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The difficult life of the 'spare heir'

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 08:02
Born into lives of wealth and privilege, they grow up in palaces, go to elite schools, socialize with stars and travel the world in luxury.
Categories: International News

Gray's death ruled homicide

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:46
To cheers and applause, Baltimore's state attorney announces that six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Here's what actions led to the charges. FULL STORY | Officers post bail | Prosecutor thrust onto national stage | Tracking the van
Categories: International News

Germany thwarts 'Islamist attack'

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:45
German authorities think they "have thwarted an Islamic attack," and a married couple have been arrested in a town near Frankfurt in connection with the case, the interior minister for the German state of Hesse told reporters Thursday.
Categories: International News

Royal baby on the way

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:44
The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital and is in the early stages of labor. CNN's Max Foster reports.
Categories: International News

2nd van passenger: Gray didn't try to hurt himself

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:41
The man who rode in a police van with Freddie Gray -- separated only by a partition -- is adamant about two things:
Categories: International News

10 sentenced to life for attack on Malala

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:40
Ten people have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2012 attack on Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, a judge announced Thursday.
Categories: International News

Did peacekeepers sexually abuse children?

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:40
Hungry, homeless young boys in the Central African Republic were forced by French soldiers to perform sex acts on them in return for food or money, the director of an advocacy group said Thursday, citing a confidential United Nations report on alleged abuses.
Categories: International News

Space probe crashes into Mercury, ending mission

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:40
NASA says its Messenger space probe crashed into Mercury on Thursday after running out of fuel, ending a nearly 11-year journey that provided valuable data and thousands of photos.
Categories: International News

Kim Jong Un's visit to Russia is off

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:40
Never mind.
Categories: International News

160 women, children rescued from Boko Haram

CNN World - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:40
Nigerian troops rescued an additional 160 women and children from Boko Haram days after they found hundreds of other hostages, the military said Thursday.
Categories: International News

Diamond Dawgs Drop Game Two Of Home Series Against No. 1 LSU

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:22
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State pitching allowed 17 hits Friday night as the Bulldogs fell 11-4 to No. 1 LSU in a Southeastern Conference baseball contest played at Dudy Noble Field.

Second van passenger: I didn't say Gray tried to hurt himself

CNN - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:56
The man who rode in a police van with Freddie Gray -- separated only by a partition -- is adamant about two things:
Categories: National News

Smith, McKinney Chosen In Round Two of 2015 NFL Draft

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:15
CHICAGO – For the second time in three years, Mississippi State football produced multiple picks in the first two rounds of a draft as defensive end Preston Smith and linebacker Benardrick McKinney were selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday night.

Guymon has been good for Koontz

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:19
Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – The magic number for Kory Koontz is 20.

He’s one of the greatest ropers in ProRodeo and might just be the best heeler to have never won a world championship. Over the course of his storied career, the Sudan, Texas, cowboy has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 19 times. He’d like 2015 to mark his 20th trip to the sport’s grand finale.

Kory Koontz

Kory Koontz

“For a long time, the number in my mind that I had was that I wanted to make 20 of them,” he said, referring to the 10-round finale that takes place in Las Vegas each December. “I’ve missed it the last three years.”

On Friday night, he made another significant move in his plan to return by taking the third-round and average lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with header Colby Lovell. The tandem posted a 7.1-second run during the first performance; their cumulative time of 20.1 seconds through three go-rounds gives them a significant advantage with three performances remaining in Oklahoma’s richest rodeo.

“I think I’ve won it twice,” said Koontz, who just resumed his partnership with Lovell in the last couple of months. “I’ve been here at least 20 times.”

Now he’d like to win his third Pioneer Days Rodeo trophy belt with Lovell; the two roped together in 2010, the first of four straight NFR qualifications for Lovell. Since then, Koontz has teamed with Erich Rogers, Brock Hanson and Chad Masters, while Lovell has partnered with York Gill, Russell Cardoza and Martin Lucero.

Colby Lovell

Colby Lovell

They quickly found success in 2015 as partners, so they decided to stick it out.

“Our plan is to stay in Texas and here in Oklahoma and get some money,” Koontz said. “When it’s time to go to Reno (Nev.) and get going for the summer, we’ll give it a run and try to get back to the NFR.

