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Columns

  • 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!”

  • Never givin’ up

    Watch enough sports games or follow sports long enough and you’ll eventually see a struggle. When players or sports figures are confronted with a struggle, they can fight back, overcome the obstacle and persevere through the difficulty. Their other option is to shy away from the challenge, ignore the problem and collapse under the pressure.

  • Vaught’s Views: Freddie Maggard could provide boost for UK in-state recruiting

    By Larry Vaught

    One extra benefit from having former Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard as the director of player development for the UK football team could be an uptick in in-state recruiting.

  • Thrilling moments

    There are two sides to every game: the winning side and the losing side. No two wins - or two losses - are the same. Some are blowouts, with the outcome decided long before the game’s end. Others are closely contested contests, with the outcome hanging in the balance for most of the game.

  • Fans will like energy that commit Ashton Hagans will bring to UK

    Rivals.com basketball recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes that Georgia five-star guard Ashton Hagans has one quality Kentucky fans are going to really like.

    “One thing that definitely stands out to me is Ashton doesn't take games off. He plays hard all the time and kind of reminds me of (Alabama point guard) Collin Sexton that way,” Peek said. “He just loves the game and wants to win every time he steps on the court. 

  • Never too late

    Andre Ingram had been in the NBA’s G-League for more than a decade, clinching the league record for most three-pointers made. He traveled by bus to games, staying in affordable hotel rooms on a meager salary.
    After a decade of G-League time - where he also tutored students in math on the side - Ingram finally got the call to go to the pros, suiting up for the Los Angeles back on April 10 in his first ever NBA game. As Ingram waited at the scorer’s table to get into the game, Chris Paul, six months older than Ingram, greeted him.