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Warriors bested by Kings, 100-79, and other takeaways from an historic loss

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — Over the years, the Sacramento Kings have adopted little-brother status as they’ve looked to emulate the Warriors’ success. On Sunday, the big-brother Warriors (5-23) were bested by the Kings 100-79 at Chase Center. This was the Kings’ first visit to the $1.4 billion facility. In the third quarter, when a spirited “LET’S GO WARRIORS” chant broke out while Golden State was down by 20 points, a “SAC-RA-MEN-TO” chant from the upper-reaches of the arena drowned out the home crowd — a symbolic gesture of how overwhelmed the Warriors were by their northern neighbors. The Kings (12-14) shot 60.3% from the field, out-rebounded the Warriors by 12, and held the Warriors to a season-low tying point total (tied with Dec. 2 loss in Atlanta). Golden State committed 20 turnovers in the game and, despite forcing the Kings into 27 turnovers, still managed to lose by 21 points. “All kinds of mistakes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Very little communication. It was an embarrassing loss tonight.” A series of runs…

Photos: Top 10 moments in San Francisco 49ers loss to Atlanta Falcons

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Officials in New York reversed an on-field call and awarded the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones a touchdown catch with two seconds remaining, sending the San Francisco 49ers to an eventual 29-22 defeat at Levi’s Stadium. The Falcons (5-9) tacked on a touchdown as time expired after recovering a fumble on the 49ers’ desperation kickoff return. The 49ers (11-3) are now tied for the NFC lead with the Seattle Seahawks (11-3); the New Orleans Saints (10-3) host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Because the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) lost to the Dallas Cowboys minutes after the 49ers’ defeat, the 49ers were assured their first playoffs berth since the 2013 season. Before the 49ers ultimately vie for the No. 1 seed on Dec. 29 at Seattle, the Rams will visit Levi’s Stadium on Saturday night.

So long and good riddance? One Black Hole fan’s final game at the Coliseum

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — Sad. Mad. Cheated. Veronica Jackson, aka Mz Feisty Raider, summarized what many fans near and far felt Sunday as the sun finally set on the NFL at the Oakland Coliseum. Fittingly, the Raiders came to a crashing halt in their farewell game in Oakland — much to the bitter disappointment of the Black Hole denizens. That’s the place Jackson had invested 14 years of her life. Hundreds of face-painted, costume-wearing fans crammed into one of the most notorious and colorful seating sections in American sports for a gathering that was part family reunion, part wake. Mostly it was a teary-eyed, beer-soaked going-away party for this small segment of the 52,788 fans in attendance Sunday. As they’ve done so many times before, the Raiders left fans reeling in a second-half collapse that led to a 20-16 defeat. Soon they depart for Las Vegas and a modern, glitzy $1.9 billion stadium expected to open next summer. Jackson, 43 from Salinas, stood on a seat, reacting with outstretched middle fingers as the…

Photos: Top 10 moments in Oakland Raiders last home game at the Coliseum in Oakland

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. The Jacksonville Jaguars rallied for 17 points in the final 15 minutes to beat Oakland Raiders in their farewell Coliseum game. Jacksonville scored 17 unanswered points after halftime, including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to Chris Carson in front of the Black Hole with 31 seconds left, to hand the Raiders a 20-16 loss at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Trying to ice the game up 16-13, Derek Carr failed to stay in bounds on a designed run with 2:05 remaining, Tyrell Williams dropped a third-down pass, and then Daniel Carlson missed from 50 and – after a running into the kicker penalty gave him a second chance – from 45. The Raiders had two final Hail Mary passes knocked down in the end zone and left the field for the final time to boos from a shocked crowd, in what could be the final NFL game in the East Bay.

Ugly scenes from the Raiders’ final crushing loss in Oakland

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND – An ugly finish for the Oakland Raiders was matched by some ugly scenes from their fans Sunday in the team’s final game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Dozens of extra security guards surrounded the sidelines in the fourth quarter to prevent fans from storming the field. That show of force worked, but there were still isolated incidents where fans were arrested after climbing over the perimeter wall. Other fans also threw debris onto the field after the Raiders gave up a last-minute touchdown and lost 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final home game before Oakland is scheduled to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960-1981 and returned from Los Angeles in 1995. The negative reaction didn’t stop some Raiders players from saying their final goodbyes to the fans despite the devastating loss. “I just said thanks, you know?” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Whenever I’m done playing football, they can get mad at somebody else someday that’s the quarterback, you…

Kurtenbach: The Raiders are leaving behind a fanbase with a passion you cannot buy

