• 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.

  • In the stands

    Fans are an important and prominent part of sports. The cheering fans can motivate a team to keep pushing in a pressure-packed situation in a game.

    Fans get very involved in a game. Sometimes, however, they get a little too involved in the game.

    There was Steve Bartman and Jeffrey Maier. Now we have Troy Caldwell. All three were unknown fans in the stands just enjoying a baseball game when they were thrown into the spotlight amid controversy.

  • UK commit Dontaie Allen proved early that he could be special player

    By Larry Vaught

    The first time Billy Stafford saw Dontaie Allen play middle school basketball he knew he was watching an “athletic and skilled” player.

    Stafford is the Nicholas County middle school boys head basketball coach and assistant high school coach. Allen plays for Pendleton County and will be signing with the University of Kentucky next month after giving his verbal commitment to coach John Calipari in the summer almost immediately after he was offered a scholarship.

  • Disappointing endings

    Endings are always emotional.

    Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Be glad because it happened.”

    Still, we can’t help but be sad when something comes to an end. When something ends, we can never get that same thing back ever again. Sometimes, when something ends, we say goodbye to that thing forever.