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  • Tee Time: Don Wood is one of the top Super Seniors in Kentucky

    By Dennis George
    Golf columnist

    For the past six decades, 78-year-old Don Wood has been a fixture in Kentucky golf circles.
    The easygoing gentleman is well known to golfers in the area.
    Since 1961, he’s made the trip to Bardstown nearly every Sunday during the golf season to play golf with the likes of John Prewitt, Randall Burba, Haydon Spalding, Tommie Hurst and others.

  • So close

    In sports, there have been many times where a team was so close to victory that many had already proclaimed dishearteningly or joyfully, "The game is over!" After all, only one yard separated this team from the end zone or a team held a two-point lead with only a second or two left. The odds were stacked in their favor and they were prepared to take the lead. It was all going right and then, well, it all changed in the blink of an eye.

  • Woods and Waters: Discussing dove decoys and dove whistles

    Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about the upcoming dove season … traditionally Sept. 1.
    We’ve talked about hunting the birds and safety. So now we’ll talk about something that very few people I hunt with use: Decoys and dove whistles.
    To clarify, most dove hunters go out the first couple of hunts in September, then their season is over. And to be honest, decoys and dove whistles (calls) aren’t really necessary when hunting the young, dumb birds looking for something to eat!

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky football team is more united this season

    By Larry Vaught

    No one wanted to talk about any internal problems on the Kentucky football team last year. Never mind that the issues seemed obvious to almost everyone.
    During preseason camp this month, a few players have hinted that this year's team is far more united.
    Quarterback Drew Barker, who started the final two games last season, said there was "no doubt" the team was more united and had more purpose. He credits new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran for much of that on the offensive side.

  • Tee Time: ‘You drive for show but you putt for dough’

    By Dennis George

    I was playing golf with a gentleman earlier this year and noticed he was using one of the original Ping Anser putters. Of course, that is the iconic flatstick that Karsten Solheim designed in his garage in 1966 that at one time was used by half of the golfers on the PGA tour.
    My golfing partner said he received the club as a gift from his (former) girlfriend and it’s the only putter that he’s ever used.

  • Into the sunset

    Friday, Aug. 12, was the last game for the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. He had announced his intention to retire on Aug. 7, and will become a team consultant for the Yankees. Commonly known as "A-Rod," Rodriguez played for 22 seasons in the majors and accumulated 3,114 hits and 696 home runs. In those 22 seasons, he played for the Mariners from 1994-2000, for the Rangers from 2001-2003, and for the Yankees for the remainder of his career.

  • Wood and Waters: Dove season is coming up and safety is key

    With dove season opening up in a couple of weeks, we need to go over some safety rules.
    First off: Don’t shoot anybody! Sounds simple but that’s what it all comes down to. When you’re in a dove field ya gotta know where everybody else is located. Which is why once everyone gets settled, ya don’t move around. Once you know where everyone else is stationed swing your shotgun (unloaded) so you’ll know your limits … to avoid shooting at anyone.

  • Vaught’s Views: Davonte Robinson an overlooked member of UK's 2016 recruiting class

    By Larry Vaught

    Most years Davonte Robinson would have been the marquee in-state player in Kentucky’s football recruiting class.
    He led Henry Clay in tackles for three straight years (he had 100 tackles and one interception as a senior) and was the top-rated defensive back in the state with offers from Georgia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and many others along with UK.
    He was a Class AAA 100-meter dash state champion as a sophomore and helped Henry Clay win team titles in 2015 and 2016.

  • Tee Time: A golfer’s dream: A hole-in-one

    By Dennis George
    Golf columnist

    It’s one of the great golf commercials of all time.
    A young man is playing by himself late one evening and tees his ball up on a par-3 hole. He crisply hits an iron shot onto the green, and thinks it goes into the hole.
    He straps his clubs onto his shoulder and runs towards the green. As he approaches it, he anxiously looks for his ball and slowly walks towards the cup. He picks his ball out of the hole, and looks around, seeing no one.

  • Rio 2016

    The 2016 Summer Olympics officially got underway in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, and will continue until Aug. 21. For 16 days, more than 11,000 athletes will represent their country in 306 events, and will look to claim gold in their respective events. As of Sunday evening, Australia had received the most gold medals with three but the U.S. was tied with a host of other countries with seven total metals (these figures, of course, will change). Kosovo also made a little history of its own by winning its first-ever medal in any Olympic Games (and for good measure, it was gold).