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Stock market gems: Tiffany and Signet surge

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:50
Forget about going to Jared, beginning kisses with Kay or bringing home a little blue box with a diamond engagement ring in it.

Polluting factories cost Europe $235 billion

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:42
Air pollution costs Europe up to $235 billion a year -- roughly the GDP of Connecticut.

Apple now worth a whopping $700 billion

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:42
In the exclusive club of the world's most valuable companies, Apple is king. And its crown just added more bling.

Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:32
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U.S. economy picks up speed

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:57
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Thanksgiving turkeys go old school

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:44
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Russians buying up high-end London property

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:43
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MSU Softball Reels In California Talent with Niu

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:32
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a 2015 signing class made up of six future Bulldogs from six states, west coaster Sarai Niu is the second to have signed during the early signing period.

Driver of recalled GM car cleared in boyfriend's death

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:26
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Scheer ready for a run at the title

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:24

ELSMERE, Neb. – Cort Scheer is one of the best saddle bronc riders in ProRodeo.

He’s been one of the best for several years, and next week he heads to his fourth qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier event that takes place Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.

“Every year you go into the finals feeling confident, but this is probably the most confident I’ve ever been going into it,” said Scheer, 28, of Elsmere.

He has reason to feel that way. Scheer is the No. 3 bronc rider in the world standings, having earned $102,413 through the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regular season. He trails standings leader and two-time world champion Taos Muncy by a little more than $24,000.

“It’s awesome that we’re in that position,” Scheer said, referring to the fact that both he and Muncy were part of the rodeo team at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. “It all goes back to the practice pen when Taos and I and all those guys were getting on in a $10 jackpot.”

Each man who put his name in the hat ponied up $10, and the high-marked cowboy won the pot.

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

“Back in the day, all we wanted to do was win a $10 jackpot,” he said. “It’s amazing to me that we’re still going at each other. That’s the best opportunity in the world when you start off riding with the best. You aren’t just riding against anybody; you’re riding against the best in the world.

“Now instead of a $10 jackpot, you’re riding for $19,000 a round.”

The NFR is the perfect place to excel. It offers the largest purse in the game, $6.375 million, and features only the top 15 contestants in each event in the world standings. In rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestant in each event who finishes the 2014 campaign with the most money is crowned world champion. It’s well within Scheer’s grasp.

“Doing so well at the Canadian Finals (Rodeo) helps a ton with my confidence,” said Scheer, who won the average title earlier this month in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m pretty excited.

“This is the best year I’ve ever had. I usually have a pretty good winter, and I did.”

He was rather consistent this season. He earned eight event titles this year, from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Pendleton, Ore. He also won the January rodeo in Denver.

“The win at Pendleton was probably the biggest one of the year and the most unique one,” he said. “I wasn’t even planning on going and didn’t think I had enough horse in the first round to make it back to the short round. I ended up going, and the horse was pretty good. In the short round, the only horse in the pen I didn’t know was the horse I had.”

It turned out to be just fine. Scheer scored 91 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder to win the short round and the average title.

“Just to win in that arena in the grass and to be able to take the victory lap around the track there, it was awesome,” he said.

Scheer has won a lot in a career that began seven seasons ago. In addition to attending Panhandle State on a rodeo scholarship, he also was on the rodeo teams at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Montana State University. He first qualified for the NFR in 2010, then missed the next season after suffering a knee injury – he still finished 2011 among the top 25 in the world. He has returned to Las Vegas every year since.

“If you don’t have momentum, you don’t have consistency or confidence,” said Scheer, who was raised on the Nebraska sandhills, the youngest of three children born to Kevin and Pam Scheer. “When you get that on your side, it dang sure helps you. When a guy is confident, you feel like you can’t do anything wrong.”

He hasn’t been on a bronc since the final round of the Canadian Finals on Nov. 9, but he’s has a bit of a swagger after his successful run.

“I think the timing of it is big because it’s just before the NFR,” he said. “It’s also the format of it, the horses and the caliber of the cowboys. Most of those horses will be at the finals.

“My whole mindset was moving on to the next one. No matter how I did, I put it behind me and moved on to the next one. Now it’s been on the NFR. My saddle feels great, and I feel great. Ninety percent of bronc riding is mental. I’m real confident in my saddle, real confident in myself. I’ve also been staying in good shape.”

The past few weeks have been vital for Scheer, who has spent virtually all of it at his Nebraska home. He helps his dad and brother, Clete, on the ranch every day. That type of manual labor is good for the mind and the body. Now he has his sights set firmly on the Nevada desert, where he hopes to take a step up from a solid 2013 NFR – he was one of only two men to ride all 10 broncs, finishing second in the average.

“I learned a lot from last year,” Scheer said. “I felt like I could ride better than I did in a lot of those rounds. You learn from those mistakes. You always want to be at the top of the food chain. It looked like I was riding for the average in the end.

“I’d rather be known for a guy who rides for the rounds and not for the average. I might as well be 85 instead of 75. Sure it’s a confidence booster you can ride them, but you just have to better yourself in the end.”

That’s a solid approach by the humble cowboy. It’s the reason he has been so victorious this year and why he’s one of the elite bronc riders in the game.

It’s why he’ll battle for the world title.

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Strange case of the melting house

CNN World - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:24
In south London, a life-size wax house is melting. No, you're not hallucinating.
Categories: International News

'A thousand Fergusons across America'

CNN - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:08
Some people here just wanted the drama to end. Others say it can never end, not as long as a white cop can shoot an unarmed black teenager to death without consequences.
Categories: National News

Yemenis freed from al Qaeda captors

CNN World - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:06
Security forces early Tuesday rescued seven Yemenis and an American who had been briefly taken hostage by alleged al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, according to Yemeni government sources.
Categories: International News

China building island in disputed waters

CNN World - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:06
China is building an island in the South China Sea that could accommodate the country's first airstrip in bitterly contested waters, according to satellite images analyzed by Jane's Defence Weekly.
Categories: International News

We love working on Thanksgiving!

Business News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:05
Not everybody hates to work on Thanksgiving.

British veterans join fight against ISIS

CNN World - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:01
Two British veterans have joined Kurdish forces in the fight against ISIS. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
Categories: International News

Beer bottle shatters glass walkway at London's Tower Bridge

CNN World - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:00
A scary view of London just got slightly scarier.
Categories: International News

See U.S. Navy's drone-killing laser

CNN - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:39
The U.S. Navy is deploying a secret weapon to the Persian Gulf: A laser cannon that can bring down drones and ships.
Categories: National News

Plea deal in 'stand your ground' case

CNN - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:34
A Florida woman who'd been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a "stand your ground" case accepted a plea bargain Monday that greatly reduces her sentence.
Categories: National News

Philae gets another chance?

CNN - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:28
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: National News
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