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  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: Ed Beck made a big impression on UK fans they did not forget

    By Larry Vaught

    More than 50 years ago Dale Polley was living in Hopkinsville and he can remember his parents taking him to Madisonville to hear Ed Beck preach.
    “To this day I remember part of his sermon — pretty impressive for a young boy to remember something positive that long ago that happened at church,” Polley, who now lives in Nashville and is a past chairman of the Music City Bowl, said.

  • Onto region

    The district tournaments across Kentucky have wrapped up, and now the regional tournaments for Kentucky’s 16 regions have begun. The road to the state tournament for the teams still alive in the postseason has become more clear.

    The Marion County boys and girls basketball teams both advanced to the regional tournament after appearing in their respective district championship games. The Knights took on Bardstown last night in the regional tournament at Hart County, while the Lady Knights will also take on Bardstown tomorrow in Green County.

  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: Could Josh Allen be No. 1 pick in NFL Draft?

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky’s special football season could end in an even more special way at the NFL Draft in Nashville in April.
    Josh Allen still has a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick. No, mock drafts are not projecting him No. 1. Most have Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going first to the Arizona Cardinals. However, most drafts also have Allen going second to San Francisco.

  • Overcoming

    Rob Mendez is a 30-year-old high school football coach in California. He’s the head coach of a JV team, and he’s passionate about the game he loves so much. He taught himself the basics of football by playing video games.

    Mendez, however, isn’t your typical football coach. Mendez was born with tetra-amelia, an extremely rare condition in which a person is missing all four limbs. Mendez is able to move around thanks to the chair he controls with his head and neck.

  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: ESPN’s Brooke Weisbrod on Duke, Kentucky, Maci Morris 

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s a former three-sport collegiate athlete who admits she was as “shocked and surprised” as anyone when No. 1 Duke came from 23 points behind last week to win at Louisville.
    Brooke Weisbrod was working that game for ESPN as a sideline reporter and said it was “magical” watching what happened.

  • Making a run

    It’s February, and that can only mean one thing: postseason is here.

    The Marion County boys and girls basketball teams have both had great regular seasons and will look to sustain that success when the 20th District Tournament begins on Monday.

  • Vaught's Views: Not competing will be ‘weird’ for UK senior gymnast Alex Hyland 

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s been competing in gymnastics since age 6, so what will University of Kentucky senior gymnast Alex Hyland do when her All-American career ends in a few months with the Cats hopefully competing in the national championship again?

  • Athletics vs. academics

    Athletics have played a prominent role in just about every high school and university out there for the better part of two centuries.

    Look no further than the 31 universities whose athletic departments earned more than $100 million in 2016-17, according to USA Today, of which two earned over $200 million (Texas and Texas A&M). In that same report, 39 schools reported athletic expenses totaling $100 million or more.

  • Vaught's Views: Shortstop Katie Reed All-SEC on the field, all A’s off the field

    By Larry Vaught

    She’s a preseason all-Southeastern Conference selection again and one of the leaders on a team that hopes to get past the Super Regional and make the World Series. But as good as Kentucky senior shortstop Katie Reed is on the field, she might be even better off the field.
    She’s never made a B at UK. She has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to go along with a .340 career batting average and almost .970 fielding average.

  • Bad calls

    By now, most people know about the controversial no-call that happened in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 20.

    With the game tied at 20 and the Saints driving for a touchdown late in the game, Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant pass interference on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis; Robey-Coleman also initiated helmet-to-helmet contact on Lewis. The officials did not call a penalty on the play, though the NFL fined Robey-Coleman for the helmet-to-helmet hit late last week.