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State Heads To USM For Wednesday Double Dip

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:07pm
In hopes of continuing its non-conference successes in 2015, the Mississippi State softball team (22-8, 4-5 SEC) will play a doubleheader vs. Southern Miss (15-14, 1-8 C-USA) at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.

Wood One Shot Off Lead At Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:10pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Led by junior Ben Wood, the Mississippi State men's golf team shot a second round 288 on Monday to place the Bulldogs in sixth place heading into the third round of play. The 288 was only bettered by 36-hole co-leader Maryland for best team round of the day.

Howland Named MSU’s 20th Head Basketball Coach

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. — In three different stops as a head coach, Ben Howland has established himself as a proven winner en route to leading his teams to the NCAA Tournament. Now, he's been handed the task of getting Mississippi State back to the Big Dance for the first time since 2009.

Bulldogs and Golden Eagles Clash Tuesday In Pearl

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:24pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball (18-8) travels to Pearl, Miss., Tuesday for an in-state encounter with rival Southern Miss (13-8-1). First pitch at Trustmark Park is 6:30 p.m.

6 Common Myths About Pet Allergies

Lifestyles - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:50pm
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(NewsUSA) - By gaining a better understanding of the allergies caused by pets, you may be able to find a healthier coexistence with your furry friend.

According to The Humane Society, 62 percent of American households have at least one pet. Yet, an estimated 31 million Americans are allergic to animals, including up to 30 percent of those who have asthma. Here's what you should know about pet allergies:

Myth 1: It's only pet hair that causes allergies to flare up.

Not true. Pet hair is a nuisance and causes allergies, as it contains saliva or other pet proteins. Allergic reactions to pets are actually caused by pet proteins contained in pet dander, such as microscopic skin flakes, saliva and urine. Overactive immune systems in those with allergies attack these otherwise harmless substances.

Myth 2: Continuous exposure to animals will eventually desensitize you to them.

Not only is this not true, but in some cases the opposite is true. If you have a confirmed allergy to animals, it usually will not get better through increasing exposure. In fact, it may get worse.

Myth 3: With the right pet breed, allergy problems go away.

Not true. All cat or dog breeds produce dander. However, some breeds are believed to be better for allergy sufferers than other breeds. Typically the best breeds are those that shed the least fur and/or are the most frequently bathed. Also, smaller dogs produce less saliva than do bigger dogs.

Myth 4: Small animals are not a problem for allergies.

Wrong. Hamsters, guinea pigs, birds and other warm-blooded mammals can also trigger asthma and allergies in people with allergies to animal dander, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Myth 5: Outside the home, you shouldn't have pet allergies.

Not necessarily. Because of their microscopic size and jagged shape, pet allergens easily stick to clothing and other fabrics and are carried to other locations. Animal dander -- in sufficient levels to cause allergies -- can be found in many public places such as the workplace, classrooms and hospitals, according to the American Lung Association.

Myth 6: An air purifier will help with pet allergies.

It depends on the air purifier. Only a high-performance air purifier can help. Some allergy sufferers report that small, low-quality air cleaners make little or no difference at all. However, many allergy sufferers report that their IQAir air purifier, in combination with improved cleaning methods, has reduced or completely eliminated their allergic reactions to pets in their homes.

For more information, visit the IQAir website at

5 Things You Don't Know About Superbugs

Lifestyles - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:47pm
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(NewsUSA) - The news is full of headlines about the flu, CRE and the measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections have doubled in recent years. If you or a loved one needs to go to the hospital, how do you avoid contracting a deadly infection?

There's no disputing the facts -- infections are caused by microorganisms like C.diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE and norovirus. These antibiotic-resistant germs lurk on high-touch surfaces in hospitals and health care facilities -- and some, like C.diff, can live for months on bedrails and tray tables. With new and deadlier viruses and bacteria emerging everyday, what do you need to know to avoid getting sick?

1. Superbugs are everywhere inside hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and even surgery centers. Research shows that even after the most thorough manual cleaning, 50 percent of the surfaces in a room are still contaminated enough to cause infection.

2. Do you need that antibiotic? Is it the right one? Don't use antibiotics for viral ailments, and don't insist on them for children's viral infections. C.diff reproduction in a patient's intestines is aided by broad-spectrum antibiotics and proton-pump inhibitors.

3. Be prepared, and carefully research the hospital where you are being treated. Look at the hospital's patient safety record. A good resource is Look at its infection rates -- available at

4. Hand hygiene may save your life. When you are in the hospital, follow hand-hygiene protocol carefully, and make sure every health care worker (such as doctors and nurses) washes their hands before they touch the patient.

5. Superbugs can be destroyed before they harm patients. Properly disinfecting a patient room with a Xenex germ-zapping robot adds only 10 minutes to room turnover time, and hospitals using Xenex UV light robots are reporting significant decreases in their hospital acquired infection rates. If you or a loved one is going to the hospital, make sure the room has been properly disinfected. Insist on only going to a hospital that uses Xenex germ-zapping robots to disinfect its rooms.

New antibiotics may be part of the solution for solving the superbug crisis, but getting the germs out of the patient environment before they make people sick is what can and should be done right now. It only takes a matter of minutes -- and it may save your life. Visit to learn more.

Softball Announces Summer Camp Dates

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:30pm
In the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the Mississippi State softball program, head coach Vann Stuedeman and her staff have announced their 2015 summer clinic dates with registration now open.

Harrison’s talent is part of rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:39pm

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Pete Carr is always on the lookout for the brightest talent in Pro Rodeo.

As owner of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, Carr knows the key to his business is to provide a great competition and incredible entertainment, all wrapped into a nice package that is rodeo. Whether it’s an athletic horse, a bucking and spinning bull or a great act, the purpose is to bring the best before the fans.

