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'Hunger Games' disappoints despite record opening weekend

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:27
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Stocks: 3 things to know before the open

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:08
Yee-haw! Investors keep pushing stock markets to record highs and it looks like last week's enthusiasm has carried into this week.

Obamacare premiums: Going up unless you shop

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:18
Obamacare premiums are going up for 2015. But your Obamacare premium doesn't have to.

First look at 'Pitch Perfect 2'

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:19
The pitch is back and fans can't aca-believe it.
Categories: Entertainment News

New Beyonce vid rocks Web

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:17
Social media is all abuzz with the latest video from the Queen B herself -- Beyonce.
Categories: Entertainment News

Bird flu worries spread in Europe

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:09
Europeans are worried about a possible continent-wide bird flu epidemic after a duck tested positive for the H5N8 virus.
Categories: International News

Banker to stand trial over brutal killings

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 05:12
A court in Hong Kong has ruled that a British banker charged with the grisly murder of two Indonesian women is psychologically fit to enter a plea on both counts.
Categories: International News

Buffalo braces for flood

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 05:06
What's worse than 7 feet of snow piled up in front of your house? How about the flooding that comes once those 7 feet of snow melt?
Categories: National News

China is not finished with rate cuts

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 04:44
China's central bank surprised investors last week with its first rate cut in more than two years. But get used to that -- analysts say more cuts are in the pipeline.

Kmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 03:38
Somebody has to work on Thanksgiving, and Kmart says it does its best to staff stores with volunteers that day. But hundreds of workers say that's not good enough.

Iran nuclear talks going down to the wire

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 02:50
International negotiators in Vienna are scrambling to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program, with media in Tehran suggesting a comprehensive agreement by Monday's deadline is "impossible."
Categories: International News

Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio

Business News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 23:14
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cut 400 jobs and close five radio production centers as government funding shrinks.

U.S. expands combat role in Afghanistan

CNN World - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 21:26
President Obama has decided to extend the combat role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan into 2015. CNN's Erin McPike reports.
Categories: International News

Cyclists find baby in storm drain

CNN World - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 21:25
In Australia, a newborn baby was found in a storm drain, up to five days after he was abandoned there.
Categories: International News

Football in Top Four For Eighth Straight Week

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 20:45
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a dominant 51-0 shutout of Vanderbilt Saturday night, Mississippi State remained the nation's No. 4 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls that were released Sunday.

Bulldogs Win WNIT Championship!

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 19:06
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State won the Women's National Invitation Tournament Sunday afternoon on the defensive end.

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CNN - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:50
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Categories: National News

Irwin ready for business in Vegas

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:47

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – Each time steer wrestler Kyle Irwin looks down the lane at a bowling alley, he sees 10 pens lined up in the shape of a triangle.

The main purpose, as always, is to knock down all the pens. In order to make it happen, though, Irwin’s focus is on one individual sliver of waxed wood. If he hits that mark just right, he knows a strike is likely.

That’s the same philosophy Irwin is using a she approaches his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier championship set for Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.

“My goal at the NFR is to make money, not necessarily win the world title,” said Irwin, 24, of Robertsdale. “If I make the money, I’ll win the world. My job is to not mess up. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

Kyle Irwin

Kyle Irwin

“All I can do is go as fast as I can with the steer I have each night. It’s important that I don’t leave any money on the table. If the cards weren’t in there to win the average or the world, that’s fine, but I want to have maxed out on every steer I have.”

That’s a solid outlook for the young cowboy, who will wrap up the best season of his career over 10 December nights in the City of Lights. In 2014, Irwin earned $59,736, finishing the regular season 10th in the world standings. Only the top 15 contestants in each event earn the opportunity to compete for the biggest pay in the sport in Las Vegas.

“Going to the NFR is something that every guy in my position, every kid that’s 11 years old, dreams about,” he said. “I’m very grateful and very proud to be going.”

Irwin’s NFR marks the first time in eight years that an Alabaman has qualified. The last was heeler Cole Bigbee. Before that, bull rider Tyler Fowler qualified in 2000 and ’01, while steer wrestler Victor Deck qualified in 1996-97. As the state’s only representative in Las Vegas, he will carry the flag each night during the NFR’s opening ceremonies.

