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Columns

  • Tee Time: Oakmont to present challenge in US Open

    By Dennis George

    Each of golf’s majors is unique in its own way.
    The Masters is the only one of the four played at the same venue each year.
    Golfers participating in The Open Championship must be able to maneuver their ball around the nuances of links golf.
    The PGA can boast that it is has the toughest field and they allow the players to make birdies instead of trying to have a winning score over par.
    And, then there is the US Open.

  • Just do good

    By Gerard Flanagan

    "The time is always ripe to do something right" is a quote I heard once. I can't recall where I heard that quote from, but it's always stuck with me because of its power and truth. It doesn't matter where you are, what you're doing, or who you are. There's never a bad time to do something right and good. After all, is there ever a good time to do something bad?  

  • Woods and Waters: 4-H Camp is fantastic for both kids and adults

    I got to spend all of last week at 4-H Camp on Lake Cumberland. To say everyone had a good time would be an understatement. The kids were kids and did a lot of singing, dancing, high and low ropes, dancing, archery, kayaking, dancing, fishing, spelunking, dancing and a bunch of other activities. Did I mention dancing?

  • Vaught’s Views: Landon Young hopes to play, possibly start, his freshman year on UK’s football team

    By Larry Vaught

    His friends Kash Daniel of Paintsville and Drake Jackson of Woodford County were enrolled at Kentucky for spring practice and got a jump start on their collegiate football career by graduating from high school a semester early.
    Yet Lafayette's Landon Young has no second thoughts about opting for a chance to win a state heavyweight wrestling championship (he did) and state titles in the shot put and discus (he won one, finished second in the other).

  • Tee Time: Don’t let your playing poorly get in the way of having fun

    By Dennis George

    “A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at the office.”
    How many times have we uttered those words when taking a day off from work to play in a golf outing?
    Whoever came up with that saying wasn’t walking a mile in my shoes during my three days of competing in the Georgia Senior Invitational Tournament.
    And I use the word competing lightly.

  • The Greatest

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Muhammad Ali, nicknamed "The Greatest," passed away Friday at an Arizona hospital at the age of 74. His death has made many people take time to reflect on the impact he had on both the sport of boxing and society. Ali was an inspiring figure for many and a driving force for change, yet a controversial one as well.

  • Outdoors column: Boat repairs are a bummer but a necessity

    Sometimes writing this article is easy. This usually happens when I’m sorta stretching the truth a smidgen!
    Then there are the times when it hard to put into words what actually happened. The reason: the absolute truth can be a little boring! So it becomes necessary to embellish some of the details.
    As a word of warning, don’t believe everything you read. That doesn’t just go for what I write either!

  • Vaught’s Views: ESPN reporter loves being a part of Big Blue Nation

    By Larry Vaught

    During the last few years, Kentucky basketball fans have got to know ESPN reporter Shannon Spake very well and have embraced her to the point that they sometimes feel like she is part of the Big Blue Nation.
    How does Spake feel about that?

  • Tee Time: The good ole days

    By Dennis George

    I’ll never forget the first time.
    And the feeling that went through me as I realized that I had accomplished it.
    It was the summer of 1966, and it happened in the field behind Dr. Eli George’s house in Lebanon.
    My cousins had been playing golf in that field for a long time and they always talked about how much fun they had.

  • Know when to speak, when to listen

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Former Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections in MLB for a manager with 161. Cox managed baseball in MLB for roughly 40 years, mostly with the Braves. He was one of many managers over the years to be known for their short tempers and tendencies to express their anger and displeasure with a call in an unforgettable or angry way.
    Earl Weaver.
    Ron Gardenhire.
    Lloyd McClendon.
    Lou Piniella.