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Hotshots prepare for worst heading into Game 2

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia could miss veteran forward Marc Pingris starting Game 2 of its best-of-seven semifinals series against NLEX and the Hotshots are already preparing for the worst.Pingris hurt his left knee at the 4:39 mark of the fourth quarter and had to be stretchered off the court. He was immediately taken to the hospital after the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He was grimacing in pain, but I hope it’s not going to be that bad. But if ever he is out of the series, we will really need to adjust,” said Magnolia guard PJ Simon in Filipino after scoring 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench.The Hotshots were leading, 76-73, before Pingris went down and clutched his knee as he tried to drive past the Road Warriors’ JR Quiñahan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He’s part of the team’s core and he’s very important to us. It’s really sad but we need to move on from it. We need to prepare hard for the second game,” said Paul Lee in Filipino.The 36-year-old Pingris, who just returned this conference after being sidelined with a recurring hip injury for several months, had five points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 28 minutes before the leaving Game 1. Lee said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had already talked to the other players to stay ready with Pingris likely out. Guards Justin Melton and Mark Barroca  also got hurt in Game 1.“It’s a long series but our problem right now is we’re a bit undermanned and hopefully, our players recover quickly from their injuries,” Simon said.Magnolia goes for the equalizer on Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ugly win for Man United, uglier loss for West Ham in EPL Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Passport Office Forensic Audit Auditors found no evidence of Fraud

first_img– recommends separation of police work from immigrationForensic auditors who recently examined the records of the Central Immigration and Passport Office of Guyana say there was no evidence of fraud at the office, but highlighted several minor irregularities, relating mainly to breach in procedures.The 29-page audit report which was made public Wednesday by the Ministry of Finance stated that there were some issues that need to be addressed to ensure the effectiveness of the office.“In the course of our audit and our examination of documents and records, our audit team found no evidence of any malfeasance or any fraudulent activity,” the report stated.It however noted that there needs to be urgent action on the key findings which can be implemented without delay, including redefining the organisation’s structure.Police v ImmigrationA recommendations by the auditors is for there to be a separation of the functions of the police from that of the immigration:“Police personnel now fill the role of immigration officers at the passport office and points of entry/exit. Consideration may have to be given in due course to separate the duties with employees of the Department of Citizenship being full time immigration and passport officers and not policemen/policewomen seconded to passport office or airports/seaports.”It noted that policemen/women now seconded may have to be given the option to remain as policemen/women or be fulltime passport and immigration officers.“To go with this decentralisation of services and to ensure that the functions of each division are competently performed, effective training of all staff should be mounted and carried out over time. The training programmes may include preparing and issuing procedure manuals for processes and activities that are considered key to the successful functioning of the section/division,” it added.CitizenshipOn the issue of Citizenship, the auditors said there were some instances where applicants were granted citizenship without meeting all the requirements.The requirements are Police Clearance; Income Tax Liability Statement; National Insurance Scheme Compliance Statement; Copy of spouse’s Passport, Copy of Spouse’s Birth Certificate; and Marriage Certificate.“It was  observed that even though some applicants not meeting all the requirements, approval for citizenship was granted in these instances,” it report cited.The auditors recommended that in future, all applicants for citizenship should meet all requirements as stipulated, subject to ministerial discretionary power.PassportsIt said while there were no major issues with regards to the issuance of passports, there were instances where records are not properly kept.“The original ‘cancelled’ receipts in 23 Receipt Books were not appended in the respective books which contravenes Financial Regulations,” the auditors wrote. It recommended that upon cancelling a receipt, all copies should be retained in the Receipt Book in accordance with Financial Regulations. “Besides this adverse observation, over the period under review Passports in general were approved and issued to applicants who have met the Requirements. Hence the controls and governance systems appear to be operating efficiently,” it stated. The report also recommended that there be a review of the organisational structure of the passport office among others. “In the past, the position of Chief Immigration Officer was held by the Commissioner of Police. This will require change as a result of the establishment of the Department of Citizenship and the separation of functions. One suggestion (and it seems logical under the new structure) is (iv) that the Head of Citizenship Immigration and Passport services could fill that role,” it statedlast_img read more

