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  • They're fulltime now 

    NFL officials.  
    Arguably, they have a very thankless job, receiving sharp criticism from players, fans and coaches alike. They are tasked with making split-second decisions with over 60,000 fans in the stands- not to mention the millions more tuning in from home via the television - watching and ready to voice their disapproval of any of those split-second decisions. Not to mention, they are also tasked with applying and enforcing a 244-page rulebook during the games they officiate.  

  • Vaught’s Views: Clinkscale is a solid coach, gifted recruiter

    By Larry Vaught

    With all the football he watches on the practice field or in the film room, Kentucky secondary coach Steve Clinkscale doesn’t always want to watch football on TV when he gets home.
    Often, though, his wife, Jasena, has a different idea.
    “My wife watches more football at home than I do. I come home and I don’t want to watch football and she wants to watch football all day Saturday and Sunday. I just want to watch TV and relax. But not her. She loves watching football,” said Clinkscale.

  • The greatest honor

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    It's where every player dreams of going someday. It is at this historic place where pro football's greatest, most influential players are remembered for their achievements on the field. It is there that their legacy is forever etched in history. Each year, a select number of players- and sometimes non-players- are added to the list of football's greatest and are formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in August.

  • Vaught’s Views: Teaching Native Americans the game of basketball

    By Larry Vaught

    Derek Willis has had a hectic summer that culminated with him signing a one-year free agent deal with the Detroit Pistons that will have him reporting to training camp Sept. 26.
    However, this week he’s doing something a bit different — he’s holding basketball clinics on four Native American reservations in the Seattle area with help from his fiancée, Keely Potts.

  • Football is almost here

    It's almost here!
    In just over a month, the 2017 NFL Season kicks off when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots on Sep. 7. The preseason begins on Aug. 9 when the Houston Texans take on the Carolina Panthers. The Hall of Fame Game takes place tomorrow when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio as part of the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Florida native would love to see UK end losing streak against his home state this season

    By Larry Vaught

  • Protect the players

    Evyn Hendrickson had little time to react.
    Union County High School's senior pitcher delivered the pitch, and in a split second, catastrophe struck.
    Hendrickson was hit by a line drive that was traveling more than 70 mph during a game in April, resulting in several broken bones on her face. She was not the only softball player to experience a line drive to the face in recent memory as three other players in her region had also been hit by a line drive hit in the span of a month. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Randall Cobb inducted in Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame

    By Larry Vaught

    Tina Cobb was caught off guard when her son, Randall, called to tell her he had some “news” for her.
    Since he recently got married, she thought maybe he was going to tell her he was expecting a child. Instead, he told her he was being inducted in the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in September.
    “We had never talked about this. It was a big surprise when he told me,” said Tina Cobb. “It was a total surprise to me.”

  • Stars shining bright in Miami

    The stars were shining bright in Miami. A 34-year old second baseman shined the brightest of them all, lifting his team to an extra-inning win last Tuesday. 
    In the 88th MLB All-Star Game, Robinson Cano homered off Chicago Cubs pitcher Wade Davis to lead off the 10th inning and the American League team defeated the National League team 2-1 at Marlins Park. The AL clinched its fifth straight victory in the star-studded affair that was dominated by superb pitching instead of powerful slugging. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Romeo Langford is a ‘cool cucumber’ on the court

    By Larry Vaught

    He might not have played as well or as much as he wanted — and a minor injury contributed to that — during the FIBA Under 19 World Cup, but that won’t impact the way New Albany (Indiana) guard Romeo Langford will finish the summer or his final high school season.