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March Madness Begins Friday As Bulldogs Face Tulane In Durham

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – March Madness finally begins for Mississippi State Friday as the Bulldogs travel to Durham, N.C., for the opening rounds of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.

Baseball Travels To Kentucky For First Road Trip Of 2015

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:00am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a season-opening 23-game homestand, No. 20 Mississippi State (16-7) travels to Kentucky (13-7) for a three-game Southeastern Conference battle at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Rodeo’s best crave titles in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 5:07pm

GUYMON, Okla. – The most coveted trophy in rodeo is the Montana Silversmiths world champion’s gold buckle.

Many who have earned them have them fastened to another prestigious trophy, the belt awarded to champions of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The race for this year’s championship belts is set for Monday, April 27-Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Like every other trophy Trevor Brazile has, there are multiple Pioneer Days belts on display in his Decatur, Texas, home. The 21-time world champion – 12 all-around, five steer roping, three tie-down roping and one heading – is the reigning all-around titlist in Guymon.

He loves the opportunity to win more.

“I grew up 30 minutes from Guymon,” he said, referring to a childhood spent in Gruver, Texas. “I’ve still got a lot of friends up there.

“It’s a great rodeo. I love the fans up there. They’re die-hard fans. When you go to Guymon, you’re pretty sure the wind’s going to blow. You’re not sure if it’s going to be cold or hot, but it’s a cowboy environment. I just enjoy it.”

Why shouldn’t he? Each May, he is the favorite to walk away with multiple titles, just like he did in 2012; that season, he won the all-around, heading (with heeling partner Patrick Smith) and steer roping crowns.

But Brazile isn’t the only world champion wearing the prized belt. In 2010 after winning the bareback riding championship, three-time titlist Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, received his trophy two nights before the start of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He ripped off the belt he was wearing, unfastened his 2003 gold buckle and attached it to the new leather.

Turtle Powell

Turtle Powell

Turtle Powell, the 2011 heading world champion from Stephenville, Texas, won the Guymon title a year ago, while 2014 bull riding world titlist Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., parlayed his top score in No Man’s Land to his first gold buckle.

Other world champions have found great success inside Hitch Arena in recent years are Ryan Jarrett, Matt Sherwood, Rocky Patterson, Jhett Johnson, Chad Ferley, Dean Gorsuch and Tuf Cooper. All are regulars in the Oklahoma Panhandle each May, but the competition isn’t just limited to the elite players in the game. In fact, nearly 1,000 contestants make their way to Texas County each spring.

The week begins with four rounds of steer roping Monday and Tuesday, followed by the team ropers, tie-down ropers and steer wrestlers Wednesday and Thursday competing in two rounds. The top scores in the aggregate return for the performances. Barrel racers compete in the first round Friday morning, with the top times returning to the performances; the remaining cowgirls will make their second-round runs shortly after the first round is complete.

“We’re there all week, which makes it nice; I need a time-share, but there aren’t a lot of them in Guymon,” Brazile said with a laugh. “It’s important to me to go to the rodeos that keep tradition alive, and they do that well in Guymon. I’m happy to support it.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

State’s Ronaldson Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:17pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After earning a thrilling victory to clinch Mississippi State women's tennis' upset against No. 6 Alabama this past Sunday, Bulldog Louise Ronaldson has been selected as the SEC Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

Complete Game By Laster Gives No. 20 MSU 5-2 Win Against EIU

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:44pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior left-hander Lucas Laster threw Mississippi State's second complete game in three games as the Bulldogs knocked off Eastern Illinois 5-2 Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Football Goes Through Upbeat First Spring Practice

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:23pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State football made its 2015 spring debut Tuesday as seventh-year head coach Dan Mullen put his Bulldogs through a 2.5-hour workout in helmets and shorts at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

Soccer To Host Mississippi College Wednesday Night

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:40pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After having its spring opener cancelled, Mississippi State begins the exhibition slate Wednesday as it welcomes Mississippi College to the MSU Soccer Field.

Schaefer Named AP SEC Coach of Year, Vivians 2nd Team All-SEC

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:13pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A day after Mississippi State celebrated its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010, Vic Schaefer was named Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year while freshman Victoria Vivians was tabbed second team All-SEC.

No. 24 Bulldogs Smother Southeastern Louisiana In Five, 16-1

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:31pm
Playing its first non-conference game in 13 days, the Mississippi State softball team (21-6, 3-3 SEC) used early firepower to cruise past Southeastern Louisiana, 16-1, (10-16, 5-1 Southland) on Tuesday at North Oak Park.

Bulldog Women’s Tennis Climbs To No. 27 In ITA Rankings

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:03pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following the biggest win in school history, a 4-3 upset of No. 6 Alabama this past Sunday, the Mississippi State women's tennis team has climbed 14 spots to No. 27 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings, released Tuesday.

Four Track & Field Athletes Receive All-American Honors

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:47pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four Mississippi State track and field athletes received All-American accolades from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their performances this season.

Tierney puts his stock in Sox

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:46pm

A good veterinarian and a lot of TLC go a long ways in the world of rodeo.

Just ask Jess Tierney, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and a regular at the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Like all other steer ropers, Tierney relies heavily on his main mount, a 14-year-old he calls Sox. But the talented gelding just returned to the arena after a seven-month stint on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury last July.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

“I was giving him some time off, so he was just in the pasture,” Tierney said. “When I got there, the whole pasture was full of puddles of blood, and he’d lost about 300 pounds.”

Tierney loaded the horse in a trailer and quickly shuffled Sox to the veterinarian, who put the animal in a cast.

“We had to keep him boxed up for a long time,” he said, referring to being in a confined pen to obtain the right care and keep an eye on healing. “We finally got him turned out this winter. We got a shoe on him right before San Antonio and the Timed Event.”

Sox has responded quite well. While Tierney traveled the rodeo trail, his girlfriend put in the work needed to care for the horse.

“She put in about four months of labor,” he said.

That tender, loving care paid dividends. Since Sox has returned to action, Tierney has earned more than $34,000 in competition. Half that came from the Timed Event, where Tierney finished third overall competing in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

The other half came in steer roping, with the lion’s share earned at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He added nearly $5,000 this past weekend at the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping in Liberty, Texas.

Even though he finished 2014 without Sox in the arena, Tierney finished the year fourth in the steer roping world standings. It was his best season to date.

Now that he has his primary mount back on the road, he hopes to parlay it into a run for the gold buckle. Though he’s competed in just two events so far, Tierney is sixth in the world standings. With a full season of steer roping yet to go, he has a great shot at realizing his world-title dreams.A good veterinarian and a lot of TLC go a long ways in the world of rodeo.

Just ask Jess Tierney, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and a regular at the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Like all other steer ropers, Tierney relies heavily on his main mount, a 14-year-old he calls Sox. But the talented gelding just returned to the arena after a seven-month stint on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury last July.

“I was giving him some time off, so he was just in the pasture,” Tierney said. “When I got there, the whole pasture was full of puddles of blood, and he’d lost about 300 pounds.”

Tierney loaded the horse in a trailer and quickly shuffled Sox to the veterinarian, who put the animal in a cast.

“We had to keep him boxed up for a long time,” he said, referring to being in a confined pen to obtain the right care and keep an eye on healing. “We finally got him turned out this winter. We got a shoe on him right before San Antonio and the Timed Event.”

Sox has responded quite well. While Tierney traveled the rodeo trail, his girlfriend put in the work needed to care for the horse.

“She put in about four months of labor,” he said.

That tender, loving care paid dividends. Since Sox has returned to action, Tierney has earned more than $34,000 in competition. Half that came from the Timed Event, where Tierney finished third overall competing in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

The other half came in steer roping, with the lion’s share earned at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He added nearly $5,000 this past weekend at the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping in Liberty, Texas.

Even though he finished 2014 without Sox in the arena, Tierney finished the year fourth in the steer roping world standings. It was his best season to date.

Now that he has his primary mount back on the road, he hopes to parlay it into a run for the gold buckle. Though he’s competed in just two events so far, Tierney is sixth in the world standings. With a full season of steer roping yet to go, he has a great shot at realizing his world-title dreams.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Softball Up to No. 24, Ranked for First Time Since 2009

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:12pm
Coming off a Southeastern Conference series win, Mississippi State softball (20-6, 3-3 SEC) is ranked No. 24 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Division I Polls, both of which were announced Tuesday morning.

What Does It Mean to File a Tax Extension?

Lifestyles - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:55am
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(NewsUSA) - Can't file your tax return by the April 15 deadline? Taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension of time to file the tax return. But, taxpayers beware, there is a catch. An extension is just an extension on the time to file the return -- it is not an extension on the time to pay.

Taxpayers are required to estimate the amount of tax that may be due with the tax return and remit payment with the extension to avoid failure-to-pay penalties. These penalties and interest could accrue from April 15 until the tax is paid, regardless of the extension. If a balance is still owed when the actual tax return is filed, at least the penalties and/or interest will have been minimized.

"If taxpayers are unable to file their tax return by April 15, there are several ways to request an automatic extension of time to file an individual return," says Twila Denton Midwood, EA, an enrolled agent with Advanced Tax Centre, Inc. of Rockledge, Florida and president of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents.

"Most enrolled agents and other tax professionals can e-file the 'Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File US Individual Tax Return' for taxpayers. Or the application can be found on the IRS website (look for Form 4868), which can be printed and then mailed to the IRS. Whether taxpayers use a tax professional or print the application themselves, all or part of the estimate of the income tax due can be paid with a check or credit/debit card or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System."

Information regarding remitting payment can be found on Form 4868. The fee charged will depend on the amount of the payment. Be sure to record the confirmation number provided upon payment.

If a taxpayer estimates that he will owe taxes and is unable to pay, it is important that they file their returns timely. Failure-to-file penalties may be assessed in addition to failure-to-pay. So, to minimize penalties, it is always best to file the return or an extension and remit as much as possible with either. Payment plans may be established later.

If you receive a notice from the IRS at any time during the year, contact your tax preparer immediately. If you did not hire one to prepare your tax return, you should then contact a licensed tax professional. Only enrolled agents (EAs), CPAs and attorneys have unlimited rights to represent you before the IRS. The term "enrolled agent" reflects that an EA can act as your agent before administrative levels of the IRS -- meaning he or she can talk to or meet with the IRS in your stead.

To find an enrolled agent in your area, visit the searchable "Find an EA" directory at www.naea.org.

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