Phoenix for fourth. The top four teams receive a bye into the second round of the league playoffs.

    "It feels great. To keep them behind us," Hawkins said. "Our work isn't done we have to keep going and keep winning games so we can have a great position."

    Indiana has lost six of seven, including Tuesday's 81-76 loss at the New York Liberty. The setback came two days after a stunning 84-82 win over WNBA-leading Minnesota.

    The Mystics won the first meeting 88-70 at home on June 11 and took the rematch 72-58 on the road on July 14. Washington controlled the second game despite Delle Donne playing only three minutes. The Fever trailed 27-11 after the first quarter and shot 27.3 percent from the field.

    "We got off to a really slow start on both sides of the basketball," Fever coach Pokey Chatman said after the July loss. "We dribbled the ball off our feet, we took bad shots and we gave up too many easy shots."

    Erica Wheeler hit plenty of shots against New York. She finished with a game-high 33 points thanks to sinking 7-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc.. The 5-foot-7 guard is second on Indiana in scoring (11.5) behind Candice Dupree (14.6)

    "She's super explosive in the full court," Briann January told ESPN about her starting backcourt partner. "You've got to pick her up and slow her down because once she gets a head of steam, she'll give a move, and you're 10 feet behind her."


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    WAS « 72 Cover: 7
    IND 58 Under: 130
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    Jun 11, 2017 Score ATS Results
    IND 70 Under: 158
    WAS « 88 Cover: 10
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    Preview: Dream (10-17) at Stars (6-22)
    Date: August 12, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


    The San Antonio Stars will look to rekindle the effort that saw them produce their best basketball in years when they host the Atlanta Dream on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

    San Antonio (6-22) had won a season-high three straight games before it traveled to Rosemont, Ill. on Thursday and got walloped 94-74 by the surging Chicago Sky, which won its third straight contest while dismantling the Stars.

    Dearica Hamby scored 17 points off the bench for the Stars and reserve guard Sequoia Holmes had 14 points against Chicago. Isabelle Harrison added 10 points and nine rebounds and Kelsey Plum finished with eight points and eight assists.

    San Antonio's bench players outscored its starters 42-32 as star guard Kayla McBride hit for just five points on 2-of-11 shooting from the floor.

    The Stars briefly climbed to within eight points at 53-45 on a Hamby free throw midway early in the third quarter. But that was as close as the visitors would get. Chicago rolled to a 76-61 lead by quarter's end and led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

    "For me, I just thought we didn't guard -- period," Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. "We didn't have a sense of urgency to get out to shooters. We didn't put pressure on (Chicago's shooters). We just allowed them to be comfortable in their sets, and that's not who we are."

    The Stars' three-game win streak had been their best run of wins since 2015.

    "We got to take it game by game," said Plum, who was named the league's player of the week on Aug. 8. "We're learning that when we play together and play with the passions we're playing with the last couple games, we're a good young, feisty, scrappy team. We can build upon what we've built the last couple weeks, and I'm really excited for our future."

    Atlanta (10-17) played at home on Friday, falling to New York 83-77 for its sixth straight loss. The Dream were down by 13 heading to the final quarter but closed to within 75-74 on a 3-pointer by Brittney Sykes with 46.7 seconds to play before succumbing in the end game.

    Sykes led Atlanta with 16 points while Tiffany Hayes added 13 and Damiris Dantas and Elizabeth Williams scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss.

    The Dream, a No. 6 seed a year ago, is currently in ninth place and on the outside looking in for a postseason berth. Atlanta has missed the playoffs just two times since its founding in 2008, and with seven games to go there is plenty of time to right the ship.

    "We're not doing the little bitty things," Atlanta coach Michael Cooper said after Tuesday's loss to league-leading Minnesota. "Basketball comes down to not X's and O's, but the fundamentals you were taught back in the ninth grade or on your high school team. That's what big-time basketball's about. We have it to a certain extent, but I think we kind of lose it because we're concerned about the officiating, all the little things and not the most important things."

