Winners in Washington, finally...NBA player lawsuit...Cubs on a roll
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of red-clad Capitals fans partied in the streets of Washington Thursday night to celebrate the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and the city’s first title in the major four professional sports since 1992. After the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on the road in Game 5, celebrations erupted inside their home arena at the viewing party and around Chinatown. Fans chanted, “We got the Cup!” and then “Ovi! Ovi” as captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is expected to file a lawsuit against the city’s Police Department for an arrest in January during which officers used a stun gun when they detained him for a parking violation. Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen says he is filing the lawsuit in federal court Friday afternoon. Officers swarmed Brown and took him down when he didn’t immediately take his hands out of his pockets as ordered. He had been standing and talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking on a disabled spot outside a Walgreens.
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and added a second RBI with a sacrifice fly to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Thursday. The Cubs won for the fifth time in six games to close to a half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Brian Duensing, the first of five Cubs relievers, got the win despite allowing two runs over one inning. Phillies starter Nick Pivetta, who is now 4-5, lost his third straight, yielding four runs on six hits in five innings.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joc Pederson went deep twice, Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in as many games and the Los Angeles Dodgers used nine pitchers to hold off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7. Pederson led off the game with a solo blast off Jameson Taillon (3-5) and added a two-run shot in the eighth off Michael Feliz for his second multi-home run game in a week. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got creative with his bullpen after scheduled starter Dennis Santana was scratched.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods will play the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, which feels like a grouping of Nos. 1-2-3 in the world ranking. Except that Woods is No. 80. The USGA released its tee times Thursday for the U.S. Open next week at Shinnecock Hills, and it offered two stacked groups for the morning and afternoon.