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Not Seeing a Chiropractor Could Cost You

Lifestyles - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:38am
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(NewsUSA) - Didn't consult a chiropractor first for your back pain? That'll cost you $1.3 billion.

No, you personally won't be on the hook for the entire amount. But in analyzing two year's worth of its own insurance data, the health care giant Optum projected that's how much money healthcare consumers would've saved had patients who'd experienced 14.7 million reported non-surgical spinal episodes received chiropractic care at the outset.

Optum's definition of "at the outset" is "within the first 10 days" of a spinal episode. Taking advantage of that window, it found, drastically reduces the need for everything from costly surgery to injections to prescription medications -- a conclusion certain to fuel the growing "chiropractic first" movement espoused by many health experts.

And it's not just about the money.

"The quality of back pain treatment" would likewise be "improved," Optum has contended, if doctors of chiropractic -- who already perform more than 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. -- were consulted first by patients.

"Chiropractic care advances the opportunity for optimal outcomes across care delivery, quality and cost," said the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard Clum, DC, who also pointed to a recent study in the journal "Spine" that found that patients suffering from lower back pain who first visited a chiropractor, versus a surgeon, were more than 40 percent less likely to go under the knife.

Coincidentally, 40 percent is also what the Foundation pegs the per-episode savings at when chiropractic care precedes medical or surgical interventions.

For more info or to find a chiropractor in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Steampunk Steamrolls Into Living Rooms Nationwide

Lifestyles - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:36am
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(NewsUSA) - There is a movement afoot that is taking fashion and design to a new level. It's a retro-futuristic style blending science fiction with a 19th century Victorian era aesthetic, and it's called Steampunk. This eye-catching look is popping up everywhere: in theaters, movies, music and red-carpet fashion.

To understand how this unusual form of expression has steamrolled through the art, fashion and literary worlds, one must look back before looking forward. Steampunk can trace its roots back to the 19th century works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as they imagined the future during the Industrial Age, with its brass and wood creations, powered only by steam. Although many science fiction stories written in the 20th century have been set in the Victorian period, the term "steampunk" is believed to be first used in the late 1980s, when author K. W. Jeter used it to describe stories set in the Victorian period written during that time when near-future cyberpunk was the prevailing form of science fiction. Evidence of the continuing popularity of the steampunk look and feel can be traced in feature films, from 1927's "Metropolis" to this year's "Mad Max: Fury Road."

The appeal of steampunk is oft-times a love of the Victorian period, while others enjoy steampunk's unique approach to technology: re-imagining modern capabilities with 19th century machines. Jeannie Mai, host of GSN's new "Steampunk'd" reality competition TV series explains, "Steampunk is a culture. It's not just fashion. It's a lifestyle, like punk rock. Punk rock is music, but it's also a look and a style."

GSN is hoping to capitalize on the growing trend with the debut of its new series. "Steampunk'd" features 10 contestants in a litany of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into steampunk masterpieces. As each project is completed, the contestants (or Makers) will unveil their work for the judges,including leading authority on Steampunk Thomas Willeford. Other judges include writer/director Matt King and Kate "Kato" Lambert, founder of the world's first steampunk clothing company, Steampunk Couture.

Each week, one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated until only one is left standing to take home the $100,000 grand prize. The series debuts on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/9 pm Central on GSN. For more information, you can visit www.gsntv.com.

Bright shines in Dodge City

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:38pm

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Matt Bright might just be on the hot streak of his career.

Bright, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Fort Worth, Texas, continued his positive momentum Thursday night by riding Frontier Rodeo’s Showdown for 83 points to take the bareback riding lead at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Matt Bright

Matt Bright

“I’ve been pretty injury plagued the last couple years, and I’m finally feeling healthy,” said Bright, who earned more than $12,000 last week and moved to 28th in the world standings. “It’s amazing what being in good shape and being healthy can do for a guy’s riding. It’s dang sure improved mine a lot, and things have been rolling really well here lately.”

