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Columns

  • Enjoy your time

    Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré decided to hang it up for good, announcing his retirement from baseball last Tuesday after a 21-year career that began back in 1998.

    “After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltré said. “I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career.”

  • Vaught’s Views - Immanuel Quickley could be UK's best point guard option

    By Sports Correspondent Larry Vaught

    Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy has watched John Calipari coach long enough to know that Kentucky’s  season-opening 34-point loss to Duke will not define UK’s season.

  • Tip-off time

    The calendar has flipped to November. The temperature is dropping and sneaker squeaking on a basketball court are replacing shoulder pads popping on the gridiron.

    Ladies and gentlemen, basketball season is upon us.

    The college basketball season kicked off last Tuesday with a slate of marquee matchups at the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Michigan State Spartans faced the Kansas Jayhawks, while heated rivals Kentucky and Duke faced off in the second game of the night.

  • Dick Vitale shares 40 years of memories in new book

    By Larry Vaught

    Growing up Dick Vitale can remember family arguments about who was the best center fielder in baseball. Everyone had an opinion — with no one opinion being right or wrong.

    That helped inspire the idea for a new book by the ESPN college basketball analyst that he hopes will bring back “memories to a lot of players and people” just like it did for him.

  • A helping hand

    Wildfires have been raging across California over the past couple months, burning over 1,250 square miles of land, forcing thousands from their homes and claiming 50 lives. The Camp Fire has claimed 48 lives and destroyed more than 8,800 structures, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

  • Vaught’s Views: Just a “normal kid” who can really shoot a basketball

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen knows shooting is what he does best — and what Kentucky coach John Calipari obviously liked about the 6-6 Pendleton County senior.

  • The media and sports

    After the Alabama Crimson Tide football team took a 51-14 win over the Louisville Cardinals in the Camping World Kickoff back on Sept. 1, ESPN reporter Maria Taylor asked Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban about Alabama’s quarterback situation, which was a hot topic since last season’s national championship game. Then, Saban benched starter Jalen Hurts at halftime for Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Tide to a comeback victory. Saban refused to name a starter heading into the game against Louisville. Eventually, Tagovailoa started the game. Hurts saw action as well.

  • Vaught's Views: Wandale Robinson is elite athlete and a needed recruiting boost

    Kentucky football got a terrific athlete when Western Hills star Wandale Robinson committed to coach Mark Stoops’ team over Nebraska, Alabama, Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan last week. But Kentucky also got a huge boost for in-state recruiting when Robinson reversed a three-year trend of the state’s top players picking out of state schools.

    Robinson decided he wanted to be what former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown called a “hometown hero” and play for the state school knowing it could have lifetime benefits for him.

  • Knocked down? Get up

    A tweet recently caught my eye. That tweet came from Tyrann Mathieu, a safety for the Houston Texans and in it, he details the trials and tribulations he has faced over the years.

    “6 years ago, I was arrested, kick out of school, entered a rehab, got a call my best friend got murdered, stick dropped, most of the people I thought loved me turned they back on me, only a few cared. I’m here to tell you fall forward, never know what your future has in store,” Mathieu tweeted out on Oct. 19.

  • Vaught’s Views: Duke freshman can't wait to start season against Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    Sports Correspondent

    There was a time many Kentucky basketball fans — and maybe even coach John Calipari — thought Zion Williamson would be playing for UK against Duke Nov. 6 in Indianapolis.

    Instead, Williamson surprised many by picking Duke over UK and will be starting for the Blue Devils against UK.