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  • Vaught’s Views: Former Wildcats still support Coach Pitino

    By Larry Vaught

    Former Kentucky basketball players Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard and Jared Prickett took a road trip to Louisville earlier this season to see their former UK coach, Rick Pitino, send his Louisville team against Utah Valley State and coach Mark Pope, another one of his former players at Kentucky.
    But the reason the group went might surprise you.

  • Upset alert

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    This year's college basketball has been full of upsets. On Saturday, No. 1 Oklahoma lost to unranked Kansas State and then hours later, No. 2 North Carolina fell to unranked Notre Dame. Iowa State upset Oklahoma (which was ranked No. 1 here as well) on Jan. 19. No. 25 South Carolina took down No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6.
    What's causing all these upsets?
    Is it a lack of preparedness?
    Or, more energy from the underdogs?

  • High coyotes, Punxtawny Phil and fish

    Just saw something on Facebook that I thought was interesting. And, as you know, if it’s on Facebook it just has to be true!
    Anyway, coyotes in Northern California have seemingly lost their fear of anything. Reports have them walking in roadways stopping traffic. Apparently, drivers out there don’t understand the principle of “road kill.”
    After researching this phenomena the “experts” determined the coyotes might be high on hallucinogenic mushrooms. They even specified the mushroom as the “amanita muscaria!”

  • Vaught’s Views: UK’s new offensive coordinator makes players prove their worth

    By Larry Vaught

    For the third straight season, Kentucky will have a new offensive coordinator. Once again, even returning starters have to prove they deserve to be on the field.
    “Every position on offense has to be wide open,” new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “When I started, I told (the players) you're going to start building your resume. I'm looking for accountability and dependability. It doesn't matter to me (who plays).

  • A great story

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Last Sunday, Jan. 24, the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers punched their tickets to the Super Bowl, albeit in very different fashions. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady dueled until the clock struck zero, while Cam Newton took over and steamrolled the Cardinals.

  • Woods and waters: Hunting and fishing share a lot in common

    When the weather’s bad and you’re stuck not being able to hunt or fish you start philosophizing (yes, that’s a real word) about stuff!
    What I’ve been thinking about is how alike most hunting and sport fishing are, which helps explain the obsession to do either or both!
    Take bass fishing and coyote hunting as examples. With both you have custom equipment you’ll use. A good truck for scouting and getting to your hunt location could compare to a bass boat. You need a boat to get from place to place, looking for a concentration of bass.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee can do a little bit of everything

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones, ranked as the nation's No. 14 senior by 247Sports, will be playing at Pulaski County High School in Somerset Saturday at 6 p.m. against Josh Jackson, one of the nation's top-ranked unsigned seniors.
    Killeya-Jones originally committed to Virginia before changing his mind and switching to Kentucky. His coach at Virginia Episcopal is Curtis Staples, a former standout at Virginia.

  • Backs to the wall

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    One of the most famous goal line stands in both NFL and college football occurred in Super Bowl 43 between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Cardinals Quarterback Kurt Warner had his team in position late in the first half to take the lead when he dropped back to throw at the two-yard line inside of the one. Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison, however, had other plans, as he dropped back into coverage and intercepted Warner's pass at the goal line.

  • Vaught’s Views: Vanderbilt is not your average top basketball recruit

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky is one of the schools pursuing 6-9 junior Jarred Vanderbilt, who is only 16 years old and ranked as one of the top 10 recruits in the 2017 recruiting class.
    "He's going to be really special at the next level," Victory Prep (Texas) coach Rodney McCray, a former Louisville and NBA star, said.

  • Finishing it off

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    One of the most exciting events in sports, if not the most exciting, is the comeback. Think about it for a moment. A team is down by a substantial margin in the game, and storms back late to win it. What once seemed impossible or highly unlikely happened, in the blink of an eye.
    Other times, a team isn’t down by a large margin but pulls off a crazy play or series of plays to tie or win the game in the waning seconds. It happened on Saturday between Green Bay and Arizona.