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The search for MH370: Next phase poised to begin

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 21:51
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is arguably the greatest mystery in the history of commercial flight, with an extensive search failing to turn up a single piece of definitive evidence of its whereabouts.
Categories: International News

Battle Of Bulldogs Sunday As MSU Hosts No. 20 Georgia

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 20:04
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State faces its first ranked opponent of the season as No. 20 Georgia comes to Starkville Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field.

MSU Volleyball Set For SEC Network Debut, Hosts No. 9 Florida

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 19:13
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Set for their first appearance on the SEC Network, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (5-13, 0-3 SEC) play host to the ninth-ranked Florida Gators (9-3, 3-0 SEC) Sunday, Oct. 5, at Newell-Grissom.

CDC responds to sick passenger on flight from Brussels

CNN - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 18:47
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday quarantined an international flight in New Jersey after a passenger became ill on the plane, authorities said.
Categories: National News

Prescott Accounts For Five TDs As #12 MSU Rolls Past #6 A&M, 48-31

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 16:30
STARKVILLE, Miss. - No. 12 Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC) routed No. 6 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) 48-31 in front of the second-biggest crowd in Davis Wade Stadium history Saturday afternoon.

With Kim out of sight, North Korea agrees to talks with South

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 15:27
With Kim Jong Un out of sight for a month, a covey of North Korea's high officials popped down to South Korea for a last minute jaunt on Saturday, and delivered a diplomatic bonbon.
Categories: International News

MSU Women’s Cross Country Team Earn Top 15 Finish At Paul Short

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:59
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A strong showing from Rhianwedd Price helped lead the Mississippi State women's cross country team to a Top 15 performance Saturday at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

Dirty Jacket is a champion horse

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 14:47
Richie Champion rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket for 91 points to win the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo in July. It's one of many key wins for Champion this season and one of many outstanding bucking trips for the 10-year-old bay gelding. (RIC ANDERSON PHOTO)

Richie Champion rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket for 91 points to win the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo in July. It’s one of many key wins for Champion this season and one of many outstanding bucking trips for the 10-year-old bay gelding. (RIC ANDERSON PHOTO)

DALLAS – Dirty Jacket was an exceptional bucking horse the first time he bucked.

The bay gelding was just 4 years old at the time. He’s grown up a lot since then, and he’s just gotten better.

“He’s the perfect bucking horse, because he loves what he does and he’s excited when it’s time to buck,” said Pete Carr, owner of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. “He ready when he gets to the chute, and he stands there until the gate opens; then he has a big leap in the air and bucks hard every time.

“When the whistle blows, he lines out with the pickup man and allows the guys to get off without any problem. He’s the kind of horse all the bareback riders want to draw, because they know that as long as they don’t stub their toe, they’re going to win.”

Richie Champion

Richie Champion

Ask any bareback rider, they agree with Carr. Over the past three years, bareback riders have selected the 10-year-old as one of the top three horses in the game. This year should mark the sixth straight year the powerful and athletic gelding performs at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that takes place in Las Vegas each December.

“I’ve been on big horses that look big and feel big,” said Richmond Champion, who rode Dirty Jacket for 91 points to win the championship at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. “He has a huge frame, but he’s so athletic from nose to tail. He just looks like an athlete. If you could pick a horse out of a herd that could jump nine feet in the air, he’s that horse.

“If you’re going to win a big rodeo, that’s the horse you want.”

That’s true. In 2012, Dirty Jacket finished the season as the runner-up Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse. Last year, he was the Reserve World Champion. Can he be the No. 1 bareback horse in 2014?

“I think Dirty Jacket should’ve gotten the halter a long time ago,” Champion said of the Bareback Horse of the Year title. “I think he deserves one.”

Three pasture mates from the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo herd have earned that title: Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. So far this year on Dirty Jacket, three-time world champion Kaycee Feild posted a 92.5-point ride on the big bay during the Fort Worth (Texas) Super Shootout; Champion was 91 in Cheyenne; Bill Tutor was 88 points in Lovington, N.M.; and Steven Dent won the final rodeo of the season with a 91-point ride in Stephenville, Texas.

