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Columns

  • Backs to the wall

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    One of the most famous goal line stands in both NFL and college football occurred in Super Bowl 43 between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Cardinals Quarterback Kurt Warner had his team in position late in the first half to take the lead when he dropped back to throw at the two-yard line inside of the one. Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison, however, had other plans, as he dropped back into coverage and intercepted Warner's pass at the goal line.

  • Vaught’s Views: Vanderbilt is not your average top basketball recruit

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky is one of the schools pursuing 6-9 junior Jarred Vanderbilt, who is only 16 years old and ranked as one of the top 10 recruits in the 2017 recruiting class.
    "He's going to be really special at the next level," Victory Prep (Texas) coach Rodney McCray, a former Louisville and NBA star, said.

  • Finishing it off

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    One of the most exciting events in sports, if not the most exciting, is the comeback. Think about it for a moment. A team is down by a substantial margin in the game, and storms back late to win it. What once seemed impossible or highly unlikely happened, in the blink of an eye.
    Other times, a team isn’t down by a large margin but pulls off a crazy play or series of plays to tie or win the game in the waning seconds. It happened on Saturday between Green Bay and Arizona.

  • Vaught’s Views: It’s more about the ‘person’ than the ‘player’

    By Larry Vaught

    There was a time during the offseason that Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell worried that star junior guard Makayla Epps might not stay at UK — and that was long before he had three players transfer and another player he had to dismiss off this year's team.
    Mitchell had suspended his star player in May after she was cited on alcohol-related charges in her hometown of Lebanon in late April. He did not specify at the time how long the suspension would be or exactly what she would have to do to be part of the team this season.

  • Win some, lose some

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Saturday, Jan. 9, was the beginning of the NFL Playoffs, with the ultimate prize being a trip to Super Bowl 50 and a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl 50 is no regular Super Bowl. however. It's the 50th Super Bowl to be played in the league's history, which is a pretty big deal.

  • UK fans haven’t seen the true Jamal Murray yet

    By Larry Vaught

    Former University of Kentucky standout Craig Yeast is returning to the college coaching ranks.
    He's the new offensive coordinator at Division III Franklin College, which is located just south of Indianapolis. He had been head coach at Freemont Ross High School in Ohio after previously coaching wide receivers at Tiffin College in Ohio.
    Franklin runs a spread offense that Yeast likes. Last year Franklin threw for over 4,000 yards and averaged 531 yards and 42 points per game. The team went 8-3 and made the NCAA playoffs.

  • The bigger man

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Losses are a bitter pill to swallow. Blowouts are even more of a bitter pill to swallow. Perhaps blowing a 31-point lead and losing a bowl game in triple overtime is one of the most bitter pills to swallow.

  • Vaught’s Views: Nation’s No. 6 basketball recruit joining UK next year

    By Larry Vaught

    What are Kentucky basketball fans going to see next year when 6-10 Edrice “Bam” Adebayo joins John Calipari’s team?

  • Not all about money

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

  • Kash Daniel wins award for being best football player in Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    Paintsville coach Joe Chirico knows exactly what he hopes everyone will remember about his star player, Kash Daniel.
    “That he gave his heart and soul to his teammates; that he left it all on the field, and the product was both entertaining and impressive,” said Chirico. “Kash was blessed with size, strength, and athletic ability, but it was his hard work and perseverance that allowed him to develop into the gifted athlete he is today.”