He was one of 19 NFR qualifiers in Thursday’s second performance of Roundup. Injuries have sidelined him enough the last two seasons, the Tennessee-born cowboy has been unable to return to Las Vegas for ProRodeo’s grand finale. He’s battling his way toward the magical top 15 in the world standings by the end of the regular season to secure his fourth trip to the Nevada desert in December.

He knew he had a shot on the Frontier horse.

“Dodge City is one of these rodeos where the horse is going to tell the difference,” said Bright, who finished second at both Cheyenne, Wyo., and Eagle, Colo., last week. “Everybody here are great bareback riders. This is a (Wrangler Million Dollar) Tour rodeo, so you’re going to get the cream of the crop, and I knew (NFR qualifier) Austin Foss had some success on that horse earlier this year.”

In roughstock events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding – half the score on the 100-point scale is based on the animal; the rest is based on how well the cowboy rides.

“He had a great trip, and I managed to keep up with him,” he said of Showdown.

Though he has missed a number of big-money rodeos this year because of injury, Bright knows there are plenty of opportunities ahead of him with just two months left in the 2015 campaign.

“I know everybody goes on and on about July being the month, but after Cheyenne, you get a lot of guys who are broke and a lot of guys who are injured,” he said. “With as many big rodeos that go on in the late summer and early fall and with a few guys that are out for whatever reason, it seems like it gets slightly easier to get checks.

“If a guy’s healthy and feeling good like I have here lately, I think this is a good time to take advantage of it. I’m not beat up from going up and down the road. I’ve got a fresh jump, and I think it’s showing. I’ve been drawing real good horses, and I’ve been able to take advantage of it.”

First he needs to finish among the top 12 through the four preliminary performances in Dodge City in order to qualify for Sunday’s championship round. By leading with two nights left in the preliminary round, he sits in prime position to chase the coveted Roundup title.

