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  • 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.

  • Doin' it right  

    On Jan. 22, 2016, David Blatt was fired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact Cleveland led the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record at the time of his dismissal, Blatt was still fired. Though he led the Cavs to the NBA Finals the season before, he was still shown the door. Blatt, who had an impressive resume consisting of 24 years in the NBA in some capacity as well as tremendous success coaching internationally, was fired midway through a fairly successful season with his team 19 games above .500.   

  • Vaught’s Views: Does Calipari deserve credit for coaching first-round draft picks?

    By Larry Vaught

    This year’s NBA draft produced three more lottery picks for Kentucky and coach John Calipari. In eight years at UK, he’s had three No. 1 overall picks, 24 first-round picks and 31 players drafted overall. No other school can match those numbers in the same time period.

  • Making moves

    The Golden State Warriors won their second title in three years last month. With all the confetti swept and all the celebrations complete, now comes the wildest and most interesting period of time in the NBA outside of the regular and postseason: free agency. Over the next several weeks and months, players will leave behind fan bases that cheered them on so loyally, deals will be made that might just give a team a missing piece needed to make a run at the NBA title and moves made will set the stage for next season, which is roughly only four months away. 

  • Incoming UK Wildcat one of the top players in the country

    By Larry Vaught

    Kevin Knox Sr. doesn’t mind talking basketball when it comes to his son, Kevin Knox Jr. He’s one of the top incoming players for Kentucky coach John Calipari.
    But he does a different type of talking with his long-time friend, Kentucky football recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow. He’s giving him Florida football recruiting tips.
    “Vince is one of the best recruiters in the nation, but I can give him some insights and a few names to recruit around where we live (Tampa),” Knox said.