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Durfey, Proctor have strong finale at NFR

LAS VEGAS - The National Finals Rodeo wasn’t great for a pair of cowboys with local ties. But it wasn’t bad. The 10-day rodeo wrapped up Saturday night with Tyson Durfee sharing first place in the final go-round of tie-down roping and Shane Proctor third in the season-ending bull riding standings.

Briefs: Klay Thompson picked to USA Basketball national roster pool

BASKETBALL: Former WSU standout Klay Thompson was selected by USA Basketball on Thursday as one of 28 potential players for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Thompson joins LeBron James and 10 others from the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team as well as a group of newcomers hoping for their first chance at gold. Only Kobe Bryant, who has said he is finished with international competition, wasn’t selected. Carmelo Anthony and James have a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.

Cheney’s Gray wins ninth round in bareback riding

LAS VEGAS – It isn’t the best Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Ryan Gray has had in his eight trips to Las Vegas, but a little of the disappointment was washed away Friday night when the Cheney bareback rider won the ninth round. Gray scored an 85.5 on Smack Daddy to win a go-round for the fourth time and pocket $18,629.81. He is ninth in the average, so his dream of winning a world championship has disappeared with the rodeo ending tonight.

Colbert roper Durfey places fifth

LAS VEGAS – Washington cowboys didn’t make much of a mark in Round 8 of the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday night. Colbert tie-down roper Tyson Durfey was the only one to cash a check, picking up $4,807.69 for a fifth-place finish. His time was 7.3 seconds. He is 15th in the average.

Durfey ties for third in Round 6 at NFR

LAS VEGAS – Tyson Durfey hasn’t had much success at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with one small check at the halfway point. Things changed a bit for the Colbert calf roper in Round 6 on Tuesday as his 7.4-second run was good for a tie for third place and $9,465.14. The rodeo goes 10 rounds, concluding Saturday.

Gray enjoys good payday

LAS VEGAS – Ryan Gray finally had a good payday and Tyson Durfey finally had a payday in the fourth round of the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday night. Gray, a bareback rider from Cheney, rode Kattie Katie to an 84.5 to finish second, good for $14,723.56. It also moved him up to sixth in the average. Jessy Davis of Power, Mont., won the round with an 86 on Raggidy Ann.

Proctor wins again

LAS VEGAS – Grand Coulee native Shane Proctor was the bull-riding winner for the second consecutive night at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Proctor rode Squirrel Grove to a score of 89 for the victory on Friday night, and again pocketed $18,629.81.

Cheney’s Ryan Gray heads to rodeo finals

Ryan Gray and Tyson Durfey made returning to the upper echelon of pro rodeo sound easy. Both used the word focus after they officially qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. It was a trip they both missed last year, ending long appearances at the lucrative season ending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association championship.

Area cowboys focused on NFR

Ryan Gray and Tyson Durfey made returning to the upper echelon of pro rodeo sound easy.

Sky honors EWU’s Brown

Following a successful weekend of Big Sky action, in which the Eastern Washington volleyball team won two matches on the road, senior Laney Brown was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week. Itis the first career weekly honor for the 5-foot-7 setter from Waterville, Wash.

Quinn apologizes for Tebow comments

NFL: Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unflattering comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback in a GQ article. The article on Tebowmania was written by Michael Silver and titled “The year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time.”

Proctor endures painful journey

Befitting a world champion, Shane Proctor was being chauffeured across the country on Monday but he would have much rather had his hands on the wheel. Proctor wasn’t driving, he was reclining in the back seat admiring his new gold belt buckle, because of the pain killers he was taking for the broken arm he suffered just minutes after winning the bull riding championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Bull riding champ endures painful journey

Befitting a world champion, Shane Proctor was being chauffeured across the country on Monday but he would have much rather had his hands on the wheel. Proctor wasn’t driving because of the pain killers he was taking for the broken arm he suffered just minutes after winning the bull riding championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Saturday night in Las Vegas.

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.

Proctor closes in on bull-riding title

LAS VEGAS – Shane Proctor is one ride away from winning a world championship. If the Grand Coulee bull rider makes an 8-second ride tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center, or three-time defending champion J.W. Harris fails to ride, the world championship goes to Proctor, who is competing in his first Wrangler National Finals rodeo.

Proctor regains momentum at National Finals Rodeo

LAS VEGAS – Shane Proctor regained the momentum in the chase to win the bull-riding world championship. The Grand Coulee cowboy, who entered the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a nice lead only to see J.W. Harris make a charge the last three days, tied for third in the sixth go-round Tuesday night in the Thomas and Mack Center.