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Columns

  • Turkey season opens for youth this weekend

    Hope everyone had a blessed Easter. Of course Easter also means it’s just a very short time until wild turkey season opens. Matter of fact, the 2016 youth season for turkeys opens this coming weekend - April 2-3. It’s a great way to get a youngster into hunting.

  • Vaught’s Views: Epps continues to dominate at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    It was a bit ironic that Washington was the team that ended Kentucky's season by beating the UK women in Rupp Arena in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals last week.
    Washington coach Mike Neighbors not only dates UK fan Amy Ratliff of Lexington, but he knew plenty about UK junior guard Makayla Epps and how good she is.

  • Memories

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    We all have had moments in our lives that were breathtaking, heartbreaking, and unbelievable. We remember these moments for years and years, and they never really truly leave our minds. We reflect on them through pictures, first-hand accounts or video. We ask people, "Do you remember?" Or, "Where were you when this happened?"

  • Woods and Waters: Responsible hunters and fishermen don’t trespass

    To be honest, I didn’t realize that the crimes of trespass and theft (that’s taking fish and/or game) were as bad as they are!
    After my article came out last week I had several farmers, i.e. landowners, tell me some horror stories. Most were trespass, but one fellow told me about having a calf shot … calf didn’t die.

  • Vaught’s Views: Losing Tyler Ulis to the NBA is a loss for college basketball

    By Larry Vaught

    Nothing Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray did this season surprised Larry Blunt, his coach at Orangeville Prep in Canada.

  • Experience shapes us

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    I heard a saying somewhere one time that went something like this: "Experience is the meanest teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson after." I can't remember where I heard the quote, but nonetheless, it's pretty obvious what this quote says about experience. Experience is unpleasant (though very beneficial) because we are first presented with a situation we know little to nothing about, and then, after you experience a trying time, you learn from it for the future.

  • Woods and Waters: Respect property owners when hunting and fishing

    Respect. It’s a simple concept. However, not everyone understands it. As a hunter without land of my own to hunt on, I have to depend on the kindness of others to have a place to hunt! And I appreciate it when I’m given permission. Part of that appreciation is respect.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK’s Tyler Ulis is something ‘special’

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky freshman Isaac Humphries says as much as he watches Tyler Ulis, he sometimes still is surprised by what his 5-9 teammate does for Kentucky.
    "He's just amazing. He's so much fun to watch," said Humphries. "We all see him do some incredible things, and then we see something new. You just never know what he's going to do."
    Texas A&M assistant coach Rick Stansbury, a Kentucky native, calls Ulis "special" for many reasons and he was certainly that against the Aggies Sunday.

  • Number called

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Who has ever heard of the phrase "next man up" or "your number has been called?" What do you think those two phrases mean?
    I hear those phrases often in sports when a starter on a team is injured. The phrase means someone has to step up and replace an injured player or step into a role when the need arises. Or, it could mean that someone must embark upon something that might not be the most pleasant thing to do.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky is still a ‘dangerous team’ going into tournament play

    By Larry Vaught

    Most years ESPN analyst Dick Vitale believes 12 to 15 teams might have a reasonable chance to win a national championship. This year, he thinks as many as 25 teams could have a chance to win six straight games in NCAA Tournament play and a national title depending on pairings.
    He believes Kentucky, which has been to the Final Four four of the last five years, is a "dangerous team" again this year despite an inconsistent season filled with various injuries to key players.