    Atlanta has dominated the Stars the first two times the teams have played this season, winning 77-70 on May 31 and 88-75 on July 18, with both games in Atlanta.


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    SA 75 Over: 163
    ATL « 88 Cover: 3.5
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    May 31, 2017 Score ATS Results
    SA 70 Cover: 0.5
    ATL « 77 Under: 147
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    Preview: Storm (10-16) at Mercury (14-12)
    Date: August 12, 2017 10:00 PM EDT


    Brittney Griner will be back in the Phoenix lineup on Saturday as the Mercury host the Seattle Storm, who just fired their head coach.

    Griner missed the last eight games after sustaining a bone bruise in her left knee in addition to a right ankle sprain in a July 14 loss to the Minnesota Lynx. Griner leads the WNBA in scoring (22.3 points) and blocks (2.5) per game.

    The Storm (10-16), meanwhile, have lost four in a row and fired coach Jenny Boucek on Thursday, ending her two-plus-year tenure with Seattle.

    "I believe new leadership is needed at this time to give our team the best chance at short and long term success," Storm president and general manager Alisha Valavanis said in a statement. "I am grateful for the passion and commitment Jenny has demonstrated throughout her time with the Seattle Storm. She has been an important part of our organization and we wish her well in the next steps of her career."

    Gary Kloppenburg, a former head coach in Tulsa, was named interim coach and will be on the sidelines for the Storm on Saturday.

    The Mercury (14-12) went 3-5 in Griner's absence, but are coming off an uplifting overtime road win over the Dallas Wings. They have a chance to climb up the standings with a strong finish to the regular season.

    Monique Currie scored 29 points, and the Mercury came up with a last-second defensive stop to nip the Wings 101-100 on Thursday night.

    "At this point, we just needed to come in and win a game," Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi told ESPN after the game. "Sometimes, no matter how much you play basketball you lose a little bit of confidence, a little bit of will, and it shows in these the games. Today, it could have went the other way, but we found a way to win, which shows a lot about this team the coaching staff."

    Taurasi and Griner combined for 50 points, 25 each, when the Mercury won at Seattle 85-82 on June 23. Phoenix has won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Storm.
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    SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

    DAL at CONN 07:00 PM

    DAL +10.0

    O 175.5


    IND at WAS 07:30 PM

    IND +7.5

    O 156.5


    ATL at SA 08:00 PM

    SA +3.0

    O 157.5


    SEA at PHO 10:00 PM

    PHO -4.0

    O 164.5
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    WNBA Capsules
    August 12, 2017


    WASHINGTON (AP) Krystal Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever 100-80 on Saturday night in a game that was delayed 48 minutes to start the second half because of water on the court.

    The Mystics (16-10) were up by 13 at the half before the game was delayed because of a leak in the Verizon Center roof. It was the second time in two weeks that there was water on the court because of a leak. The Mystics were supposed to play the Connecticut Sun on July 28, but that game was called about 50 minutes after the 7 p.m. scheduled start because of water on the floor. That game will be made up on Aug. 29.

    On Saturday, Verizon Center workers put a yellow tarp above the court to contain the leak and the second half began late. The teams entertained themselves and the fans during part of the delay by having a dance contest.

    Candice Dupree led Indiana with 26 points. The Fever (9-19) were missing guards Briann January and Tiffany Mitchell, who were both out with knee injuries.

    STORM 98, MERCURY 89


    PHOENIX (AP) - Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece, and the Storm beat the Mercury in their first game since Gary Kloppenburg took over as interim coach.

    Crystal Langhorne had 19 points, six rebounds and a career high-tying five assists, helping Seattle (11-16) stop a four-game slide. The Storm went 10 of 20 from 3-point range.

    Kloppenburg was promoted after Jenny Boucek was fired on Thursday. He earned his first win since 2013 when he coached Tulsa.