“That flag’s going to have some dust on it; it’s hasn’t been used since 2006,” Irwin said. “I hope they’ll play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ every night I back in the box. It’s so cool getting to represent the state.”

He also is representing his family, from his dad, Ken Irwin, to his mom, Ruthie Campbell, to four sisters, Karissa, Brittany, Laney and Raylen. He also carries a flag for a number of top-notch steer-wrestling cousins and dear friends, all of whom who have been beneficial in Kyle Irwin’s bulldogging career.

“My immediate family grew up farming, working cattle, cowboying,” he said. “The atmosphere was there for me. I played sports from elementary school … baseball and football every year. When I was 11 years old, I started chute-dogging and junior rodeoing.”

Chute-dogging is the precursor to steer wrestling. Instead of jumping off a sprinting horse onto a running steer, chute-doggers get ahold of the steer right out of the timed-event chute. It allows them to learn the proper techniques.

“When I was 13, an eighth-grader, I was getting ready to start jumping steers in high school rodeo,” he said. “My cousin, Bo Campbell, owns a rodeo company and is a big-time bulldogging fanatic. He keeps Mexican cattle in his pasture.

“My cousins had me running steers all day every day. I roped calves and team roped, too, but we made sure we bulldogged first.”

As he progressed, the young cowboy had a distinct focus, which carried him to scholarship opportunities – first at Western Oklahoma College in Altus, then to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

“The competition and watching my buddies and my older cousins drive and succeed kept the passion there,” Irwin said. “Then I realized my talent with it. It was all a goal and a dream. I knew they bulldogged in Oklahoma, so that’s where I went. I knew I wanted to go to Oklahoma. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity in Alabama that I did in Oklahoma.”

He did pretty well, too. In high school, he won the Alabama High School Rodeo Association twice and was the runner-up once. Irwin was a four-time qualifier to the College National Finals Rodeo, finishing as the reserve champion in 2011. In fact, his stay in Oklahoma became an amazing starting point to his pro career.

Each of the past two seasons, he has finished as the reserve year-end champion in the Prairie Circuit – both times, as it worked out, he finished just behind Stockton Graves, Irwin’s coach at Northwestern. In 2014, Irwin won the average title at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, securing his second straight qualification to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, where he will defend his national title.

“All year, I’ve said the key to my season was winning the Ram National Circuit Finals,” he said of the April victory. “I wasn’t going to rodeo unless I did very well there. It unfolded perfectly, winning $10,000 cash and a voucher for a Ram truck.

“It gave me the confidence I needed. I really believed in what I was doing this time. The maturity I gained from the last two years of rodeoing helped me tremendously, and it all worked out this year.”

When he arrives in Las Vegas, Irwin will enlist the help of fellow bulldogger Tyler Pearson, a 2013 NFR qualifier from Louisville, Miss. Pearson will serve as Irwin’s hazer, while Irwin also will ride Pearson’s great horse, Sketch.

“I don’t have any worries as far as horsepower or hazing,” said Irwin, who has sponsorship support from Cinch, Black and Blue Quarter Horses and Southwest Trailers. “When I back in there every night, all I will have to worry about is Kyle; that’s enough.”

That’s taking care of business. Irwin knows, just as in bowling, he needs to keep his focus on the things closest to him. If he does that, the big prize will be waiting for him soon enough.

“In my career, I’d like to win the world, and I’d like to win the average at the finals,” he said. “I’d like to make my family’s life a little bit easier. I’d like to set myself up that when I’m done, I can look back one day and say, ‘My rodeoing gave me this.’ ”

Irwin is well on his way.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Kenya says it's killed 100 militants after deadly attack on bus

CNN World - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:44
Kenyan security forces have killed 100 militants, an official said Sunday, one day after a deadly attack on a bus.
Categories: International News

MSU Volleyball Falls To No. 15 Kentucky At Home

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:31
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Returning home after a Friday on the road at Georgia, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (7-24, 2-14 SEC) dropped a three-set contest to the 15th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (24-5, 13-3 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at the Newell-Grissom Building.
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