LAS VEGAS (AP) — Silvano Alves held on to his sizable lead to win the Professional Bull Riders world title and $1 million bonus, and Robson Palermo jumped from fourth to first place Sunday to take home $250,000 as the winner of the six-round event at Thomas & Mack Center.

Alves, from Pilar Do Sul, Brazil, finished with a 2,706.25-point margin over Palermo, from Rio Branco, Brazil, for his first PBR season title.

Alves scored 88.25 on Big Iron in the fifth round, and was third with a 92.25 on Yellow Jacket Jr. in the championship round, both Sunday.

Palermo won the championship round with a 93.25 on King of Hearts that propelled him to the event title with 446.25 points. Caleb Sanderson of Kissimmee, Fla., who was second in the championship round with a 92.5 on RMEF Gunpowder and Lead, finished second in the event standings with 440.75 points. Alves was third with 434.5.

Rubens Barbosa of Monte Aprazivel, Brazil, took the event lead in the fifth round and wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award with a 92.5 on Priceless.

Barbosa’s fourth successful ride in five rounds gave him 357.25 points and put him ahead of Sanderson, who was bucked off Unser Racing Bull in 5.18 seconds in the fifth round. Sanderson was the lone rider to have ridden all of his first four bulls for a score.

Bushwacker, who hasn’t been ridden in almost two years, claimed the Bull of the Year Award. He ended the championship hopes of J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., when he bucked him off in the championship round.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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