Fans on parade route call Golden State a ‘dynasty’
• For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.
Hundreds of thousands of fans in gold and blue and holding signs that read “Dynasty” and “Back to Back Champions” waved from behind barriers set up along the route in downtown Oakland, as the Warriors rode by in the open, double-decker buses Tuesday.
Stephen Curry, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and the rest of the Warriors, who won their third title in four years last week, took turns raising the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the roaring crowd, which officials said could reach up to 1 million fans.
The repeat champions swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
• Nick Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of Toronto, a person with direct knowledge of the hire said. Nurse will be replacing his former boss, Dwane Casey — under whom he spent the past five seasons as a Raptors assistant. Casey was fired after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of the playoffs by the Cavaliers.
Thousands in capital see Stanley Cup winners
• Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Washington Capitals’ unexpected Stanley Cup run and made their parade all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their tens of thousands of fans along the route.
The final bus with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Orpik, owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick also featured the Stanley Cup.
Fans along Constitution Avenue chanted, “Raise the Cup!” and “Ovi! Ovi! Ovi!”
• The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back Jeff Daniels as an assistant coach. General Manager Don Waddell announced the hiring and completed the staff for new coach Rod Brind’Amour.
Greenbrier Classic now known as Military Tribute
• The PGA Tour has approved a name change for the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs says in a statement the tournament will now be known as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
The 8-year-old tournament has typically been held around Independence Day. This year’s event is set for July 5-8 on the Old White TPC Course.
• Denis Istomin upset two-time finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Stuttgart Open in Germany.
Kohlschreiber failed to create any break points and was forced to fend off six from the 100th-ranked Istomin. The Uzbek won in 1 hour, 41 minutes and next faces another German, Florian Mayer.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup: Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors