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Case of the Mondays: Warriors brawl, Raiders fall, Kings don’t shake hands

Nov 25, 2013, 10:31 AM PST


Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.

No. 1 – Wounded Warriors: The Golden State Warriors have lost three consecutive games while battling injuries from Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala. On Saturday, frustrations boiled over against the Portland Trail Blazers. During the third quarter, Warriors center Andrew Bogut got into a shoving match with several Blazers players. The big man held his own as three different opponents tried to go after him.

Referees and coaches broke it up quickly and it appeared to be nothing more than shoving and posturing. So how do the Warriors snap out of this funk? Our Warriors Insider Monte Poole writes that coach Mark Jackson wants his players to “marinate” in their recent struggles. Bogut will have a little extra time to “marinate” with a one-game suspension.

source:  No. 2 – Growing pains: The Oakland Raiders had a brutal weekend. Yeah, another one. What made it so brutal, you ask? Well, the Tennessee Titans scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left on the clock, Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goal attempts in a four-point loss, and two Raiders players left the game with concussions.

The good news is that rookie tight end Michal Rivera was fortunate enough to walk off the field under his own power after this horrific hit.

source:  No. 3 – No handshake for you:  A postgame handshake is a customary gesture of sportsmanship. But after the Sacramento Kings’ tough 103-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t feeling too friendly.

The temperamental big man stopped teammate Isaiah Thomas in his tracks when he went to shake hands with Clippers guard Chris Paul and tugged him away from the handshake. Thomas doubled back and reached out for Paul, but Cousins dragged him away like a rag doll.

The Clippers have a way of getting under the skin of their opponents. Paul’s comments on the matter probably got on Counsins’ nerves a bit. “He young, man,” Paul said. “He doesn’t know no better. He needs some guidance.” These teams meet again on Friday. Look out.

No. 4 – Big Game blowout: Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery matched a school record with five touchdown catches in the first half of the 116th Big Game against the California Golden Bears. Montgomery and the Cardinal retained the Axe with a 63-13 walloping. Unfortunately, Montgomery’s record day was overshadowed by the most awkward ceremonial staredown in Big Game history.

No. 5 – San Jose State heartbreaker: Needing just one win to be bowl eligible, the Spartans were defeated 58-52 by Navy in the first three overtime game in school history. Spartans quarterback David Fales was 42 of 56 for 440 passing yard and five touchdowns, but threw a costly interception in the end zone on his final throw of the day. Now the Spartans need to upset undefeated Fresno State to have a shot at making a bowl game.

Three to see:

If you’ve made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see:

— For a moment on Sunday, it looked like the 49ers made a huge mistake by releasing quarterback Scott Tolzien


…then he was benched by the Green Bay Packers for Matt Flynn.

Two photographers got into a fight while chasing Peyton Manning.



Miley Cyrus made kittens cry at the American Music Awards. Who does such a thing to cute, cuddly kittens?

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