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Giffords completes 11-mile bike ride

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:43
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords completed an 11-mile cycling event Saturday, marking another milestone in her recovery from a 2011 mass shooting.
Categories: National News

Potential fates of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:41
Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson will either continue to be a free man or will endure one of the most highly publicized criminal trials since Trayvon Martin's killer faced a jury.
Categories: National News

Obama announces Hagel's resignation

CNN - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:29
President Obama announces Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation.
Categories: National News

Wyclef Jean on Taylor Swift-Spotify spat

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:18
Wyclef Jean says he respects Taylor Swift's decision to pull her music from Spotify. But that doesn't mean he's ready to shun the popular streaming site himself.

See Soyuz rocket launch into space

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:18
Three new crew members are headed on a six-month voyage aboard the International Space Station.
Categories: International News

Armes is ready for the NFR

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:02

PONDER, Texas – Bray Armes isn’t much of a gambler, but he loves Las Vegas.

He returns to the City of Lights next week with his third qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This is a business trip for the steer wrestler from Ponder, and he takes care of business quite well in the Nevada desert.

In 2012-13, Armes has earned more than $288,500 grappling bovines – he pocketed $185,755 of that in Las Vegas over 20 December nights. Now he goes into ProRodeo’s premier event sixth in the world standings. He trails leader Trevor Knowles by $22,500, but that gap can be closed in a hurry at the NFR, where go-round winners earn $19,000 each night.

Bray Armes

Bray Armes

“My whole thought is that I’m going into the finals in the best position I’ve ever gone in,” said Armes, who grew up in the northern-most area of the Texas Panhandle near Gruver. “I’ve got just as good of a shot as anybody to go in there and win the gold buckle. I’m going to try to win as many rounds as I can and see where it falls in the end.”

Last December, he downed 10 steers in a cumulative time of 44.8 seconds to win the coveted NFR average championship – it is the second greatest accomplishment in the game, only to be outdone by the world championship.

To say he likes the set up at the Thomas & Mack Center would be a bit of an understatement.

“I like a fast start,” he said. “I’ve always seemed to do pretty good at quick starts, and it’s definitely as fast as anywhere we go. I’ve been blessed to ride good horses out there every year, and I’ve had great hazers.

“Everything’s been lined up good for me.”

It’s been worth the wait. Armes focused on competing sparingly early in his career, then stepped away from the game in 2009-11. When he returned in 2012, he did so with a goal of being one of the best in the game. He’s been one of the elite ever since. He finished the 2014 regular season with more than $69,000.

He won the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Kennewick, Wash., and also earned at least a share of the title at Jackson, Miss.; Lake Charles, La.; Armstrong, B.C.; and Dodge City, Kan.

“Dodge City is always one I’ve wanted to win, and I’ve had the opportunity to win it before,” said Armes, a four-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier while attending Howard County Junior College in Big Spring, Texas, and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. “That was pretty awesome to get the win at it.”

It was the perfect time of year. He had just enjoyed his family being on the rodeo trail for two weeks. As a rodeo cowboy who spends much of his time away from home, those few days with his wife, Neelley, daughter, Breely, and son, Drake, were priceless. In fact, Breely was still with him when he won the title in western Kansas.

“My family came out with me more than they ever have, and Breely stayed with me another week because she had never done that by herself before,” he said. “My family means the world to me. They take care of everything at home. A smile or anything, just to see them, it tends to bring you back. When you’re down, they can always pick you back up.

“All it takes is a little smile from them, and you seem to forget about everything else.”

In fact, that sentiment will bring some big changes for the Armeses in 2015.

“When I got home, I told them I wasn’t ready to quit, but I was willing to do that or they needed to make the decision to go with me all year,” he said. “I don’t want to miss the kids growing up. We’re all so close. They pretty much build me up all the time and keep me happy. The hardest part of what I do is being away from them, and I’m ready to be with them every day instead of away from them.”

That’s bound to make everything better for next year, but Armes has no other complaints about his 2014 season. He leaned on hazer Sean Mulligan, a four-time NFR qualifier from Coleman, Okla., and on his horse, Ote, a lightning quick palomino gelding.

He’ll do so in Las Vegas.

“They don’t make them any better than Sean Mulligan,” Armes said. “When I back in the box, I’ve got to worry about one thing, and that’s bulldogging. Ote’s going to work great every time, and Sean’s going to have the steers right there where I need them every time. Sean’s hard to beat because he has the steers picked up for you every time.

“I’m blessed to have Ote, because he gives me a chance to win every time. If I don’t win, it’s usually pilot error. He scores great and gives me everything he’s got ever time. There’s not a lot of them out there that do that.”

With that kind of team in his corner, Armes is coming out swinging when the 10-round NFR slugfest begins Dec. 4. He has high goals – “I want to wear them both, the average buckle and the gold buckle,” he said – and he has the right frame of mind to do it.

“Winning the gold buckle means everything to us; it’s why we do what we do,” he said. “It’s the highest point that we can get to in our careers. To be able to win the world title would be something special.”

It would be a dream come true.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Is Philae's comet mission really over?

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:00
It flew for 10 years, crossed millions of miles of space, bounced over the surface of a comet and returned heaps of data ... and then quietly faded away.
Categories: International News

Russia losing $140 billion from sanctions and low oil prices

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:48
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This bus runs on human poop

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:44
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Petition to cancel Duggars gathers steam

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:43
A petition has gathered thousands of signatures to get TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting" canceled amidst anti-gay controversy
Categories: Entertainment News

Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem's rape lyrics

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:42
With Snoop Dogg bowing out of his feud with Iggy Azalea, it seems Eminem is more than willing to take his place. The MC rapped about Azalea and rape in the same breath.
Categories: Entertainment News

RadioShack still stuck in the 1980s

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:16
Weird Al Yankovic is arguably bigger now than he ever was in the 1980s. And he can thank the 21st century phenomenon known as YouTube for that.

Why this whisky costs $38,000 a bottle

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:12
In 1963, whisky makers at a distillery in Scotland filled up a cask and sealed it with the knowledge it would not be opened again for 50 years.

Most impressive metro stations

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:58
These quirky and beautiful subway stops make commuting look fun.
Categories: International News

Nightclubs for literature?

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:57
It's midnight in the capital of Taiwan.
Categories: International News

'Regin' malware described as 'groundbreaking and almost peerless'

Business News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:53
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New Iran Nuclear talks deadlines: March 1, July 1, 2015

CNN World - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:51
A new deadline for a political framework agreement for Iran's Nuclear talks has been set for March 1, 2015, a Western diplomat tells CNN on Monday, with a deadline for final agreement including annexes on July 1.
Categories: International News

Two country singers come out as gay

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:19
There are plenty of country songs about how to be a man. One way is to face the music, and two country crooners did that on Thursday.
Categories: Entertainment News

The Bill Cosby controversy

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:19
Bill Cosby probably loves publicity, but this can't be what he had in mind.
Categories: Entertainment News

'SNL' mocks immigration controversy

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:17
"Saturday Night Live" poked fun at Congress and President Obama with a sketch about the immigration controversy.
Categories: Entertainment News
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