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June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coach Barry Trotz says the Capitals are going to do it again, and forward T.J. Oshie led fans in a chant of “back-to-back” at a rally on the National Mall to celebrate the Stanley Cup champions. Captain Alex Ovechkin fired up fans by reminding them that he said at the start of the year they weren’t going to be as bad as some thought.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Gold and blue confetti has been raining down in downtown Oakland, California, at a parade for the NBA champions. The Golden State Warriors’ claimed their third title in four years Friday night, with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors guard Klay Thompson threw T-shirts from the top of an open, double-decker bus.

TORONTO (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the hire tells The Associated Press that Nick Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors. Nurse is replacing Dwane Casey, who was fired after Toronto was swept from the second round of the playoffs by Cleveland. Nurse worked under Casey the past five seasons as an assistant.

NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals visit Yankee Stadium for the opener of a two-game interleague series between World Series contenders. With the Nationals playing the first of five straight games in American League parks where they’ll need a designated hitter, it’s possible Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) could make his season debut. The second baseman rejoined the team Sunday, taking batting practice and fielding grounders. He planned to accompany the Nationals to New York.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson could use some run support against the Cubs. Anderson has a 2.79 ERA over his last three starts vs. Chicago but the Brewers have been shut out each time, outscored by a combined 9-0. Anderson (4-5) hopes the bats get going when he faces Tyler Chatwood (3-4) in the second of a three-game series between the top two teams in the NL Central.

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