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Toronto Raptors’ victory parade marred by shooting and stampede – video report

Almost 2 million people cheered the NBA champions Toronto Raptors in a victory celebration that was marred after four people were shot during the parade.Police said none of the injuries was life-threatening, and added that three arrests had b…

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Police say two shot as 1.5m pack Toronto streets for Raptors’ title parade

Police say two people sustained non-life-threatening injuriesRaptors became first non-US team to win NBA title last weekPolice lift fans seeking safety as overcrowding becomes problemToronto police say two people were shot as Toronto Raptors fans packe…

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Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US

As basketball expands around the world it helps educate those abroad and at home that other cultures are not to be fearedFolklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider’s web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initial…

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Nick Nurse: the NBA champion coach who learned his trade in … Britain?

Before he coached the Raptors to an improbable NBA title, Nurse honed his craft in the British Basketball LeagueAs Nick Nurse went through some final preparations on Thursday night, a message came through on his phone from an old friend.“I get in touch…

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How did the Golden State Warriors become the team no one likes?

The Warriors still want to be the newcomers, the radicals shaking up the sport. But they’re the establishment nowAfter Detroit’s Chauncey Billups-inspired demolition of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 finals, perhaps the NBA’s greatest post-season u…

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‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music star’s reputation for bringing bad luckHis repeated interactions with athletes before critical games – and their subsequent losses – have earned Drake the unfortun…

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‘This means everything to the city’: Toronto parties as Raptors clinch NBA title

Kawhi Leonard and his teammates brought home the city’s first-ever NBA championship. And their achievement was celebrated across CanadaWhen Megan MacKeigan made a dinosaur costume two years ago for a performance at a local comedy show, she never imagin…

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In the era of player power, the Raptors’ NBA dynasty may be over before it begins

Toronto brought in Kawhi Leonard to win a title quickly, and he could be gone by the end of the summer. Other teams will be willing to take similar risksIt took titanic performances from Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam, and Kawhi Leonard doing Kawhi Leona…

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Raptors send Toronto into raptures as they beat Warriors to take first NBA title

Raptors win 114-110 over Warriors in dramatic Game 6Thompson (30 points) sidelined by injury in third quarterLowry and Siakam lead way for Toronto with 26 apieceKawhi Leonard named NBA finals Most Valuable PlayerAs it happened: Raptors beat Warriors to…

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Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors: NBA finals Game 6 – live!

Email Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltDurant undergoes surgery for ruptured achilles tendon 1.06am BST PreambleSomehow, we’ve reached Game 6 of one of the oddest and most impossible to predict NBA Finals I can remember in a long while. It…

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The Raptors froze against the Warriors, but the title stays theirs to lose

A head-scratching timeout by Toronto coach Nick Nurse may have swung the outcome of Game 5, but the Raptors remain favorites to win the NBA title with Kevin Durant gone for goodIt took a shooting barrage for Golden State to overcome the Raptors, 106-10…

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The Raptors froze against the Warriors, but the title stays theirs to lose

A head-scratching timeout by Toronto coach Nick Nurse may have swung the outcome of Game 5, but the Raptors remain favorites to win the NBA title with Kevin Durant gone for goodIt took a shooting barrage for Golden State to overcome the Raptors, 106-10…

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Warriors believe Kevin Durant suffered achilles tear during Game 5

Durant’s season clearly over after suffering injury in Game 5Two-time NBA finals MVP had just returned from calf injuryWarriors prevailed 106-105, cutting Toronto’s series lead to 3-2Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right achilles, a ma…

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NBA finals: Warriors beat Raptors in Game 5 thriller to keep series alive

As it happened: Golden State Warriors 106-105 Toronto RaptorsRaptors blow late lead as Warriors secure vital winToronto lead best-of-seven series 3-2 as teams head to OaklandKevin Durant returns but limps out of game in first-halfThe Toronto Raptors bl…

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Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors: NBA finals Game 5 – live!

Toronto lead best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into fifth gameEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltSteve Kerr confirms Kevin Durant will return for Game 5 1.26am BST Email from Damian Burns: Alright Hunter, on the tarmac at Montreal Airpo…

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Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors: NBA finals Game 5 – live!

Toronto lead best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into fifth gameEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltSteve Kerr confirms Kevin Durant will return for Game 5 1.26am BST Email from Damian Burns: Alright Hunter, on the tarmac at Montreal Airpo…

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Kevin Durant plans to make NBA finals return for Warriors, according to report

Two-time NBA finals MVP has missed entire series so farESPN reports Durant plans to play in Game 5 on Monday nightGolden State are 3-1 down to Toronto in best-of-seven series Kevin Durant practiced on Monday morning but the Golden State Warriors will w…

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Toronto Raptors’ success gives Canadian sports fans a rare feeling: hope

The team are one victory away from their first-ever NBA title. And many in Toronto see basketball as representative of a diverse, global cityWhen Fitriya Hussein was given free tickets to a Toronto Raptors basketball game years ago in middle school, sh…

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Raptors handle Warriors in Game 4 to move within victory of first NBA title

Kawhi (36 points, 12 rebounds) leads Raptors in Game 4 winToronto take 3-1 series lead as series returns to CanadaToronto Raptors 105-92 Golden State Warriors – as it happenedThe Toronto Raptors accomplished the improbable, beating the two-time defendi…

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NBA finals Game 4: Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors – live!

Raptors look to take commanding 3-1 series lead in OaklandTweet Hunter at @HunterFelt or email him 1.16am BST In one respect, the Toronto Raptors have only done what they absolutely had to do to have a realistic shot of winning the NBA Finals. In a str…