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GOP slams Obama's choice for Ebola czar

Health - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 14:32
Republicans who pressed President Barack Obama for a more coordinated federal response to the Ebola outbreak are blasting the appointment of Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic political aide, as the "Ebola czar."
Categories: Health

How Jimi Hendrix's race became his 'invisible legacy'

CNN Entertainment - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:03
Four decades after his death, Jimi Hendrix is finally reaching his toughest audience -- a group he called "my people."
Categories: Entertainment News

Actress' body found near Seattle-area river

CNN - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:58
A body found along a river in suburban Seattle is that of "August: Osage County" actress Misty Upham, a Washington coroner said late Friday.
Categories: National News

Body might be missing actress

CNN Entertainment - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:58
The body of "August: Osage County" actress Misty Upham is believed to have been found along a river in suburban Seattle, according to a news report from a Seattle television station.
Categories: Entertainment News

No more wedding bells for Charlie Sheen and Brett Rossi

CNN Entertainment - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:29
Charlie Sheen calls off engagement to former adult film actor Brett Rossi weeks before their planned wedding.
Categories: Entertainment News

Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law for now

CNN - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:03
The U.S. Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas' controversial voter identification law can go into effect for now -- a decision that comes two days before early voting in the state.
Categories: National News

Calif. student dies from meningitis

CNN - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:46
An 18-year-old San Diego State University student diagnosed with meningitis died Friday, leaving university officials scrambling to notify up to 400 people with whom she may have come in contact.
Categories: National News

Boko Haram deal would free girls

CNN World - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:44
Nigeria has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist terror group Boko Haram that includes the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, Nigerian officials said Friday.
Categories: International News

Bulldogs Fight Off Lady Vols For Thrilling Five-Set Victory

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:40
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Driven by tremendous heart, grit and determination, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (6-16, 1-6 SEC) fought off a furious rally from the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (7-14, 0-7 SEC) to wrap a five-set match in Maroon and White on Friday night.

Bulldog Doubles Perfect In Day Two At USTA/ITA Southern Regionals

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:28
AUBURN, Ala. – Another flawless showing on the doubles court highlighted the second day of action at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships for the Mississippi State men's tennis squad, as the Bulldogs advanced all three squads to the round of 16 on Friday.

Momentum is key to circuit success

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:18
Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla., won his second straight go-round Friday night at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., after posting a 7.2-second run. He leads the average race with a two-rum cumulative time of 14.7 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla., won his second straight go-round Friday night at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., after posting a 7.2-second run. He leads the average race with a two-rum cumulative time of 14.7 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

DUNCAN, Okla. – There’s not a tie-down roper in ProRodeo any hotter this time of year than Ryan Jarrett.

On Friday night, Jarrett roped and tied his calf in 7.2 seconds to win the second round at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. He also won the first round with a 7.5-second run, so in just two days, the Comanche, Okla., has pocketed $2,260.

Ryan Jarrett

Ryan Jarrett

“I’ve had two really good calves so far, so I just got close to the barrier and just focused on my roping,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion who has qualified eight times for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “I try not to put a lot of pressure on myself and just enjoy it.”

It’s working. Over the last three weeks, Jarrett has won all four rounds in which he’s competed, including two go-rounds in Omaha, Neb., which took place the final weekend of the regular season. He won more than $13,000 on two runs that weekend and finished 18th in the final world standings. The trouble is, only the top 15 earn the right to compete at the NFR.

“Not making the finals will sure humble a man a little more,” said Jarrett, whose wife, Shy-Anne, qualified for the circuit finals in barrel racing. “It makes you want to do things a little different through the regular season for next year.”

Now he’s carrying a ton of confidence into the 2015 rodeo season.

“It’s always helpful coming off a win like Omaha,” he said. “I know I’ve got to be close to the barrier. Guys can be late or way to early and not have any luck. If you can get close to the barrier, you can tie any of these calves in seven seconds.”

Jarrett has proven that. He leads the all-important average race with one performance remaining – it begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. If he holds on for the average championship, he will join year-end champion Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., as the two qualifiers from the Prairie Circuit at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place next spring in Ocala, Fla.

“I need to be in Florida,” Jarrett said. “We’ll see how it pans out. Maybe 2015 will be double and make up for my 2014.”

While he failed to qualify for the NFR, steer roper Brodie Poppino of Big Cabin, Okla., has secured his first qualification to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, which takes place in three weeks. On Friday, he also clinched his first Prairie Circuit Finals steer roping title, roping and tying three steers in a cumulative time of 42.8 seconds. In all, Poppino earned $2,419.

“It means a lot to win this, because you’ve got some of the best steer ropers in the world right here in our circuit,” he said, noting that he is one of six Prairie Circuit Finals qualifiers who will rope at the steer roping finale. “You’ve got to draw well and rope well. I don’t know that I roped that well, but I outlasted them.”