“Now we’ve got our game face on, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got to go back there.”

As long as they continue to find success like they have in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week, their chances are good.

“We’re just doing our job,” Koontz said. “We drew just medium-type steers, and we did what we do. My partner did a good job, and I came around there and heeled all three of them. It was almost like we made the same runs three times in a row.”

That seems to be a winning combination.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders:
1. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, and Tim O’Connell, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free, 85 points each; 3. Mason Clements, 80; 4. (tie) Devan Reilly and Richmond Champion, 78 each; 6. Will Martin, 77; 7. Kody Lamb, 74; 8. Anthony Tomas, 73.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1 seconds; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5; 3. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 11.6; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 11.7; 5. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 13.0; 6. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 13.3; 7. Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 16.5; no other qualified runs. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 29.8; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 37.7; 5. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 41.2; 6. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 43.0; Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 53.0; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 13.3 seconds on two runs.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Chance Kelton, 12.2 seconds; 2. Shay Good, 13.6; 3. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 19.8; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Scott Snedecor, 68.8 seconds on four runs; 2. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 3. Tuf Cooper, 90.3; 4. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.24; 6. Brodie Poppino, 52.7 seconds on three runs.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Corrington, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Wild Flower, and Wade Sundell, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Badlands, 78 points each; 3. (tie) Chet Johnson and Cort Scheer, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell, 76; 6. Chanse Darling, 73; 7. Casey Maddox, 70; 8. Nick Shenold, 59.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 3. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 4. Dean Stermer, 5.8; 5. Billy Boldon, 5.9; 6. Darrel Petry, 6.0; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 17.9; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Darrell Petry, 20.5; 3. Sean Mulligan, 24.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 25.4; 5. Dean Sterner, 26.2; 6. Dean Boldon, 28.2; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 31.4; 8. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 7.9 seconds; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.1; 3. Robert Mathis, 9.8; 4. Tyson Durfey, 10.2; 5. (tie) Jake Pratt and Cheyenne Stanley, 11.2 each; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 26.0; 3. Jake Pratt, 26.5; 4. Robert Mathis, 32.5; 5. Cheyenne Stanley, 34.8; 6. Tyson Durfey, 34.9; 7. Tyler Prcin, 16.6 seconds on two runs; 8. (tie) Blane Cox and Reese Reimer, 17.6.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Heather Clayton, 16.94 seconds; 2. Mary Walker, 17.12; 3. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 5. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 6. Fallon Taylor, 17.29; 7. Rebecca Hughes, 17.30; 8. Lanita Peirce, 17.31; 9. Jaime Hinton, 17.33; 10. Sherrylynn Johnson, 17.34. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 3. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 4. Fallon Taylor, 34.81; 5. Natalie Bland, 34.87; 6. Rebecca Hughes, 34.96; 7. Andrea Busby, 35.11. 8. Kaylee Gallino, 35.19.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Brett Stall, 84; 3. Chris McCombs, 83; 4. Chris McCombs, 82; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Six police officers face charges

CNN - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:14
The most serious charge is second-degree depraved-heart murder for the driver of the van in which Freddie Gray was placed after he was arrested.
Categories: National News

Bulldogs Conclude Day One Of Jace LaCoste Invite

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 23:05
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Opening night of the Jace LaCoste Invitational led to success for the Mississippi State track and field teams, capturing its first win of the invite from Sydney Rodkey in the pole vault

Activist who fought police brutality weeps

CNN World - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 21:48
The city of Baltimore erupted with a joyous chorus of honking, whistles and cheers on Friday immediately after prosecutors announced murder and other criminal charges against six police officers in the killing of Freddie Gray.
Categories: International News

Who was Freddie Gray?

CNN World - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 21:48
Before the world heard his name chanted in the streets, before his cries echoed across televisions and sparked protests in Baltimore, Freddie Gray was struggling to turn his life around.
Categories: International News

Baltimore cheers, weeps after charges announced

CNN - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 21:46
The city of Baltimore erupted with a joyous chorus of honking, whistles and cheers on Friday immediately after prosecutors announced murder and other criminal charges against six police officers in the killing of Freddie Gray.
Categories: National News

Friday Links

Business News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 20:44
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