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Freed McBride riding easy

Professional bull rider Justin McBride rode last weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with the shoulder of his free arm -- the one he needs to maintain balance -- heavily taped. He went 0-for-3. When the PBR World Finals shifted to the Thomas...

Nebraskan raises stakes

Dustin Elliott's trophy case has a ton of gold buckles, but he'll eagerly make room for the most prestigious one in his sport. The 26-year-old bull rider owns state high school and national collegiate titles. In 2004, he reached the pinnacle of the...

Rider keeps stiff upper lip

You expect a challenge when talking with some of the bull riders at the Thomas & Mack Center. Nine of the 45 contestants in Thursday's fourth round of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals are from Brazil. Translators are needed for all but...

Rider, mentor share win

The bull explodes out of the chute, turning left and jerking Brian Canter along with him. Canter holds on, every inch of his 5-foot-3-inch, 120-pound body moving with the bull. Deuces Wild leads, and Canter dances step for step, move for move. The...

Young rider full of fight

Kody Lostroh won his second straight battle with the bulls in the second round of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals at Mandalay Bay on Saturday night. But the fights he engaged in with Bad Medicine and Savage Shaker -- the bulls he rode for...

McBride's hat still in ring

For four days Justin McBride has been pumped full of antibiotics, a last-ditch effort to curb the effects of viral meningitis on the eve of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals. Silly doctors, don't they know the only drug that will cure...