PBR - Professional Bull Riders

Chase Outlaw wins BlueDEF Finals and 2016 BlueDEF Championship ~ Heather Croze

Chase Outlaw secured the BlueDEF Finals went win and the BlueDEF Tour Championship after his 85-point ride on Gas Pedal. Nathan Schaper finished in second place and moved into 30th in the world standings, securing a spot at World Finals. Neil Holmes finished in third after a 2-for-4 performance.

Vieira trying to make world title race closer ~ Justin Felisko

Fabiano Vieira gritted through his ride Saturday night but he felt good turning in a solid score. Sage Kimzey bucked off in his PBR debut as he struggled to build a familiar routine. After Saturday night, though, he feels confident he can bounce back. Meanwhile, Emilio Resende added to his lead in the BlueDEF Tour standings with his finish in Round 1.

2016 PBR Brazil champion Barbosa debuts in style ~ Justin Felisko

Dener Barbosa showed exactly why many consider him the next great Brazilian rider after his performance Saturday night. Barbosa, who got his visa at the last minute arrived in Las Vegas after a red-eye flight from Brazil. Barbosa wants to see how PBR Finals Week goes before he makes a decision on staying in the U.S. but he's confident he can succeed.

The Morning Line: BlueDEF Finals Day 2 ~ Slade Long

Round 2 will be similar to Round 1 of the BlueDEF Finals, full of unknowns for the riders which can be good and bad. Chase Outlaw is riding hot right now and should have the advantage over Runaway Train. Sage Kimzey may have fallen last night but the bull he has tonight should remind people not to bet against him.

Holmes wins Round 2 of BlueDEF Finals ~ Heather Croze

Neil Holmes made his case for a bid at the World Finals with his BlueDEF Finals Round 2 win. Holmes rode Gambini for 88 points and has earned 80 points toward the world standings so far. Zane Cook finished in second place in Round 2 while Derek Kolbaba came in third.

Juliano Da Silva wins Round 1 of BlueDEF Finals ~ Heather Croze

Juliano Da Silva opened up PBR Finals Week by winning Round 1 of the BlueDEF Finals with an 89.5-point ride on Cracker Breaker. Chase Outlaw also made an early statement by coming in second place in Round 1. PBR Brazil Champion Dener Barbosa took third place in his first event in the U.S.

The Morning Line: BlueDEF Finals, Day 1 ~ Slade Long

Round 1 of the BlueDEF Finals will be extremely interesting because of the special invites competing and the relatively unknown bulls competing. Dener Barbosa, the Brazilian invite, has shown immense talent despite not riding in the U.S. until now. His bull, Simon Says, has some history on the BFTS but should still have a tough time with Barbosa. All eyes will be on two-time PRCA bull riding champion Sage Kimzey, though, as the special invite will get his first taste of PBR action against Switch Hitter.

5 riders to watch for at the BlueDEF Finals ~ Justin Felisko

Along with the riders battling for the five wild card spots to the World Finals, several riders already within the Top 35 will look to improve their position. Fabiano Vieira, the highest ranked rider competing at BlueDEF Finals, will have to battle his two unstable shoulders if he wants to sneak back into the World Championship race. The biggest stories, though, will be the two new comers, PRCA champion Sage Kimzey and PBR Brazil champion Dener Barbosa.

In the Bull Pen: BlueDEF Finals ~ Slade Long

The bull pen for BlueDEF Finals will feature a variety of ABBI bulls competing in Las Vegas. With three ABBI contests happening during BlueDEF Finals, riders will see up and coming 3-year-olds and older bulls looking to make the ABBI Classic as wild cards. Three-time World Champion Bushwacker came up through these ranks so fans may catch a glimpse of a future star this weekend.

Harris: “Our guardian angels were on duty that night” ~ Justin Felisko

It was nothing more than a routine drive home after dinner for the Harris family this past June. Things changed dramatically, though, when they were involved in a head-on collision that claimed the lives of an elderly couple and left J.W. and his wife, Jackie, with multiple injuries. It took a lot of time for the Harris family to recover, both physically and mentally, but now, after being given an injury exemption to this weekend's BlueDEF Finals, the Harris family is ready for things to return to normal.
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