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'Sharknado 2' whips up frenzy

CNN Entertainment - 3 hours 56 min ago
What does it say when Americans unite, not once, but twice in a lifetime for a TV show?
Categories: Entertainment News

Bieber v. Bloom: Feud fuels buzz

CNN Entertainment - 3 hours 56 min ago
Justin Bieber tweeted "Keeping it positive" just hours after a clash in a Spanish nightclub with Orlando Bloom on Wednesday.
Categories: Entertainment News

Monitors reach MH17 crash site

CNN World - 4 hours 1 min ago
International monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site on Thursday for the first time in almost a week, the OSCE mission said.
Categories: International News

No deal: Argentina in default as talks fail

Business News - 4 hours 19 min ago
Argentina has defaulted for the second time in 13 years after officials failed to come to an agreement with the country's bondholders.

Jesse Ventura wins $1.8M suit against ex-SEAL sniper

CNN - 4 hours 29 min ago
It was a lawsuit pitting two larger-than-life personalities against each other -- former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.
Categories: National News

Police: Man killed, skinned girlfriend's puppy

CNN - 4 hours 30 min ago
A New Mexico man is charged with extreme animal cruelty after allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog, then skinning the animal and putting parts of it in a freezer.
Categories: National News

Ebola victim 'holding her own'

Health - 4 hours 43 min ago
Pastor of an American missionary infected with Ebola updates her condition and discusses how her family is holding up.
Categories: Health

Diseases you don't talk about

Health - 4 hours 44 min ago
There are the diseases you don't want to get because they'll kill you. Then there are the diseases you don't want to get because you are too embarrassed to discuss them out loud, even with your doctor.
Categories: Health

Could blood test predict suicide?

Health - 4 hours 45 min ago
Approximately 36,000 deaths are caused by suicide each year in the United States. What if a simple blood test could one day help prevent that from happening?
Categories: Health

Number of 9/11-related cancer cases is growing

CNN - 4 hours 47 min ago
Cancer is plaguing a growing number of first responders and rescuers who worked at ground zero after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. These are cancers the federal government says are thought to be directly related to that effort -- cancers like leukemia, myeloma, thyroid and prostate cancers.
Categories: National News

Number of 9/11-related cancer cases is growing

Health - 4 hours 47 min ago
Cancer is plaguing a growing number of first responders and rescuers who worked at ground zero after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. These are cancers the federal government says are thought to be directly related to that effort -- cancers like leukemia, myeloma, thyroid and prostate cancers.
Categories: Health

Paralyzed men have sex again

Health - 4 hours 49 min ago
Many in wheelchairs argue that what doctors call "secondary conditions" such as sexual function and bowel and bladder control are just as important as walking.
Categories: Health

Ukraine: Landmines stop MH17 access

CNN World - 8 hours 26 min ago
For a fourth straight day, unsafe conditions in eastern Ukraine kept international investigators from reaching the site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage.
Categories: International News

Lang mud-wrestles into the lead

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:54

DODGE CITY, Kan. – About a dozen years ago, Ty Lang decided to try his hand at steer wrestling while attending Dodge City Community College.

“I came to school as a calf roper and a team roper,” said Lang of Montrose, Colo. “A handful of us wanted to start bulldogging.”

The wheels were in motion. On Wednesday night during the first performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, Lang splashed through Roundup Arena and threw his steer in the deep mud in 3.9 seconds to take the early lead in the second round – he suffered a penalty and a 14.4-second run during the first round in the morning and sits well off the pace in the two-run aggregate.

Tyler Smith rides Frontier Rodeo's Elise Said What for 84 points Wednesday night in the mud during the first performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He has the bull riding lead.

Tyler Smith rides Frontier Rodeo’s Elise Said What for 84 points Wednesday night in the mud during the first performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He has the bull riding lead.

Still, he is in solid position to cash a nice paycheck in the home of his alma mater.

“A couple of great guys, Mike Greenleaf and Leonard Hampton, helped me along the way to get started in bulldogging,” said Lang, who competes at about 70 rodeos per season. “This was a great place for me to start going to school.

“Mike got us a set of steers, and we started bulldogging.”

This marks just the second time Lang has competed at Roundup Rodeo, but he found it to his liking despite the muddy conditions. Rain fell for almost 12 hours through the morning and into the afternoon. The first round in the timed events took place amidst pouring rain at times, and the arena mud was several inches deep across.

That makes it tough on the competitors and the animals.

“This is one of the best rodeos in the country, so it’s hard to miss,” he said. “That 3.9 makes it a lot more fun than a no-time. It’s something everybody has to fight. It’s a disadvantage, of course, but everybody has the same disadvantage.

“These horses know what they’re doing. When you back in the corner (of the timed-event chute) it doesn’t matter if it’s snowing or 110 degrees or a mud hole out there; you just back in the corner and go do your job.”

Lang’s goals this year are simple: He wants to make enough money to move up in the world standings so that he is eligible to compete at big winter rodeos, which have limits on the number of contestants; only the top contestants get a shot to compete at those big-money events.

“I want to get qualified for the big rodeos next winter so I have a shot to make it to the NFR next year,” he said.

That’s the dream of every ProRodeo contestant, and it’s one that Lang has been chasing since the early 2000s in Dodge City.

