A Look at Sports: NBA Championship and Dennis Rodman in North Korea

Jun 13, 2017

    Kevin Durant poured in 39 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out their second NBA championship in three seasons by outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120. Durant shot 14-for-20, while Stephen Curry added 34 points and a team-high 10 assists as the Warriors avenged last year's seven-game finals loss to the Cavs. LeBron James had team highs of 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assts for the Cavaliers, while J.R. Smith scored 25 points on 9-for-11 from 3-point range.

   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oakland is gearing up for a parade to celebrate the Golden State Warriors latest NBA title. Fans have been snapping up victory shirts and hats following a night of celebrating, and city crews are 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. Following the victory Monday night, spontaneous celebrations broke out in streets around Oakland. There were no immediate reports of violence or arrests.

   Jimmy Nelson gets the ball when NL Central-leading Milwaukee opens a four-game set in St. Louis. Nelson (4-3, 3.45) has struck out 27 in 21 innings over his past three starts and has a 2.16 ERA in his last seven outings. Lance Lynn (4-3, 2.88) is set to pitch for the Cardinals.

   PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is in North Korea, his first visit since President Donald Trump took office. Rodman told reporters before leaving Beijing airport that he's "just trying to open a door" with the North. Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on four past trips since 2013. He also has been roundly criticized for visiting during times of high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over its weapons programs. He says he believes Trump would be happy with his trip. Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice." Hours after Rodman's arrival, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that North Korea had released an American student serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts. It wasn't immediately clear whether the release was connected to Rodman's visit.