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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - 4 hours 16 min ago
There's a dual focus in the markets right now: Black Friday and black oil.

Thanksgiving power outages hit the Northeast

CNN - 5 hours 18 min ago
Storm-related power outages hit across the Northeast, leaving some chopping breadcrumbs by flashlight, cooking turkeys on the grill and watching Netflix on phones.
Categories: National News

Hong Kong protest leader alleges police assault

CNN World - 5 hours 22 min ago
Joshua Wong, the most prominent of Hong Kong's student protest leaders, alleged he was assaulted by police who used excessive force -- including repeatedly grabbing his genitals -- during his arrest at pro-democracy demonstrations.
Categories: International News

Another rising Kim in North Korea

CNN World - 5 hours 24 min ago
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been named as a senior government official by state media.
Categories: International News

Mexican President urges reform

CNN World - 5 hours 27 min ago
Eleven partially burned bodies of young adults have been found in southwestern Mexico, not far from where 43 missing college students went to school.
Categories: International News

Day of kindness in Ferguson

CNN - 5 hours 34 min ago
Ferguson streets were deserted early Friday after a Thanksgiving Day that mixed kindness with sadness, heartbreak with hope.
Categories: National News

2 boys safe after being buried in snow

CNN - 5 hours 35 min ago
Two little boys have something to be thankful for this year following their rescue after spending hours buried under a pile of snow in New York.
Categories: National News

UMass Amherst cuts ties with Bill Cosby

CNN - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:52
The University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bill Cosby have split ways amid allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Categories: National News

Opinion: Why some black artists urge Black Friday boycott

CNN - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:11
Soledad O'Brien and Rose Arce say with #BlackoutBlackFriday, a group of blacks in the arts are urging African Americans to use their economic clout to protest police brutality in Ferguson and beyond
Categories: National News

Shia LaBeouf's silent interview: provocative or pointless?

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 15:20
Leave it to Shia LaBeouf to give one of the strangest -- or most creative -- interviews of all time.
Categories: Entertainment News

New threat: 'Racism without racists'

CNN - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 14:27
In a classic study on race, psychologists staged an experiment with two photographs that produced a surprising result.
Categories: National News

Why you fight on Thanksgiving

CNN - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:25
As we all know, Thanksgiving isn't always the harmonious holiday it's sometimes made out to be.
Categories: National News

Storm knocks out power on Thanksgiving

CNN - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:24
Many in Maine were without power -- but not initiative -- as tens of thousands woke up to find the lights out.
Categories: National News

Raid frees eight hostages from al Qaeda stronghold, U.S. and Yemen say

CNN World - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:15
A daring raid by U.S. and Yemeni forces into an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen freed eight hostages, but not before kidnappers stole away with some Westerners, including an American.
Categories: International News

OPEC: No cut in oil production and prices keep falling

Business News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:52
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Durfey is a true cowboy

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:16

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was written for Tyson Durfey and submitted to Rodeo Athletes, an online magazine. Check out the website’s coverage filled with photos. I am publishing it here to celebrate Tyson’s birthday. Happy Thanksgiving to all you true cowboys and cowgirls, whether it’s because you rope and ride or because you’ve always dreamed of being one.


Long before he won three Canadian championships and qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times, Tyson Durfey dreamed of being and rodeo cowboy

“As a kid, I was surrounded by cowboys,” said Durfey, who burst onto the rodeo scene by becoming the first American-born contestant to win a Canadian Professional Rodeo Association title when he earned the championship in 2006. “My dad was a cowboy, my grandfather was a cowboy and my brothers were cowboys. All I wanted was to be a cowboy.”

Durfey looked up to all the cowboys in his life. There were many. His father, Roy, is recognized in rodeo circles as one of the elite trainers of tie-down roping horses and calf ropers. It’s a craft he continues to practice on his land just outside of Savannah, Mo., in the state’s northwestern corner.

It’s in those rolling hills that 4-year-old Tyson Durfey would ride his pony alongside his father and hear the stories of true cowboys. He learned that Jesse James had ridden through the same brush, and he learned all the fine details of being a cowboy: Riding horses is just one thing; cowboys needed to know what it meant to stand up for people who needed it and to live by a strong moral code.

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

“One thing I still hold onto today is that when I give someone my word, that’s as good as anything I can give them and that I will stand by it,” he said. “For my dad, it was a way for him to babysit me. For me, it was a lifestyle. It was something I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life.”

He watched deer bound across corn fields and cattle feast on grain. He hunted rabbits and squirrels and held tightly those ideals that had been passed along to him through the generations and in his own imagination.

Part of that is being the son of Roy Durfey. Part of it is having two older brothers who also were cowboys and talented ropers. Wes is the oldest, 10 years older than Tyson. Travis is in the middle, five years removed from both siblings.

That was an amazing influence on Tyson, who has taken the competitive edge further than anyone in the family. He won Canadian titles in 2006, ’08 and 2011, and this December will compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the seventh time in eight years.

