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Columns

  • A season to remember

    By George Spragens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Editor’s note: Joseph H. Mattingly III and Ham Mattingly also contributed to this column.
    The 2017 Marion County Knights baseball team's magical run in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Tournament came to an end Friday with a 5-2 loss to Simon Kenton. In reflecting on what this team accomplished during the season, we should first reflect on some of the back-story.

  • The City of Champions  

    The confetti falling on the court, the champagne raining down in the locker room, and the shiny trophy now in their hands, Golden State finally banished the haunting memories of last year's NBA Finals. The disaster that befell them then, blowing a 3-1 lead, were transformed into a distant memory. Only a win in the NBA Finals could do such a thing and set such a stage. 
    Kevin Durant wowed fans, Steph Curry dished and splashed and Golden State defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on June 12 to win the Finals in five games. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Future Lady Wildcat’s heart has been set on Big Blue

    By Larry Vaught

    It would have been easy to make a phone call, send a text or make a post on social media to announce her verbal commitment to the Kentucky basketball program.
    Junior Emma King of Lincoln County didn’t want to do that. She thought it would be more “special” for everyone if she went to Lexington to tell coach Matthew Mitchell face to face.

  • Cleveland is down but not out

    The Golden State Warriors are perfect no more. 
    Cleveland caught fire from three-point range in Game 4 last Friday, a host of Cavs poured in points, stellar play, tenacious effort and downright fire in the belly, holding off the Warriors' celebrations plans for another game in a 137-116 win that had it all. 
    A series lacking any zeal or excitement suddenly got jolted with some drama, flare and a stunning show of dominance from the Cavs. Those Cleveland Cavaliers, who seemed down and overwhelmed, aren't out just quite yet.

  • Vaught’s Views: Future UK track star is the ‘future of the sport’

    By Larry Vaught

    It was almost 25 years ago that Kevin Young became the first person to run the 400-meter hurdles in less than 47 seconds. His time of 46.78 seconds set a world record — and 25 years later it still stands.
    Young, who won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics while breaking the record set by Edwin Moses, was at the Maximum Velocity Track & Field Camp at Centre College in Danville last week sharing his expertise with youngsters from Kentucky and other states.

  • Perfection on the mound  

    In the more than 140 years of Major League Baseball, over 210,000 games have been played. Triumph, heartbreak and the can-you-believe-that moments have all made their way into some of the most famous, memorable and thrilling MLB games in history. There were moments that captivated baseball and non-baseball fans alike. Triumphs that seemed impossible became reality. Heartbreak was on center stage and there were moments where history was made.   

  • Vaught’s Views: Standout high school quarterback chooses to follow his basketball dreams

    By Larry Vaught

    Kevin Knox Sr. was a football player at Florida State and thought for many years that his son, Kevin Jr., might be an even better college football player than he was.
    Kevin Knox Jr. was a quarterback who could throw the ball 85 yards in the air, according to his father.
    “He could move and throw on the run,” Knox Sr. said. “But when he got to be 6-7 and wearing a size 16 1/2 shoe, we kind of started saying at 15 years old we might need to take a look at this.”

  • Changing times

    The National Football League announced on May 23 that it was relaxing rules concerning touchdown celebrations among other rules changes. 
    The NFL, sometimes mockingly called the No Fun League for what many see as overbearing and restrictive celebration rules, will now allow players to use the football as a prop, celebrate on the ground and group celebrations. In a statement, the league said it was relaxing the rules on celebrations "to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays." 

  • Vaught’s Views: UK players get along, play well together

    By Larry Vaught

    Jarred Vanderbilt will be reporting to Kentucky June 6 as scheduled and apparently is fine after injuring his lower right leg/ankle late in the Jordan Brand Classic in April.
    “Everything is going well,” said Robert Vanderbilt, Jarred’s father. “He’s feeling good, looking good. He just can’t wait until he gets his opportunity at Kentucky.”
    Robert Vanderbilt said his son was told to stay off the leg after the injury and has been doing exactly that.

  • The Captain

    On May 14, The Captain took the field at Yankee Stadium for one final time. Though he retired at the end of the 2014 season, this New York Yankees legend still walked onto the baseball diamond as a packed crowd assembled at Yankee Stadium cheered on, savoring this Yankee great's walk onto the field.