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WATCH: Eight Seconds

Today PBR bull rider, Scottie Knapp visited our studio to talk about the upcoming Spokane Classic this Saturday at the Spokane Arena.

$10,000 on the line as Spangle hosts world mechanical bull riding finals

On Saturday, from about noon to 7 p.m., the Harvester Restaurant in the small town of Spangle, about 20 minutes south of Spokane along U.S. Highway 195, will be transformed into a bull-riding mecca. More than a dozen cowboys and cowgirls will show the world what it’s like to be a real-life Urban Cowboy.

Serena caps season with WTA crown

Tennis: The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end. Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Istanbul for her second straight WTA Championships crown.

Mauney tries to bring PBR title back to NC

J.B. Mauney is one of the top professional bull-riders in the world but goes largely unnoticed in the heart of NASCAR country. Winning a world championship might get him a little more attention in his hometown of Mooresville, N.C. Mauney goes into the 20th anniversary of the PBR World Finals that begin today ( 6 p.m., CBS Sports) in Las Vegas trailing two-time defending champion Silvano Alves by 538.5 points. Mauney climbed into the championship picture by winning five of the last nine PBR events, including three in a row. Grand Coulee’s Shane Proctor enters the event 9th in the world standings. – Associated Press

Mauney ends Bushwacker’s buckoff streak at 42

It took nine tries but J.B. Mauney finally made a full 8-second ride of Bushwacker, the record-setting bull that had 42 consecutive buckoffs at Professional Bull Riders events. Mauney rode the 1,700-pound bull for 95.25 points Saturday night to win the Express Employment Professionals Classic in Tulsa, Okla., and stop the streak that began in 2009 when Bushwacker was 3 years old. The 26-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., came into the final round in second place and made the crowd-pleasing decision to ride Bushwacker in the championship round. Bushwacker was the 2011 world champion bull and is the front-runner for this year’s title. – AP

Grand Coulee’s Proctor wins world bull-riding title

LAS VEGAS – The best night for Shane Proctor wasn’t his greatest night, but it was still a championship night. The Grand Coulee, Wash., cowboy was bucked off and stepped on by Black Attack on Saturday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, suffering a broken left arm which was going to require surgery, according to a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association press release.

Bull riding not saddled with blahs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about attending a highbrow literary play-reading. Today, in the interest of balance, I want to tell you about attending an equally enlightening Spokane event: The Wrangler Professional Bull Riding Classic. It was like going to the opposite end of the cultural spectrum – from a beret to a Stetson. Yet I enjoyed myself every bit as much.

Wrangler Pro Bull Riding Classic

What: Calloused cowboys meet mean bulls in a two-night rodeo extravaganza. When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.