But his influences are deeper than that. Tyson Durfey recalls watching greats like Joe Beaver and Troy Pruitt inside his home, taking those same lessons he was receiving. He saw the biggest names in the game compete on his father’s horses.

“At a young age, we were at the American Royal in Kansas City, and I was sitting on a horse and saw Fred Whitfield there,” Durfey said. “I had always heard my dad talking about him. Then all of the sudden, Fred Whitfield was walking over to me, this little redheaded kid sitting on a huge horse.

“He stuck his hand up to mine to shake it. It was a massive hand. He looked at me with a really serious look on his face and asked me if I was going to be good. I just nodded my head and said, ‘Yes, sir.’ That was my first chance to meet Fred Whitfield, but it stuck with me all my life.”

Each meeting became a huge blessing and further fueled Durfey’s fire. That ignition switch has paid plenty of dividends over his 31 years. In 2001 and ’02, he earned the Missouri High School Rodeo Association tie-down roping championship. Shortly afterward, he set out on his career in ProRodeo.

Along the way, he has racked up more than a million dollars in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association earnings. That doesn’t include the cash he’s earned north of the border, nor money earned at countless jackpots, amateur rodeos and that cool $100,000 prize he earned earlier this year by winning RFD-TV’s The American.

As a redheaded youngster, he learned the lessons of great horses and what it takes to ride them correctly through each run. He got a front-row seat as Roy Durfey made his name as one of the greatest calf-roping horsemen in the game.

“I wanted to make my name competing, winning,” Tyson Durfey said. “I believe in the horsemanship, and I feel like I’m a work in progress. I continue to work on it every day. If you get to where you think you’re good, then you’re not going to work at getting better. That’s what keeps all of us involved in the sport. It’s a never-ending story that keeps getting rewritten.”

Like any good novel, Durfey’s story line has changed over the years. He was just 23 years old when he won that first Canadian buckle, just 24 when he played in Las Vegas for the first time. Though he called his 10-night run at the NFR a struggle that year, he learned a lot.

“If you would’ve told me in 2006 that I would’ve finished in the top 15 in the world, I would’ve been ecstatic, but instead, I felt like 2007 was a huge letdown,” he said. “I felt a lot of pressure that first year. I was so young and was so structured in the way I did things. I didn’t realize that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

“I just wanted to win and beat them, but at the end of the day, it boils down to being the best person you can be and doing the best you can do every time. I was more focused on trying to win than I was at trying to be the best I could be at the rodeo.”

Durfey’s second NFR went much better. He won a go-round and placed in five others. Most importantly, he finished second in the average. In 2009, he finished third in the 10-run aggregate while placing in seven rounds. He moved up nine spots to finish third in the final world standings. That is his best finish to date.

“The thing about Las Vegas is you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “You can look at everything and expect someone to have a great finals, and it just doesn’t work out that way.”

Those are the ups and downs of being a professional cowboy. Durfey knows the rodeo roller coaster is filled with equal parts queasiness and thrills, whether the ride is in Las Vegas or near the Washington coast.

When he first started making a name for himself, Tyson Durfey traveled the rodeo trail in a stock trailer hauling a borrowed horse.

“Half that year, I slept in the back of my truck,” he said.

Much has changed along his roller-coaster ride. A little more than a year ago, he married Australian-born country singer Shea Fisher, and the couple took its honeymoon shortly after the 2013 NFR. He finds great comfort in having a great home life, despite the gypsy lifestyle that comes with being a rodeo cowboy.

“My life has changed astronomically since I first got started,” Durfey said. “I’m married now, I have my own house, my own place, my own indoor arena. I’ve been extremely blessed. I feel more grounded, more down to earth.”

That comfort has enabled Durfey to live the life he always has dreamed about. He’s a rodeo cowboy, just like his heroes. He has sponsors who not only support him but appreciate that he’s the perfect identity for their brands.

He’s built his reputation through hard work, God-given talent and integrity. It has allowed Tyson Durfey many blessings throughout an already distinguished career. It’s allowed him to chase his gold-buckle dreams, ride fast horses and compete on his sport’s biggest stages every year.

It sounds like an amazing country song, most likely performed by Shea Fisher, who has fallen in love with a redheaded rodeo cowboy that is just carrying on a family legacy.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Mississippi State & adidas Unveil Egg Bowl Uniform

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:52
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Top-ranked Mississippi State and adidas unveiled Tuesday new alternate TECHFIT football uniforms the Bulldogs will wear in the Egg Bowl on Saturday Nov. 29.

Little flutist plays to keep hope alive

CNN World - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:42
In the busy streets, shoppers and workers rush by the homeless little boy with a flute -- some dropping change but most ignoring him. But he plays on knowing that each coin or note can help his family survive another day.
Categories: International News

Crime novelist P.D. James dies

CNN World - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:40
P.D. James, the British novelist renowned for her crime novels featuring detective Adam Dalgliesh as well as such works as "The Children of Men," has died. She was 94.
Categories: International News


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