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Signing Day In Today’s Sports Update

On Wednesday, at Paris High School, six Wildcats signed their national letter of intent to play football at the collegiate level. The young men signing included Vershaud Richardson, who is going to Arkansas State, Gerald Palmer, going to South West Oklahoma, Elijah Ellis, signed with Baylor; James Neal, with Abilene Christian, Kobe Savage, is signing with Texas A & M Commerce and Jaylen Henderson, is going to Missouri State.

North Lamar also had a pair of signees yesterday as Cody Hohenberger and Cody Anthony signed their Letters of Intent. Hohenberger will be joining Missouri Valley College while Anthony will be joining Abilene Christian University.

Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach David Bailiff introduced 52 signees on National Signing Day in the first signing class for the 20th head coach in the history of Lion Football.

The Dallas franchise of the newly formed XFL football league is expected to name former OU coach Bob Stoops as their head coach. The XFL is set to start playing in 2020.

The Dallas Mavericks got another triple double from Luka Doncic last night as they defeated Charlotte 99–93. Luka finished with 19 points 11 assists and 10 rebounds. During the game, it was announced Harrison Barnes has been traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. Barnes stayed on the bench during the fourth quarter cheering on his would-be former teammates.

And the Dallas Stars take their five game winning streak to Nashville tonight. Puck drops at 7:00 pm.

Southern Miss will not hire Art Briles for its coaching staff after meeting with the former Baylor coach about its offensive coordinator vacancy, despite Briles having the public backing of Golden Eagles head coach Jay Hopson. “We have met with Art Briles regarding a position with the Southern Miss football program,” the school said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Following that meeting, we informed him that he is not a candidate. The university will have no further comment on this matter.” Hopson, who interviewed Briles for the job, issued a statement disagreeing with university president Rodney Bennett regarding Briles’ candidacy. Hopson later wrote of Briles: “He has been banned from employment in college football for 3yrs and has been punished.”

The Atlanta Falcons are not exercising kicker Matt Bryant’s team option for the 2019 season, meaning he will become a free agent when the NFL’s new league year begins on March 13. Bryant, who will turn 44 in May, had two years and $7 million left on his contract. He was due to make $3.5 million next season. Parting ways with him saved the Falcons $2,833,332 against the 2019 salary cap. Bryant, the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer with 1,122 points, tweeted news of his departure Wednesday morning.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground on Jan. 17 in Hollywood, Florida, according to a police incident report. The Hollywood Police Department on Tuesday acknowledged that Brown was involved in a domestic dispute last month. Brown was not arrested. The case is not in the police department’s database. When reached Wednesday, the records department said the case is still under review.

Veteran PGA Tour player Rocco Mediate told Golf Channel that he used to be a “habitual alcoholic” and at times drank during competitive rounds. Mediate, who now plays on PGA Tour Champions and is likely best known for losing to Tiger Woods in an 18-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, suffered from back issues throughout his career and cited that as among the reasons for his drinking problem.

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