Bill Tutor

Bill Tutor

“It’s an awesome feeling when you draw him, because he’s absolutely the one you want to draw,” said Tutor, of Huntsville, Texas, who has been on Dirty Jacket four times in his young career, winning in Claremore, Okla., and Stephenville, Texas, in 2013. “But you get worked up about it, and your heart’s pounding all week. I don’t want to mess up a horse that great.”

Not many do. In 2013, cowboys earned rodeo wins in 12 of 13 rodeos in which Dirty Jacket bucked. The scores in 2014 are proving he’s been better.

“When I saw the draw for the short round in Cheyenne, I knew I wanted him,” Champion said. “There were a bunch of good horses in the short round, but I wanted Dirty Jacket. When I found out I had him, there was no chance I was going to sleep good. I was super excited. When I got to the arena and got behind the bucking chutes, everybody was congratulating me on the draw. I was pretty nervous, because I didn’t want to waste the opportunity.”

He didn’t. In fact, he took in all the atmosphere of one of the biggest rodeos of the season.

“I wanted to take in every bit of that experience to get on him,” he said. “He looked healthy, probably the best I’d ever seen him was that day. Pete Carr and his crew do a phenomenal job taking care of their horses.

“I went and hung out with him for a while. That was probably the most excited I’ve ever been to get on a bareback horse that day. I was a kid in a candy store.”

He got his fix. Dirty Jacket burst out of the chute like no other horse had ever done. The images of that first move out of the chute were magic on social media.

“It felt like he wound himself up, and the next thing I know, I’m just looking vertical,” said Champion, whose only appearance on the photograph was his right boot. “I’ve never felt anything like that. From the rare out to about the fourth jump, it was just phenomenal. There are about two jumps I don’t remember happening. Once he lined out and was stacked up underneath me, that’s where I really started to have fun. I didn’t want the whistle to blow; I was having way too much fun.”

A lot of cowboys have had that experience over the last six years. They talk about tremendous athleticism. They talk about explosiveness. They talk about an animal’s love for what he does.

They talk about Dirty Jacket.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

GM recalls reach 30 million for year

Business News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:58
If you own a General Motors vehicle, it's worth the few seconds it takes to go on the company's website to check if your car has been recalled.

Thomas Piketty: We don't know enough about inequality

Business News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 09:08
There are few rock stars in economic and tax policy, but Thomas Piketty is one of them. The famous French economist is an authority on income inequality. His book on the subject sold out on Amazon and spent 22 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list this year.

Thai king hospitalized with high fever

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:44
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been hospitalized with a high fever and irregular blood pressure, the palace said Saturday.
Categories: International News

Cameron: Beheading 'unforgivable'

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:43
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that the death of British aid worker Alan Henning at the hands of ISIS was "absolutely abhorrent" and "unforgivable."
Categories: International News

Mob attacks Hong Kong protesters

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:01
As the mass protests extended into the seventh day, the stalemate between pro-democracy demonstrators and the Hong Kong government appears no closer to a resolution.
Categories: International News

ISIS video: British hostage beheaded

CNN World - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 05:59
A short video released by ISIS shows the apparent beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.
Categories: International News

Marriott fined for blocking guests' Wi-Fi

CNN - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 05:58
Think hotels are deliberately blocking your personal Wi-Fi networks so you'll buy theirs?
Categories: National News

10 at 'higher risk' of Ebola

CNN - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 05:57
About 10 people are at "higher risk" of catching Ebola after coming into contact with a Liberian man hospitalized in Dallas, health officials said.
Categories: National News

Bulldog Volleyball Falls In Three Sets To South Carolina

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:06
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite a number of impressive performances, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (5-13, 0-3 SEC) dropped their Southeastern Conference home opener to the South Carolina Gamecocks (12-3, 2-1 SEC) 3-0 Friday night.

Soccer Suffers Tough 2-0 Setback To LSU

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 23:57
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State put together a tough effort against an experienced LSU side, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell 2-0 on a cool Friday evening at the MSU Soccer Field.

Ratliff hoping to defend title

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 23:14

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Winn Ratliff won a share of the bareback riding championship at last year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo.

He’d like to win it all this year. On Friday night during the rodeo’s second performance, the Louisiana cowboy rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Cimmaron for 86 points to take the lead. He’ll await Saturday’s final show to see how he finishes the weekend.