PeteCarrsClassicLogoThat’s the philosophy that will go into the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show, set for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26-Saturday, March 28, at the Nacogdoches County Arena.

“All anyone wants is a chance to win, and the fans are there to be entertained” Carr said. “I get a lot of feedback from our contestants and fans about the stock and that they really enjoy the clowns and specialty acts that we are able to secure for our events across the country. We try to rotate the top people in the business to keep it fresh and at a level the fans have come to expect and enjoy. ”

Enter John Harrison of Soper, Okla. In 2013, he was selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the barrelman. Last season, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Comedy Act of the Year and the Coors Man in the Can, an honor that rewards the top clown in the association each year.

In addition to hysterical acts that showcase Harrison’s talent and athleticism, the Oklahoma man serves as a valuable piece of the puzzle that helps make for a near-flawless performance each time he speaks.

“John is a true professional. He is good, clean family fun,” said John Gwatney, the production supervisor for Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer for the rodeo. “It’s his rodeo background, because he grew up in this sport. He has perfect timing and helps us with the ebb and flow of a rodeo performance. He has a tremendous amount of talent and versatility that translates into a vital piece of the puzzle for a successful event.”

That’s the key to reaching fans with a variety of entertaining items. Whether it’s a trick riding display that will leave fans in awe or his parody of rodeo queens, Harrison has a lot of ammunition in his bag.

“I do this for the love of the sport,” he said “Growing up with it, you enjoy it. Now I can actually make a living at it, so that helps.”

While family is a big part of who Harrison is, he realizes that rodeo serves as a foster family of sorts.

“The friends and the ‘family’ you meet on the road is a big deal for us,” he said. “Plus if it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Cooper rides with Tate Branch team

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:35am
Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by "Riding for the Brand" during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by “Riding for the Brand” during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper is a Hall-of-Fame cowboy and an eight-time world champion.

He also is “Riding for the Brand” as part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team, and he will carry that brand with him to numerous rodeos throughout the year and as a broadcaster on Ride TV, where he will be broadcasting from Western sports events from across the country.

Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper

Born in Hobbs, N.M., and raised on rodeo and ranching, Cooper won his first two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association title in 1976, finishing that season as the top tie-down roper in the game and the Rookie of the Year. He followed that with five more gold buckles in that discipline and added the most coveted crown in the game in 1983 as the World Champion All-Around Cowboy.

That same season, he won the steer roping title, establishing himself as one of the greatest all-around ropers to have ever played the game, polishing off a Triple Crown season in which he won three titles in a given season. He owns 32 qualifications to the National Finals, most of which came in tie-down roping. In 1981, he also appeared at the NFR, heeling for World Champion H.P. Evetts.

Cooper has been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He also is the father of three sons: Clint, a five-time NFR qualifier who grew up in Lovington, N.M.; Clif, a four-time NFR qualifier; and Tuf, a seven-time NFR qualifier and a three-time and the reigning world champion tie-down roper. Both Clint and Clif are part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team.

For his promotional work with “Riding for the Brand,” Cooper has received a newly wrapped Ram Truck, courtesy of Tate Branch Auto Group in the New Mexico communities of Hobbs, Artesia and Carlsbad.

“We are extremely excited to have Roy Cooper join our team of cowboys and cowgirls who are ‘Riding for the Brand,’ ” said Joby Houghtaling, the director of operations of the Tate Branch Auto Group. “Roy is a living rodeo legend who will be fun to watch covering rodeos and other events across this great nation of ours on Ride TV.”

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Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Wood Leads MSU To Top-10 In 1st Round At Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:48pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – After a week off, The Mississippi State Men's golf team shot a team round of 292 in the opening round of the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate to head into Monday's second round in a tie for ninth.

Diamond Dawgs Salvage Series At Kentucky With 12-5 Win

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:29pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team knocked off Kentucky, 12-5, in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

No. 27 Bulldog Women’s Tennis Falls 5-2 At No. 2 Florida

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:26pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Although Mississippi State would claim the final two singles matches of the day, it wasn't enough to take down the No. 2 Florida Gators, as the 27th-ranked Bulldogs fell 5-2 Sunday afternoon at UF's Ring Tennis Complex.

Bulldogs' Historic Season Ends Against Duke In NCAA Tournament

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 4:00pm
DURHAM, N.C. –Mississippi State saw its historic women's basketball season come to an end Sunday afternoon as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs dropped a 64-56 decision to No. 16 Duke in a second-round NCAA Tournament contest of the Spokane Regional played at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Rain Reschedules MSU-LSU Men’s Tennis Match For April 12

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Due to rain that has drenched the Starkville area throughout the weekend, Sunday's men's tennis contest between No. 35 Mississippi State and No. 23 LSU has been rescheduled.

Track And Field Captures Three Wins At Alabama Relays

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 9:46pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Momentum from day one carried over into day two as the Mississippi State track and field teams brought home three wins from the Alabama Relays to conclude the outdoor opener.

Four-Run Ninth Not Enough As Baseball Loses 9-7 At Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 8:03pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A late rally was not enough as the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team dropped a 9-7 decision to Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference game played Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

No. 35 MSU Tennis Looks To Rebound Against No. 23 LSU

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:58pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to rebound after a heartbreaking loss on Friday to No. 7 Texas A&M, the 35th-ranked Mississippi State men's tennis team (12-5, 3-2 SEC) host the No. 23 LSU Tigers (14-3, 4-2 SEC) on Sunday, March 22.

No. 24 Softball Drops SEC Series at Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:27pm
On a day in which just one game was scheduled, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (22-8, 3-5 SEC) ended up playing and dropping a twin-billing vs. Ole Miss (17-13, 2-7 SEC) on Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
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