Golden State Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland
OAKLAND (AP) — After a night of celebrating the Golden State Warriors latest NBA title, fans snapped up victory shirts and hats Tuesday, while Oakland crews were busy hanging championship banners along the parade route.
The parade will take place Thursday morning in downtown Oakland, following the same route as the team's parade to celebrate the 2015 NBA title.
It will start at 10 a.m. at Broadway and 11th Street, wind through downtown streets and end with a procession to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.
Fans are encouraged to line up for the parade and rally as soon as 5 a.m. Thursday and taking public transportation is encouraged.
Following the victory Monday night, warriors' fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco.
The party began as soon as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 at Oracle Arena to clinch their second championship in three years.
In San Francisco, people hung out of cars waving blue and gold flags.
Across the bay, in downtown Oakland, about 1,000 people celebrated in the streets, but most were peaceful. Crowds gathered in intersections, including one where cheering fans made a circle to watch several men breakdance. Some climbed street lights, some sprayed champagne and some threw bottles leaving broken glass in streets. Others set off fireworks.
One car was damaged when fans jumped on its roof, police said.
Police issued more than 40 citations and towed at least 30 cars that were driving recklessly on city streets following the win, according to Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
Between 400 and 500 spectators and vehicles participated in "sideshow" activity in East Oakland on Monday night and some revelers threw rocks and bottles at officers, though no serious injuries were reported.
The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State's turn again, taking the title in five games.
Watching Warriors win title provides inspiration for Raiders
ALAMEDA (AP) — Whether they were watching on their couches like Derek Carr or at raucous Oracle Arena like Jack Del Rio, seeing a local team win a championship like the Golden State Warriors did only provides extra inspiration for the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders began their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday, a day after the Warriors won the NBA title at home by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
"It was awesome to be over there last night at the game and see the Warriors come through in a big way," Del Rio said. "To do it with that crowd, the crowd was spectacular last night, full of energy. A lot of happy people going home last night. Great to be a part of it."
Del Rio is a Bay Area native who grew up rooting for the local teams in nearby Hayward and is now coaching the football team. With the Raiders planning to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, time is running short for Del Rio to deliver a football title to the Bay Area.
It's been a while since the Raiders were close to competing for a championship. They broke through and won 12 games last year to make the postseason for the first time since 2002 but lost their only playoff game on the road to Houston with Carr sidelined by a broken leg.
The Raiders haven't hosted a playoff game since winning the 2002 AFC championship and have had just five home playoff contests since returning to Oakland in 1995.
Seeing the reaction to the Warriors only whetted the Raiders' appetite.
"Playing at home is something you have to earn," Del Rio said. "Our fans here are the best. That atmosphere last night was electric. Great to be a part of it. We've had big regular-season games here, but obviously it all gets ramped up when it's a playoff game. We'd love to earn those. That's what it's all about."
USGA learns players are impossible to please
ERIN, Wis. — The players might like their steaks thick and juicy. But not their fescue.
Several U.S. Open competitors took to social media to register complaints about rough at Erin Hills that’s so dense, the joke goes, you could lose a caddie in it.
Gripes about the USGA and its course setups are an annual U.S. Open tradition. What’s novel this year is that officials had four prominent areas mowed Tuesday — on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes.
“I’m surprised,” Fox analyst Paul Azinger said. “But I have to be honest: I thought the fescue was a little out of hand in spots. My concern was lost balls.
“I went out there and hung with the marshals. You could see (the drive) leave the club but you can’t see it coming. When the fescue is that high, it’s not bouncing up. And then if you have lost balls, do you have carts in play to take guys back (to the tee)?”
PGA Tour players Wesley Bryan and Kevin Na posted videos showing how easy it was to lose a ball in fescue just a few yards from the fairway.
A USGA official said the decision was not made in response to player complaints and that the goal is to reduce lost balls.
Being that it’s a U.S. Open, the decision to cut the fescue to rough level was criticized as well.
“These are the widest fairways we’ve ever played in a U.S. Open,” Rory McIlroy said. “And the first and second cut is another 10 yards on top of that. So if you’ve got 50 or 60 yards to hit into and you’re complaining about the fescue that’s wider than that, I don’t think that’s an issue.”
Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest
French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen's Club tournament, a warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he needs to rest.
Nadal said Tuesday in a statement: "After speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon." He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.
Nadal won a record 10th French Open championship Sunday after also winning clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the last two months.
The Queen's Club event is one of the major grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon. This year's field includes defending champion Andy Murray and runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka.
Nadal won the event in 2008.