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Irwin shares second-round victory

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:05am

LAS VEGAS – Kyle Irwin always tries for perfection even though it’s unattainable.

He was pretty close Friday night during the second go-round of the National Finals Rodeo. The steer wrestler downed his steer in in 3.6 seconds to share the round victory with four-time world champion Luke Branquinho. It was worth $17,010.

Kyle Irwin

Kyle Irwin

“I knew he was good,” Irwin said of his steer. “I knew he was a chance. I tried to get a good start and felt like I did with no mistakes – maybe one or two, because there is no perfect run, but I’m not complaining one bit. I was 3.6 to win the round, my second round at the NFR was great.”

The Robertsdale, Ala., cowboy has found early success in his first qualification to ProRodeo’s grand championship. He has earned almost $22,000 in just two nights in the Nevada desert.

“When I was out in the parking lot getting ready, it was what I envisioned in my head,” he said of his run. “That’s the run I needed to run; smooth is fast and slow is smooth. That’s what we tried to do tonight, and that’s the way it worked out.”

In the two weeks leading up to the NFR, numerous NFR qualifiers spent time at Branquinho’s California home working with some of the cattle featured in Las Vegas, so they have seen the steers that were in Friday’s pen. That paid off for the winners.

“From running at Luke’s, I knew that steer’s pattern,” Irwin said. “My cousin reminded me that we’re chasing animals and anything happen. I kind of knew his pattern and knew what would happen if I got my feet on the ground, and sure enough, it did.”

It helps that he has two perfect partners in his hazer, Tyler Pearson, and Pearson’s bulldogging horse, Sketch.

“It means everything to have that kind of consistency,” Irwin said. “The first rodeo I went to this year was Austin, Texas; I went with Tyler and rode his horse. I’m comfortable. I don’t have any doubts about his ability of the horse or Tyler.”
“I’m comfortable in this atmosphere because of that.”

It shows. That’s a good thing for Irwin.

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Lockhart wins Round 2

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:54pm

1. Lisa Lockhart seconds, 14.29 seconds, $19,002; 2. Kassidy Dennison, 14.31, $15,018; 3. Sherry Cervi, 14.35; 4. Jana Bean, 14.59, $7,969; 5. Kaley Bass, 14.66, $4,904; 6. Carlee Pierce, 14.81, $3,065.

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Swor wins Round 2 of tie-down

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:36pm

1. Cade Swor, 7.7seconds, $19,002; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.9, $15,018 each; 3. Clint Cooper, 8.0, $11,340; 4. Tyson Durfey, 8.1, $7,969; 5. Matt Shiozawa, 8.2, $4,904. 6. Hunter Herrin, 8.5, $3,065.

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Crawley wins the second round

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:19pm

1. Jacobs Crawley on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Spade, 82.5 points, $19,002; 2. Cort Scheer, 82, $15,018; 3. Dustin Flundra, 81, $11,340; 4. Jake Wright, 80.5, $7,969 each; 5. Cole Elshere, 76.5, $4,904 each; 6. Spencer Wright, 76.5, $3,065 each.

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Take 2: Turtle and Dakota win again

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:04pm

1. Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlage, 3.8 seconds, $19,002; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 4.5, $15,018; 3. Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper , 4.6, $11,340; 4. Clay Tryan/Jake Corkill, 9.4, $7,969; 5. Kaleb Driggers/Patrick Smith , 9.7, $4,904; 6. Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira, 10.10, $3,065.

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Irwin, Branquinho split second round win

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:38pm

1. (tie) Luke Branquinho and Kyle Irwin, 3.6 seconds, $17,010; 3. Nick Guy, 3.7, $11,340 each; 4. Bray Armes, 3.9 $7,969; 5. Trevor Knowles, 4.1, $4,904; 6. Casey Martin, 4.4, $3,065.

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Peebles claims second round

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:29pm

1. Steven Peebles on New West Rodeo Productions Right Spur, 85 points, $19,002; 2. (tie) Justin McDaniel, Steven Dent and Jake Vold, 83, $11,442; 5. Bobby Mote, 82.5, $4,904; 6. Tilden Hooper, 81.5, $3,065.

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Former top Chinese official arrested in corruption probe

CNN World - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:52pm
China's former top domestic security official, Zhou Yongkang, has been arrested as part of a corruption probe, the country's state-run Xinhua news agency reports.
Categories: International News

Hackers threaten Sony employees' families

Business News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:36pm
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Cop thought pill bottle was gun

CNN - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:18pm
A man in Phoenix was killed by a police officer after the cop mistook a pill bottle for a gun. CNN's Ana Cabrera reports.
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Young horse guides Pierce to payday

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:59pm

LAS VEGAS – In just her fourth rodeo, a talented 6-year-old redhead shined quite brightly during the first round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Carlee Pierce

Carlee Pierce

Her name is Lolo, and she’s a young sorrel mare who carried her jockey, Carlee Pierce of Edmond, Okla., to a fourth-place finish Thursday night in Las Vegas. Pierce and Lolo rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 14.29 seconds to collect the $7,969 payday in the sport’s richest event.