OAKLAND — We are well past the point of fighting the inevitable, of forlorn thoughts of what could have — no, what should have — been. The Raiders are gone. They haven’t packed up yet — the team facility in Alameda is will be operational for a few more weeks — but Sunday’s contest, a 20-16 final-minute loss to the Jaguars, marked the final moment that the Raiders belonged to Oakland — the symbolic end of an era. They soon will soon fill up some boxes, put them in trucks, and head to Las Vegas — to a new stadium, a new team facility, and what they think will be a brighter, more lucrative future. But in that 560-mile move, the Raiders will be leaving their soul behind. Things in Nevada will never be as good as they were in Oakland — it’ll be a novelty at best in a city that has endless entertainment options. And I’ll bet dollars to cents that in a few years the Raiders will be the ones pushing forlorn thoughts what could have — no, what should have —…

Raiders blow lead and fall in Coliseum finale as cheers turn to jeers

Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — It was the end of an era and the end of an error. Somehow, the Raiders lost 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday before a crowd of 52,788 that will be the last paying fans to watch the silver and black at the Coliseum. “I’m still sitting here kind of dumbfounded how everything went,” Raiders safety Erik Harris said. “The energy felt like we were going to come away with that one and all of a sudden the tables were turned. At what point that happened I couldn’t even tell you. I’m still sitting here like, `How did we lose that game?’ ” The fans, on the other hand, have seen it for most of the last 25 years. Al Davis’ grand plan to restore a sense of personality as well as a home field advantage was a flop on the field, with a 94-106 record. Road games await against the Chargers and Broncos, then it’s off to Las Vegas. Only four times in 25 years did…

Sour Kittles: In loss, 49ers have never looked more reliant on their star TE

SANTA CLARA — Even when George Kittle doesn’t touch the ball, even in the rare instance where he’s on the losing end of a game this season, he’s the one making the most impressive plays on the field. Just ask Falcons safety Ricardo Allen. While running back Raheem Mostert barreled into the end zone for the 49ers’ first score in Sunday’s 29-22 loss to the Falcons, Kittle was eight yards deep in the end zone, laying on top of Allen like maple syrup, laughing his head off. Or at least that’s how it appeared. “He kinda did a little screech when he slammed me,” Allen said, in better spirits after Julio Jones pulled in a last-second catch to deliver a heartbreaking loss to the 49ers. “I was like, ‘Oh man!’ … He slammed the mess out of me. … I still fight him, though. I ain’t never back down.” When Kittle does touch the ball, he’s even scarier — and he had the ball in his hands a lot Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo targeted his large, lumbering tight end 17 times, and Kittle reeled in…

‘Buffalo Wild Wings things happen’ in chaotic 49ers-Falcons finish

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SANTA CLARA — The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t cover George Kittle. The San Francisco 49ers couldn’t cover Julio Jones. Both players had chances to lock up a victory for their teams on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, but it was Jones who had the keys in his hands last. “We needed to win it and Julio Jones did his thing,” Falcons tight end Austin Hooper said. As the game clock ticked under five seconds, Jones ran directly toward 49ers safety Jimmie Ward. The six-time Pro Bowler stepped inside the one-yard line, cut to his left and caught a laser from quarterback Matt Ryan. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT ONE! TOUCHDOWN JULIO! pic.twitter.com/JAeuwHL9RE — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 16, 2019 Referees initially ruled Jones was tackled in front of the goal line, but a replay review showed the Falcons receiver had broken the plane to give Atlanta the lead. With two seconds left on the game clock, the 49ers stood no chance to stage a miracle comeback. Jones’ 13th catch of the game and second…

Falcons score 12 points in final 2 seconds vs. 49ers, making for Vegas drama

Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device. For the third time this season, the 49ers lost a game in its last seconds Sunday against the Falcons. Julio Jones put the Falcons up 23-22 with a touchdown catch, leaving the 49ers just two seconds to somehow score and win the game. What ensued was meaningless to the outcome of the game but surely meant quite a bit to many in Las Vegas who were interested in the total points scored in the game. We’ll take that TD, too! pic.twitter.com/ZXrN8KnLCE — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 16, 2019 In their desperation to score, the Niners turned to the ol’ lateral play on the kickoff, hoping a Falcons team that had made two critical mistakes on special teams earlier in the game would complete the trio. Related Articles Sour Kittles: 49ers have never looked more reliant on their star tight end than in loss to Falcons ‘Buffalo Wild Wings things happen’ in chaotic 49ers-Falcons finish NFC West playoff scenarios abound as Niners clinch playoff berth despite loss Falcons 29, 49ers…

Darren Waller moves closer to Raiders history against Jaguars

In a Raiders season filled with reminiscence, it’s fashionable to compare the emerging Darren Waller to some of the team’s great tight ends of yesteryear. But Waller’s ascension to the likes of Casper and Christensen is still a few big steps away. For now, he’ll have to settle for moving past Brandon Myers. In the Raiders’ last home game in Oakland on Sunday, Waller moved ever closer to franchise history. By catching seven passes for 112 yards against the Jaguars, Waller is nine yards from becoming just the second tight end in Raiders history to get 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Waller also joined Todd Christensen and Jared Cook to become the only Raiders tight ends with 100-plus yards in a game four times in a season. Waller’s 79 catches this year ties him with Myers for the second-most catches by a Raiders tight end in a season. Christensen’s 95 catches in 1986 remains the all-time Raiders record for tight ends, a total Waller could conceivably pass with two games left in the season. With his next catch, Waller — who has 991 receiving…

