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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.”

  • Never lose hope

    He went 26-2 as a starting quarterback. He led his team to two national championship game appearances. He was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the SEC a few seasons ago.

    Then, in the national championship game against Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he was benched after a lackluster first half of play. The quarterback who replaced him led a second-half comeback and won the national title in overtime. Then that quarterback is named the starter for next season and he became the backup.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky commit J.J. Weaver impresses with “freakish” ability on field

    If you want to know how good Louisville Moore defensive end/linebacker J.J. Weaver is, let Western Hills receiver Wandale Robinson explain.

    “When you want to talk about freak, that is a freakish athlete right there,” Robinson, a four-star player and winner of this year’s Paul Hornung Award as the state’s top football player, said. “That is somebody who is 6-6 and to be that big and move the way he can with a first step like he has, he can do a lot of different things. I

  • Enjoy your time

    Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré decided to hang it up for good, announcing his retirement from baseball last Tuesday after a 21-year career that began back in 1998.

    “After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltré said. “I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career.”

  • Vaught’s Views - Immanuel Quickley could be UK's best point guard option

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy has watched John Calipari coach long enough to know that Kentucky’s  season-opening 34-point loss to Duke will not define UK’s season.

  • Tip-off time

    The calendar has flipped to November. The temperature is dropping and sneaker squeaking on a basketball court are replacing shoulder pads popping on the gridiron.

    Ladies and gentlemen, basketball season is upon us.

    The college basketball season kicked off last Tuesday with a slate of marquee matchups at the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Michigan State Spartans faced the Kansas Jayhawks, while heated rivals Kentucky and Duke faced off in the second game of the night.

  • Dick Vitale shares 40 years of memories in new book

    By Larry Vaught

    Growing up Dick Vitale can remember family arguments about who was the best center fielder in baseball. Everyone had an opinion — with no one opinion being right or wrong.

    That helped inspire the idea for a new book by the ESPN college basketball analyst that he hopes will bring back “memories to a lot of players and people” just like it did for him.

  • A helping hand

    Wildfires have been raging across California over the past couple months, burning over 1,250 square miles of land, forcing thousands from their homes and claiming 50 lives. The Camp Fire has claimed 48 lives and destroyed more than 8,800 structures, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

  • Vaught’s Views: Just a “normal kid” who can really shoot a basketball

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen knows shooting is what he does best — and what Kentucky coach John Calipari obviously liked about the 6-6 Pendleton County senior.