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Durfey closes 2014 with NFR check

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:43

LAS VEGAS – The National Finals Rodeo is no different than any of the numerous trips across the country for tie-down roper Tyson Durfey.

Along the way, a cowboy will experience the highs and lows – the trips to the peaks of the mountaintops followed by the ever-braking skids to the valleys with those rides along the plateaus. That describes Durfey’s NFR to a tee. He roped and tied down eight of 10 calves in a qualified time but placed just three times. In all, he earned a shade more than $19,000 in Las Vegas.

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

Still, he moved up one spot to 14th in the world standings, and earning almost $20,000 in 10 days is an outstanding paycheck for most.

Durfey, though, expects better. He knows what it takes to win go-rounds, much less just place in them. He’s placed as high as third in the average standings, that coming in 2009. He has finished the season among the top five in the world standings.

“To me, rodeoing is all about keeping your mind centrally located, trying not to let your emotions take over,” said Durfey, who grew up near Savannah, Mo., still claims Colbert, Wash., as home and spends a good portion of his time in Weatherford, Texas.

That worked for the most part.

Durfey placed in the second go-round, then just missed the pay window in Rounds 3-4. He returned to the top in the sixth go-round before suffering back-to-back no-times. A 10-second broken barrier in the ninth round could’ve derailed everything, but he bounced back quite well on the final night of the 2014 season, Saturday, Dec. 13.

Durfey roped and tied his calf in 7.3 seconds to finish in a tie for third place with Reese Reimer. How fast was the final round? That same time would’ve won four other go-rounds.

“Rodeo is such a funny sport, but I couldn’t do this without my sponsors,” he said, noting his agreements with Next IT Corp., Zoetis Animal Health, Pro Vision Equine Digital Surveillance, Cinch, Corral Boots, Logan Coach Horse Trailers, Willbros Group Inc., Swift Transportation, HR Workplace Services, Priefert and Silver Lining Herbs.

“There are so many variables in roping that you just have to take what you get.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Mitt Romney to speak at MSU Jan. 28

MSU News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:20

Thank you, Fed! Stocks have best day of 2014

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:26
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Cuba poised to join the Internet age

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:15
Millions of Cubans could soon be able to get online.

Yellen: Cheap oil is good for America

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:59
The dramatic plunge in oil prices might be spooking some investors, but Janet Yellen isn't worried at all.

Quinoa: Now part of a complete, balanced, breakfast

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:46
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Debilitating outbreak hits Americas

CNN World - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:34
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Categories: International News

Debilitating outbreak sweeps Americas

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:34
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Categories: National News

Scheer finishes 2014 strong

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:30

LAS VEGAS – Cort Scheer entered the 2014 National Finals Rodeo with hopes of a world championship.

Instead, he pocketed more than $93,000 over the 10 days of ProRodeo’s grand championship event and left Las Vegas with a big piece of disappointment. How can that be?

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

He needed $10,000 more.

Instead, he finished the season No. 2 in the world standings with $195,586, $9,800 behind world champion Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah. It was a fantastic finish for the gold buckle, and it came down to the final round to decide the champion.

Scheer, 28, of Elsmere, Neb., placed in five go-rounds, including a first-round victory. He also finished second in the average behind Wright – they were the only two men to ride all 10 horses; it marked the second straight season Scheer finished second in the average and rode all 10 broncs at the NFR. By finishing with 764 cumulative points, he added $39,537 in average money.

Scheer, who attended Montana State University, Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University on rodeo scholarships, had a strong NFR. The main difference between first and second was their payoffs in the average. Still Wright – who brought his bronc riding family their fourth gold buckle, joining big brothers Cody (2) and Jesse – earned more than $145,000 in Sin City.

None of that takes away from the exceptional season Scheer had in 2014. In the PRCA alone, he had eight event titles, including big-rodeo victories in Pendleton, Ore., and Denver. He also added championships at Cinch Shoot-Outs throughout the season.

That all added up to a great way to make a living on the backs of bucking horses. But that’s what fans have come to expect of Scheer, who has been among the top 5 in the final world standings each of the past two seasons. He has consistently been one of ProRodeo’s elite bronc riders – the only season in which he hasn’t made the NFR came in 2011 when he suffered a knee injury and finished 25th.

Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but he’s proven a gold buckle is within reach.

Now he just needs to grasp it.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

No. 20 Bulldogs Rally Past ULL To Claim Best Start In School History

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:30
LAFAYETTE, La. – No. 20/21 Mississippi State made it officially the best start in women's basketball program history with a 66-51 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Reddit takes down Sony hack forum

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:27
In a rare decision, Reddit has taken down a forum that housed links to hacked Sony Pictures documents.

New York Times closes out rough 2014

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:01
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'The Voice' crowns season 7's winner

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:41
Get to know the name Craig Wayne Boyd -- he's officially music's newest "Voice."
Categories: Entertainment News

Ellen surprises Conan audience

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:41
Conan usually does not give free gifts to his audience, but Ellen DeGeneres changes that.
Categories: Entertainment News

'Simpsons': 25 random facts

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:40
When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.
Categories: Entertainment News

'7th Heaven' star's admission

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:40
"7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.
Categories: Entertainment News

'Hobbit' star's true passion is writing

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:39
Evangeline Lilly is in three of the highest-profile movies of the last few years: the last two "Hobbit" movies (the final one out this week), and next year's Marvel extravaganza "Ant-Man."
Categories: Entertainment News

Viola Davis in 'Suicide Squad'?

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:30
There's another casting rumor going around about "Suicide Squad," and this one involves Viola Davis.
Categories: Entertainment News

Mystery man among 5 freed in historic U.S.-Cuba deal

CNN World - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:06
Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba announced Wednesday.
Categories: International News
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