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Thursday’s Sports


Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin’s big league batting average should climb over .300, and Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might wind up with a major league record, too. MLB said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues on the centennial of its founding. The Negro Leagues consisted of seven leagues, and MLB will include records from those circuits between 1920-48. The Negro Leagues began to dissolve one year after Jackie Robinson became MLB’s first Black player with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.


For the first time in more than three decades, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving the NCAA and what it means to be a college athlete. On Wednesday, the high court agreed to review a court decision in an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA has said blurred “the line between student-athletes and professionals” by removing caps on compensation that major college football and basketball players can receive. The court could decide by next summer.


The Commerce Lions lost their season opener 100-70 to No. 3 West Texas A&M.


One glowing dad will be at Gilmer’s playoff game. Brian Bowman is the principal and a proud dad because he expects to see all three of his sons playing in a state championship game. Dylan is the oldest son, and this is his first year as an assistant coach. He is coaching his youngest brother Cade, called up to play varsity at Gilmer.

The middle brother is Cameron. The Gilmer Buckeyes will face the Carthage Bulldogs on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Buckeyes are 14 and 1, with their only loss handed to them by the Bulldogs in week five.

Today is Early National Signing Day, with some big names signing their letters of intent for college sports. MINEOLA – Trevion Sneed – SMU football, and Jackson Anderson – University of Colorado. MARSHALL – Lyrik Rawls – Oklahoma State Football, and LINDALE – Jordan Jenkins – Baylor football, GILMER – Luke Watson – SFA, MINEOLA – Trevion Sneed – SMU.