He just needs that hot streak to continue just a few more days to get it.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Matt Bright, 83 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Showdown; 2. Kash Wilson, 80; 3. Tanner Aus, 78; 4. Colt Kitaif, 76; 5. Clint Cannon, 75; 6. Kyle Charley, 74; 7. (tie) Clayton Jon Biglow, Trenton Montero and Will Lowe, 71 each; 10. Casey Breuer, 66; 11. Wyatt Clar, 59; 12. A.J. Colletti, 58.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Ricky Riley, 3.9 seconds; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 4. (tie) Logan Rudd and Ryan Bothum, 4.3; 4. (tie) Orrin Fontenot, Jule Hazen, Stockton Graves and Cody Pratt, 4.4. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Levi Rudd and Tyler Waguespack, 3.6; 4. (tie) Matt Reeves and Josh Clark, 3.8; 6. (tie) Matt Uttermark and J.D. Struxness, 4.0; 8. Cody Devers, 4.1. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 8.3; 3. Kyle Irwin, 8.4; 4. Stockton Graves, 8.7; 5. J.D. Struxness, 9.0; 6. Orrin Fontenot, 9.2; 7. Ryan Bothum, 9.8; 8. Tanner Brunner, 10.5; 9. Tooter Silver, 10.6; 10. Logan Rudd, 10.9; 11. Kyle Broce, 11.6; 12. Levi Rudd, 11.9.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 4.7; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 5. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3; 6. (tie) Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper and Cris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.2 each; 8. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 4. Nick Becker/Toby Mentzer, 6.3; 5. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 6.9; 6. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.4; 7. Jered Hunter/Trew Cates, 8.3; 8. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.0. Average leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 11.5 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.8; 4. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 12.6; 5. Jered Hunter/Trew Cates, 15.1; 7. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 15.5; 8. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 17.1; 9. Caleb Bullock/Shade Etbauerm 25.2; 10. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 on one run; 11. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 12. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Rusty Wright, 81 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Jerry’s Delight; 2. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Cody Wright; 4. Tyrel Larsen, 78; 5. Taos Muncy, 77; 6. (tie) Spencer Wright and Dalton Davis, 76; 8. (tie) Doug Aldridge, Taygen Schuelke and Dawson Jandreau, 75; 11. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Brady Nicholes and Sam Spreadborough, 74.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 8.2 seconds; 2. Justin Maas, 9.0; 3. Tanner Stec, 9.3; 4. Caleb Bullock, 9.4; 5. (tie) Jordan Ketscher and Ross Tucker, 9.5; 7. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 8. GlennJackson Glasper. Second round leaders: 1. Tyson Durfey, 8.0; 2. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 3. (tie) Trent Creager, Dennis Luetge and Stran Smith, 8.6; 6. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 7. (tie) Glenn Jackson Glasper and Jesse Clark, 9.6. Average leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 16.8 seconds on two runs; 2. Justin Maass, 18.7; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 19.6; 4. Trent Creager, 20.3; 5. Tanner Stec, 20.7; 6. Quay Howard, 21.3; 7. Jesse Clark, 21.5; 8. Dennis Luetge, 24.1; 9. Chase Williams, 29.8; 10. Shade Etbauer, 31.3; 11. Jarrod Branch, 33.1; 12. Bryson Seachrist, 36.8.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.09 seconds; 2. Jackie Ganter, 17.10; 3. Abby Searcy, 17.20; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.23; 5. Tillar Murray, 17.26; 6. Laura Lambert, 17.28; 7. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 8. Victoria Williams, 17.40; 9. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.41; 10. Stevi Hillman, 17.45. Second round leaders: 1. Tillar Murray, 17.02 seconds; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.06; 3. Laura Kennedy, 17.07; 4. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.11; 5. Bailee Snow, 17.15; 6. Stevi Hillman, 17.16; 7. Christy Loflin, 17.18; 8. Abby Searcy, 17.22; 9. Victoria Williams, 17.27; 10. Carol Chesher, 17.32. Average leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 34.20 seconds on two runs; 2. Tillar Murray, 34.28; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 34.29; 4. Abby Searcy, 34.42; 5. Jackie Ganter, 34.51; 6. Stevi Hillman, 34.61; 7. Victoria Williams, 34.67; 8. Laura Kennedy, 34.78; 9. Carol Chesher, 34.80; 10. Gretchen Benbenek, 34.83; 11. Sabrina Ketcham, 34.84; 12. Bailee Snow, 34.88.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Spanish Moss; 2. Aaron Pass, 88; 3. Tanner Bothwell, 84; 4. Mana Kaia, 82; 5. (tie) Trenton Montero and Caleb Sanderson, 81; 7. Sage Kimzey, 77; 8. Joe Frost, 76; 9. Guthrie Murray, 73; 10. Cody Wade Huitt, 54; no other qualified rides.

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Training Camp Opens For NFL Bulldogs

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:58pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A total of 24 former Mississippi State football players begin training camp in the National Football League this week.

Rentouli Headlines Stellar Summer For Women's Tennis Bulldogs

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:16pm
While the summer heat beats down on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, two incoming women's tennis Bulldogs have been tearing up the tennis courts both in the United States and abroad over the past several months.

UPDATED STATS: 26 DIAMOND DAWGS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:09pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-six former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including four currently playing in Major League Baseball. Below are their updated stats following games which ended Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Please tweet any corrections to @HailStateBB.

Logo change was too drastic

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:49pm
Ted Harbin TwisTED Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTED Rodeo

There is a pretty big stink north of the border.

old-CPRA-logoApparently, a number of rodeo folks are a bit miffed at the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s newest logo design. It’s quite a change from the longstanding logo, and it has been met with sharp criticism.

The previous logo was outdated and needed an overhaul. The image looks straight out of the Old West, as if it were developed on printing presses that have long since been discarded.

