The renegade PBR still blazes its own trail, bringing a pool party, bikini contest, high-voltage concerts and, of course, tough cowboys trying to ride angry bulls to Las Vegas this weekend. The audacity even surprises the PBR founders.
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Just making it to the PBR World Finals on Friday was a major accomplishment for bull rider Ryan McConnel, who was involved in a life-threatening car accident Tuesday.
Kody Lostroh could win his first Professional Bull Riders championship in the next 10 days and collect $1 million.
Huckleberry Thorn doesn't roll over or sit up and beg for treats. He doesn't fetch tennis balls from the pool. He's not all that big on rubber toys. He doesn't stand around for 15 minutes waiting for the lighting to be just right while posing for photos.
Guilherme Marchi of Brazil came within four seconds of making "perfeito" -- that's "perfect" in Portuguese -- on the final day of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Sunday.
Moments after Guilherme Marchi finished second in the Professional Bull Riders championship last year for the third straight time, winner Justin McBride told the disheartened Brazilian that 2008 would be his year.
Guilherme Marchi could have been polishing his world championship belt buckle by now.
North Carolina is a hotbed for stock-car racing, and it's not the first locale that comes to mind as a breeding ground for bull riders.
Guilhermi Marchi last rode a bull on Sunday.
At 29, Chris Shivers is the same age as Justin McBride, his fellow two-time Professional Bull Riders world champion.
Getting injured turned out to be one of the best things to happen to bull rider J.B. Mauney, who suffered broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a bruised kidney and spleen in June 2005.
Any bull ride can leave a rider bruised, battered and bloodied. Even if he makes the eight-second buzzer, he still has to dismount safely, and bulls seem to get angrier when they unload their passenger.
Since joining the Professional Bull Riders in its first season in 1994, Adriano Moraes has won three world championships, 29 event titles and $3.5 million. He will hang on for his final PBR World Finals beginning tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Justin McBride's major bull riding career began in Las Vegas, and it's only fitting it ends here.
Justin McBride had it, nearly lost it but heeded some sage advice on how to recover it. That was the edge that allowed the former UNLV rodeo athlete to dominate the 29-event regular season of the Professional Bull Riders series. He set a record for...
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...
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...
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...
It's getting close to the nitty-gritty for cowboys in the Professional Bull Riders World Finals. As if it hasn't been gritty enough. Of the 143 rides last weekend at Mandalay Bay Events Center, cowboys 81 times had to spit dirt after failing to...
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...
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...
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...
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