Now the 23-year-old cowboy will take his momentum into the world championship event.

“It helps to have done well this year because there are a lot of guys that rope well,” said Poppino, the 2013 steer roping rookie of the year. “You know you’re competition is going to be strong, so you have to stay strong.”

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oct. 16-18,
Duncan, Okla.
Second round
Bareback riding:
1. Caine Riddle, 83 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Sure Motion, $1,130; 2. Jared Keylon, 76, $847; 3. Yance Day, 75, $565; 4. Justin Pollmiller, 73, $282.

Steer wrestling: 1. Jacob Edler, 3.9 seconds, $1,130; 2. (tie) Cole Edge and Trell Etbauer, 4.7, $706; 4. (tie) Brandon Volker and Kyle Irwin, 4.9, $141.

Team roping: 1. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 5.2 seconds, $1,130; 2. Jake Pancost/Austin Rogers, 5.5, $847; 3. Casey Hicks/Jake Pianalto, 5.7, $565; 4. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 282.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Dalton Davis, on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Painted Desert, and Hardy Braden, on Beutler’s Crossfire, 79 points, $988; 3. Wade Sundell, 78, $565; 4. Jesse James Kirby, 76, $282.

Tie-down roping: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 7.2 seconds, $1,130; 2. Trell Etbauer, 7.8, $847; 3. Trent Creager, 8.6, $565; 4. Luke Blanton, 8.8, $282.

Barrel racing: 1. Mary Burger, 15.94 seconds, $1,152; 2. Jeanne Anderson, 15.97, $864; 3. Cindy Gillespie, 15.98, $576; 4. Kyra Stierwalt, 16.10, $288.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Mike Chase, 12.0 seconds, $976; 2. Brodie Poppino, 12.4, $732; 3. Shorty Garten, 13.4, $488; 4. J.P. Wickett, 14.5, $244. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.2 seconds, $976; 2. Roger Branch, 11.8, $732; 3. Mike Chase, 11.9, $488; 4. Brodie Poppino, 12.4, $244. Third round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 10.4 seconds, $976; 2. Jay Sellers, 10.6, $732; 3. Rod Hartness, 11.2, $488; 4. Chet Herren, 11.7, $244. Average: 1. Brodie Poppino, 42.8 seconds on three head, $1,463; 2. Rod Hartness, 23.7, $1,098; 3. Mike Chase, 23.9, $732; 4. J.P. Wickett, 24.9, $366. Year-end champion: Chet Herren.

Bull riding: 1. Ty Viers, 77 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Boom-Boom, $1,130; 2. Chris McCombs, 74, $874; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Ebola in U.S.: Who has it, who doesn't

CNN - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:20
As of Friday, eight confirmed cases of Ebola have been or are being treated in the United States. Dozens of others are being monitored.
Categories: National News

7 reasons why Kansas City's a winner

CNN - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:18
For much of the next 10 days, the center of the baseball universe will not be Boston or L.A. but Kansas City, where the scrappy, longshot Royals will be playing in the World Series for the first time in 29 years.
Categories: National News

Same-sex marriage in Alaska, Wyoming can proceed

CNN - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:18
Same-sex marriage in Alaska can move forward after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected the state's request to delay enforcement. The one-sentence order from the justices denying a stay means gays and lesbians could soon legally wed.
Categories: National News

Women’s Cross Country Earns Top Five Finish At Crimson Classic

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:26
STARKVILLE, Miss. – At the Crimson Classic, Mississippi State cross country teams concluded the regular season in Tuscaloosa with the women's team earning a Top 5 finish.

Airline contacting people on flights with nurse infected with Ebola

Health - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:14
A nurse infected with Ebola may have had symptoms sooner, authorities say, and an airline is notifying passengers who were on the same flights she took from Dallas to Cleveland.
Categories: Health

Hurricane Gonzalo slams Bermuda

CNN World - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:04
Bermuda says it's ready. Now it awaits the arrival of Hurricane Gonzalo.
Categories: International News

Opposition: ISIS training to fly warplanes

CNN World - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:56
ISIS has three warplanes in northern Syria, and former Iraqi military officers are training the group's members to fly them, a Syrian opposition group says.
Categories: International News

Soccer's Valiant Effort Falls Short Against Vanderbilt

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:50
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A valiant effort came up short Friday night for the Mississippi State soccer team. A late Simone Charley goal proved the difference as Vanderbilt escaped with a 1-0 win Friday night.

Collins’ Walk-Off Home Run Gives Gray 4-3 Win Against Maroon

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:47
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore catcher Gavin Collins hit a walk-off home run to lead Gray to a dramatic 4-3 victory against Maroon in Mississippi State baseball's second fall scrimmage Friday night.
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