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Gilmer AD/Head Coach Retires, HS Hoops, NFL And More In Today’s Sports Update

On Friday, Gilmer Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Matt Turner announced his retirement. Turner went 53-17 as head coach for the Buckeyes, including a 10-4 record this past season. Turner took over as head coach at Gilmer following the 2014 season that saw the Buckeyes finish 16-0 and capture the Class 4A Division II state championship.

On Friday afternoon in basketball, the Detroit Girls knocked off Rivercrest 58-51 while the boys fell to Rivercrest 82-62.

Prairiland swept Cooper on Saturday. The girls won 46-28 and the boys 59-36. The North Lamar Pantherettes fell to Pleasant Grove on the road.

The Honey Grove Lady Warriors knocked off Celeste 36-18.

Boys

Winnsboro 60 Mt Vernon 53

Tatum 89 Hughes Springs 54

Elysian Fields 59 Daingerfield 46

Girls

Winnsboro 49 Mt Vernon 31

Daingerfield 52 Elysian Fields 37

Royse City 65 Sulphur Springs 41

The No. 5 Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team picked up a 72-54 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday afternoon. After a tightly contested first half, the Lions jumped out hot in the second half to run away with the win. The win brings the Lions to 15-0 on the season and 9-0 in the Lone Star Conference

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team fell 75-60 to A&M-Kingsville on Saturday afternoon. The Lions experienced a cold spell late in the first half to fall behind, and could not find enough time to complete a comeback. The loss brings the Lions to 10-5 on the season and 6-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

This Sunday it will be the top two pairings in the NFC as Green Bay visits San Francisco after the Packers took care of Seattle and the 49ers easily handled the Vikings.

In the AFC, it will be the sixth seed versus the number two seed as Kansas City hosts the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee knocked off the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. While KC took care of the Houston Texans. Houston was up 24-0 in the second quarter before being outscored 51-7 to finish the game. The Chiefs became the first team in history to trail a playoff game by at least 20 only to win by at least 20.

The Cleveland Browns are planning to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their head coach. Stefanski, 37, will replace Freddie Kitchens, whom the Browns fired on Dec. 29 after he posted a 6-10 record in his one season at the helm.

On Saturday, it was announced that former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the centennial class of 2020. Then on Sunday it was announced that former Dallas Cowboy Coach Jimmy Johnson was also elected. The rest of the centennial class, which will include 15 members, will be announced Wednesday morning.

The College Football Playoff Championship is tonight in New Orleans as No. 3 Clemson and No. 1 LSU battle for the top spot. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm on ESPN. LSU is a 5.5 point favorite.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, and James Hendricks had an interception at the goal line in the final seconds as North Dakota State held on to claim its eighth FCS national championship with a 28-20 win over James Madison on Saturday. The Bison (16-0) stretched their FCS-record winning streak to 37 in a row, with three consecutive national titles, and completed the first 16-win season in any division since Yale in 1894.