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Thursday’s Sports

Gilmer Buckeyes Celebrate

NBA

Wednesday

Hawks (12-15) 134 – Rockets (13-12) 127

Clippers (17-10) 120 – Mavericks (16-11) 111

Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, and the Clippers held on after leading by 22, extending their win streak to nine games with a 120-111 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Thursday

Pelicans (16-12) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-12) at 6:30 pm

Spurs at Chicago Bulls (12-17) at 7:00 pm

Clippers (17-10) at Oklahoma City Thunder (17-8) at 7:00 pm

NFL

Thursday

Saints (7-7) at Inglewood Rams (7-7) at 7:16 pm PRIME VIDEO

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave missed last week’s game with an ankle injury; tonight, he’s playing against the Los Angeles Rams. He leads the Saints with 72 catches for 918 yards and four touchdowns.

NHL

Thursday

Canucks (22-9-2) at Dallas Stars (18-8-4) at 7:00 pm ESPN+

The NHL and Diamond Sports Group, the largest owner of regional sports networks, have agreed to keep local broadcasts for 11 teams on Bally Sports through the end of this season. Diamond is also in discussions with Major League Baseball on reworked agreements for the 2024 season with as many as 11 teams, with the next court hearing scheduled for January 10.

COLLEGE

NCAAM

Wednesday

No. 11 North Carolina (8-3) 81 – No. 7 Oklahoma (10-1) 69

No. 21 Duke (8-3) 78 – No. 10 Baylor (9-2) 70

Thursday

Texas State (6-5) at Houston No. 3 Houston (11-0) at 7:00 pm ESPN+

NCAAW

Wednesday

No. 10 Baylor (10-0) 61 – Providence (6-6) 36

No. 7 LSU (12-1) 80 – Coppin State (3-10) 48

No. 5 Texas (12-0) 104 – UT Rio Grande Valley (0-10) 51

No. 26 TCU (12-0) 96 – Omaha (4-7) 56

Alabama flipped Aeryn Hampton of Daingerfield. Hampton was committed to Texas when he initially chose the Longhorns last July. Alabama and Texas will play in the College Football Playoff on January 1. The Longhorns beat the Tide in Week 2 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team welcomed 17 new signees on Wednesday for Early National Signing Day. The Lions now have linebacker Antez “Tez” Jeffery of Mt Pleasant as one of the 17.

On Wednesday night, the 2023 Gilmer Buckeyes football team walked onto the field at Jeff Traylor Stadium one last time to celebrate their recent state championship. Head Coach Alan Metzel earned his first state title since taking the job after Jeff Traylor left for the collegiate level in 2015. They added the 2023 4A Division II Championship trophy to a case containing three others, making four state titles in Gilmer’s football program history.