The new logo is slick and unique … a little too much for the tradition-rich CPRA. In fact, it’s a complete direction change from what has been a signature symbol for the association. Sure, some will say, it’s attractive and bold.

new-CPRA-logoBut it is short-sided and actually alienates the organization from its roots. Just click HERE to read what CPRA Gold Card Mac McKie member and my good friend, Ted Stovin, have to say on the subject.

There was room for something spectacular to create that included all the design aspects needed for change. There is middle ground, and that’s where the CPRA board should’ve gone.

There was no need to erase 70 years of tradition with one swipe of a pen and a few block letters. The CPRA membership deserved better.

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MSU Cross Country Ready For 2015 Season

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:53pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Last year the Mississippi State cross country women's team saw one of the most successful seasons in school history. This year, both the men's and women's teams look to improve as the overall program continues to climb the ladder of success.

Rusty rides Wright to the lead

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:47am

DODGE CITY, Kan. – No matter how good an athlete is, the foundation for every move is in the fundamentals.

It’s working well for Rusty Wright, a 19-year-old saddle bronc rider and son of two-time world champion Cody Wright. On Wednesday night, the Utah cowboy rode Harry Vold Rodeo’s Jerry’s Delight for 81 points to take the early lead at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Rusty Wright

Rusty Wright

“I couldn’t ask for better this year,” said Rusty Wright, the No. 3-ranked bronc rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. “I’ve been drawing good and making good rides, and the judges are liking it. It’s working out. I just plan to keep riding the best I can; nothing fancy, just stick to the basics.”

That’s proven to be quite successful for the Wright clan of Milford, Utah. Not only is Cody Wright a two-time titlist, but two of his brothers (Rusty’s uncles) are also world champs: Jesse Wright won the gold buckle in 2012, and Spencer Wright added the family’s fourth crown last season.

Cody Wright

Cody Wright

“My dad’s been preaching the basics to us, not just in bronc riding but any sport we were doing through elementary school or high school; just stick to the basics,” said Rusty Wright, who is one point better than Cody Wright and Isaac Diaz at Roundup Rodeo. “It carries over to bronc riding. He’s been telling us that so long that it’s easy to remember: Stay back, lift on your rein and set your feet. That’s pretty much all you need to do.”

The young gun has done it better than most this season. He has pocketed $71,000, and two months remain in ProRodeo’s regular season. He’s well on his way to his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where the chances are good he’ll be joined by familiar faces.

Only the top 15 cowboys in the world standings earn a shot at the biggest pay in the game, and there are plenty of Wrights within range of returning to Las Vegas in December: Spencer is sixth, Jake is 10th, Jesse is 17th and Cody is 25th. Rusty travels the rodeo trail with Cody, Spencer and Brady Nicholes.

“A big part of rodeoing is being around good bronc riders and winners, like my dad and Spencer,” Rusty Wright said. “I think I’m traveling with a couple of winners. It helps me out a lot, not only in bronc riding but with my attitude in life.

“It’s a huge impact, and it’s made things a lot easier for me.”

