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Friday’s Sports

Photo – Myrodge McGill / The Lions welcome Nicholls on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

NBA

Friday

Mavericks (24-20) at Atlanta Hawks (18-26) at 6:00 pm NBA TV

Rockets (20-23) at Charlotte Hornets (10-32) at 6:00 pm

Thunder (31-13) at New Orleans Pelicans (26-18) at 7:00 pm

Trail Blazers (13-31) at San Antonio Spurs (8-36) at 8:30 pm NBA TV

LeBron James became the first player to be named to 20 All-Star teams Thursday night when they selected him for the Western Conference as part of the league’s unveiling of the ten starters for next month’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis.

NHL

Thursday

Stars (29-13-6) 4 – Ducks (16-30-2) 3 OT

NFL

The Falcons have hired Raheem Morris as their coach, making him the first former NFL head coach owner Arthur Blank has engaged in his 20-plus-year tenure. Morris is the first full-time Black head coach in the franchise’s history.

COLLEGE

Thursday

NCAAW

No. 1 South Carolina (18-0 6-0) 76 – No. 9 LSU (18-3 5-2) 70

The South Carolina Gamecocks trailed for nearly 33 minutes of Thursday’s matchup against No. 9 LSU in front of a crowd of 13,205 to see their defending national champion Tigers hand the nation’s No. 1 team its first loss of the season. It didn’t happen, as South Carolina won 76-70.

A&M-Corpus Christi (13-5 6-1) 69 – A&M-Commerce (8-9 3-4) 58

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team stormed back from being down 17 to pull to within one against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, but the Lions fell 69-58 on Thursday night in the Field House. The Lions welcome Nicholls on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL

BASKETBALL

BOYS – GIRLS opsite location

Friday

Commerce at Chisum 8:00 pm

Como-Pickton at Cooper 8:00 pm

Detroit at Harts Bluff 7:30 pm

Edgewood at Lone Oak 7:30 pm

Fruitvale at Alba-Golden at 6:30 pm

Hallsville at Mt Pleasant 5:00 pm

Honey Grove at Celeste 8:00 pm

North Hopkins at Boles 8:15 pm

Pittsburg at Sulphur Springs 6:30 pm

Pottsboro at Bonham 7:30 pm

Rains at Grand Saline 7:15 pm

Rivercrest at Maud 8:00 pm

Savoy at Dodd City 6:15 pm

Union Hill at Avery 7:30 pm

Wolfe City at Bland 7:30 pm

Yantis at Sulphur Bluff 8:00 pm

The NFL Flag Football League for boys and girls is forming in Mt Pleasant. Registration closes on Wednesday, January 3. You can register online at ProFlagFootball.pro or at 1011 N. Jefferson in Mt Pleasant from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday through Wednesday. I