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Columns

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Kentucky commit Cam’Ron Fletcher already knows about being in the spotlight

    By Larry Vaught

    Recent University of Kentucky commit Cam’Ron Fletcher knows a little bit already about playing in the spotlight.
    He averaged 16.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season when Vashon High School in St. Louis won the Missouri 3A state championship. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this summer in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

  • The mysterious Moe Berg

    In 1939, he was an MLB catcher.

    In 1942, he decided to step down as a baseball coach, after two seasons.

    The next year, in 1943, he became an officer in the federal government’s Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the CIA, during the height of World War Two.

    In 1944, he almost carried out a plot to assassinate German scientist Werner Heisenberg, the head of Nazi Germany’s atom-bomb project.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Kash Daniel chose All-SEC linebacker over All-SEC beer drinker

    By Larry Vaught

    His first two years at Kentucky he played in all 26 games but linebacker Kash Daniel really was not much more than just a special teams player.
    He admits it took some soul-searching to lead to the performance he had last season where he was third on the team with 84 tackles and ranked 24th in the SEC with 6.3 tackles per game.

  • No-call, again

    Over six months after a controversial no-call cost the New Orleans Saints a chance to go to Super Bowl 53, one New Orleans attorney isn’t ready to get over it.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Maci Morris, Reggie Hanson both stayed true blue when they could have left Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    Maci Morris’ freshman year at the University of Kentucky was everything she “hoped for” and the coaching staff literally had to make her go home during breaks because the dorms closed.
    However, the next year there was a “little bit of craziness” that led to six players transferring, one player being dismissed from the team, two assistant coaches resign, one assistant get fired and two recruits decommit during the 2015-16 season.

  • Best rivalries

    The essence of sports is competition. Two teams are fighting hard for victory, though victory can only be assured to one. Over the years, this unyielding desire to win has created some of sport’s most famous and passionate rivalries.

    Some rivalries are born out of bad blood, while others can trace their roots to famous events in American history. Other rivalries resulted from two teams’ close proximity to one another.

  • ‘Ultimate competitor’ who might make UK rotation as freshman

    By Larry Vaught

    During the late February national football signing period Kentucky added only one player — Pennsylvania cornerback M.J. Devonshire. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said then that Devonshire had “great size, great speed” with the versatility to play either offense or defense.

    Considering the early signees Kentucky had, not a lot of attention was paid to the addition of the 5-11, 180-pound Devonshire. However, he might be a name to remember when Kentucky starts preseason practice.

  • Beginning again

    Summer break is coming to an end, signaling the impending start of school in Marion County. However, the thought that school is near invokes a different thought in me: high school sports are near.

  • The things not done

    Taking risks is a tempting choice to make, yet it’s also a scary choice to make. On one hand, a risk presents a huge reward if it pays off. However, if a risk fails, then the results can be unpleasant or even disastrous. That’s what deters so many from taking risks, not knowing what awards might await.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: Production and winning means more to Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks Jr. than recruiting rankings

    By Larry Vaught

    Recruiting rankings have never been a huge topic of conversation for Keion Brooks Sr. and his son, Keion Brooks Jr., a Kentucky five-star freshman basketball player.

    Brooks Jr. was ranked among the nation’s top 15 players in the 2019 recruiting class but some believe he could be even better playing for coach John Calipari than some suspect.