He seems to be making it pretty easy for himself. He’ll turn 20 on Nov. 10, so a trip to the Nevada in December to chase the world champion’s gold buckle might be the perfect birthday gift.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Kash Wilson, 80 points on JK Rodeo’s Brother; 2. Tanner Aus, 78; 3. Clint Cannon, 75; 4. (tie) Clayton Jon Biglow and Trenton Montero, 71 each; 6. Casey Breuer, 66.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9 seconds; 2. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 3. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 4.5; 6. Royce Johnson, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Levi Rudd and Tyler Waguespack, 3.6; 4. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 5. Kyle Irwin, 4.3; 6. (tie) Jacob Talley, 4.4. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 8.3; 3. Kyle Irwin, 8.4; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 9.2; 5. Tooter Silver, 10.6; 6. Logan Rudd, 10.9; 7. Levi Rudd, 11.9; 8. Jacob Talley, 18.5.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 3. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 4. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 5. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 4. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 6.9; 5. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.4; 6. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 10.2. Average leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 11.5 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.8 seconds each; 4. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 12.6; 5. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 17.1; 6. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 on one run; 7. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 8. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Rusty Wright, 81 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Jerry’s Delight; 2. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Cody Wright; 4. Tyrel Larsen, 78; 5. Taos Muncy, 77; 6. Spencer Wright, 76; 7. Doug Aldridge, 75; 8. (tie) Zeke Thurston/Brady Nicholes, 74.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0; 4. Dillon Holder, 10.7; 5. Quay Howard, 11.3; 6. William Whayne Jr., 11.6. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 2. Trent Creager, 8.6; 3. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 4. Glenn Jackson Glasper, 9.6; 5. Quay Howard, 10.0; 6. Tylen Layton, 10.6; 7. Bryson Sechrist, 18.2; 8. Pryce Harris, 21.0. Average leaders: 1. GlennJackson Glasper, 19.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Trent Creager, 20.3; 3. Quay Howard, 21.3; 4. Jarrod Branch, 33.1; 5. Bryson Seachrist, 36.8; 6. Garrett King, 47.3; 7. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 on one one; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 17.20 seconds; 2. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 3. Carol Chesher, 17.48; 4. Lauren Magdeburg, 17.54; 5. Layna Kight, 17.60; 6. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Hanna Forbes, 17.71 each. Second round leaders: 1. Laura Kennedy, 17.07; 2. Bailee Snow, 17.15; 3. Christy Loflin, 17.18; 4. Abby Searcy, 17.22; 5. Carol Chesher, 17.32; 6. (tie) Kaela Haddon and Hanna Forbes, 17.34; 8. Darla Corff, 17.43; 9. Sara Bynum, 17.45; 10. Cheyenne Raney, 17.50. Average leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 34.42 seconds on two runs; 2. Laura Kennedy, 34.78; 3. Carol Chesher, 34.80; 4. Bailee Snow, 34.88; 5. Christy Loflin, 34.92; 6. Hanna Forbes, 35.05; 7. Layna Kight, 35.15; 8. Lauren Magdeburg, 35.27; 9. Sara Bynum, 35.48; 10. Sandy McElreath, 35.62; 11. Kaela Haddon, 35.73; 12. Brooke Sebo, 36.05.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Spanish Moss; 2. Aaron Pass, 88; 3. (tie) Trenton Montero and Caleb Sanderson, 81; 5. Guthrie Murray, 73; 6. Cody Wade Huitt, 54.

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Stuedeman Reels In Transfer From Arkansas

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:35pm
Mississippi State softball head coach Vann Stuedeman has announced the addition of infielder Jessica Harrison as a sophomore transfer from the University of Arkansas.

Men’s Golf Announces 2015-16 Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss – Mississippi State will host the fourth Old Waverly Collegiate Championship and play in four new events as part of the 2015-16 schedule released Wednesday.

Taking Care of Your Child's Eyes in Today's Digitally Dependent World

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:01pm
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(NewsUSA) - According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey, 41 percent of parents say their kids spend three or more hours per day using digital devices, and 66 percent of kids have their own smartphone or tablet.

It's clear children's use of digital technology continues to be an integral part of their lives in both the classroom and at home, and it's predicted that by 2028 -- the year in which kids entering kindergarten this fall will graduate high school -- many schools will rely heavily on computer simulations for instruction and will even incorporate virtual worlds into curriculu.

While these advances in the classroom may enhance learning, many digital devices are still relatively new, and the long-term effects on young eyes are not yet fully known. Most of today's commonly-used devices give off high-energy, short-wavelength, blue and violet light, which may affect children's vision and even prematurely age their eyes. Early research even shows that overexposure to this blue light could contribute to eye strain and discomfort and may lead to serious conditions later in life, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause blindness.

