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Bang for the bucks

The final two performances of the American Royal Rodeo take place Friday and Saturday night in Kansas City. While there was plenty of action last weekend, there’s no letting up over the final two nights. There are still plenty of top names in the business that will be showcasing their talents inside Kemper Arena. Some[...]
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Regional warriors

During the three performances over three days in Park City, Kan., the top competitors primarily from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska will battle for the top prize in the region at the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. This will be the first I’ve missed in a number of years, but I’ll keep an eye on the[...]
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My friend Clem

Two summers ago, the rodeo world said goodbye to a legend in the sport, Clem McSpadden. The former general manager of the National Finals Rodeo, McSpadden was one of the greatest voices in the sport. He died in July 2008. This past May, I was invited by his widow, Donna, to visit Clem’s office in[...]
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Out of this world

Brazilian Renato Nunes parlayed a great season and a fantastic run at this week’s world finals in Las Vegas to earn the 2010 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough world champion. In the process, he became the third Brazilian in five years to win the title — Guilherme Marchi won the 2008 championship, and Adriano[...]
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The world unites

The third performance of the American Royal Rodeo was a pretty fair showcase of world champions. – Saddle bronc riders Taos Muncy and Billy Etbauer – Tie-down roper Monty Lewis – Steer wrestlers Dean Gorsuch, Jason Miller and Luke Branquinho. All faired very well Saturday night. Gorsuch led the parade of champions with a 4.0-second steer wrestling[...]
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A likely fantastic finish

The 2010 PBR world championship is going to come down to the final three go-rounds of the long season. On Friday night, Brazilian Renato Nunes scored 89.25 on the bull Closet Gangster to win the third round and collect another $25,000. More importantly, it moved him to No. 2 in the Built Ford Tough Series[...]
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