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Gutierrez: Cable has history with Indy

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Gutierrez: Cable has history with Indy

Dec. 22, 2010GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

ALAMEDA - Calling this weekends meeting at the Coliseum a Revenge Game for Tom Cable might be taking things a bit far. But there is a history between the Raiders coach and Indianapolis. Cable, you see, was a short-lived replacement player for the Colts during the 1987 NFL strike.I was just glad to be there, Cable said Wednesday when I asked him his memories of suiting up for Indianapolis.
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A strange time, then, what with so much animosity from the established players towards the replacements, who crossed picket lines to fill out rosters for three weeks? Some replacement teams were derisively referred to as the Masque-Raiders, the Scab-skins and the SpareBears.No, you have to remember, guys who were playing during that time were just looking for opportunities, Cable added. Kind of a blessed time. You were getting an opportunity that you probably didnt have. Most every one of us had been cut prior to that. So that kind of ended your hopes of being a professional football player. The strike gave you one more opportunity.Wearing No. 63 as an offensive lineman and listed at 6-feet-3, 273 pounds, Cable suited up for two games the Colts 47-6 blowout of Buffalo on Oct. 4, 1987, and their 6-0 defeat of the Jets at the Hoosier Dome a week later but never got into a game.A week later, his NFL experience as a player was done. So no fond feelings for the Colts?
I was coaching already, Cable said. I was already a (graduate assistant) at Idaho. So yeah, I was thankful at the time, but that was a long time ago.What'syour take? Email Pauland let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

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49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to clear a roster spot.

The 49ers will activate defensive lineman Tank Carradine from injured reserve, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Carradine missed seven games after sustaining an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 21.

Armstrong started five games for the 49ers early in the season before losing his job. Reuben Foster returned to the starting line after missing time with ankle and ribs injuries. Veteran Brock Coyle has established himself as the starting middle linebacker.

Armstrong ranks second on the 49ers behind Jaquiski Tartt with 53 tackles on the season. He also leads the 49ers with two interceptions. Then-general manager Trent Baalke signed Armstrong to a two-year contract extension last December that included a $500,000 signing bonus.

The 49ers will have their largest group of healthy inactive players on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, right tackle Trent Brown is questionable after sustaining a shoulder injury late in Thursday's practice, Shanahan said.

49ERS INJURY REPORT
Out
S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
Questionable
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

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Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 15.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.

INJURY LIST

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.

GAME OFFICIALS

Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.