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In exciting weekend-sports action, the New York Liberty opened the season with an 83-71 victory over the Chicago Sky. (What, were there more interesting local games this weekend?) Mostly, though, we're just fascinated by this photo of what appears to have been the halftime entertainment. Ladies and gentleman, the Timeless Torches. They're the Liberty's 40-and-over dancers, and, well, the gals seem to really admire that dude in the hat. Related: Timeless Torches [WNBA.com]

Liberty Rookie Is a Real New Yorker

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After last year's dismal season, it seems odd that the New York Liberty would trade its star player, Becky Hammon. Regardless, the payoff looks promising with three superstar rookies (above) gearing up for the May 20 season opener: Jessica Davenport, Tiffany Jackson, and the local Shay Doron. Doron, 22, a Israeli-born University of Maryland grad, spent her childhood moving back and forth between New York and Tel Aviv. She settled here her junior year of high school to attend Queens' basketball-centric Christ the King. Why did your family decide to return to New York? The sole reason we moved back was for me to play basketball and have an opportunity to be recruited. Christ the King is the best basketball school in country. Are you Jewish? Yeah.