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Australia's Phil Hughes 'critical' after being hit by cricket ball

CNN World - 14 hours 19 min ago
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a ball during a match in Sydney.
Categories: International News

See rare, scary Black Seadevil up close

CNN - 14 hours 29 min ago
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured what it says are the first images and video of a female anglerfish.
Categories: National News

Donetsk dogs struggle in winter

CNN World - 14 hours 30 min ago
On the southern fringes of Donetsk, in the shadow of a huge steel plant, a cacophony of barking overwhelms the dull thud of artillery fire. The PIF animal shelter is crammed with almost 1,000 dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds (though the number that can claim any sort of pedigree is probably in single figures).
Categories: International News

A form of sugar helps twin girls

Health - 14 hours 43 min ago
Hugh and Chris Hempel welcomed beautiful twin girls into the world in 2004. Since the girls were about two, the whole family has been fighting to treat the twins' rare genetic condition.
Categories: Health

AMAs: Stars who stole the show

CNN Entertainment - 14 hours 44 min ago
At the American Music Awards on Sunday, there was plenty of love for international artists.
Categories: Entertainment News

Fail! Twitter CFO sends errant tweet about a potential acquisition

Business News - 15 hours 52 min ago
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Grand jury: No indictment

CNN - 17 hours 35 min ago
A grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, setting off fresh confrontations between protesters and police.
Categories: National News

Obama weighs in on immigration

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:47pm
President Barack Obama is ordering the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades, despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by moving unilaterally to shield five million undocumented immigrants.
Categories: National News

Watch Tuesday's Show!

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:35pm
November 25, 2014
Categories: National News

Bulldogs Now 4-0 With Win Against Clayton State

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:10pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Roquez Johnson led Mississippi State with 15 points Monday night as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0 with a 59-46 win against Clayton State at Humphrey Coliseum.

Avoiding Body Drought: Tips to Prevent Dehydration

Lifestyles - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:35pm
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(NewsUSA) - It's the driving force of nature. It's in every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies. And it's second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive -- pure, clean water.

So, how do you stay hydrated?

Dr. Scarano, a doctor of chiropractic trained in overall body wellness, in addition to providing care for conditions like back pain, offers some tips in this video:

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Japan rivals Scotland in race for best whisky

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:05pm
Watch out, Scotland! Japanese whisky is no longer an insider secret -- it's grown into a $6 billion industry, competing with scotch for the spotlight.

Oklahoma teens walk out of school to protest bullying

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:21pm
Hundreds of students walked out of their Oklahoma high school Monday to protest the school's response to the alleged bullying of three classmates who say they were raped by the same person.
Categories: National News

Prescott and Beckwith Earn SEC Weekly Honors

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:10pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dak Prescott was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while senior offensive lineman Ben Beckwith was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

11 things you'll fight over this Thanksgiving

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:59pm
As we all know, Thanksgiving isn't always the harmonious holiday it's sometimes made out to be.
Categories: National News

Expect heavy FAA drone regulations

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:54pm
Farmers want drones to survey fields. Wedding photographers want them for moving aerial shots. They might soon need a pilot's license.

'Cowardly Lion' costume sells for $3.1 million

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:00pm
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Tribune reverses course on unlimited vacation policy

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:20pm
Well, that was quick.

Investors try to profit from Ferguson

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:15pm
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Champion living up to his name

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:11pm

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Richmond Champion lives life a little bit on the edge.

Why else would any sane man strap himself to a 1,100-pound bucking horse in order to make a living?

“You’ve got every wild and free thing in the palm of your hand,” said Champion, 21, of The Woodlands. “It’s awesome. There’s nothing like it. I just crave it. It’s the best job in the world. You have to feel it to understand it.”

Champion is a professional rodeo cowboy, one of the very best bareback riders in the game in 2014. Next week, he will showcase it to the world during his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier championship event that takes place Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. It’s the perfect place to put a defining exclamation point to an incredible season.

He is the seventh-ranked bareback rider in the world standings, where points equal dollars earned in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through the rigors of the 12-month season. Champion has pocketed just shy of $90,000 in the PRCA, but his season has provided much more than that.

Richmond Champion

Richmond Champion

“My biggest win, obviously, was The American,” he said of the non-PRCA rodeo that took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where he won the bareback riding title and $1.1 million. “That’s the biggest victory ever. The American changed my whole life and how I want to go about my career.

“Following that, I’d have to say winning Cheyenne (Wyo.) and being 91 points at the Daddy of ’Em All. Just the way that story unfolded … for different reasons, that was the biggest PRCA win of my career.”

The win in Arlington came in early March; the victory in Cheyenne came in late July. Mixed in between was a fine recipe of quality rides and key titles: Guymon, Okla.; Walla Walla, Wash.; and Gladewater, Texas, just to name a few.

“This season has been a dream come true,” said Champion, who as a collegian at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in June. “Making the NFR is a goal reached. It’s kind of surreal knowing I’m heading there. I’m really excited.

“It’s the freakin’ NFR. There’s no downplaying that. It’s going to be a stage I’ve never been on before. It’s going to be intense.”

Only the top 15 cowboys in each event earn the right to compete for the biggest pay in the game. The purse is more than $6 million for the 10-round finale. Each night, contestants will battle for the $19,000 payday for winning a go-round. The elite bareback riders will be testing their skills against the greatest bucking horses of 2014.

As an NFR rookie, Champion will also be in the field with legends: three-time reigning world champion Kaycee Feild, three-time titlist Will Lowe, four-time winner Bobby Mote and 2008 world champ Justin McDaniel – they own the last nine bareback riding gold buckles.

“I’m not going to worry about Kaycee Feild or anybody else,” Champion said. “Kaycee’s going to do what Kaycee’s going to do, and I have no doubt it’s going to be at a phenomenal level. I set my goals high, and I’m going in there confident.”

He should. He has qualified for the NFR in just his third season as a PRCA member – he finished 2012 in second place in the rookie-of-the-year race. That’s not too bad for a man who has only been riding bucking horses less than five years.

“I’ve always been involved in something competitive, whether it was skiing or riding,” he said. “I had an older brother, and you just naturally grow up in a competitive nature. It doesn’t matter what you do, you’re going to be competitive with each other.

“We also moved around a lot. Once I got comfortable somewhere, it was time to move again and start over. I think that’s what attracted me to rodeo. You’re constantly moving. You’re constantly competing. Growing up that way, you have to adapt. I bring that with me when I’m rodeoing.”

The rodeo trail is long and winding. Cowboys travel tens of thousands of miles a year chasing their gold-buckle dreams. Oftentimes they’re away from home for weeks, even months, at a time. It’s not an easy life, but it’s one in which the competitors are following their passions.

For Champion, he finds ease in the support from home.

“My family has been there for me since I started this deal,” he said, pointing to his dad, Greg, and mom, Lori. “Mom had her questions at first; she didn’t want me to get hurt. They’ve just been so supportive of me since my rookie year. My brother, Doug, is the reason I started riding bareback horses. He turned out to be one of my biggest supporters. He got hurt and can’t ride anymore, but he’s been right there with me.

“My family has made a point to travel to come see me. They know being there is important to me. I can’t do it without them. They’ve all made changes since The American has happened. My dad has taken a lot of responsibility for me on the financial side.”

That has helped take the pressure off the young cowboy so he can focus on the task at hand. When he needs an ear, they all are just a phone call away. Doug can help with the riding side of the game, while Mom and Dad do what moms and dads do.

“They’re all successful, but they’ve found a way to support me,” Champion said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

When family isn’t available, he leaned on girlfriend Shelby Smith, who has been around the sport all her life.

“It’s a lot harder to have a relationship in rodeo, but she understands that,” Champion said. “It took this year for me to realize what it takes to have a relationship out there on the road. Your time gets limited. To have Shelby out there with me from time to time, it helps because she comes from a rodeo family. She knows how it works.

“She’s been competitive, so she can help me. She may not know the fundamentals of bareback riding, but as a competitor, she knows how to talk to me. She’s always been there for that.”

That support has been a key ingredient into the success the cowboy has seen in 2014. Of course, that also is the nature of rodeo, where there are friends at every stop along the rodeo trail.

“The best part of rodeo is the comradery,” he said. “There’s no other sport that is this tight-knit. We’re all ready to do anything for one another even though you’re trying to take each other’s money at the same time. It’s a really competitive sport, but you still try to help each other out.

“You can’t get there by yourself, and everybody knows that.”

Now that he’s there, the Texan won’t rest on his accomplishments or his bank account. He has a core group of friends, family and fellow bareback riders to keep him humble. He’s still young enough to crave all-night drives, but that’s mainly because he craves the most coveted prize in the game, the gold buckle.

He is a Champion after all.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo
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