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Columns

  • Patience

    “Patience is a virtue.”

  • Swing and a miss

    In baseball, striking out means two totally different things for the pitcher and the batter.
    For the pitcher, a strikeout is a sign of success. It keeps the offense from getting a runner on base and keeps a potential run from scoring.
    For a batter, however, a strikeout signifies a lost chance to do any of that. That’s one less hit, one less base runner and one less run for the offense. The at-bat that had potential to produce something comes up empty, with nothing to show for it.

  • Vaught’s Views: Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen will play in Marshall County Hoop Fest

    By Larry Vaught

    Pendleton County’s Dontaie Allen will be one of the leading candidates for 2019 Mr. Basketball honors based on what he’s already done.
    The 6-7 Allen scored more points — 1,019 — than any other player in the state last season while averaging 31.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 59.1 percent from the field, including 39.6 percent from 3-point range. He was one of three juniors to earn first-team all-state honors in 2018.

  • Just doing good

    Usually, when athletes make news off the field, it’s for all the wrong reasons. They get tied up in crime, drugs or have run-ins with the law. They potentially ruin their careers and their lives with poor choices and destructive habits.
    However, a recent story involving Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham and a woman named Delilah Cassidy had a much different ending. The story did start off with a bad situation, but it ended so wonderfully.

  • Vaught’s Views: C.J. Conrad valuable to Kentucky because he can do so many things

    By Larry Vaught

    He had just 16 catches for 286 yards and four scores in 2017 before missing the final three games with a foot injury. Yet not only is tight end C.J. Conrad being counted on as a pivotal player in the Kentucky offense, he’s already projected to be one of the first tight ends picked in the 2019 NFL draft.

  • A time to bet

    In 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed, prohibiting sports betting in all but a handful of states, most notably Nevada, the only state where a person could wager on the outcome of a single game. Oregon, Delaware and Montana were permitted to continue sports betting on a limited basis under the law.

  • First-ever alumni football game set for July 20

    Are you a former football player at Marion County?

    If so, you’ll soon get another chance to shine under the bright lights of John J. Boswell Field.

    The Marion County High School football team is hosting the first-ever alumni football game, which will be held at 8 p.m., July 20, on John J. Boswell Field.

  • The Playoffs

    Jim Mora once said during a postgame press conference, “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?”
    That quote has become one of the most famous quotes. Yes, Jim Mora, I’m going to talk about the playoffs. Specifically, I’m talking about the NBA playoffs, which have reached the Conference Finals.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are matched up in the Eastern Conference Finals while the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors battle in the Western Conference Finals.

  • Vaught’s Views: John Pelphrey regrets “not being able to be there” for former teammate Joey Couch's funeral

    By Larry Vaught

    John Pelphrey knows he’s led a blessed life – but he does have one major regret that likely will never go away.
    He was Mr. Basketball in 1987 after leading Paintsville to the state tournament. He signed with Kentucky and coach Eddie Sutton before the program was hit by NCAA probation. He became one of “The Unforgettables” for new coach Rick Pitino. He played in 114 games at UK and averaged 11.5 points per game. He was part of that epic overtime loss to Duke in the 1992 NCAA Tournament East Region final.

  • The most exciting 2 minutes

    By Gerard Flanagan

    “And they’re off in the Kentucky Derby!”