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Columns

  • The road to the finals

    The Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs. 

  • Vaught’s Views: UK’s Malik Monk expected to be top pick at NBA Draft

    By Larry Vaught

    Malik Monk is considered a lock to be a top 10 pick in the June NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels he is destined to be a NBA star.
    Monk led the Southeastern Conference in scoring at Kentucky as a freshman and was among the nation’s elite scorers from 3-point range. Yet ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman both have some questions about his NBA future.

  • A wild series

    Bizarre? Childish? Heated?
    The recent series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles could best be described as all three. It was a series that by far produced the most drama and craziness this baseball season, and the ensuing madness all started with a slide on April 21.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kevin Knox fools recruiting analysts by choosing UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Even though Kentucky and Indiana no longer play annually, the two basketball coaching staffs certainly have some interesting ties now.
    Two of John Calipari’s former assistant coaches, Ed Schilling and Bruiser Flint, are on new coach Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana and both readily acknowledge Calipari has had a big influence on their careers.

  • You've been drafted

    In the City of Brotherly Love, 253 people joined some exclusive company this past weekend. 
    The NFL held its annual draft in Philadelphia April 27-29 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the NFL's 32 teams selected from a wide pool of players and looked to find a missing piece for a championship team, find a young, talented player to build around, or bolster an already talented roster. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Kash Daniel thinks strong academic work can lead to success in football

    By Larry Vaught

    Kash Daniel has a lot of lofty goals for himself during his sophomore season at Kentucky and has them posted on his apartment wall so he sees them every night.
    He wants to bench press 405 pounds and squat 550. He wants to play on every special team UK has. He wants to start at linebacker even though UK returns linebackers Jordan Jones and Courtney Love, its top two tacklers from last year.
    Daniel also wants to make a national name for himself after making 19 tackles in 13 games last year.

  • Never saw it coming

    This team hadn't lost a game in 865 days. When they recorded their 100th consecutive win against South Carolina Feb. 13 during a winning streak that spanned 111 games, they were beating teams by an average margin of 38.4 points. A heart-breaking loss prevented this team from vying for a chance at a fifth straight championship title last month. 

  • Vaught’s Views: California guard is going to surprise people with his play at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    It was not a surprise to Justin Downer when California guard Jemarl Baker got a scholarship offer from Kentucky earlier this month — or that he accepted it.
    “He is a kid that is very confident in his abilities,” said Downer.
    Downer is an assistant coach on for Earl Watson Elite — the team Baker played for on the Under Armor circuit last summer and made a league-best 41 3-pointers.

  • Everyone's a critic

    Everyone's a critic. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Documentary shows Coach Cal thrives on friction

    By Larry Vaught

    It took Emmy winning director Jonathan Hock almost 20 months to put together the documentary, “One And Not Done,” on Kentucky coach John Calipari that aired on ESPN last week.
    Like many Kentucky fans have come to believe, Hock admits he perhaps had the wrong perception of Calipari until he had a chance to get to know him.