    Diana Taurasi led Phoenix (14-13) with 20 points, and Brittney Griner, who had missed the last eight games with knee and ankle injuries, scored 19.

    STARS 84, DREAM 68

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Isabelle Harrison scored 23 points and the Stars beat Atlanta, handing the Dream their seventh straight loss.

    Kayla McBride and Moriah Jefferson added 14 points apiece and Kelsey Plum had 10 as the Stars (7-22) won for the fourth time in five games after starting the season 0-14.

    Brittney Sykes scored 28 points and Elizabeth Williams had 16 with five blocks for the Dream (10-18), who have lost eight in a row on the road.

    San Antonio led 23-19 after the first quarter and two baskets by Jefferson in the middle of an 8-0 run pushed the lead to 37-27 late in the second quarter. After a basket Sykes ended the run, the Stars ended the half with a 7-2 run, taking a 43-31 lead at the half.

    Atlanta got within nine once midway through the third quarter but trailed 68-54 entering the fourth and never got closer.

    SUN 96, WINGS 88

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Jonquel Jones added 19 points, 16 boards and five blocked shots to help the Sun beat the Wings.

    Courtney Williams also scored 19 points, Shekinna Stricklen had 15 and Alex Bentley 12 for Connecticut (17-9), which will be headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 after the Atlanta Dream lost to the San Antonio Stars later on Saturday. The Sun have won five in a row overall and eight straight at home.

    Glory Johnson hit two free throws that gave Dallas a one-point lead, its first since midway through the first quarter, with 5:31 to play but Williams answered with a jumper. Thomas took her own steal coast-to-coast for a layup and then hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 84-80 about one minute later and the Sun led the rest of the way.

    Allisha Gray led Dallas (13-16) with a career-high 21 points. Glory Johnson had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 19 points. The Wings have lost six consecutive road games.
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    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks New York Liberty Madison Square Garden

    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 15, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Connecticut Sun Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Los Angeles Sparks Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    10:00 PM Minnesota Lynx Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM New York Liberty Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    7:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    8:00 PM Indiana Fever Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    8:30 PM Los Angeles Sparks Chicago Sky Allstate Arena
    10:00 PM San Antonio Stars Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Atlanta Dream Dallas Wings College Park Center

    Updated Sun Aug 13 1:04 AM EDT


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    LEAGUE STANDINGS

    Rank Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK


    #1 Minnesota Lynx - x21 4 0.840 - 11-1 11-2 10-2 8-2 L 1

    #2 Los Angeles Sparks - x19 7 0.731 2.5 9-4 12-1 7-6 7-3 W 1

    #3 Connecticut Sun - x17 9 0.654 4.5 8-4 10-3 7-6 8-2 W 5

    #4 Washington Mystics16 10 0.615 5.5 11-2 10-2 6-8 6-4 W 2

    #5 New York Liberty14 12 0.538 7.5 7-5 8-4 6-8 6-4 W 2

    #6 Phoenix Mercury14 13 0.519 8 6-7 7-7 7-6 3-7 L 1

    #7 Dallas Wings13 16 0.448 10 7-9 9-6 4-10 4-6 L 2

    #8 Chicago Sky11 16 0.407 11 5-9 4-9 7-7 6-4 W 3

    #9 Seattle Storm11 16 0.407 11 6-7 8-6 3-10 3-7 W 1

    #10 Atlanta Dream10 18 0.357 12.5 4-10 7-7 3-11 2-8 L 7

    #11 Indiana Fever9 19 0.321 13.5 4-9 6-7 3-12 2-8 L 2

    #12 San Antonio Stars7 22 0.241 16 1-12 6-10 1-12 5-5 W 1
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    WNBA August Record: Best Bets ( BASED ON 5 UNITS )

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS

    08/12/2017..............5-3-0.............62.50%...................+8.50
    08/11/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/10/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/08/2017..............3-3-0..............50.00%...................-1.50
    08/06/2017..............4-2-0..............66.67%..................+9.00
    08/05/2017..............3-1-0..............75.00%..................+9.50
    08/04/2017..............4-6-0..............40.00%..................-13.00
    08/03/2017..............0-2-0................0.00%..................-11.00


