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Key Ingredients for a Healthy Heart

Lifestyles - 7 hours 15 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - As the weather warms and schedules become packed with summer sports and activities, it can be easy to let your heart healthy diet slide to the bottom of the priority list. With a dash of planning and a spoonful of creativity, summer meals can taste as good as they are nutritious and give you the fuel you need to take advantage of the wonderful weather.

Here are some tips for keeping your meals and snacks heart healthy in the summer months:

Go Lean with Protein

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Become a Fruit Fanatic

Summer is the season for fresh fruits that are chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They make a great substitute for traditional desserts that are high in fat and calories. Wash and slice any combination of juicy melons, berries, or other fruits and add them to your favorite yogurt or sorbet and blend for a cooling and healthy treat. Larger fruits such as peaches or pineapple also pair nicely with grilled items.

Streamline Salads

Salads are also a go-to for the summer months but accompanying oily dressing and cheese can load them down with fat and calories. Choose low-fat or light dressing options and steer clear from cream-based diet spoilers. Minimize added sodium and fat by sprinkling low-fat varieties such as Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan or cottage cheese.

With these guidelines in mind, your summer meals will be every bit as heart healthy as they are tasty! For coupons and more information about Simply Delicious products from Land O'Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

MSU Athletics Continues To Excel in NCAA APR

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- All 16 of Mississippi State's varsity sports excelled in the NCAA's annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR), the association announced on Wednesday.

Track & Field Begins Road To Championships

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:40pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After months of hard work, the road to the championships begins Thursday for the Mississippi State track and field teams.

For Love of the Game -- Smokeless Tobacco Still a Part of Baseball

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:04am
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(NewsUSA) - Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs' disappointing run at the World Series year after year.

While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about -- one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.

This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?

To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.

In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did -- pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.

It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes -- which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century -- were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.

"Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball," says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. "It's a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball."

Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.

One such product is FLASR's pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

MSU Men’s Tennis Caps 2015 Season At No. 23 In Final ITA Poll

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:15pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the fifth-straight season, the Mississippi State men's tennis program closes out the spring season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 25, finishing 23rd, the ITA announced Tuesday.

Bulldog Women’s Tennis Caps Record Year Ranked No. 32

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:56pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Putting the finishing touches on what was a record year, the Mississippi State women's tennis program finished the 2014-15 season ranked 32nd in the final ITA National Rankings, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday.

UPDATED STATS: 23 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:33pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-three former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including five currently playing in Major League Baseball.

Proctor wins in the mud in Claremore

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 11:52pm

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The locals found the good and the bad that comes with a soggy rodeo Sunday night during the final performance of the Will Rogers Stampede.

While steer ropers Brodie Poppino and Brady Garten suffered no-times, team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long pulled off the fastest time of the week to claim the championship.

Coleman Proctor

Coleman Proctor

“It was sure enough wet out there,” said Proctor, a header from Pryor, Okla., just 20 miles east of Claremore. “The good Lord blessed us with a lot of rain in this country, but it’s dang sure wet and nasty. Steers were having heck getting through the mud, but we always seem to work decent in the mud.”

Proctor and Long have roped together most of their lives and are coming off a fantastic 2014 season in which both cowboys finished among the top five in the world standings in their respective events. On Sunday night, the tandem downed their steer in 5.3 seconds to win their first Claremore title; they each pocketed $1,469.

“I feel more like a cowboy to win one in the mud,” Proctor said. “There were still a lot of people in the stands, the die-hards who came out and sat through those conditions to see a great rodeo. It was a great experience. Anytime you can win in the PRCA against this caliber of guys, it’s real special.”

Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino

Sunday night wasn’t so special for Poppino, a Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Big Cabin, Okla., just northeast of Claremore. He and Garten, a two-time NFSR qualifier from Claremore, suffered no-times.

“The conditions are so tough, and the cattle don’t take it very good,” Poppino said. “You have some horse power issues, too, but that’s part of the draw. That’s rodeo. Everybody gets their time to run in the mud; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Still, a good portion of the crowd on hand was there to support the locals.

“If you’re going to rodeo all year, you’re going to have to compete in that stuff more than once,” Garten said. “Last year I was in the same performance and won the average, so it worked out in my favor last year and not this year.”

Despite the conditions, Proctor and Long were among three event champions who competed Sunday night. They were joined by bareback rider Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, and bull rider Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who posted the top scores on the final night.

Other winners were steer wrestler Laine Herl, tie-down roper Dillon Holder, steer roper Rocky Patterson, barrel racer Michele McLeod and saddle bronc rider Nat Stratton.

