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William Burton, 12, collapses on Grayson ball field; survives through family’s faith and Cinci Children’s

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Her oldest son was lifeless on a hospital gurney in the trauma room as doctors tried desperately to figure out how to save him. 
Amy Burton knew who was ultimately in charge. 
“It was chaos. So much was happening, and he was in bad shape. These medical professionals, who were fantastic and are great, had no idea what to do but Amy knew exactly,” said her pastor,...

Jamie Vaught: Homer Rice helped break color barrier in UK football, wrote ‘textbook’ on leadership

(This is the second of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK.) When Dr. Homer Rice was the athletics director at North Carolina from 1969 to 1976, one of his employees was a basketball coach named Dean Smith,...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

Bengals defense stands tall in biggest moments of a rough day; Redskins force tie game

By Pete Schramm Bengals.com Contributor On a day when it gave up a 546 yards, including more than 450 yards passing and an even 100 yards rushing, the Bengals defense still managed to stand tall in just enough critical moments of Sunday’s 27-27 tie with Washington to stave off a hurtful loss heading into the bye week. On a day when it gave up a 546 yards, including more than 450 yards passing and...

Bengals fans head across the ocean to London for big Sunday matchup with Washington at Wembley

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward A few thousand Bengals fans are expected to make the trip across the pond to cheer the Cincinnati Bengals on against the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium in London Sunday morning. That includes 98 from the Tri-State who booked a package through Provident Travel and left Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Wednesday for London, by way of Atlanta,...

Pair of former Eastern Kentucky standouts receive invitations to NFL camps with Bengals, Raiders

Former Eastern Kentucky University football players Dy’Shawn Mobley and Ben Madon will get a chance to play in the NFL. Mobley, a running back from Powell, Tennessee, signed as a priority free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. Madon, a tight end from Pineville, Kentucky, accepted a rookie minicamp tryout invitation from the Oakland Raiders. Dy’Shawn Mobley will get a tryout with the Bengals (EKU...

Billy Reed: Special New Year’s wishes for some — and peace, happiness for everyone else

This is the time of year when lazy columnists get one out of the way by making New Year’s wishes for various friends, enemies, news sources, and other assorted characters who may pop into mind. So here we go: For the Cincinnati Bengals, at least one win in the NFL playoffs. For Marty Brennaman, legendary voice of the Cincinnati Reds, a supply of Advil to help him through what promises to be a headache...

Deep talent stockpile at nearly every position makes Cincinnati Bengals model for the NFL

A.J. Green (Photo from RCN/Bengals)   By Bryan Burke Special to KyForward   The Cincinnati Bengals stymied Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons with defensive discipline this week, especially from their cornerbacks.   The Bengal secondary not only covered well, collecting three interceptions on the day, but they also tackled proficiently. This kind of toughness is a luxury for defensive...

Five former UK football players sign NFL contracts as undrafted free agents

Five former University of Kentucky football players who were not selected in the 2011 draft have found NFL homes following the end to the league’s lockout.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Running back Derrick Locke signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Mike Hartline signed with the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Chris Matthews signed with the Cleveland...