    Totals...................21 - 23 - 0.............47.72%..................-21.50


    DATE.......................ATS................TOTA L............OU................TOTAL

    08/12/2017..............2 - 2..........- 1.00...........3 - 1...............+ 9.50
    08/11/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........0 - 2................- 11.00
    08/10/2017..............0 - 2..........- 11.00..........1 - 1................- 0.50
    08/08/2017..............3 - 0...........+15.00........0 - 3................- 16.50
    08/06/2017..............2 - 1...........+ 4.50.........2 - 1.................+ 4.50
    08/05/2017..............2 - 0...........+10.00........1 - 1...................- 0.50
    08/04/2017..............3 - 2............+ 4.00........1 - 4..................-17.00
    08/03/2017..............0 - 1.............- 5.50........0 - 1...................- 5.50


    Totals....................13 - 8 - 0........+ 15.50.........7 - 14.................-37.00
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    Sunday’s six-pack

    — Blue Jays 7, Pirates 2— West Point graduate Chris Rowley wins his MLB debut.

    — Mets traded 2B Neil Walker to the sliding Brewers, who need another bat.

    — Boston 10, New York 5— Andrew Benitendi homered twice for the Red Sox.

    — Indians 3, Tampa Bay 0— Rays were shut out in five of last eight games.

    — On-track handle at Saratoga thoroughbred meet is up 8.6% from this time last year.

    — DL happenings:

    New York puts P Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) on DL

    Red Sox put 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee) on the DL

    Blue Jays put C Russell Martin on the DL

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


    13) There is only one cut in the NFL this summer, from 90 to 53 players on Labor Day weekend, which means that 1,184 guys will hit the streets all at once, and lesser teams will scurry around and try to improve their roster by adding guys the better teams release.

    12) I’m thinking it hurts HBO’s Hard Knocks some that there is one less cut date; that is the best part of the program, watching coaches tell guys they didn’t make the team. Sad for the player but compelling TV— lot of times those players move on and play for other teams anyway.

    11) St Louis Cardinals are first team to score 8+ runs in six straight wins since ’06 Braves.

    10) Cardinals-Pirates are playing a game in Williamsport, PA next weekend, five miles from where the Little League World Series takes place.

    Williamsport has a team in the Class A NY-Penn League, so there is a stadium in place there, unlike last year, when Marlins-Braves played a game on a military base in South Carolina, where a stadium was basically built for that game.

    9) Tampa Bay Bucs traded up to draft Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo in the 2016 Draft, but he’s been a disappointment and been beaten out by Nick Folk. Aguayo missed an extra point and a 47-year old FG Friday night— he got cut Saturday, which should make for an interesting scene on Hard Knocks Tuesday night.

    8) If you’re not contending for a Wild Card spot in the American League, your team stinks, because some of the contending teams aren’t very good.

    7) Pat O’Hara is a QB coach for the Houston Texans; he was in the terrific football movie Any Given Sunday, playing Dennis Quaid’s backup QB who also gets hurt, which forces Jamie Foxx’s (#3 QB) character into the game, where he becomes a star.

    In real life, O’Hara was mostly a backup QB at USC; he played for seven different Arena League teams and has had a very interesting career. NFL Films should do a feature on him.

    6) Total plays run from scrimmage in last February’s Super Bowl: Patriots 93, Falcons 46.

    5) Cincinnati Bengal fans should be slow to criticize coach Marvin Lewis, who is 118-110-3 in 14 years as the Bengals’ coach, From 1984-2002, before Lewis took over, Cincy went 116-192 under four different head coaches. Be careful what you ask for……..

    4) Denver Broncos have only one road game in the first six weeks this season; they have a bye and four home games, then play on road in Weeks 7-9, with a Week 8 Monday night game, then a Week 9 game in Philly six days later. Unusual schedule; Denver has a new head coach and very little experience at quarterback.

