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  • 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.

  • Vaught’s Views: Perception has changed for Kentucky gymnastics

    By Larry Vaught

    Perception is a major component of college gymnastics. Some might argue it’s that way with every college sport where top programs always seem to get more breaks.
    Kentucky gymnastics has been fighting the perception that it is not one of the top programs in the country — or the Southeastern Conference.  However, UK is doing all it can to change that.
    Kentucky will be competing in the nationals in St. Louis Friday for the first time in school history after its second-place finish in the Minnesota Region.

  • Kings and Queens of the Court

    Donte DiVincenzo. Arike Ogunbowale. How’s that for some unique names?
    Unique last names aren’t the only things those two have become known for. Both DiVincenzo and Ogunbowale stole the show on college basketball’s biggest stages- the national championship games, helping to lead their squads to a national title. Ogunbowale was the hero in the women’s national title games while DiVincenzo stole the spotlight in the men’s title game.

  • Vaught’s Views:Could UK signee Tyler Herro be best scorer in 2018 recruiting class?

    By Larry Vaught

    How good is Kentucky signee Tyler Herro?
    The 6-5 guard from Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis., has a fan in Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek.
    “He is the best shooter in the (2018 recruiting) class from beyond the arc (3-point line),” said Peek. “He could be the best pure scorer in the class.
    “I saw him in one workout where he did not miss a single shot. He can shoot a 3 like a lay-up. He is just a pure shooter and there are not many of them out there.”