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Over the weekend Paris High senior Kobe Savage finished third in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 4A State Track Meet. North Lamar senior Alec Asay finished in 7th place in the pole vault.

The Hughes Springs Lady Mustangs will face Rains in a best of three semi-final series starting Thursday at 6:00 pm. Game 2 will be Friday at 6:00 pm, with Game 3 Saturday at 2:00 pm, if necessary. All games will be played at Whitehouse, and broadcast on STAR 96.9 and easttexasradio.com.

In baseball, the Rivercrest Rebels will take on Linden Kildare in the quarter-final round. Game 1 and 2 will be Friday night at NTCC in Mt Pleasant beginning at 5:00 pm. Game 3, if necessary, will be Saturday at 7:00 pm also at NTCC.

Union Hill has also made it to the next round in the baseball Regional semi-finals. They will play LaRue LaPoyer at Grand Saline. Game 1 is Thursday at 5:00 pm, Game 2 is Friday at 5:30 pm, with Game 3 to follow, if necessary.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams took their last chance to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships on Sunday, with two automatic qualifiers and a provisional qualifier in meets at Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M.

The most impressive mark of the day for the Lions came in the women’s high jump, where Chelsea Cheek broke a 29-year old school record, clearing the bar at 1.78 meters (5-10) to automatically qualify for nationals with the second-highest clearance in the nation this season.

The RoughRiders fell 4-2 in Corpus Christi Monday night, dropping the series opener to the Hooks. After falling behind 2-0 early on, the Riders tied the game with a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fifth. Corpus Christi took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. Michael De Leon singled twice, running his hitting streak to six games.

The NBA draft lottery is tonight. Dallas has a 6% chance of claiming the top spot. If they should fall out of the top 5, they would forfeit their pick to the Atlanta Hawks.

And the Texas Rangers begin a series in Kansas City tonight on 1490am and 96.3fm KPLT. Pregame at 6:30. First pitch at 7:15.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will have his strained right calf re-evaluated on Thursday and will miss at least Tuesday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s unlikely Durant will play in Thursday’s Game 2. Durant injured his calf in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 104-99 Game 5 win over the Rockets in the conference semifinals.

A judge in Palm Beach County has granted New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s motion to suppress video evidence in his solicitation case. With the ruling Monday by Judge Leonard Hanser, the case against Kraft and the other men charged with solicitation of prostitution could be effectively dead. The state may appeal the ruling, but this represents a blow to the prosecution’s case against him. Hanser added that the police stop of Kraft’s car on Jan. 19 was an unlawful search, and as such, all information obtained from that search is also suppressed.

Jockey Luis Saez has been suspended 15 racing days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for his ride on Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby. Saez will appeal the decision, his attorney said. Maximum Security became the first horse in the history of the 145-year-old race to be disqualified from the first place due to a race riding incident. He was placed 17th behind Long Range Toddy after stewards determined that he interfered with several horses by drifting out in front of War of Will in the final turn.

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 72. Cunningham devoted his life to the game of football after moving to the United States from Germany shortly after World War II. He spoke no English at the time and ended up finding football as a way to acclimate to the United States. He coached at Oregon, Arkansas, Stanford, and California. He ventured to Canada for a year, in 1981, to work in the CFL. The last five years of Cunningham’s on-field coaching career came with the Lions, for whom he was defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2013.