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  • Vaughts’ Views: Olympic participation 'Icing On The Cake' for Kentucky cheerleaders

    By Larry Vaught

    Kelsey LaCroix thought about what it would be like to participate in the Olympics when she was a young gymnast.
    She assumed any chance to participating in the Olympics ended when she made the decision to stick with cheerleading over gymnastics at age 11.
    That decision worked out well, though, as she recently helped Kentucky win a third straight national cheer title. But now she’s going to the Olympics — along with other member of UK’s national cheerleading team.

  • Finding a solution

    After giving up 148 points to lose their ninth game in 12 outings back on Jan. 23, the Cleveland Cavaliers held a team meeting to discuss the team’s recent struggles. The Boston Celtics also held their own team meeting on Jan. 22 to discuss their own struggles as well. There was frustration expressed at poor play and a desire to move past the struggles.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK's recruiting woes are ones most schools would love to have

    By Larry Vaught

    Now that Zion Williamson is definitely not coming to Kentucky, maybe it’s time to focus more on the three players that UK coach John Calipari has already signed in his 2018 recruiting class.
    Not only did UK not get Williamson, he went to Duke to give the Blue Devils the top three players in the 2018 recruiting class. However, FoxSports/247Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels says Kentucky fans are going to like Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale already does.

  • Where has the time gone?

    Has it really been 12 years since Vince Young raced across the goal line in the BCS National Championship and dethroned the USC Trojans? Has a whole decade passed since Nick Saban took the reins at Alabama and nearly six years since the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team won the national championship in New Orleans?

  • Vaught’s Views: Michigan duo, offensive linemen top storylines in Stoops' recruiting class

    Many Kentucky football fans were disappointed that the Wildcats finished 7-5 last season and lost their last three games, including the Music City Bowl game to Northwestern.
    Former Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard, now an analyst for the Kentucky Radio Network as well as Kentucky Sports Radio, has a different opinion.
    “I said Kentucky overachieved by going 7-5, and I am sticking by that,” said Maggard.

  • What’s your choice now?

    Aldon Smith recorded 14 sacks as a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, breaking Charles Haley’s team record for most sacks by a rookie. In his second season, Smith had 19.5 sacks and was named to both the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro First Team. He was making a name for himself and was building a very successful career.
    Then, it all came crashing down. What brought on the fall of a talented, up and coming player?

  • Vaught’s Views: Laura Rutledge likes UK’s talent as Calipari searches for way to reload

    By Larry Vaught

    Just a few hours after she worked the Alabama-Georgia national football championship game, ESPN/SEC Network reporter Laura Rutledge was in Rupp Arena for the Kentucky-Texas A&M basketball game.
    She managed to get to Lexington in time for UK’s shoot around before the game and liked the references Kentucky coach John Calipari made to the national championship game won by Alabama in overtime the night before.

  • The emotion of sports

    Emotions.
    You always see them in sports to some degree and in some form. Victory, defeat, the thrill of a big play and coming up just short have given us the greatest displays of emotions.
    Thousands upon thousands of sports games have been played over the years

  • Vaught’s views: Father hopes UK fans will remember Drew Barker's loyalty to Kentucky

    Terry Barker knows he can’t control how University of Kentucky fans will remember his son, Drew Barker. He just hopes a couple of off-field incidents during his son’s freshman year will not distort what fans remember about him now that he decided to transfer after spending four years at UK.
    “I hope a couple of off-field incidents will not define his legacy at Kentucky,” Terry Barker said. “People who know Drew know both of those incidents were not ones where Drew meant any harm.”

  • There was no quit

    A comeback is sport’s most prime example of overcoming the odds. A team faces a sizeable deficit with limited time to overcome it. Hope for a win dwindles by the second. Every pass, every shot, every swing takes on heightened importance, with the trajectory of the game resting on each.