Balawala Star, ‘Karmo Soko’, Dies

first_imgVeteran Liberian comedian, Zumanah Fofana, best known for his role as ‘Karmo Soko’ from Malawala Balawala, the hit Liberian TV comedy of the 1980s, has died. He was 56.He became famous in 1984 for his comic role in the Balawala series, but also starred in others such as “Blind Man and His Girlfriend”, Driver”, and many more.Before his death, the late Soko made a brief comeback in the movie industry when he released “Karmo Soko the Greedy Man,” which was a hit, and the “Two Hustlers.”He was the director of Art for the Liberian Culture Troupe that participated in the Louisiana World Fair in 1984.But veteran Liberian actor and president of the Liberia Culture Union, Kekura Kamara said, “Mr. Soko died as a “very poor man” despite all the fames in achieved.”“He died poor, because his innovations and his artists right was not protected by government, thereby leaving him exposed to pirates,” he added.He died on July 27 in a Taxi around Suakoko, Bong County about 4pm, while on his way for medical treatments at the Phebe Hospital. As a practical Muslim, Karmo Soko mortal remains was laid to rest on Sunday, June 29, in Dimeh, a traditional Gola village on the Monrovia/Bomi highway were Liberian culture icon, Bai T. Moore was buried.Mr. Kekura, a workmate at the Flomo Theater that produced the television series said, “few week ago, we look Karmo Soko to a local clinic on the Jamaica Road for medical checkup after his foot got swollen, but the doctor didn’t find any illness.” The doctor, however, recommended that he should be taken to the John F. Kennedy (JFK) to be admitted, but sadly he decided to go Gbarnga for proper treatment when he died in the process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amb. Barnes Urges Students to Appreciate Liberian Culture

first_imgFormer Liberian ambassador to the United States, Nathaniel Barnes, has urged students to appreciate the sensitivity of Liberian cultural practices, adhere to those fundamental values that make it unique and strengthen the commonalities that bind Liberians together.Speaking under the theme, “The Role of our Culture in the National Reconciliation Process” in Dimeh Town at an event organized by Flomo Theater Production for students of William Lee Bonner Junior High School, Ambassador Barnes said in order to achieve peace, the practices of Liberian culture should not be excluded.“It is about time that you students stopped imitating western cultural practices and stop condemning your own. No country’s culture is perfect, but it is you that will make it perfect. The West does not imitate our culture, so why should we practice theirs?“Let me tell you today students, Liberia has a very beautiful culture that should be sustained by you. Today you are students; tomorrow, the nation’s future leaders. So it is about time you start accepting your cultural norms, practices and values, and appreciate the fact of who you are,” Ambassador Barnes asserted.However, the former diplomat was quick not to totally blame students for not appreciating their culture values and norms, but suggested that if students are to be encouraged to appreciate Liberia culture, it should be done through education, institutional policies and by the way Liberians raise their children.He furthered that the National Culture Center should be reestablished as a place where Liberian culture, folklore, customs and practices are put on display.“Again, I’m asking national leaders to implement the usage of one Liberian language as our nation’s own, which must be taught in all schools compulsorily, along with [other academic subjects]. When this is done, then we will be on the path to complete national reconciliation.“Our culture,” he added, “is the only thing we have in common, and it is the harmony in the song of reconciliation.” During the trip, the students were taken to the grave site of Tenneh, a character in the true story “Murder in the Cassava Patch” by Liberian playwright and cultural icon, Bai T. Moore. The students also visited other historical sites in the Dewion district, including the famous Love Tree.They were later entertained by cultural performances and taught some basic elements of the Liberian cultural way of life.Numerous speakers including students, town leaders and youth organizations lauded Flomo Theater for the educational initiative that is intended to encourage students to learn about their culture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo, Granger trade barbs