Winn Ratliff

Winn Ratliff

“My first horse was a Pete Carr horse called Blue Smoke,” said Ratliff, who will compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this coming December for the second time in three years. “Every once in a while, he’ll throw a little fit, and tonight he decided he didn’t want to perform, so we decided to give him a break and give me a reride.

“I had some history with Cimmaron and knew him real well. He’s a real nice horse and just circled around to the left. He’s real showy, and I just tried to do my part by making a strong ride.”

It worked. Ratliff may have been assisted by the 8 Second Bareback Shootout, a head-to-head match between Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, and Richie Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, both of whom are NFR qualifiers. It was a historical special event for the Waller County rodeo. Though it wasn’t part of the ProRodeo, it was a highlighted event in which both cowboys put on exceptional rides – Cannon won the match with a 90-point ride on Pete Carr’s River Blast, two points better than Champion’s ride on Carr’s Little Sister.

“It definitely helps when you see two of the top guys make jam-up rides,” said Ratliff of Leesville, La. “It makes you want to show out. I’m thankful I could see that. It definitely got my riding juices flowing.”

The 25-year-old cowboy finished the 2014 regular season ninth in the world standings, having earned $73,000. With this being the first week of the 2015 season, he was excited to get off to a good start.

“September was a tough month because I wasn’t drawing good and just wasn’t riding good,” Ratliff said. “Toward the end and to now, my confidence has shot back really high. My year’s been a blessing; I just tried to keep my priorities in line and not take anything for granted, because we’re never promised tomorrow.”

He is in great shape to collect a nice payday in Hempstead.

“Last night I was at my hometown rodeo, and I kind of choked,” he said. “I came over here and knew I needed to redeem myself.”

Mission accomplished.

Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 2-4
Hempstead, Texas
Bareback riding:
1. Winn Ratliff, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Cimmaron; 2. Kyle Brennecke, 84; 3. Wyatt Denny, 82; 4. (tie) Will Lowe and Anthony Thomas, 79; 6. Bee Jay Scott, 78; 7. Kash Wilson, 77; 8. Ethan Assmann, 75.

Steer wrestling: 1. Darrell Petry, 4.0 seconds; 2. Bill Pace 4.4; 3. (tie) Aaron Vosler and Tommy Cook, 4.6; 5. Jarret New, 4.9; 3. Matt Cupp, 8.4; 6. (tie) Adam Strahan and Donelle Goodman, 5.9.

Team roping: 1. Lane Ivy/Tommy Zuniga, 5.0 seconds; 2. Kenton Woodson, 5.5; 3. (tie) Logan Olson/Travis Woodard, Tyler Waters/Kory Koontz, Jake Cooper, Tyler McKnight and David Key/Martin Lucero, 5.8; 7. Justin Davis/Colby Lovell, 5.9; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Cole Davison, 6.0.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 80 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Icycle; 2. Bradley Harter, 79; 3. (tie) Dean Wadsworth, Justin Caylor and Kobyn Williams, 78; 6. Isaac Diaz, 77.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Matt Shiozawa, 7.9 seconds; 2. Houston Hutto, 8.9; 3. Ross Tucker,9.0; 4. Ace Slone, 9.2; 5. Timber Moore, 9.3; 6. Marty Yates, 9.6.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Kelly Tovar, 14.52 seconds; 2. Amanda Davenport, 14.64; 3. Mary Walker, 14.75; 4. Sydni Blanchard, 14.82; 5. Lisa Thornton, 14.85; 6. Morgan Breaux, 14.89; 7. Brittany Grant, 14.90; 8. Christy Loflin, 14.91; 9. Taylor Jacob, 14.93; 10. Brittany Kelly, 15.02; 11. Kelly Allen, 15.05; 12. Tiffani Sonnier, 15.06.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Zeb Lanham, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Rainbow, and Chad German, on Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Kubota, 85 points; 3. Jay Turner, 83; 4. Nile Lebaron, 81; 5. Toby Collins, 71; no other qualified rides.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Hong Kong protesters: We don't trust you

CNN World - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 21:53
Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters faced off outside the office of the city's chief executive, as the standoff continued despite an agreement to hold talks.
Categories: International News
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