The first step in taking care of children's eyes is for parents to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for children prior to the beginning of each school year to check eye health and vision. Children now have the benefit of annual comprehensive eye exams, thanks to the Pediatric Essential Health Benefit in the Affordable Care Act, through age 18. The AOA recommends children have an eye exam by

an optometrist soon after six months of age, again at age three and annually thereafter.

With so much time spent on digital devices, it is also more important than ever for parents to watch for signs of digital eye strain in children. Symptoms can include burning, itchy or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain. To protect their eyes and vision while using digital devices, parents should encourage children to take frequent visual breaks by practicing the 20-20-20 rule: when using technology or doing near work, take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.

To find an optometrist in your area, or for additional information on children's vision and the importance of back-to-school eye exams, please visit aoa.org.

Modern-Day Party Do's and Don'ts

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:58pm
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(NewsUSA) - It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail -- either your computer's Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to.

That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party.

Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There's always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams?

While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post's rules of etiquette, there's nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin.

To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child's birthday, the following tips can help:

* Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s'il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate.

* Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you're unsure, it's never inappropriate to ask the hostess.

* Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well.

* Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs.

* Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that's a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you're a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention.

For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.

World champ Masters among early leaders

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:29pm
Chad Masters

Chad Masters

The timed events began Wednesday morning at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, and there are several elite athletes atop the leaderboard, including world champion header Chad Masters. He and partner Travis Graves posted a 4.4-second run to lead the first go-round.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9 seconds; 2. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 3. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 4.5; 6. Royce Johnson, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 3. Dan Barner, 5.8; 4. Tyler Pearson, 6.5; 5. Shane Henderson, 8.3; 6. John Kloeckler, 13.3. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds on one head; 2. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9; 4. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 5. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 6. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 3. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 4. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 5. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 14.3; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds on one head; 2. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 5. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 6. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0; 4. Dillon Holder, 10.7; 5. Quay Howard, 11.3; 6. William Whayne Jr., 11.6. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 2. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 3. Tylen Layton, 10.6; 4. Pryce Harris, 21.0; 5. Garrett King, 24.8; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Jarrod Branch, 33.1 seconds on two head; 2. Garrett King, 47.3; 3. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 on one head; 4. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5; 5. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 6. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 17.20 seconds; 2. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 3. Carol Chesher, 17.48; 4. Lauren Magdeburg, 17.54; 5. Layna Kight, 17.60; 6. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Hanna Forbes, 17.71 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kaela Haddon, 17.34 seconds; 2. Darla Corff, 17.43; 3. Sara Bynum, 17.45; 4. Cheyenne Raney, 17.50; 5. Lisa Thornton, 17.51; 6. Emily Holton, 17.53. Average leaders: 1. Lisa Thornton, 35.29 seconds on two head; 2. Sara Bynum, 35.48; 3. Sandy McElreath, 35.62; 4. Kaela Haddon, 35.73; 5. Brooke Sebo, 36.05; 6. Crystal Castleberry, 36.11.

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Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:03am

Two-time world champion Scott Snedecor of Fredricksburg, Texas, added another prestigious title to his resume Tuesday afternoon.

Snedecor, a 13-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Rodeo, roped and tied three calves in 26.8 seconds to win $4,862. It marked the second time in his career that the Texan has claimed the Dodge City Roundup steer roping championship.

Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

“Just being Dodge City is important for us,” he said. “Part of the attraction of this rodeo is the buckle they give; that was one of the elite buckles that stick out when you see it on somebody.

“The committee here works so hard, and we all really appreciate Mike (Lehmke) for sponsoring steer roping. They really do take care of us.”

Snedecor split the opening-round victory with Troy Tillard of Douglas, Wyo.; both cowboys posted 11.2-second runs. Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla., won the second round with a 10.4-second run, while Neal Wood of Needville, Texas, scored a 10.2 – the fastest run of the day – to win the final round.