first_imgCJ, Chancellor non-appointmentFollowing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees for the Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice posts, President David Granger has reiterated that he wants to rid State offices of acting appointments, and as such, he will be meeting with his legal team to ascertain the way forward as it relates to the appointments of these two top judicial positions.“I have to be advised by my Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General. We cannot be without a Chancellor and a Chief Justice (any longer). Right now, twoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopersons are acting and I had hoped that we could have moved forward by having a substantive or full-time appointment agreed. But this has not happened and the Constitution requires me to await the approval of the Leader of the Opposition and this hasn’t come so I will have to depend on legal advice and make sure the court continues to function,” he told media operatives on the sidelines of an event at the State House.When asked about the possibility of his two nominees being appointed to act in the positions given the Opposition Leaders’ non-approval for their substantive appointment, the Head of State noted that, “It is not desirable to continue the practice of acting which existed for several years and I would like to have substantive appointments. It’s a question of necessity; the courts cannot be paralysed by the behaviour of one person. After the first meeting I waited nearly aPresident David Grangermonth and I was a little disappointed with the final outcome but that is his constitutional decision,” the President stated.Last week, Jagdeo in a letter – which was released to the media – addressed to the President, said after having duly considered the nominations of Justice Benjamin and Justice Cummings-Edwards under Article 127 (2) of the Constitution, he is unable to offer his agreement for their appointments.However, the Opposition Leader has since indicated his willingness to further engage the President on substantive appointments to the top judicial positions.To this end, Minister of State Joseph Harmon the following day said Government will be going ahead with “meaningful consultations” between the two sides as provided for in the Constitution.“Mr Jagdeo’s rejection is constitutional, the President’s powers are also constitutional and there is a provision in the law which provides that in the event there cannot be agreement… then there is a second level which now requires meaningful consultations. So I believe that is the next step we will go to,” the Minister had said.According to Article 127 (2) of the Constitution; “If the office of Chancellor or Chief Justice is vacant…then, until a person has been appointed…, those functions shall be performed by such other of the Judges as may be appointed by the President”.On January 3, President Granger and his team held a meeting with the Opposition Leader and his team on the substantive appointments for the top judicial posts. In keeping with Article 127 (1) which states that “the Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall each be appointed by the President, acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition”, the two parties agreed to meet again on February 7, 2018 to follow up on the proposed names for appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice.”However, on that date, the Opposition Leader wrote the Head of State, indicating his rejection of the nominees after due diligence.last_img read more

Improving access to potable water in Central Rupununi

first_imgProviding equal access to potable water continues to be a priority for GWI in keeping with His Excellency, President David Granger’s call for equity on the coastland and hinterland.GWI officials and residents in KicumbayTo this end, GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles and a team of officials conducted a three-day visit to villages located in Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) from January 21 – 23, 2019, to assess their accessibility to potable water while making necessary interventions. The team plans to visit all 57 communities in Region Nine.During these visits, GWI met with Toshaos, Senior Councillors and residents to ascertain their current water situation by listening to their concerns and recommendations. One of the concerns raised was the need for water well maintenance since many went without being serviced for long periods.In Fly Hill, for instance, a well which was dug in the early 2000s only functioned for one day. In other cases, additional water sources and storage tanks were needed, solar panels required repairs, leaks needed to be fixed and trestles needed to be constructed.GWI will be revisiting villages such as Mocomoco and St Ignatius since the Toshaos are expected to gather and provide additional data on the villages.The residents who voiced their concerns and made recommendations have expressed gratitude to the team for their visit and commitment to enhancing their livelihoods through better access to quality water.Thirteen other villages have been listed to benefit from GWI’s initiative to improve the water supplies in the hinterland.last_img read more

City closes trail near Brookside Cemetery

first_img– Advertisement – In a post on their Facebook page, the City states the rain has caused a potential slide situation on part of the trail. The trail has been closed in that area until an assessment and repairs can be completed.last_img

