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High School Hoops Plus Cowboys Win Thrilling Finale

At the Paris Holiday basketball tournament, the Hot Springs Trojans took first place. Hot Springs defeated the Commerce Tigers 52-46 in the championship game.

The Paris Wildcats took third place after a 69-53 win over Clarksville. The North Lamar Panthers lost to Pine Tree 67-52 in the consolation game of the tournament.

In the Silver Bracket final, Prairiland defeated Rivercrest 69-49. The Patriots trailed 15-5 early in the game and then scored 24 straight points.

In the Ector Tournament, the Chisum Lady Mustangs took home third place after a 55-23 win over Tom Bean.

In non-tournament action Friday the North Lamar Pantherettes lost to Honey Grove 27-26. McKayla Figueroa and McKenzie Mitchell each had 6 points to lead North Lamar.

In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys rested a bunch of players but came from behind to beat the NY Giants 36-35 on the road. They will host the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night at 7:15. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans won the AFC South with a 20-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will host the Colts on Saturday afternoon at 3:35.

The College National Championship match-up is finally set. It will be Alabama vs Clemson. In the semi-finals, the Tigers throttled the Irish with a 30-3 win. And, the Crimson Tide had few problems with Oklahoma with a 45-34 victory. The teams head to Santa Clara, California next Monday night for a 7:00 kickoff.

There are lots of Bowl games on tap for today and tomorrow:

Today: the Military Bowl with Cin vs VA Tech, the Sun Bowl with Stanford vs Pitt, The Red Box Bowl with Michigan State vs Oregon, the Liberty Bowl with No. 23 Mizzou vs OK State, the Holiday Bowl with No. 22 Northwestern vs No. 17 Utah, and the Gator Bowl with NC State vs No. 19 Texas A&M.

New Year’s Day: The Outback Bowl with Miss State vs Iowa, the Playstation Fiesta Bowl with No. 11 LSU vs No. 8 UCF, the VRBO Citrus Bowl with No. 14 Kentucky vs No. 12 Penn State, The Rose Bowl with No. 9 Washington vs No. 6 Ohio State, and the nightcap is the Allstate Sugar Bowl featuring No. 15 Texas and No. 5 Georgia.

Houston has fired coach Major Applewhite after two seasons with the program, the school announced Sunday. Applewhite went 15-11 in two-plus seasons at the helm, succeeding Tom Herman, who was 22-4 at Houston before taking the head coaching job at Texas. Houston will owe Applewhite a $1.95 million buyout.

Mark Richt announced Sunday that he is retiring as Miami coach.

The Hurricanes went 7-6 this season and were blown out 35-3 by Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday. Former Miami coach Butch Davis, who guided Florida International to a 9-4 record this past season, is expected to be among the candidates Miami could consider. Oregon’s Mario Cristobal, a former Miami player, an assistant, might also be in the mix.