“I think for this being her fourth rodeo every, she did awesome with room to improve,” said Pierce, a three-time NFR qualifier who grew up in Freedom, Okla. “I’m pretty stoked that we didn’t tip a barrel.”

More than 17,000 fans pack into the Thomas & Mack Center every night for the 10-round championship. The atmosphere is electric, and even the greatest animal athlete can struggle inside such an arena. Throw in the fact that Lolo is still a filly, and the biggest stage in the game can be overpowering.

Fortunately for Pierce, her young mount passed the test. In the process, she moved from 13th to eight in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s world standings.

“It’s exciting to be back in Las Vegas for the NFR,” she said. “It’s really exciting to be riding these awesome young horses here.”

In addition to Lolo, she has Tiny, a 5-year-old sorrel mare. The young animals are proof that Pierce has a strong stable of solid horses.

She also has a strong support system in the form of her family. In fact, Pierce missed the 2013 NFR when she opted to spend more time at home than on the rodeo trail. She was the No. 3 cowgirl in the world when she ventured home to spend more time with her family.

Now she’s focused in on getting her fair share of the $6.375 million purse that’s up for grabs in Las Vegas.

“When you rodeo for a living, you know how important it is to not only be at the NFR but do well here,” said Pierce, who did very well in her first two trips to Las Vegas in 2011-12. “I’m really excited to share this with my husband and my children.”

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Obama's economy - How it stacks up

Business News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:37pm
The Obama recovery was looking a lot better on Friday after a particularly strong jobs report made 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999.

Scheer claims Round 1 win

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:00pm

LAS VEGAS – The mental game in rodeo is vital to any cowboy’s success.

Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer changed his approach to the National Finals Rodeo, and it already has paid off. On Thursday, he rode Frontier Rodeo’s Short Stop for 87 points to win the opening go-round of ProRodeo’s championship event.

In the process, he pocketed $19,002 and moved from third to second in the world standings. It’s a much different feel for the Elsmere, Neb., cowboy, who last December placed in just three go-rounds but rode all 10 horses to finish second in the all-important NFR average race.

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

“I just had to loosen up,” he said. “Last year I came in kind of tense. I was just thinking about too much instead of one horse at a time. The Canadian Finals really helped me get my momentum started. I know I had a great horse, and I’d rather fall off instead of being 75 (points), so I really wanted to win one (round).”

Mission accomplished. Scheer posted the highest marked right of the night – the winning bareback and bull rides were 85 points each. He also bested second-place finisher Heith DeMoss by five points while watching some of the greatest bronc riders in the world buck off.

“It just shows the caliber of the bucking horses,” Scheer said. “Those are the best guys in the world. To see them come down doesn’t really affect you. In my mind, it’s me and my horse. I don’t really think about anybody else. If anything, I feel bad for them when they come down, because it makes me ride better when they win, too.”

A month ago, Scheer won the average title at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta. He placed in all six go-rounds, winning three. Both the Canadian Finals and the NFR feature the top animals in the sport.

“I didn’t know anything about the horse other than he was a bareback horse they moved to bronc riding,” he said. “I heard from a lot of people he’s stall out if you got into him.”

In bronc riding, cowboys are judged by how well the horse bucks and how well he spurs the horse through the bucking rhythm. By making sure the horse feels the sensation of the cowboy’s spurs, the rider actually helps the horse along.

“My rein was a touch too long, which made him feel a little buckier, but he was pretty nice.”

So was Scheer. He’s continuing to carry a season-long drive through rodeo’s grand championship.

“Momentum is tremendous,” Scheer said. “Now I’m going to forget about this. I’ve got (Pete Carr’s) Mike and Ike (Friday) and just go one horse at a time. That’s how you win titles, I guess, and I really don’t care about the average.”

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VW Bus sells for a groovy $235,000

Business News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:00pm
A 1955 Volkswagen bus was recently sold for $235,000 by a German auction company, the the highest price ever paid at auction for one the iconic minibuses.

2014 is best year for job gains since 1999

Business News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:50pm
Hiring surged in November as employers added 321,000 jobs, crowning 2014 as the strongest year for job growth since 1999.

Rolling Stone apologizes for UVA gang rape story

CNN - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:45pm
Rolling Stone magazine apologized to readers Friday for a story it published chronicling one woman's account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house and the school's failure to respond to that alleged assault.
Categories: National News

Top 10 Instagrammed places

CNN World - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:39pm
Photo sharing website names the top 10 destinations for geo-tagged snapshots.
Categories: International News

Mariah Carey slammed over Xmas gig

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:37pm
Mariah Carey is known for her five-octave voice, her slinky dresses and her many hits, including "All I Want for Christmas is You."
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