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March Madness In Today’s Sports Update

With it being spring break week, the Prairiland Lady Patriots will play an afternoon softball game today as they travel to Commerce. First pitch is set for 2:30.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is now the 14th ranked team in the nation in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association coaches poll. The Lions were ranked 15th in last week’s poll and have been nationally ranked in 19 consecutive polls.

The Lions are coming off of a 2–3 weekend as they took one game in their three-game road series against West Texas A&M. They then split a road series doubleheader against New Mexico Highlands. The Lions hit 15 home runs over the course of the week.

Commerce’s Minna Svaerd has been named the Lone Star Conference Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, as announced by the LSC office Wednesday. Svaerd is the Lions’ first-ever Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and second female winner overall, joining Kamryn McKee, who won outdoor honors in 2018.

Commerce’s Rashard Clark has been named the Lone Star Conference Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, as announced by the LSC office Wednesday. Clark repeats as LSC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and wins the award for the Lions for the fourth time, joining Luis “Ricky” Romero’s indoor awards in 2016 and 2017. The Lions have won the Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for four consecutive years.

The Mavs fell to Portland last night 126–118. Luka Doncic finished with 24 for Dallas.

The NCAA tournament gets started this morning at 11:00. There will be 16 games played today and another 16 on Friday as 64 teams try to win the national championship.

In the last two games of the first four, North Dakota State defeated North Carolina Central 78-74. Their reward? —taking on No. 1 seeded Duke tomorrow. Meanwhile, Arizona State beat St. Johns, 74-65. They will take on Buffalo. The first full day of March Madness starts this morning at 11:15 am, with No. 7 Louisville taking on No. 10 Minnesota. Michigan, Kentucky and Gonzaga will also be in action today.

Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence, notably the video evidence, in his solicitation of prostitution case. The motion is an effort to make sure that the surveillance video, described as being graphic, and damning, isn’t released if he doesn’t reach a plea deal with prosecutors. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office offered Kraft and 24 other men a diversion deal Monday night that would allow the men to avoid prosecution if they meet certain conditions. A diversion deal would expunge their cases and seal all evidence.

Top outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has yet to play a day in the major leagues, has agreed to a six-year, $43-million contract with the Chicago White Sox that includes two club options. The 22-year-old Jimenez, a power-hitting right fielder who was slated to start the season at Triple-A, is almost certain to begin the year in the middle of the White Sox’s lineup after agreeing to a record-setting deal.

The University of California’s athletic department has referred allegations of sexual harassment to its Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, the school said in a statement Wednesday. Cal’s response came after a former sports medicine intern in the athletic department outlined several alleged instances of sexual harassment involving unnamed Cal football players, coaches and staff members.