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June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Stanley Cup-champion Capitals will celebrate the city’s first major four pro sports championship in 26 years with a parade down Constitution Avenue this morning. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and his teammates will travel ten blocks to a rally on the National Mall. Season-ticket holders who have remained from the team’s eight-win inaugural season in 1974-75 will be among those participating in the parade.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight year, fans in Oakland, California, will get to celebrate the Golden State Warriors with a parade for a team some are calling a basketball dynasty. Officials say as many as 1 million fans are expected to line downtown Oakland streets after the Warriors third NBA title in four years. The NBA champions have gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between those clubs.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bartolo Colon pitches for the Texas Rangers at tonight Dodger Stadium. The 45-year-old righty is tied with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher at 243.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs have worked their way back to the top of the NL Central, after a 7-2, 11-inning victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee last night. Meanwhile, Eddie Vedder’s support remains strong. The Pearl Jam frontman’s new 7-inch vinyl single will be given out to those who buy tickets to the July 6 Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field. Pressed on blue and red vinyl, the record feature’s Vedder’s 2007 Cubs song “All the Way.” The flip side features fan Steve Goodman’s 1984 tribute “Go Cubs, Go.”

NEW YORK (AP) —How many Yankees teams can New York support? Perhaps one-less on Saturdays. The minor league Staten Island Yankees announced plans to rebrand themselves for their five Saturday home games this summer. The new name: the “Staten Island Pizza Rats.” “Pizza Rats” emerged as the winning name in a 2016 fan vote.

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