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Columns

  • Woods and waters: Barely a gobble this turkey season

    As 2016’s spring turkey season neared its end I was determined to hunt the last weekend hard … real hard!
    I was up at 4:30 a.m., so I could get in my ground blind early. You know, to let the woods “settle down.”
    As the sun was barely cresting the horizon I heard it - a gobble. A few minutes later I heard another, or was it the same one? But the second gobble was closer. Wait a minute; maybe it is the same bird … headed my way!

  • Vaught’s Views: There’s reason to be optimistic when it comes to UK football

    By Larry Vaught

    After failing to get to a bowl the last two years despite having great chances to do so each year, coach Mark Stoops knows many fans are disgruntled and need to see improvements on the field to believe again in the program like they did when he first got to UK.
    He said the maturity of quarterback Drew Barker, who started games at the end of last season, is one reason to be optimistic.

  • Tee time: Golf course pet peeves and other potpourri

    By Dennis George
    Guest columnist

    What bothers you on the golf course?
    Is there something about your playing partners that drives you crazy?

  • Heartbreak

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Sports are full of moments of pure joy and excitement. The buzzer-beating shots, the game-winning touchdowns on the last play, and walk-off home runs all provide us with the awesome sense of awe, excitement and joy. We sense our teams are going to lose and the hope of winning is slim to none. After all, it comes down to one play, one out, one throw, one last chance. Then, before our eyes, something amazing happens. A huge swing of emotions ensues as you go from hopelessness to disbelief to pure joy.

  • There’s a 'science' to finding fish

    When faced with a big tournament on a lake you haven’t fished before, you have to figure some things out.
    Basically, it sounds easy! Just figure where to go and what to throw - bait wise that is. Yes, sounds easy until you get to the lake, a large expanse of water. So where to start? You looked at lake maps, you’ve considered the time of year, water temperature and - this is sometimes a mistake - what has worked in the past.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky fans haven’t seen Derek Willis’ real personality

    By Larry Vaught

    Ask Derek Willis a question during a media interview session and he'll give you a straight forward answer. He does not dodge questions. He just doesn't go overboard with answers.
    For his girlfriend, Keely Potts, that's frustrating because she doesn't think Kentucky fans have had a chance to see his real personality.

  • Tee Time: Leave the course in better shape than you found it

    By Dennis George
    Guest columnist

    This column has run before, but with more golfers heading to the course as the weather improves, I think it bears repeating.
    I’ve added some thoughts on taking care of the golf course, thoughts that were ingrained in me from a man who taught me how to appreciate the beauty of a well-maintained golf course.
    To get to the first tee at the Lebanon Country Club, a golfer must pass by a plaque under a flagpole, which has the following inscription.

  • A helping hand

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

  • Woods and Waters: The turkeys aren’t being real vocal

    Last week I told you about “Dumb Thumb Syndrome.” And as I thought, it’s a common ailment among anglers. I received several calls from others confirming my assumptions.
    One call in particular was interesting. Not only did the guy confirm the illness, he also offered a cure! Well, not so much as a cure. It was more along the lines of a treatment. I tried his treatment plan and so far it seems to help… not eliminate, but help!

  • Vaught’s Views: Connecticut prospect is being recruited by UK, Duke

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has been busy handing out scholarship offers to players in the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes the last two weeks.
    One intriguing prospect is Putnam Science Academy (Connecticut) guard Hamidou Diallo. He has a bevy of scholarship offers, including Connecticut and Duke.
    Diallo plays AAU summer basketball for the New York Rens, based in his hometown of Queens, N.Y., in the Nike Youth Basketball League.