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Columns

  • Vaught’s Views: Future UK track star is the ‘future of the sport’

    By Larry Vaught

    It was almost 25 years ago that Kevin Young became the first person to run the 400-meter hurdles in less than 47 seconds. His time of 46.78 seconds set a world record — and 25 years later it still stands.
    Young, who won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics while breaking the record set by Edwin Moses, was at the Maximum Velocity Track & Field Camp at Centre College in Danville last week sharing his expertise with youngsters from Kentucky and other states.

  • Perfection on the mound  

    In the more than 140 years of Major League Baseball, over 210,000 games have been played. Triumph, heartbreak and the can-you-believe-that moments have all made their way into some of the most famous, memorable and thrilling MLB games in history. There were moments that captivated baseball and non-baseball fans alike. Triumphs that seemed impossible became reality. Heartbreak was on center stage and there were moments where history was made.   

  • Vaught’s Views: Standout high school quarterback chooses to follow his basketball dreams

    By Larry Vaught

    Kevin Knox Sr. was a football player at Florida State and thought for many years that his son, Kevin Jr., might be an even better college football player than he was.
    Kevin Knox Jr. was a quarterback who could throw the ball 85 yards in the air, according to his father.
    “He could move and throw on the run,” Knox Sr. said. “But when he got to be 6-7 and wearing a size 16 1/2 shoe, we kind of started saying at 15 years old we might need to take a look at this.”

  • Changing times

    The National Football League announced on May 23 that it was relaxing rules concerning touchdown celebrations among other rules changes. 
    The NFL, sometimes mockingly called the No Fun League for what many see as overbearing and restrictive celebration rules, will now allow players to use the football as a prop, celebrate on the ground and group celebrations. In a statement, the league said it was relaxing the rules on celebrations "to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays." 

  • Vaught’s Views: UK players get along, play well together

    By Larry Vaught

    Jarred Vanderbilt will be reporting to Kentucky June 6 as scheduled and apparently is fine after injuring his lower right leg/ankle late in the Jordan Brand Classic in April.
    “Everything is going well,” said Robert Vanderbilt, Jarred’s father. “He’s feeling good, looking good. He just can’t wait until he gets his opportunity at Kentucky.”
    Robert Vanderbilt said his son was told to stay off the leg after the injury and has been doing exactly that.

  • The Captain

    On May 14, The Captain took the field at Yankee Stadium for one final time. Though he retired at the end of the 2014 season, this New York Yankees legend still walked onto the baseball diamond as a packed crowd assembled at Yankee Stadium cheered on, savoring this Yankee great's walk onto the field. 

  • Vaught’s Views: The rules could be changing in college football

    By Larry Vaught

    If the American Football Coaches Association has its way, college football players would be allowed to play in four games and still be able to count that as a redshirt season.
    Most coaches already seem to be in favor of the potential change, including influential Alabama coach Nick Saban.

  • The road to the finals

    The Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs. 

  • Vaught’s Views: UK’s Malik Monk expected to be top pick at NBA Draft

    By Larry Vaught

    Malik Monk is considered a lock to be a top 10 pick in the June NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels he is destined to be a NBA star.
    Monk led the Southeastern Conference in scoring at Kentucky as a freshman and was among the nation’s elite scorers from 3-point range. Yet ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman both have some questions about his NBA future.

  • A wild series

    Bizarre? Childish? Heated?
    The recent series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles could best be described as all three. It was a series that by far produced the most drama and craziness this baseball season, and the ensuing madness all started with a slide on April 21.