Snedecor first won the Roundup buckle in 2008, the same year he won his second world title – he also won the gold buckle in 2005. Heading into the week, he was fourth in the world standings with more than $42,000

“The year started out good; I’d won $15,000 before January,” he said, noting that the rodeo season runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30 each year. “My horse tore up his flexor tendon in March, and I went through seven or eight horses trying to get one to work.”

But friends came through. In fact, Snedecor has borrowed a horse from fellow roper Shandon Stalls of McLean, Texas, the past two weeks, and it’s paid off. He has earned more than $20,000 in that span.

“This horse is 21 years old, and he’s pretty good,” Snedecor said. “He stays out of my way and lets me work. This event is probably more demanding of horsepower than any event. When you get off one, you’ve got to trust it. It takes a special horse. There aren’t many out there like that.”

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O’Mara wins Dodge City Xtreme

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:44pm

DODGE CITY, Kan. – For the better part of the last three years, Jacob O’Mara has spent more time on the disabled list than any athlete would like.

It’s especially hard for rodeo cowboys, who have no guaranteed contracts. The only way they make money is to win it, and O’Mara has been at his Baton Rouge, La., home a lot more than he’s been on the rodeo trail.

Jacob O'Mara

Jacob O’Mara

“I’ve had a lot of down time and a lot of home time, but I wouldn’t take it back,” he said. “If God wouldn’t have put me through and allowed me to go through the things I did, I wouldn’t be where I am today spiritually and a lot of my personal live. I’m thankful for that.”

He has returned with a vengeance, winning Tuesday night’s Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls title. He rode 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Lil Warrior for 86 points to win the championship to earn $4,963.

O’Mara won Roundup’s bull riding title in 2011 and parlayed that into a qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He finished the year fifth in the world standings, but that was followed by a series of injuries that have left him away from the game he loves for months at a time.

  • A torn wrist tendon that required two surgeries in 2012
  • A broken leg early in the 2013 season
  • A torn thumb ligament in August 2014.

“I feel good right now,” said O’Mara, who was ranked 33rd in the bull riding standings heading into this week. “I had to take a couple weeks off in June because I bruised my rotator cuff, but I came back strong. I had a decent Fourth (of July run); I placed in the middle of the pack but felt like I was riding good.”

As is the case with any sport, there are definite slumps that come along. He experienced a short one last week.

“It lit a fire in me to come back here,” he said. “Being familiar with this rodeo and having had success here, it’s a comfort zone. I’m glad to get that fire underneath me and want to let it roll from here.”

O’Mara was just a half point better than 2011 world champion Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., who finished second. Dustin Bowen of Waller, Texas, placed third with an 83.5, while Dodge City-born bull rider Tyler Hessman of Beaver, Okla., finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, Mich., and Caleb Sanderson of Hallettsville, Texas, with 83s

A little more than two months remain in the 2015 regular season, and cowboys must be in the top 15 in the world standings if they want to play for the biggest pay in the game at the NFR.

“We’ve got enough time left, but it’s crunch time,” O’Mara said. “If I’m going to make a shot for the NFR, I’ve got to keep the ball rolling.”

Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls
Dodge City, Kan.
July 28
1. Jacob O’Mara, 86 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Lil Warrior, $4,963; 2. Shane Proctor, 85.5, $3,805; 3. Dustin Bowen, 83.5, $2,812; 4. (tie) Brett Stall, Caleb Sanderson and Tyler Hessman, 83, $1,268 each; 7. Reid Barker, 82, $662; 8. (tie) Guthrie Murray and Trevor Kastner, 81, $248 each.

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Bulldogs To Play South Florida In SEC/AAC Challenge

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:39pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State will face American Athletic Conference foe South Florida on Dec. 30 as part of the SEC/AAC Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla.
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