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San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - PAGE 2 - KNUCKLEHEAD OF THE WEEK

 There is con­cern that DeMar­cus Cousins will slow down the War­riors’ fast break. True, Cousins won’t fin­ish many breaks, but he will start a lot of them. His­tory says a tran­si­tion team doesn’t need five sprint­ers. The run-run Show­time Lak­ers fea­tured Kareem Ab­dul-Jab­bar, who par­tic­i­pated in zero fast breaks ... and five Lak­ers NBA cham­pi­onships.

 I won­der why the Raiders didn’t fire Reg­gie McKen­zie when they hired Jon Gru­den. They needed some­one to do the ba­sic per­son­nel pa­per­work un­til they hired a new gen­eral man­ager, but they didn’t need McKen­zie to do that. Seems as if owner Mark Davis and Gru­den didn’t want to appear to be drop-kick­ing McKen­zie out the door, but the long de­lay made for silly drama and awk­ward­ness, and it didn’t fool any­body.

 Dabo Swin­ney — man, that guy can talk. He’s the only coach I’ve ever seen whose postgame in­ter­view needed a half­time show.  All foot­ball coaches live in fear of their play­ers feel­ing job se­cu­rity and los­ing their edge, but how silly is Swin­ney say­ing Trevor Lawrence will have to com­pete for the start­ing quar­ter­back job next sea­son? Yeah, no.

 The op­por­tu­nity is gone for this sea­son, but start­ing next sea­son, the Knicks’ an­nual visit to the Bay Area should be de­clared a re­gional hol­i­day. A chance for fans to give thanks that Stephen Curry was drafted by the War­riors and not by the team that des­per­ately wanted him — and vice versa.

 The Raiders to San Diego next sea­son makes a lot of sense. Play­ing in Ve­gas in a sec­ond-rate Sam Boyd Sta­dium (ca­pac­ity 40,000) would take the lus­ter off the real move the fol­low­ing year. Davis hates the 49ers and Levi’s Sta­dium. He doesn’t want to play nice with Oak­land and stay at the Coli­seum an­other year. But in San Diego, Davis would be hailed as a hero and the Raiders would get great sup­port.

 Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones just bought him­self a $250 mil­lion yacht. Now he needs a place to park it, so he’s plan­ning to buy the Gulf of Mex­ico. It’s a new year, a great time to clean out the sports garage, throw out those un­wanted and un­needed phrases, such as:

Upon fur­ther re­view. “Fur­ther re­view” means a re­view of the re­view.

Zero tol­er­ance. Al­most al­ways used by some­one who, upon fur­ther re­view, has at least a tiny bit of tol­er­ance for what he has zero tol­er­ance.

This one’s on me. Spo­ken by a los­ing coach, and usu­ally means, “This one’s on the id­iot play­ers who won’t lis­ten to me.” When spo­ken in a bar, no prob­lem.

Score the bas­ket­ball. No. Please.

Lit­er­ally. “He lit­er­ally car­ried the team on his back.” That’s lit­er­ally in­cor­rect, un­less it’s the wife-car­ry­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Fail­ure is not an op­tion. Fail­ure is al­ways an op­tion. That’s why they play the games.

for this match,” Emery said. “To­day the play­ers who were here are the play­ers who de­served to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.”

But Ar­se­nal lost — for the third time in six EPL matches — and fell six points be­hind Chelsea, which ex­tended its grip on the fourth and fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League place with a 2-1 vic­tory over New­cas­tle.

EPL leader Liver­pool beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 49th-minute goal, mov­ing seven points ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pion Manch­ester City.

 U.S. player Char­lie Kel­man, 17, scored from in­side his own half in his pro­fes­sional de­but in Eng­land. Play­ing for Southend in the third-tier League One, Kel­man lobbed the ball over the Ply­mouth goal­keeper in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time. Ply­mouth won 3-2.

Swim­ming: Stan­ford stu­dent and for­mer Car­di­nal swim­mer Katie Ledecky won the 1,500me­ter freestyle (15 min­utes, 45.59 sec­onds) for her fourth in­di­vid­ual ti­tle of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Se­ries meet at Knoxville, Tenn. For­mer Cal swim­mer Ryan

Mur­phy won the men’s 100 and 200 back­strokes at the event.

Win­ter sports: Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were sec­ond in a World Cup women’s bobsled race in Koenigssee, Ger­many, the top World Cup fin­ish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bobsled and Skele­ton sled. Olympic cham­pion Mariama Ja­manka of Ger­many teamed with An­nika Drazek for their third vic­tory in four starts this sea­son.

 Marcel Hirscher over­took first-run leader Hen­rik Kristof­fersen for a win in a World Cup gi­ant slalom at Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land. The Olympic cham­pion’s eighth World Cup win this sea­son padded his lead in the over­all stand­ings as he seeks a record-ex­tend­ing eighth straight ti­tle.

Obit­u­ary: Joe Gibbs Rac­ing co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the el­dest son of team owner and Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died at 49 in Hun­tersville, N.C. The team said J.D. Gibbs died from com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease.

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