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High School Basketball Playoffs In Today’s Sports

The Chapel Hill Lady Devils made easy work of Elysian Fields last night with a 73-27 win to take the Area Championship. They will now take on the winner of the Daingerfield vs. New Boston game tonight that is being played at 7:00 pm at Mt Pleasant High School.

Times and location for the boys Bi-District basketball playoff action are finalized. As mentioned yesterday, Prairiland will play Hooks Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Rivercrest.

The North Lamar Panthers will play Kilgore Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at Emory Rains High School. That game will be broadcast on Mix 107.7.

The Paris Wildcats will play Gilmer Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Sulphur Springs High School. That game can be heard on 101.9 KBUS.

The Texas A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team picked up a crucial road victory, beating Tarleton State University 65-58 in Wisdom Gym on Thursday night.

The win gives the Lions their first regular-season sweep of the Texans since the 2000-01 season. The Lions are now 19-5 overall and 11-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

The Commerce women’s basketball team defeated Texas Woman’s 69-51 on Thursday night. The Lions took the lead for good late in the first quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win. The win brings the Lions to 16-8 on the season and 11-5 in the Lone Star Conference.

The Dallas Stars got embarrassed on the road last night as they lost 6-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa scores four quick goals in the first period, chasing Anton Khudobin from the net. Dallas plays Carolina Saturday night.

And the NBA all-star game festivities begin tonight with the rising stars game. Mavericks Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki will both be part of the game, with Doncic to play and Nowitzki to serve as the honorary coach of the World Team. That game is on TNT at 8:00 pm.

Ben DeArmond had a debut to remember on the Web.com Tour because of one hole he will never forget, a score of 17 on the par-4 second hole Thursday in the Lecom Suncoast Classic. DeArmond, the head pro at TPC Treviso Bay in Naples, drove into the water on the 491-yard second hole, and that’s where his troubles began. He twice tried to clear the water from the rough and failed. He went back to the tee and hit into the water a fourth time and then found the water twice more from the rough before he finally reached the fairway. It eventually added to a 17, and DeArmond wound up with a 91.

Representatives for draft-eligible prospect Jaylon Ferguson have responded to the NFL combine opting to disinvite him with a strongly worded statement. The decision to keep Ferguson from the league’s annual scouting meeting, which will be held in Indianapolis later this month, has drawn derision from many in the front offices of teams, as well as within the agent community. Ferguson, a defensive end out of Louisiana Tech, was involved in an incident as an 18-year old that resulted in a deferred judgment and a $189 fine. He continued his college career without any other violent incidents.

Veteran pitcher Doug Fister, who recorded a 3.72 ERA over 10 major league seasons, is retiring, his agent said Wednesday. Fister’s agent told MLB.com that the 35-year-old had several contract offers but wanted to spend time with his family. The lanky right-hander was 1-7 for the Texas Rangers last season after signing a one-year, $4 million contract. His best season came in 2014 when he went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts for the Washington Nationals. The Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers reported for Spring training on Wednesday. The rest of the team is scheduled to report on Monday.