    3) Consider the career of former NFL QB Tony Banks:
    — From 1996-98, Banks went 14-29 as QB of the Rams. When they cut him loose after 1998, they won the Super Bowl in ’99 behind Kurt Warner, who backed up Banks in ’98.

    — In 2000, Banks started the first eight games for the Ravens, going 5-3, but Games 7-8 were 10-3/14-6 losses, so Banks was replaced by Trent Dilfer……and the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

    I’ll leave the facts there and let you make your own judgments.

    2) Gregg Williams is the new defensive coordinator in Cleveland; he has his son Blake back on the coaching staff this year. Blake Williams was on the Rams’ coaching staff as linebackers’ coach in 2012, the year Gregg Williams was suspended by the NFL because of Bountygate, but apparently the other coaches couldn’t stand young Williams and he was shown the door.

    1) If I was an NFL head coach (a frightening thought), my team would go for it on 4th down a lot and go for 2 after every TD in exhibition games. Games don’t matter; it is a good chance to get more plays to evaluate your players. Thats what these exhibition games and mainly for….that and ripping off fans who pay regular season prices to watch games that don’t matter.
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    Sunday, August 13


    Los Angeles @ New York

    Game 623-624
    August 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    116.255
    New York
    112.104
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 4
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 2
    158
    Dunkel Pick:
    Los Angeles
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    LOS ANGELES (19 - 7) at NEW YORK (14 - 12) - 8/13/2017, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 89-121 ATS (-44.1 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 5-2 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
    LOS ANGELES is 5-2 straight up against NEW YORK 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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    3:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. NEW YORK
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 11 games when playing on the road against New York
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
    New York is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
    New York is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
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    Preview: Sparks (19-7) at Liberty (14-12)
    Date: August 13, 2017 3:00 PM EDT


    Whatever coach Brian Agler said at halftime during the Los Angeles Sparks' two most recent wins seems to have done the trick.

    In wins over New York and Minnesota, Los Angeles outscored its opponents 25-11 and 21-8, respectively, in the third quarters.

    In those games, which were sandwiched around a loss in Dallas, defense was the key.

    "We played without question our best defensive quarter in the third quarter. It helped our offense as well," Agler said after the Aug. 3 win over the Liberty, according to the website Swish Appeal. "We were able to get some shots, and our execution was better.

    "I told them for us to beat good teams, win a series in a playoff or even be in the position to win a championship we cannot play how we did in the second quarter at either end."

    Agler's team pays a return visit to New York on Sunday to take on the Liberty at Madison Square Garden.

    Even more impressive was the Sparks' Friday win at Minnesota.

    Los Angeles (19-7) held the WNBA's top offense to 4-of-18 shooting from the field to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

    "That's what we're working towards -- to get our defense as sound as possible going into the playoffs, because you saw what happened in the third quarter, and when we're able to get stops and get out in the secondary, that's when we're dangerous," Sparks center Candace Parker told the website.

    Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Los Angeles' 70-64 win, which came during an off game for leading scorer Nneka Ogwumike.

    Ogwumike scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor, but she made a key basket late in the fourth quarter that gave her 3,000 career points.

    New York (14-12) enters Sunday's game after two straight wins.

    On Friday, the Liberty saw a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead against Atlanta cut to one before prevailing 83-77.

    New York guard Shavonte Zellous had a game-high 20 points and made a key steal late to quell the Dream rally.

    "We just had to clamp down on defense," Zellous said. "We allowed Atlanta to get back in the game. (Then) it was all about getting a defensive stop and not letting Atlanta score. We really locked down and were focused at that point, and I was able to get the steal."

    The Liberty play at Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut on Friday.

    The Sparks, who are in the middle of a five-game road trip, will be in Washington on Wednesday and Chicago on Friday.


    WNB HEAD TO HEAD

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    NEW 74 Over: 161
    LOS « 87 Cover: 4.5
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