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  • Woods and Waters: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet is Aug. 6

    When I got up Sunday morning and turned on my TV I saw where some Baton Rouge police officers had been assassinated. What’s wrong with people? What’s wrong with the “famous” and “important” people who seem to condone such actions?
    What’s wrong with people who blame our guns and not the people who use them? What’s wrong?

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    Mark your calendars for Aug. 6. Why? Well, cause that’s the Saturday evening when the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host their annual banquet/fundraiser!

  • Vaught’s Views: Former Wildcat is now an NBA veteran

    By Larry Vaught

    When Patrick Patterson joined the Toronto Raptors two years ago, his mother admits she did not know coach Dwane Casey was a former Kentucky player or assistant coach.
    "I just did not know that at all," said Tywanna Patterson. "But I love Dwane Casey. He lets young men play their game. The NBA is a little different from college. In college, whatever the coach says goes. In the NBA, there is more leeway and if a player has an idea for setting up a play or something, the coaches listen.

  • Tee Time: The Open Championship begins this week

    By Dennis George

    With The Open Champion-ship beginning tomorrow at Royal Troon , it’s a good time to talk about customs, sayings and stories about our friends from across the pond.
    Americans get blamed sometimes for ruining the game as it was meant to be played.
    I learned quickly on my first trip to Scotland that you’re expected to putt everything out. There’s no such thing as a gimme.
    And a second shot off of the first tee?

  • Jumping ship

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Kevin Durant announced on July 3 he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team he had been on since he came into the league (the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics, but changed their name after Durant’s rookie season). His decision came as a surprise to many fans, players, and coaches across the NBA. It also came as a surprise to me as well.

  • 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

    Gamesmanship.
    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.