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Columns

  • Winding down

    Between six sports to cover, college classes and working at my dad’s appliance store, I’ve been kept very, very occupied. There’s never been a lack of things to do.

    Despite how hectic things can get sometimes, I’ve had quite a fun time covering Marion County sports over the past few months. In that time, I’ve written about so many games. There have been wins, losses and even a few ties. There have been many athletes making stellar plays and thrilling victories.

  • Rough penalties

    Player safety is always a primary concern in sports. No one wants to see a player go down with an injury that could be season-ending, or even worse, career-ending.

    Over the past several seasons, it’s become as even bigger issue as many star players have gone down with injuries and lawsuits have been filed over players’ health post-career. It has forced the league to address player safety and the league attempted to do that by adopting a new “point of emphasis.”

  • Making a run

    It’s February, and that can only mean one thing: postseason is here.

    The Marion County boys and girls basketball teams have both had great regular seasons and will look to sustain that success when the 20th District Tournament begins on Monday.

  • Vaught's Views: Not competing will be ‘weird’ for UK senior gymnast Alex Hyland 

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s been competing in gymnastics since age 6, so what will University of Kentucky senior gymnast Alex Hyland do when her All-American career ends in a few months with the Cats hopefully competing in the national championship again?

  • Athletics vs. academics

    Athletics have played a prominent role in just about every high school and university out there for the better part of two centuries.

    Look no further than the 31 universities whose athletic departments earned more than $100 million in 2016-17, according to USA Today, of which two earned over $200 million (Texas and Texas A&M). In that same report, 39 schools reported athletic expenses totaling $100 million or more.

  • Vaught's Views: Shortstop Katie Reed All-SEC on the field, all A’s off the field

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s a preseason all-Southeastern Conference selection again and one of the leaders on a team that hopes to get past the Super Regional and make the World Series. But as good as Kentucky senior shortstop Katie Reed is on the field, she might be even better off the field.
    She’s never made a B at UK. She has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to go along with a .340 career batting average and almost .970 fielding average.

  • Bad calls

    By now, most people know about the controversial no-call that happened in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 20.

    With the game tied at 20 and the Saints driving for a touchdown late in the game, Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant pass interference on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis; Robey-Coleman also initiated helmet-to-helmet contact on Lewis. The officials did not call a penalty on the play, though the NFL fined Robey-Coleman for the helmet-to-helmet hit late last week.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Father says there is more to PJ Washington’s game than just scoring

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Sometimes Paul Washington Sr. admits he gets a bit frustrated when his son, P.J. Washington, seems to be judged just by how many points he scores in a game.

  • Hold yourself accountable

    Accountability, like so many other traits, doesn’t happen overnight, yet it’s one of the most important traits one should have. In its simplest terms, being accountable means taking responsibility for your actions, mistakes and behavior.

    We all make mistakes. We’ve all screwed up at some point. We’ve slipped up somewhere along the way. Making a mistake should never sit well with anyone, but it’s what we do after making a mistake that is far more important than the mistake we made.

  • Ashton Hagans can be a 'bully' with his defensive play

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Much like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did last season, Ashton Hagans has gone from the John Calipari recruit who didn’t create a huge national buzz to the best player at Kentucky.

    Unlike Gilgeous-Alexander, Hagans has done it more with defense and done it far quicker in the season than Gilgeous-Alexander did. Now the question is whether Hagans can sustain the level of play the way Gilgeous-Alexander did now that Southeastern Conference opponents know more about what to expect from him.