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  • Vaught’s Views: Calipari trying to keep his Cats warm during ‘Camp Cal’

    By Larry Vaught

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker has one word to describe what type of player his cousin, Kentucky signee Shai Alexander is.
    “Phenomenal. Phenomenal. Phenomenal. Phenomenal,” said Alexander-Walker, who is the Kentucky signee’s teammate at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga. “He sees the floor great. He is really starting to score a lot more.

  • A new chapter
  • Vaught’s Views: ‘I love Kentucky and I am just thankful’

    By Larry Vaught

    Despite all the accolades she’s garnered over the last four years, Makayla Epps still considers herself just a “county/country kid” who has been blessed with all she has accomplished.
    The Kentucky senior guard from Marion County earned one All-American honor last year. Two years she’s been named to the All-Southeastern Conference team. She’s leading a young team in scoring this year.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky offensive lineman Nick Haynes will have his own Florida fan section at bowl game

    By Larry Vaught

  • Preparation

    Ben Franklin wore many hats throughout his life, serving in many roles such as a diplomat, postmaster, author, scientist, diplomat, and of course, a Founding Father. This man, born in Boston and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, has many well-known sayings and phrases that still endure to this day, including a quote on preparation that resonates and sticks with me: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

  • Woods and Waters: Last minute gift ideas for people who love the outdoors

    Ya know what today is? It’s just three or four days till Christmas! Ya got all your shopping done? Ya do. Well good for you! But what about the other 80 percent of the people who are reading this? Are you sure you’re done?
    O.K., maybe you do need to pick up a few things. Well, if ya do you’re in luck cause I’m here to help! I’m going to give ya some “ya can’t go wrong” gift ideas for your outdoors man or woman.

  • 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.