Harris takes world bull riding title

J.W. Harris, riding with a broken right hand, is thrown from Hawaiian Ivory during the ninth go-round of National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, Friday in Las Vegas.<br><i>AP?photo</i>

LAS VEGAS - J.W. Harris wrapped up his second straight world bull riding title Friday night despite failing to earn any money during the first nine rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Harris, from May, Texas, equaled a feat accomplished last by bull rider Bill Nelson, who won the 1971 title without earning any money in the finals - then held in Oklahoma City.

Harris broke his right (riding) hand in the second round, and hasn't completed a qualified ride. Freckles Brown (1962) is the only bull rider to win a world championship without completing a ride at the NFR. After missing four rounds, Harris was bucked off Hawaiian Ivory in the ninth round.

"It's all the hard work throughout the year," Harris said. "It just proves that rodeo is 365 days a year. You have to go all year, and I did give myself a cushion in case something did happen I would be all right. I would have liked to finish 10-for-10, but stuff happens."

In the ninth round, Cody Hancock of Taylor, Ariz., had a winning 89.5-point ride on Balistic, then was taken to the hospital after sustaining a concussion.

Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., fifth with an 83 on Crazy Train, has covered a rodeo-high five bulls and leads the aggregate race with 398.5 points. Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., was $70,265 behind Harris with one round left.

In team roping, world header leader Chad Masters of Clarksville, Texas, and heeler leader Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., won with a world-record time of 3.3 seconds.

Just minutes before Masters and Corkill recorded their record time, header JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, and Randon Adams of Logandale, Nev., set a world record with a 3.4, which ended up giving them second place in the round.

Masters has earned $167,004, and Corkill has made $157,532.

"It's extremely big for us," Masters said. "We kind of got ourselves in a bind earlier in the week, and we might not still have much of a chance, but to have any chance at all we figured we'd have to win the last two rounds. To have to be 3.3 to do it; you'd almost think it isn't possible. But we lucked out and it turned out it was possible after all."

Header Luke Brown of Rock Hill, S.C., and Martin Lucero of Stephenville, Texas, lead the aggregate score standings with a time of 45.1 over nine rides.

Brown and Lucero, who didn't place among the top six with a time of 5.3 in round nine, are making a run at the aggregate record of 59.1 on 10 head in 1994 held by Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper..

In bareback riding, Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., won with an 86.5 on Coconut Roll. He has had at least a share of first place in three of the last four rounds.

In steer wrestling, Casey McMillen of Craig, Colo., won in 3.3 seconds.

In saddle bronc, J.J. Elshere of Quinn, S.D., won with an 86 on Griz.

In tie-down roping, Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, tied for first with times of 7.3.

In barrel racing, Cassie Moseley of Farwell, Texas, finished first in 13.74 while 2007 world champion Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, placed second in 13.88 and moved into first place in the world standings.

In all-around, Brazile has earned $326,046 and remained in first place in his bid for his seventh world title. He has exceeded $300,000 a record four years in a row.

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