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02/26/2015 10:00 PM
Matt Kemp says MLB's best outfield is 'right here in San Diego'
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Matt Kemp has never lacked confidence. Now in San Diego as part of the Padres' major roster overhaul, his charm and bluster have certainly not gone anywhere.

Preparing to play in an outfield next to fellow offseason additions Justin Upton and Wil Myers, Kemp think his group deserves to be in the conversation for MLB's best outfields. In fact, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer, Kemp is putting himself, Upton, and Myers right at the top of the list:

"Who," [Kemp] said, "do you think has the best outfield in the game now?"

The visitor gave it some thought before nominating the American League champion Royals for defensive purposes and the Pirates or Marlins for all-around excellence.

Kemp shook his head. "No," he said, firmly. "It's right here. Right here in San Diego. You can write it down -- and print it."

You have to admire Kemp's conviction, but that statement is sure to ignite some debate.

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In a recent column for ESPN.com, Buster Olney ranked the Padres group as the ninth best outfield in baseball. Miami, Pittsburgh, and Washington made up Olney's top three.

There's no disputing the San Diego trio's offensive potential. Kemp and Upton have MVP-caliber seasons in their pasts while Myers is just a season removed from being the AL Rookie of the Year.

The issues, and reason for skepticism, are in the field. By most statistical measures Kemp, Upton, and Myers aren't very good defensive players and there isn't natural center fielder among them. Kemp used to play there but he's been moved to a corner position due to a number of injuries slowing him down. Myers is currently listed as the starter in center on the Padres' website.

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So is the game's best overall outfield in San Diego? Probably not, but that doesn't mean Kemp, Upton, and Myers aren't going to have a significant impact on the Padres' push to finish ahead of the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West.

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02/26/2015 07:26 PM
Atlanta Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson

In a move most people expected to see, the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with running back Steven Jackson.

The Falcons save $3.75 million in salary-cap space by cutting him now but must carry $1.1 million on this year's books for a signing bonus spread over from last year. He's now a free agent and can look for a new home immediately if there's work out there.

The 6-2, 235-pound Jackson signed with the Falcons two seasons ago but was limited to 1,250 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 27 games. His streak of eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons ended after he left the St. Louis Rams, with whom he spent his first nine years, in 2012.

Jackson, who turns 32 in July, is the NFL's active leading rusher and ranks 16th all time in rushing yards with 11,388. In order to crack the top 10 — and pass former Rams teammate Marshall Faulk — Jackson would need to rush for another 892 yards in the league.

Will he get the chance? It's possible a team would be interested in bringing in Jackson as a complementary role, but perhaps for not much more than the veteran's minimum salary plus a modest bonus. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick long has been an admirer reportedly, so that's one team to keep an eye on.

And if Jackson does land in a place such as New England, it would end one of the more dubious NFL streaks in recent memory. In his 11 seasons, Jackson never has been on a team that finished above .500, twice being on 8-8 teams. Jackson's only playoff appearance was in 2004, when the Rams were crushed by the Falcons.

Jackson's best value at this stage of his career might come in the passing game, where he's still a reliable receiver and pass blocker. Lord knows plenty of teams still need that, and Jackson always has been one of the most self-motivated players in the league.

Here's guessing he's not done. Maybe as a feature back, yes, but hardly as a player.

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02/26/2015 11:02 PM
LeBron dominates with season-high 42 points, Cavs handle Warriors

Thursday's matchup between the league-best Golden State Warriors and red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers was billed as a potential NBA Finals preview. As with so many high-profile games before it, the night was dominated by LeBron James.

The Cavs superstar scored a season-high 42 points on 15-of-25 shooting as Cleveland beat Golden State 110-99. The Warriors got out to a hot start in a high-scoring first quarter but were handled by the Cavaliers over the final three quarters in a game whose result rarely seemed in doubt.

In addition to his impressive scoring total, James added 11 boards, five assists, and three steals over 36 minutes. Take a look at some of his highlights below:

Cleveland's win ran their current home winning streak to 11 games, their best mark since LeBron's final pre-Miami season in 2009-10. In all, the Cavs have won 18 of their last 20 games, good enough to make them the hottest team in the league and the ostensible favorite in the East despite holding third place in the conference at nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Hawks.

While Cleveland's offense gets much of the attention, their defense arguably impressed more vs. Golden State. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 30 points on 10-of-30 shooting. MVP candidate Curry especially struggled when guarded by taller wings and looked off most of the game.

It's awfully early to predict what will happen over the next several months, but the Cavaliers look increasingly like a team that can adjust its lineups to frustrate many different kinds of opponents. The additions of Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert have given them balance, and Kevin Love (16 points and eight rebounds) looks more comfortable even he continues to influence the offense overwhelmingly from the perimeter. It took a bit, but this squad resembles the juggernaut many expected.

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02/26/2015 08:59 PM
Brandon Dubinsky injured on goal scoring rush (Video)

Watch elation go to horror for Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky. He scored a goal, he starts to raise his arms, and then he trips (and flips) over Montreal defenseman Tom Gilbert who is on the ice sliding to prevent the goal Thursday.

Check out this video, where Dubinsky suffered an “upper body” injury and did not return to the tilt between the Canadiens and Blue Jackets.

This is probably not what the Blue Jackets wanted to see. They’re not exactly in the thick of the playoff mix, but it’s always rough to see one of your top players get hurt. Definitely didn’t look intentional on Gilbert’s part. Just a fluke play.

Regardless of the injury, that was at very least a nice goal on an end-to-end rush. 

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02/26/2015 11:28 PM
Vanderbilt coach quickly apologizes for postgame incident

Irate that guard Wade Baldwin had clapped in the face of opponent just after time expired Thursday night, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings yanked the freshman out of the postgame handshake line and berated him for showing such poor sportsmanship.

Stallings' message was good. The way he worded it was not.

TV microphones picked up Stallings profanely screaming at Baldwin "f***ing apologize," "don't do that" and "I'll f***ing kill you" after Vanderbilt's 73-65 victory at Tennessee. Stallings reiterated his disappointment in Baldwin in calmer fashion during his postgame news conference before quickly issuing a statement soon afterward apologizing profusely for what he said on the floor.

"After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for," the statement from Stallings read. "One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game. In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game, although displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program."

While it's fair to wonder if Stallings would have been so quick to apologize had his words not made it onto the TV broadcast, it's also difficult to be too hard on him here.

He crossed the line telling Baldwin he'd kill him in the heat of the moment, but coaches have said far worse things than that behind closed doors. Furthermore, it's extremely doubtful Baldwin actually took Stallings seriously at the time even if that doesn't excuse the coach's choice of words.

Where Stallings' actions will have the most impact is likely on the recruiting trail. Some parents undoubtedly will be hesitant to send their sons to play for a coach with that temper, while others might appreciate a coach unafraid to discipline his players when necessary.

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That Baldwin was the player involved in the incident was no surprise since he had engaged in some verbal sparring with Tennesee players already this season.

Following the Vols' overtime win at Vanderbilt earlier this month, Tennessee's Josh Richardson claimed his team emerged with a victory because it was "a little bit tougher." Baldwin told the Nashville Tennesseean this week that he took offense to that comment.

"To call us punks and (say) they out-physicaled us — from an opposing player, you are not supposed to be treating people like that after a game," Baldwin said. "You should show some sort of respect for your opponent, especially since you have to play them again. That comment that he made really offended me, offended coach Stallings and I think offended a lot of kids on my team."

Clapping in Tennessee forward Armani Moore's face was a foolish way for Baldwin to get revenge. Stallings was correct to deliver that message even if his choice of words was inappropriate. 

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