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Weird rituals help athletes perform better

Health - 12 hours 9 min ago
Categories: Health

Greece's debt crisis: A who's who

CNN World - 12 hours 16 min ago
Following a referendum in which Greeks voted against accepting new austerity measures, European leaders are meeting Tuesday in Brussels to try to hash out a new deal or risk throwing the fate of the 19-member eurozone into jeopardy. Here are five major power players to keep an eye on.
Categories: International News

Debt crisis: View from a Greek island

CNN World - 12 hours 16 min ago
CNN's Richard Quest travels to a Greek island to see how the debt crisis is affecting tourism.
Categories: International News

Dad jumps off bridge with son; search underway for baby's body

CNN - 12 hours 37 min ago
Middletown, Connecticut, police believe a 22-year-old man jumped off a bridge holding his infant son. The man lived. On Tuesday, police are searching for the baby's body.
Categories: National News

Sosebee taking funny to Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - 12 hours 49 min ago
 Springdale, Ark.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; and Lovington, N.M. He returns to Lovington to work this year's Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee interacts with fans during a recent rodeo in Guymon, Okla. This month features a busy part of his schedule, moving from one large rodeo to another: Springdale, Ark.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; and Lovington, N.M. He returns to Lovington to work this year’s Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Much has changed around the Lea County Fair and Rodeo since the last time Cody Sosebee was the entertainer inside Jake McClure Arena.

“The Lovington rodeo has a lot of chrome on it now and is really bright and shiney,” said Sosebee, who will be the rodeo clown and entertainer during the five nights of rodeo action, beginning with the Lea County Xtreme Bulls on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and continuing through the full rodeo performances from Wednesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 8. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a lot different now than it was then. The rodeo has finally been recognized as one of the best, and they have Xtreme Bulls and Pete Carr’s bucking stock. It’s really a special rodeo.”

That it is. The Lea County rodeo has been nominated as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year each of the past two seasons. That’s quite an honor for an event that’s in the same class as the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup.

“That’s a super good committee, and you can tell they’ve worked their butts off to make a good rodeo even better,” he said. “When they came to tell me they were excited to have me coming back, it really was a great thing for me. I love that rodeo.”

The rodeo committee isn’t the only entity that’s been honored with nominations and awards. Sosebee is a five-time nominee for PRCA Clown of the Year and a two-time finalist for Comedy Act of the Year. He will be a big part of the action that is orchestrated by Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the primary livestock producer that’s been nominated for Stock Contractor of the Year in 2013-14.

“You get to work with an A team of personnel and an A team list of stock,” he said. “Anytime you get to work with people who excel in their field, it only makes me that much better.”

In addition to his clowning nomination, the former competitor also has been nominated for the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year two of the past three seasons. But there’s much more to Sosebee than meets the eye. Over his lifetime, he’s competed in nearly every rodeo event possible and was at the top of his game in bareback riding.

It’s part of the life growing up in a family that was heavily involved in rodeo. His father was a pickup man, so Sosebee has been part of the sport as long as he can remember.

“I got into clowning by accident by filling in for guys,” said Sosebee, who also owns a barbecue restaurant in his hometown of Charleston, Ark., just 25 miles east of Fort Smith, Ark. “I didn’t know where I was going to go with my rodeo career when I quit riding barebacks, and it turned into a good living. I get to see the world.

“I live in a community with one four-way stop, and I get to go to a lot of great places where as soon as you pull into town, you are considered a rock star for a week.”

A born competitor, the clown has made the adjustments he needed to get the true fix after a lifetime of being part of the contest.

“I’ve always been a competitor in anything I did, from football to basketball to when I was in freestyle bullfighting,” he said. “I miss putting my hand in the riggin’ and nodding my head to be 80 points to win the rodeo, but I’m a realist. I’m 43 years old. While most of the guys I rodeoed with have slowed down and have found jobs, I get to be in the arena and get to make a living in rodeo doing something I love.”

Sosebee also plays to his strengths. Bigger than many in the game, he showcases a true athleticism that is rarely seen among men of his stature. It’s comedy at the purest level.

“Having the ability to laugh at myself is probably my biggest strength,” he said. “I don’t take anything too serious. When I’m watching a comedian, the funniest thing I see is when they’re honestly open and having a good time. I want the fans to see that I’m a real person and I’m having fun, and they can have fun with me.”

That’s why Sosebee has excelled as one of the premier rodeo clowns in the game. That’s why the volunteer committee is bringing him to town. It’s another key reason the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is always at the top of the game.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Business News - 13 hours 3 min ago
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HSBC fires six employees for making mock ISIS-style video

Business News - 13 hours 4 min ago
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What you need to know about dog flu

Health - 13 hours 15 min ago
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What remains unsaid about assisted suicide

Health - 13 hours 17 min ago
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New terrorism law could target journalists in Egypt

CNN World - 13 hours 41 min ago
A new anti-terrorism law in Egypt will make publishing news that contradicts the official version of events in terrorism-related cases a crime punishable by prison sentences, a setback for the freedom of the press, according to the local journalists union.
Categories: International News

Fraser accused of 'racist attack' on Kyrgios

CNN World - 13 hours 42 min ago
Australian Olympic legend Dawn Fraser has provoked outrage and allegations of racism after she told tennis star Nick Kyrgios to "go back to where (his) parents came from," following his "disgusting" on-court antics at Wimbledon.
Categories: International News

Iran talks deadline extended again

CNN World - 13 hours 43 min ago
Negotiators working to broker a deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program on Tuesday extended the talks until the end of the week.
Categories: International News

Suicide attacks target coalition forces

CNN World - 13 hours 43 min ago
Two suicide attacks rocked areas in and around Kabul on Tuesday, one of them targeting coalition forces and another an Afghan government building, authorities said.
Categories: International News

Clinton campaign corrals media

CNN - 14 hours 5 min ago
Hillary Clinton's campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in this small town's July Fourth parade.
Categories: National News

Hillary Clinton to talk to CNN

CNN - 14 hours 5 min ago
Categories: National News

Who killed Shirley Reine?

CNN - 14 hours 11 min ago
In the early hours of May 10, 2005, Shirley Reine was found dead in her garage.
Categories: National News

S.C. bill to remove Confederate flag advances

CNN - 14 hours 13 min ago
The effort to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds is riding strong momentum.
Categories: National News

Al-Shabaab kills 14 in Kenya

CNN World - 14 hours 14 min ago
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility Tuesday for a nighttime attack on two homes in northeastern Kenya's Mandera County.
Categories: International News
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