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Afghanistan makes sports history

CNN World - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:35
Afghanistan achieved an historic victory Thursday as it beat Scotland to win its first ever cricket World Cup match.
Categories: International News

Billionaire GOP contributor maxes out in one day

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:30
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Bulldog Softball In Orlando For Citrus Classic

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:22
In the midst of its first road trip of the 2015 season, the Mississippi State softball team (13-2) will face tough competition with five games over three days, two against top-25 teams, Friday through Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Militants destroy antiquities with sledgehammer

CNN World - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:13
A video released by ISIS shows militants destroying troves of cultural artifacts at museum in Mosul, Iraq. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
Categories: International News

Death toll at 168 from Afghanistan avalanches

CNN World - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:10
As the avalanches continue in mountainous northeastern Afghanistan, the death toll keeps rising.
Categories: International News

Bill O'Reilly forced to clarify remarks about murdered nuns

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:10
The questions keep piling up for Bill O'Reilly, and increasingly those questions are being raised by a liberal media watchdog that has long feuded with the conservative Fox News host.

Snow postpones Georgia's first execution of a woman in 70 years

CNN - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:10
Not since Lena Baker, an African-American convicted of murder and pardoned decades later, has Georgia executed a woman. The state is scheduled to snap that 70-year streak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson.
Categories: National News

Madonna falls offstage at the Brit Awards

CNN World - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:01
While performing at the Brit Awards in London, Madonna had a cape malfunction and took a tumble off the stage.
Categories: International News

It's Magic! Send a text, get anything you need

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00
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Nothing stops Frank Underwood ... or Netflix

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00
Frank Underwood -- the antihero of "House of Cards" -- is wrong about there being only two kinds of pain.

Lerwill returns to Pioneer Days

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:59

GUYMON, Okla. – Troy Lerwill is a combination of things: athlete, daredevil and comedian.

It all comes together in the Oklahoma Panhandle the first weekend in May for the Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

“Troy is one of the funniest guys out there, not just in rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock firm that serves as the primary stock contractor in Guymon. “I try to get him as often as I can, because he brings a whole new dimension to each show. He’s the best entertainer in rodeo because of how he handles the crowd.

Troy Lerwill makes a jump during his act while performing at the 2012 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days. He returns to the Oklahoma Panhandle this May, and the fans are ready. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Troy Lerwill makes a jump during his act while performing at the 2012 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days. He returns to the Oklahoma Panhandle this May, and the fans are ready. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“Then you add his motorcycle act into the mix, and it’s just over-the-top. Everybody wants to come back the next day just to see it again.”

The motorcycle act involves Lerwill’s alter-ego, “The Wild Child,” who jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup in a showcase of comedy mixed with athleticism.

“It’s funny every time I see it,” said Ken Stonceipher, the production manager for Pioneer Days Rodeo. “There’s just something magical in that entire act.”

It’s the magic that has been on display at Hitch Arena before. Fans in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been asking about Lerwill’s return, so the rodeo committee and Carr made sure he is part of this year’s showcase.

“For one, he’s a great funnyman,” said Jesse James Kirby, one of the top saddle bronc riders in the country. “He’s also a great motorcyclist. He can do things on that motorbike that you can’t even imagine people doing. It’s just really great, and he’s a great entertainer.

“On top of that, Troy is just a good person to be around. You can tell he’s doing something he enjoys doing. He puts on a show and makes it look good.”

That happens nationwide. Lerwill is one of the most celebrated acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He’s been the barrelman at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times, has twice been named the Coors Man in the Can, and he’s been named the PRCA Act of the Year six times.

All those awards are nice, but what makes Lerwill one of the most sought-after entertainers in rodeo is what he does in the arena – in addition to his fantastic daredevil act, the Payson, Utah, man has the timing of a comedic genius.

It comes quite naturally to Lerwill, the son of a roper who grew up going to rodeos in Utah and Colorado with his father. Though he never competed, Troy Lerwill was hooked … even if it took a few years for him to realize it.

“I had a Shetland pony growing up, and I always like horses,” Lerwill said. “I roped with my dad when I was little, but I always wanted a motorcycle.”

His parents realized he was pretty good at maneuvering the machine and began taking him to desert races. By the time he was 12, Lerwill was excelling at motocross.

“It just evolved from there,” he said.

Racing was a big part of Lerwill’s life for a long time. But at age 24, Lerwill had begun riding mountain bikes through the Utah trails instead of the motorized ones over the quick jumps and turns of motocross. Through all that, he found a new rush: Bullfighting. The rodeo arena was drawing him back. He went to a bullfighting school, and a new career was born.