Golf course director gets new pact

first_imgOnly a couple of residents expressed opposition Wednesday to the city not waiting until Camacho’s contract is up in 2010 before making amendments. Derek Hardy, president of the Metro Chapter of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) representing Los Angeles and Orange counties, said Camacho’s salary is “way out of line” with the standard pay for directors. Hardy said most city-owned golf courses pay about $50,000 annually and a percentage of the driving range fees, usually about 25 percent – half of what Camacho currently earns for those services. “To make that kind of money is incredible,” Hardy said. “He’s got to have the best contract around. They could get a PGA professional for less. He better be careful, Tiger Woods might be after that job.” But Norma Salinas, director of Parks and Recreation, said Camacho’s salary is not as big as it seems. “When you consider he has to pay for his five employees, workers’ compensation and benefits for them, it doesn’t leave that much,” Salinas said. “Plus, he pays for the balls and other stuff. He’s given a lot to the community.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Residents had insisted that a director could be found for a significantly lower fee than his $214,000 salary. Leading the charge against that big raise was Councilman Jeff Siccama who, at the time, was running for a council seat in the November 2005 election. He and his group, Montebello Citizens for Open Government, had repeatedly asked the council to put Camacho’s contract out for bid when the expiration date drew near. This time around, Siccama’s perspectives on both Camacho’s salary and on seeking a competitive bid had changed. “I was mostly against it then \ because of his request for a pay increase and a severance package,” Siccama said Thursday. “I still don’t believe in no-bid contracts but he’s been there so many years and I think it’s good to partner with businesses that have stayed in town for a long time.” MONTEBELLO – In a rare unanimous vote of the Montebello City Council, the city’s golf course director has managed to secure an extension to his contract at more than $214,000 a year – despite three years still to go on his current agreement. Thomas A. Camacho, director of the city-owned Montebello Golf Course, received a 5-year extension to his 10-year contract at Wednesday’s regular council meeting, pushing the expiration date to 2015. Camacho was unavailable for comment Thursday but city officials said they did not know why he made the request now, in the middle of his contract. Camacho’s last request for an extension caused an uproar from citizens’ groups in 2005 when he also asked for a $36,000 annual raise and a severance package. The Council had tabled the item since then. last_img read more

Kante offered Sh38mn a week by Chelsea to deter PSG

first_img0Shares0000France midfielder N’Golo Kante was labelled the ‘essential element’ to the World Cup-winning side by coach Didier Deschamps © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE SIMONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 31 – French midfielder N’Golo Kante, labelled the “essential element” in the World Cup-winning side by Didier Deschamps, has been offered a new five-year contract by Chelsea, according to British media reports on Tuesday.The pocket-sized 27-year-old dynamo — who recovered the ball more often than any other team-mate during the finals in Russia — will earn Sh38mn (£290,000) a week if he signs the new deal, reported The Times and the London Evening Standard. Chelsea, who sacked Antonio Conte as manager despite winning the FA Cup after finishing outside the Champions League spots last season, want to ward off apparent interest from Qatari-owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The new contract would see Kante’s pay almost doubled from his present deal — £150,000 a week — which terminates in 2021.Kante was a pivotal figure in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign in 2016/17 under Conte after joining from Leicester City for a reported £32 million.His move followed an equally influential role in The Foxes’ shock league-winning campaign in 2016.Chelsea are also reported by both newspapers to be prepared to increase Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard’s weekly pay from £220,000 — at present he is the highest wage earner — to £300,000 in an effort to dissuade him from moving to Spain with Real Madrid showing an interest, although the £200-million price tag may put them off.Hazard and fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, who is also believed to be subject of a £35.5-million bid from Real Madrid, are due back in training this weekend after their holidays following Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PRO CALENDAR

