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MURRAY WINS 2 GO-ROUNDS AT NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

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Ty Murray didn't win one go-round last year on the way to his fifth straight all-around world rodeo championship and first bull riding title.

The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy made certain that wouldn't happen again with two go-round victories Sunday night at the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center.Murray moved into fifth place in the saddle bronc with an 81 on Rock and Ronnie Skoal and into eighth place in the bareback after an 82 on Satans Skoal.

"I knew that bareback horse because he bucked me off to win Houston a few years ago," Murray said. "I knew tonight that if he had his day it would fit my style of riding so I threw all caution to the wind and turned it loose.

"Not winning a go-round last year is overrated because I won more money at the NFR last year than I ever had ($124,821)."

Murray has made $33,258 at the NFR in three days to run his season earnings to $198,816.

Former world champion Ted Nuce of Escalon, Calif., moved ahead of Murray in the bull riding with an 88 on First Blood. Nuce has won $31,675 at the NFR and leads the average race.

Marvin Garrett of Belle Fourche, S.D., maintained his lead in the bareback with a fourth-place 77 that put him over the $100,000 earnings mark this year.

Brad Gleason of Ennis, Mont., established himself as the steer wrestler to beat with his second straight go-round victory Sunday night.

Gleason's 3.7-second time was the fastest turned in at the NFR so far and has run his earnings in three days to $25,340. He is also leading the average, which is worth $27,557. With $82,190 in earnings this year, he leads Todd Fox of Marble Falls, Texas, by $14,947.

"I'd sure like to place, but Brad Gleason is starting to get a little greedy," said Todd Boggust of Canada, who did not place despite scoring a respectable 4.5. "He's drawn some good steers. He's bound to have some bad ones coming, so it will even out hopefully toward the end."

Doyle Gellerman of Nampa, Idaho, and Britt Bockius of Dewey, Okla., won the team roping with a 4.6. However, Mark Simon of Florence, Ariz., moved into the lead with a second-place 4.7 with partner Rich Skelton of Llano, Texas.

Calf roper Herbert Theriot of Wiggins, Miss., ran his NFR earnings to $22,172 with a winning time of 8.0 seconds. He is leading the world with $132,917, but two-time defending champion Joe Beaver is leading the average and is within one go-round victory of Theriot.

Rachael Myllymaki of Arlee, Mont., turned in the fastest barrel race of the rodeo with a time of 14.1. For the third straight night, 10-time defending champion Charmayne Rodman of Galt, Calif., failed to score and as a result fell behind Sharon Kobold, who finished second with a 14.27 Sunday night and leads the average.