The Giants and Madison Bumgarner confront an awkward reality: It all had to end

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. For most of the marriage between Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants, it appeared the union had a chance to last forever. Bumgarner was drafted 10th overall by the Giants in 2007, burst onto the major league scene as a reliable 20-year-old starter during the 2010 title run and put the franchise on his back as he almost single-handedly willed San Francisco to the finish line in a historic 2014 World Series. But by the end of Bumgarner’s 10th season in the Giants’ rotation, both parties quietly acknowledged that a split was practically inevitable. The all-too-reasonable five-year, $85 million deal Bumgarner reportedly agreed to with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday made clear that the two sides were destined to grow apart. The Giants are not short on funds and could have easily matched or bested the D’backs offer. Related Articles Report: Madison Bumgarner nearing long-term deal to stay in NL West Giants announce new Oracle Park dimensions with bullpens moving in 2020 San Francisco Giants: The rumblings and rumors from…

49ers-Falcons halftime report: Studs and duds

SANTA CLARA — Seeking to officially end a five-year playoff drought, the NFC-leading 49ers are tied with the Atlanta Falcons 10-10 through today’s first half. Here is how things are going through the first half: STUDS The 21-Play Salute: It took a NFL-high, 21-play drive for the 49ers to march 88 yards and take a 7-0 lead on Raheem Mostert’s 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The drive — The Drive? — started with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter and ended 10:43 later. Mostert started it with a 4-yard run in which the Falcons lost defensive end Takk McKinley to a shoulder injury. The drive was full of great blocks, 12 runs, a fourth-down completion to George Kittle and a third-and-1 sneak by Jimmy Garoppolo. That was the 49ers’ second possession of the game, following a three-and-out on their debut series. A 15-play drive against the Browns in Week 5 was their previous high. Mostert gave the touchdown ball to right tackle Mike McGlinchey to spike, signifying the drive’s tremendous blocking across the board. Strike first, then spike! @RMos_8Ball runs it in for the…

‘Jumanji’ ends ‘Frozen 2’ hot streak to claim top spot

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — “Jumanji: The Next Level” put “Frozen 2” on second-place ice, while Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” opened with one of the worst box office debuts for the director. The Sony film starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart brought in $60.1 million in the U.S. and Canada to break a three-day record for a comedy in December for the production company. The sequel is a followup to 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which grossed $962 million worldwide. A week before it opened in North America, Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” debuted in 18 international countries where it made $52.5 million. The film was Hart’s first movie release since the actor-comedian suffered a serious back injury after his vintage muscle car he was riding in crashed in California in September. “People were like ‘Another reboot’ of a well-known franchise, but the movie delivered so well on the promise of the marketing, and the whole concept of the movie just resonated with audiences,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for the box office tracker Comscore. “It’s going to…

Anna Karina, the icon of French New Wave cinema, dies at 79

PARIS (AP) — Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and died Saturday. ”Her look was the look of the New Wave. It will remain so forever,” Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted. “Anna Karina radiated. She magnetized the entire world,”‘ Riester said, adding that ”French cinema has lost one of its legends.” Son regard était le regard de la Nouvelle Vague. Il le restera à jamais. Chez Godard surtout, mais aussi Rivette ou Visconti, Anna Karina irradiait ; elle magnétisait le monde entier. Aujourd’hui, le cinéma français est orphelin. Il perd l’une de ses légendes. pic.twitter.com/HpYeAqATQZ — Franck Riester (@franckriester) December 15, 2019 Karina made seven films with Godard, her partner at the time, including the 1961 “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (A Woman is a Woman), in which she played a femme fatale. For that, she received the best actress award at…

Count ex-49ers star Justin Smith among Nick Bosa’s admirers

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ Nick Bosa is no mini-Justin Smith. So said Justin Smith. “I don’t think he’s too mini. He’s a big guy. He looks big as (expletive),” Smith said on the sideline before the 49ers’ hosted the Atlanta Falcons. Similar to how Smith was a defensive-line catalyst in the 49ers’ last playoff run from 2011-13, Bosa is flourishing as a rookie who arrived with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Smith, attending today’s game with his wife and three kids, is among those who’ve enjoyed watching Bosa and the 49ers (11-2) this season. “Same reason everybody likes to watch him: he just gets after it. Flat-ass gets after it,” Smith said. “He’s good, a good player. You can’t put him with the ‘high-motor label.’ He’s too good for that. View this post on Instagram #49ers Nick Bosa warms up ahead of #Falcons game. Justin Smith is a big admirer and check mercurynews.com A post shared by Cam Inman (@49ers.cam) on Dec 15, 2019 at 12:16pm PST “I’ve never talked to him but I enjoy watching him play. I just like watching the…

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