• Woods & Waters: Beating the heat and bugs with night fishing

    This time of summer, it’s usually hot, muggy and very “bug intense.”
    So what does one do when you really enjoy fishing and don’t enjoy being miserable? How about fishing at night?
    It’s usually cooler and you can usually catch a few fish. That’s usually!

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky walk-on Charles Walker proves he can play

    By Larry Vaught

    During a talk to the Louisville Quarterback Club, then offensive coordinator Neal Brown told the group that one of the most talented players in Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class was Charles Walker of Louisville St. Xavier.
    What made that statement so unusual was that Walker was a preferred walk-on, not a highly-touted, four-star scholarship player.

  • Tee Time: Wear the shoe if it fits

    By Dennis George

    It happens in every sport.
    It’s when a competitor does something minor to try to get into an opponent’s head.
    The late Seve Ballesteros was a master at it, most notably in the Ryder Cup when the head-to-head competition against the Americans was like a one-on-one basketball game.
    In two of the most famous incidents — and in both instances he was correct — he called out his American foes for what might seem to be a minor rules violation.

  • To the Summitt

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Legendary Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball coach Pat Summitt passed away on June 28 at the age of 64. Summit had suffered from Alzheimer's since 2011 and retired from her coaching position in 2012. Summitt had coached the Vols since 1974 and had compiled a record of 1,098-208, good enough for a win percentage of .841. She was also a 16 time SEC Tournament champion, an eight-time NCAA national championship winner, and made 22 appearances in the Final Four.  

  • Woods and Waters: Fish deep – that’s where the big boys swim

    To me, Independence Day is the most important holiday we celebrate! It encompasses everything we have, do, and believe in.
    Think about it, you worship how you please or you don’t worship at all. You can work or actually choose not to. Your choices of what you do with your life are limited only by your abilities.
    The point is that what we celebrate on July 4th is the ability to be able to make choices! No limits … as long as our choices are legal. And, come to think of it, even bad choices are still choices!

  • Vaught’s Views: What lies ahead for the Cats

    By Larry Vaught

    New Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran got to see UK's returning players practice and scrimmage in April. Now he's busy contemplating plans for the upcoming season as well as figuring out how to best use his returning players while projecting how new players might figure into the playing rotations.
    Gran came to UK from Cincinnati where he led a successful offense. He also brought quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw with him.

  • Tee Time: Do you know your club’s sandbagger?

    By Dennis George

    For about a six-year stretch in the early 2000s, my neighbor Rob Spragens and I would sign up to play in a four-ball tournament at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course.
    And, for about a six-year stretch, I would get a phone call from the tournament director asking me if we were competing in the scratch division or the handicap division. (I could never remember to mark it on the entry form.)
    We always played in the scratch division because we did not have to give or receive strokes. It was pure golf.

  • What really matters

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    A missed three-pointer, a dropped pass, a strikeout. All are results no team wants (unless of course it will benefit you), yet most people would overlook those situations in the first half of a game or in early innings. They simply aren't as important when it's early in the contest, but when it's late in the game, those mistakes and errors are magnified. There's not much time left and your chances to score are limited.

  • What you need to know when hot weather fishing

    By Shelton Young

    I’ve been asked by aspiring writers, “What kind of training did I have to be a writer?”
    That’s simple, I didn’t have any “formal” training. That is, unless you consider high school English as formal training. It would seem that somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, some of the things Mrs. Raley tried to teach me might have taken hold.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky ‘felt like home’ for Georgia junior quarterback

    By Larry Vaught

    Just a few hours after he announced his commitment to Kentucky, Georgia junior quarterback Jarren Williams was on the phone talking to potential future teammates.
    "When he walks into a room, he lights up the whole room," said Anthony Williams, the quarterback's father. "He makes everybody feel important. He is a leader. He knows how to get guys to do things they need to do in order to win. He takes an interest in them and makes them all feel important."