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 22-24
Bareback riding:
1. Richmond Champion, 83 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s Peppermint, $1,241; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller and Kody Lamb, 80, $808 each; 4. Yance Day, 79, $451; 5. Winn Ratliff, 78, $263; 6. Justin Miller, 74, $188

Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds, $1,794; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3, $1,560; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silver, 4.4, $1,092 each; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7, $624; 7. Josh Peek, 4.8, $390; 8. (tie) Shane Frey and Jacob Talley, 5.0, $78 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 8.2 seconds, $1,976; 2. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay Brown, 8.8, $1,455 each; 4. Jerome Schneeberfger, 9.3, $594; 5. Jeremy Len Kempker, 9.8, $813; 6. Perry Dietz 9.9, $341.

Saddle bronc riding 1. Nat Stratton, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness, $1,396; 2. Cody Anthony, 81, $1,058; 3. (tie) Shade Etbauer and Justin Caylor, 79, $635; 5. (tie) Ryan Bestol and Joe Lufkin, 78, $254.

Team roping: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.3 seconds, $1,689; 2. Adam Rose/Eddie Ruth, 5.5, $1,469; 3. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 $1,138 each; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8, $808; 6. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3, $588; 7. Justin Spotts/Kris Kyle, 7.0, $367; 8. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3, $147.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each. Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds, $984; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5, $730 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9$475; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0, $306; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5, $190. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head, $1,477; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9, $1,222; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0, $967; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3, $713; 5. Dee Kyler Jr., 65.3, $458; 6. Brad Mohon, 69.6, $255.

Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds, $2,006; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58, $1,719; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63, $1,433; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66, $1,242; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67, $955; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72, $764; 7. Laura Kennedy, 17.75, $573; 8. Fallon Taylor 17.77, $382; 9. Cassidy Kruse, 17.84, $287; 10. Shelley Morgan, 17.86, $191.

Bull riding: 1. Guthrie Murray, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Medicine Show, $1,567; 2. Brennon Elred and Sam Wyatt, 87, $1,021 each; 4. Tanner Bothwell, 85, $570; 5. John Mincey, 84, $332; 6. John Young, 83, $237.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Cool Change perfect for Pollmiller

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:22pm

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Justin Pollmiller plodded through the mud not knowing much about Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, the horse he was to compete on Saturday night.

The more he learned about the athletic equine, the faster his pace got. By the second performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo began, he was quite tickled to play his game in the rain. The smile got larger after the two matched moves for 80 points to take the bareback riding lead.

“I don’t really look up anything about the horses before I get on them, but once I got here and some guys told me about her, I felt like I had a good horse,” said Pollmiller of Weatherford, Okla. “On her back, she felt outstanding.

“I thought that horse was really good, and I felt like I was really able to get back and spur on her.”

One performance remains in the 69th edition of Claremore’s rodeo, so the cowboy will have to await the results of Sunday’s show to see how he will place. Nonetheless, doing well in this damp northeast Oklahoma is crucial for Pollmiller, who competes in the Prairie Circuit, a series of rodeos and contestants primarily in the Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska region.

“I love it here,” he said. “There are great horses, and it seems like it’s really well run. It’s awesome to have one of those in your circuit that you can go to every year.”

Pollmiller is from Littleton, Colo., but moved to the Sooner State to compete in college rodeo at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He’s done pretty well at it, actually, clinching the Central Plains Region title again this past season and earning another qualification to the College National Finals Rodeo.

After the college finals is complete, he will return to Weatherford as a graduate assistant for the rodeo program.

“I really like it down here, mostly because of the weather,” Pollmiller said, mindfully ignoring the constant rain that fell throughout Saturday’s rodeo. “It’s still snowing and cold back home, but down here, we’ve actually bucked horses in November and December.

“There are a lot more rodeos, too, so this is the place to be.”

He proved it in spite of the rain and mud in Claremore.

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 22-24
Leaders through second performance
Bareback riding:
1. Justin Pollmiller, 80 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change; 2. Yance Day, 79l 3. Winn Ratliff, 78; 4. (tie) Kolt Kitaif and Wyatt Clark, 73; 6. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Bill Tutor, 72.

Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silve, 4.4; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7; 7. Josh Peek, 4.8; 8. (tie) Shane Frey and Jacob Talley, 5.0.

Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 8.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay Brown, 8.8; 4. Jerome Schneeberfger, 9.3; 5. Jeremy Len Kempker, 9.8; 6. Perry Dietz 9.9.

