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  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky basketball fans will have a special Christmas this year

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky basketball fans have a special Christmas treat coming their way thanks to former Wildcat Cameron Mills.
    His documentary, “The Team,” is a story about Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team and the 20th year anniversary the players and coaches held in August in Miami.
    That Kentucky team coached by Rick Pitino finished 34-2 and featured nine future NBA players. Mills felt there was a special story to tell about the team but wasn’t sure what it was.

  • A tradition

    For the 117th time Saturday, two members of the same team became opponents for 60 minutes. For 60 minutes, a battle ensued on a 100-yard long, 53 1/3-yard wide battlefield. The site? M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The participants? The Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen. The finish? Memorable. Fifteen years in the making.
    At long last, the streak is over. For the first time since 2001, Army got to sing second. Army won.

  • WOODS AND WATERS: If you can’t find ducks or geese, hunt coyotes instead

    We’ve put a bunch of miles on our vehicles lately scouting for ducks and geese. While we’ve seen birds I’m thinking they’re mostly resident geese! Course the weather’s getting ugly up north so there should be new birds any day now.
    Fagan Branch, which is a “no hunting” area, is still a good indicator of duck and goose activity. If you go on a regular basis, at different times, you’ll soon be able to predict when the birds feed, rest and roost. And if ya get lucky ya might just see a bald eagle again this year!

  • Vaught’s Views: Will the Cats continue their winning streak over the Cardinals?

    By Larry Vaught

    It’s never too early in this state to speculate about the upcoming Kentucky-Louisville basketball game at the KFC Yum Center Dec. 21.
    Both teams are nationally ranked — again. Kentucky has been sensational offensively most of the season, Louisville has been one of the nation’s best defensive teams.
    So which team has more at stake in this game? That’s a question I posed to several media members who cover the Kentucky basketball team on a daily basis.

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  • Woods and Waters: Give float and fly fishing a try

    Heard that it took a little over 20 pounds to win the Black Friday bass tournament awhile back. That was based on a six bass limit. State regulations say six bass, most tournament limits are five bass. Don’t know about the weights for second or third place. What I do know is that John and I saved the $50 entry fee by showing up late!

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee Shai Alexander getting a taste of the Big Blue crush

    By Larry Vaught

    Shai Alexander knew there would be a lot of Kentucky basketball fans at the Marshall County Hoop Fest who would want to see him play since he had signed with coach John Calipari's team in November.
    However, the point guard from Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga) was still not quite ready for the Big Blue crush.

  • The Playoff

    After this weekend's set of games, I feel now the College Football Playoff Committee has an interesting and difficult decision ahead of them in determining the four teams that will vie for the championship.

  • Woods and Waters: Duck and goose seasons have begun

    It all started Thursday! Well, duck and goose started Thursday and while duck season went till Nov. 27, goose goes without interruption until Feb. 15, 2017.
    Duck season opens back up on Dec. 5 and goes through Jan. 27, 2017.
    John and I saw one decoy spread while we fished on Friday.
    We thought the Black Friday tournament started at 8 a.m., but it actually launched at 7 a.m. Another angler, who’d fished several Black Friday tournaments, said all the others started at 8 a.m. We fished until noon anyway! Oh yeah, and we caught fish!

  • Vaught’s Views: Olympian signs with UK track team

    By Larry Vaught

    Jim Lambert didn't need long to recognize how special Sydney McLaughlin was going to be.
    "She is a once in a generation type athlete. Once she stepped on the track and I saw her, I knew she had ability I had not seen. I knew she was destined for greatness," said Lambert, a reporter for NJ Advance Media (follow him on Twitter at @lambo2126).