“The first time you jump a steer, it’s a total addiction,” Lang said. “It’s the most addictive crack there is.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 30-Aug. 3
Bareback riding:
1. Casey Colletti, on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Coast, and Casey Breuer, on Vold’s Hot Valley, 85 points; 3. Orin Larsen, 81; 4, Tilden Hooper, 78; 5. Winn Ratliff, 77; 6. (tie) Chris Harris, Seth Hardwick and Justin McDaniel, 74.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders:1. Bray Armes, 4.0 seconds; 2. Brandon Volker, 4.4; 3. Casey Martin, 4.5; 4. Tait Kvistad, 5.9; 5. Kyle Whitaker, 6.7; 6. Nick Guy, 6.9. Second round leaders: 1. Ty Lang, 3.9 seconds; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.5; 3. Bray Armes, 5.0; 4. Kait Kvistad, 5.2; 5. (tie) Ty Talsma and Logan Rudd, 5.3; 7. (tie) Brock White and Casey Martin, 5.6. Average leaders: 1. Bray Armes, 9.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Casey Martin, 10.1; 3. Kait Kvistad, 11.1; 4. Brock White, 13.1; 5. Brandon Volker, 15.5; 6. Ty Lank, 18.2; 7. Levi Rudd,18.7; 8. Logan Rudd, 19.7.

Team roping: First round leaders:1. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman, 5.6 seconds; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.7; 3. Robert Pixley/Joe Mattern, 5.9; 4. Tom Richards/Monty Joe Petska, 6.1; 5. Quisto Lopez/Travis Hobbs, 7.2; 6. Bobby Boyd DVM/Byron Wilkerson, 7.7; no other qualified times. Second round leaders: 1. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 6.0 seconds; 2. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twissselman, 7.2; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 17.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman, 22.8; 3. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.7 seconds on one run; 4. Robert Pixley, 5.9; 5. Tom Richards/Monty Joe Petska, 6.1; 6. Quisto Lopez/Travis Hobbs, 7.2; 7. Bobby Boyd/Byron Wilkerson, 7.7; 8. Brent Reichmuth/Allan Hughes, 25.2.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, 85 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Kate’s Hot Sister; 2. (tie) Taos Muncy and Isaac Diaz, 82; 4. Brady Nicholes, 78; 5. Cody Taton, 76; 6. Hardy Braden, 72; 7. Joaquin Real, 71; 8. Spencer Wright, 70.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Ohl, 12.0 seconds; 2. Adam Gray, 15.7; 3. Sean O’Neil, 16.6; 4. Chris Neal, 18.1; 5. Marcos Costa, 23.3; 6. Tanner Stec, 23.4. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 10.2 seconds; 2. Cody Ohl, 11.0; 3. Adam Gray, 12.0; 4. Sean O’Neil, 13.8; 5. Clete Scheer, 17.9; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Cody Ohl, 23.0 seconds on two runs; Adam Gray, 27.7; 3. Sean O’Neil, 30.4; 4. Marcos Costa, 33.5; 5. Clete Sheer, 17.9 seconds on one run; 6. Tanner Stec, 23.4.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Shada Brazile, 17.87 seconds; 2. Jessi Fish, 17.96; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 18.19; 4. Jane Melby, 18.37; 5. Jaime Barrow, 18.42; 6. Korrina Lynn Hughes, 18.51. Second round leaders: 1. Jane Melby, 18.43 seconds; 2. Jessi Fish, 18.52; 3. Shelbie Parrish, 18.56; 4. Sara Rose McDonald, 18.61; 5. Katie Loughran, 18.71; 6. Korinna Lynn Hughes, 19.21; 7. Hannah Ragsdale, 19.33 seconds; 8. Hali Scott, 19.79; 9. Kaela Haddon, 19.88; 10. Jaime Barrow, 23.23; no other qualified runs. . Average leaders: 1. Jessi Fish, 36.48 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Jane Melby, 36.80; 4. Katie Loughran, 37.38; 5. Korrina Lynn Hughes, 37.72; 6. Shelbie Parrish, 37.75; 7. Hali Scott, 38.69; 8. Kaela Haddon, 38.96; 9. Hannah Ragsdale, 40.23; 10. Jaime Barrow, 41.65.

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Smith, 84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Elise Said What; 2. J.W. Harris, 83; 3. Dillon Tyler, 75; 4. Tag Elliott, 74; 5. Elijah Mora, 64; 6. Casey Huckabee, 53; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Celebs step into Israel-Gaza debate

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:35
Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem calls Israel's treatment of Palestinians "genocide," while "Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot sends her "love and prayers" to Israeli soldiers in Gaza.
Categories: Entertainment News

Grieving parents drowning in $200,000 student loan debt receive relief

Business News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:25
Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle have been struggling to pay their daughter's six-figure student loan debt ever since she passed away five years ago -- and now they are starting to get some much needed relief.

Grieving parents drowning in $200,000 student loan debt receive relief

Business News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:25
Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle have been struggling to pay their daughter's six-figure student loan debt ever since she passed away five years ago -- and now they are starting to get some much needed relief.

Football Reports, First Practice Set For Thursday

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:13
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an offseason filled with excitement and expectations, Mississippi State football will hit the practice field for the first time this preseason camp at 4:45 p.m. CT Thursday at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

Could a blood test predict suicides?

CNN - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:02
Approximately 36,000 deaths are caused by suicide each year in the United States. What if a simple blood test could one day help prevent that from happening?
Categories: National News

Drew Barrymore's half-sister found dead

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:57
Jessica Barrymore, the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore, was found dead early Tuesday morning.
Categories: Entertainment News
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