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  • 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.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kevin Knox fools recruiting analysts by choosing UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Even though Kentucky and Indiana no longer play annually, the two basketball coaching staffs certainly have some interesting ties now.
    Two of John Calipari’s former assistant coaches, Ed Schilling and Bruiser Flint, are on new coach Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana and both readily acknowledge Calipari has had a big influence on their careers.

  • You've been drafted

    In the City of Brotherly Love, 253 people joined some exclusive company this past weekend. 
    The NFL held its annual draft in Philadelphia April 27-29 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the NFL's 32 teams selected from a wide pool of players and looked to find a missing piece for a championship team, find a young, talented player to build around, or bolster an already talented roster.