Saddle bronc riding 1. Nat Stratton, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness; 2. Shade Etbauer, 79; 3. (tie) Ryan Bestol and Joe Lufkin, 78; 5. (tie) Preston Kafka and Will Smith, 76.

Team roping: 1. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 seconds each; 3. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8; 4. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3; 5. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Jett Hillman, 9.8; 7. Jeff Schneider/Gabe Gwaltney, 10.1; 8. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 10.5.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each. Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 26.8 on two head; 6. Cody Lee, 27.0.

Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72; 7. Laura Kennedy, 17.75; 8. Fallon Taylor 17.77; 9. Cassidy Kruse, 17.84; 19. Shelley Morgan, 17.86.

Bull riding: 1. Brennon Elred, 87points on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Lil Clever; 2. Tanner Bothwell, 85; 3. John Mincey, 84; 4. John Young, 83; 5. Jimy Marten, 81; 6. Jacob O’Mara, 79; 7. Chris McCombs, 78; 8. Jeff Bertus, 76.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Lindgren Becomes 52nd Diamond Dawg to Reach Big Leagues

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 7:41pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Former Mississippi State baseball left-hander Jacob Lindgren was called up by the New York Yankees, the 27-time World Series champions announced late Saturday.

Patterson leads Claremore steer roping

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:48pm
Rocky Patterson

Rocky Patterson

First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170.

Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each.

Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5.

Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 26.8 on two head; 6. Cody Lee, 27.0.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Herl jumps to lead in Claremore

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:54pm

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Laine Herl is just 21 years old and has big dreams in the world of rodeo.

He took a pretty solid leap toward that Friday night during the first performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo. Herl, of Goodland, Kan., posted a 4.1-second run to take the early lead in steer wrestling with two performances remaining.

“I’d really like to win the rookie of the year,” said Herl, the No. 2 cowboy in the Resistol Rookie of the Year standings. “I drew a good steer and had a good start. That makes a big difference.”

Herl just finished the 2014-15 college rodeo season in fourth place in the steer wrestling standings while competing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, about three hours west of Claremore. Unfortunately only the top three earn the right to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo that will take place next month in Casper, Wyo.

“I missed the college finals by just five points,” he said, noting that the region was filled with talented steer wrestlers. “We had about half the top 15 guys from Northwestern. Practice was tough, but everybody was there to help everybody else.”

That came in handy as he takes his place among the top players in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body for the sport. He’s traveling with veteran Jule Hazen, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Ashland, Kan.

“Jule’s helped me a lot,” Herl said. “My horse got hurt, so he allowed me to get on his. I’ve just learned a lot from him. It helps with the little things that nobody would really notice. They do all the fine-tuning things that nobody really sees but that makes a big difference.”

Herl was a multi-sport star at Goodland High School and had scholarship opportunities in both wrestling and football. He chose rodeo instead.

“My dad bulldogged for a long time,” he said. “He was still going when I was growing up, and it made me want to do it. For me, rodeo’s a better sport because everybody’s willing to help everybody else.”

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 22-24
Leaders through first performance
Bareback riding:
1. Winn Ratliff, 78 points on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Red Ryder; 2. Kolt Kitaif, 73; 3. Tim O’Connell, 72; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silver; 6.

Tie-down roping: 1. Tylen Layton, 10.6 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 11.1; Bart Brunson, 12.6; 4. Jack Hewett, 12.9; 5. Ryan Jarrett, 13.2; 6. Cole Bailey, 16.9.

Saddle bronc riding 1. Shade Etbauer, 79 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Molly; 2. Ryan Bestol, 78; 3. Prestan Kafka, 76; 4. Weston Pierschbacher, 75; 5; Wyatt Casper, 74; 6. Wyatt Barstow, 73.

Team roping: 1. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 seconds each; 3. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8; 4. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3; 5. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Jett Hillman, 9.8.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds; 2. C.A. Lauer, 13.3; 3. Cody Lee, 13.5; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.7; 5. Jess Tierney, 16.3; 6. Luke Bland, 18.1.

Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72.

Bull riding: 1. John Mincey, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Justin Boots; 2. John Young, 83; 3. Jimy Marten, 81; 4. Jacob O’Mara, 79; 5. Chris McCombs, 78; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Soccer Posts Record GPA In Spring Semester

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:09pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Aaron Gordon's Mississippi State soccer team excelled in the classroom once again, posting a program-record 3.56 grade-point average for the spring semester.

Brothers And McBride Named To SEC Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:28pm
STARVKILLE, Miss. – Two Mississippi State track and field athletes are being recognized for their work off the track as the SEC announced its 2015 Track and Field Community Service Team on Thursday.
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