“I got my PRCA card in 1993,” he said. “I started doing the comedy stuff in ’95.”

It didn’t take long for Lerwill to step up his game. He has become one of the most sought-after acts in ProRodeo, and there’s good reason.

“People just love to watch Troy, because he’s that good,” Carr said. “He can bring people to your rodeo to see what he can do; that’s a true entertainer.”

For Lerwill, life is about reaching out to people and sharing his passion for the rodeo way of life. He may go about it in different terms than most cowboys, but there is a distinct passion involved in everything he does.

“I really don’t want the Western heritage and lifestyle, and the tradition of cowboy to go away, and I want young people to enjoy it like I did,” Lerwill said. “Rodeo is a huge chunk of our history.

“Even though I take a motorcycle to a rodeo and do a stunt, I hope it makes fans of people and they come back.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Iran blasts mock U.S. carrier in war games

CNN World - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:46
Iran blasted its mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier during naval drills on Wednesday, swarming the target with 100 speedboats armed with rockets, shoulder-launched missiles and mortars as well as striking it with cruise missiles, according to reports from Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.
Categories: International News

Teen finds a Royal passion

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:14

KANSAN CLAY ECKERT UTILIZES CALF SCRAMBLE WIN TO PUSH FORWARD IN LIVESTOCK SHOWING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Clay Eckert appears to be the typical freshman at Hutchinson (Kan.) High School.

He is active, possibly more than many 15-year-olds. Instead of spending his off time playing video games, the young man has opted for a little more work showing livestock. It’s paid off.

Clay Eckert

Clay Eckert

In the fall of 2013, Clay was part of the American Royal Calf Scramble, where students ages 10-14 have to opportunity to catch and halter a young heifer during the Royal’s ProRodeo. He was one of the winners, earning a $1,250 voucher to purchase a heifer of his choosing in order to start a beef operation.

“I’ve learned so much, from taking care of things to how to be responsible,” said Clay, who also competes in football, basketball and track for the Salthawks. “I’m so involved with things I can’t get into trouble.”

But he isn’t a farm kid who was raised around agriculture. He’s chosen to follow a family tradition, even though it means traveling 30 minutes three to four days a week to neighboring McPherson County to the Goering Farm, where Greg, Tammy, Taylor and Trenton Goering have been instrumental in Clay’s passion for raising livestock. Taylor Goering has shown at the American Royal and has served as Clay’s mentor.

“Taylor and her family have helped me so much with everything,” Clay said. “I was, and still am very lucky to get hooked up with them.”

So did that American Royal voucher. Clay raised his heifer, then showed her during the 2014 American Royal Calf Scramble Show. The animal was named the supreme heifer, and Clay was the champion senior showman among his Calf Scramble peers.

“About two weeks ago, which is the whole purpose of the program, my heifer had her first calf, so it’s going back into the herd,” he said.

The young man began the lifestyle by following in the footsteps of his father, Bret Eckert, a longtime track coach at Hutch High who still teaches and is an assistant coach for the football program.

“I started because my dad showed sheep,” Clay said. “I won sheep showmanship, and I got to be in the round-robin, so I got to work with cows.”

The progression has been thorough and award-winning. Not many can claim to such a prestigious title from the American Royal, one of the largest and best known livestock shows in the United States.

But that, in essence, is what the Royal is about. Over the course of each year, the association provides more than $1.4 million in support of youth and agriculture. By being involved in the Calf Scramble, Clay has taken advantage of the opportunities.

“My experience with the American Royal has helped me in many ways,” he said. “It’s helped me get to know so many great people, and I’m learning new things every day.

“You have to work for what you get. It’s hard to do school and sports and showing, but it’s what I choose to do so I try to make it work.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:44
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Morgan Stanley agrees $2.6 billion settlement

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:43
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It's official: America has deflation

Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:41
America experienced something in January it hasn't seen in years: deflation.

#Oscars2015 had the funniest memes

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:38
That statue wasn't the only thing that was golden.
Categories: Entertainment News

Man survives terrifying bridge crash

CNN - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:07
A Boston driver was lucky to survive a horrifying crash off the upper deck of Interstate 93. CNN affiliate WCVB has the details.
Categories: National News

Unexpected hero emerges from train disaster

CNN - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:07
CNN's Kyung Lah talks to Ted Maloney about helping rescue victims of a train crash in Oxnard, California.
Categories: National News
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