first_img2 p.m.Finals, Game 5: Phoenix at DetroitESPN2 Pro Football 10 a.m.Indianapolis at TennesseeCh. 2570 1 p.m.Dallas at MiamiCh. 11 1:15 p.m.Oakland at DenverCh. 297.1 1:15 p.m.N.Y. Jets at Baltimore570 5:15 p.m.San Diego at New EnglandCh. 4710, 790 Golf 8:30 a.m.PGA The Tour ChampionshipGolf 10:30 a.m.PGA The Tour ChampionshipCh. 4 10:30 a.m.PGA European Mercedes-Benz (delayed)Golf 4 p.m.Champions Gr. Hickory Classic (delayed)Golf 6 p.m.LPGA Solheim Cup (delayed)Golf Hockey 5 p.m.Preseason: Phoenix at Ducks830 Motorsports 4:30 a.m.Formula One Grand Prix of BelgiumSC 10 a.m.NASCAR CountdownCh. 7 11 a.m.Nextel Cup Sylvania 300Ch. 7540 1 p.m.MotoGP World Championships (delayed)SC 2 p.m.AMA Supersport, Superbike, at SalinasSC 4 p.m.NHRA Mid-South Nationals (delayed)ESPN2 Women’s World Cup Soccer 5 a.m.Group A: Germany vs. Japan (Monday)ESPN 5 a.m.Group A: England vs. Argentina (Monday)ESPN2 Soccer 6 a.m.Italy: Udinese at JuventusFSC 8 a.m.England: Aston Villa at Manchester CityFSC 10 a.m.Mexico: Atlas at PueblaCh. 54 10 a.m.Mexico: Tecos at PumasCh. 34 11:25 a.m.Italy: Cagliari at ParmaFSC NoonMLS: Chivas USA at ColoradoFSN1020 Ch. 46 NoonArgentina: Lanus at River PlateFSC 2 p.m.Argentina: Lanus at River Plate (delayed)FSC 4 p.m.Mexico: Tigres at Club AmericaCh. 46 5 p.m.MLS: Houston at GalaxyFSN1700 5 p.m.USL quarterfinals: Vancouver at PortlandFSC Beach Volleyball 8 p.m.AVP San Fran. Best of Beach (delayed)Prime Horse Racing 2:30 p.m.Trackside Live: FairplexFSN Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); ABC (Ch. 7); Fox (Ch. 11); KMEX (Ch. 34); KFTR (Ch. 46); KAZA (Ch. 54); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); SC (Speed Channel); Show (Showtime); Tennis (Tennis Channel). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KWKW (1330 AM); CASH (1700 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 2 p.m.Finals, Game 5: Phoenix at DetroitESPN2 Pro Football 10 a.m.Indianapolis at TennesseeCh. 2570 1 p.m.Dallas at MiamiCh. 11 1:15 p.m.Oakland at DenverCh. 297.1 1:15 p.m.N.Y. Jets at Baltimore570 5:15 p.m.San Diego at New EnglandCh. 4710, 790 Golf 8:30 a.m.PGA The Tour ChampionshipGolf 10:30 a.m.PGA The Tour ChampionshipCh. 4 10:30 a.m.PGA European Mercedes-Benz (delayed)Golf 4 p.m.Champions Gr. Hickory Classic (delayed)Golf 6 p.m.LPGA Solheim Cup (delayed)Golf Hockey 5 p.m.Preseason: Phoenix at Ducks830 Motorsports 4:30 a.m.Formula One Grand Prix of BelgiumSC 10 a.m.NASCAR CountdownCh. 7 11 a.m.Nextel Cup Sylvania 300Ch. 7540 1 p.m.MotoGP World Championships (delayed)SC 2 p.m.AMA Supersport, Superbike, at SalinasSC 4 p.m.NHRA Mid-South Nationals (delayed)ESPN2 Women’s World Cup Soccer 5 a.m.Group A: Germany vs. Japan (Monday)ESPN 5 a.m.Group A: England vs. Argentina (Monday)ESPN2 Soccer 6 a.m.Italy: Udinese at JuventusFSC 8 a.m.England: Aston Villa at Manchester CityFSC 10 a.m.Mexico: Atlas at PueblaCh. 54 10 a.m.Mexico: Tecos at PumasCh. 34 11:25 a.m.Italy: Cagliari at ParmaFSC NoonMLS: Chivas USA at ColoradoFSN1020 Ch. 46 NoonArgentina: Lanus at River PlateFSC 2 p.m.Argentina: Lanus at River Plate (delayed)FSC 4 p.m.Mexico: Tigres at Club AmericaCh. 46 5 p.m.MLS: Houston at GalaxyFSN1700 5 p.m.USL quarterfinals: Vancouver at PortlandFSC Beach Volleyball 8 p.m.AVP San Fran. Best of Beach (delayed)Prime Horse Racing 2:30 p.m.Trackside Live: FairplexFSN Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); ABC (Ch. 7); Fox (Ch. 11); KMEX (Ch. 34); KFTR (Ch. 46); KAZA (Ch. 54); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); SC (Speed Channel); Show (Showtime); Tennis (Tennis Channel). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KWKW (1330 AM); CASH (1700 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 10:30 a.m.Atlanta at WashingtonTBS 11 a.m.Angels at Chicago White SoxCh. 13710, 830 11:05 a.m.Chicago Cubs at St. LouisWGN 1 p.m.Arizona at DodgersPrime980, 1330 5 p.m.N.Y. Yankees at BostonESPN WNBA Playoffs ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 10:30 a.m.Atlanta at WashingtonTBS 11 a.m.Angels at Chicago White SoxCh. 13710, 830 11:05 a.m.Chicago Cubs at St. LouisWGN 1 p.m.Arizona at DodgersPrime980, 1330 5 p.m.N.Y. Yankees at BostonESPN WNBA Playoffs last_img read more