Decatur cowboy is aiming for his third straight world title

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As he attempts to snare a record third consecutive Professional Bull Riders world title, Silvano Alves will enter the World Finals in Las Vegas ranked No. l. However, the Decatur cowboy will have to fend off a rally attempt from North Carolinian J.B. Mauney.

While competing at the final tour stop of the season last weekend in Hollywood, Fla., Alves, a Brazilian, was bucked off his first two bulls and failed to qualify for the final round. Mauney clinched the title and moved within 538.5 points of Alves in the world standings.

That’s a slim lead considering a rider can earn up to 5,500 points at the World Finals, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-27 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Mauney has been one hot bull rider over the past two months. He’s won five of the past nine Built Ford Tough Series tour stops.

In the BFTS world standings, Alves is ranked No. 1 with 10,917.75 points. But Mauney is ranked No. 2 with 10,379.25. Joao Ricardo Vieira, a rookie from Brazil, is ranked No. 3 with 8,788.73.

While competing at the Florida tour stop, Vieira earned a $123,000 check after making a qualified ride on the bounty bull TK500 (owner Jeff Robinson/TNT Bucking Bulls) on Saturday night. He pocketed the $123,000 in a special feature riding contest called the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

TK500 was the Monster Energy Money Bull of the event. The reason the bounty was so high was because no one had conquered a Monster Energy Money Bull all year and the prize money rose each time a designated bounty bull disqualified a cowboy.

PRCA/WPRA update

On the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit, two Stephenville cowboys clinched single event titles at the American ProRodeo Finals last weekend in Waco.

Sterling Crawley, a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, won the saddle bronc riding title after turning in a final round score of 82 ($10,872 in prize money).

Sterling Smith, who qualified for his first National Finals this year, clinched the tie-down roping title with a time of 8.3 seconds ($11,384).

In bareback riding, Clint Cannon, a four-time National Finals qualifier from Waller, clinched the title with an arena record score of 92 points aboard a bronc named Top Flight, owned by the Pickett Pro Rodeo Co. Prior to earning the 92, Cannon was a co-holder of the record.

The previous record was 87, which Cannon shared with Ryan Stutes and Tim Shirley.

Other winners at the $488,893 rodeo were steer wrestler Olin Hannum (4.3 seconds), team ropers Jimmy Tanner and Shawn Harris (6.4 seconds), bull rider J.W. Harris (86 points) and barrel racer Victoria Williams (16.07 seconds).

NCHA update

On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, Matt Budge of Weatherford and Arc Ruby Playgunia won the open division title at the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting tour stop last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, after turning in a 227 ($9,273).

Lane Wood, 17, of Stephenville won the non-pro title with a 226 ($13,612).

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