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As writers covering the Cowboys, we don’t run the risk of tearing an ACL or leaving the press box on a stretcher for any reason beyond having eaten too many nachos. But we do bang our head against the wall a lot. And this is another day where we mostly settle for that.

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Before the torn tendon in his groin that kept him out of the Eagles’ final two regular-season games. After he had suffered his third diagnosed concussion since entering the NFL in 2013. After he missed three games last season because of depression and other mental-health issues. After the in…

JOHNSON AT THE TOP: Former Big Sandy High School standout Josiah Johnson became the all-time leading scorer at Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Cru’s 95-92 win over Concordia on Saturday.

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Longview dominated the middle two quarters with a 28-16 scoring edge, and had enough in the tank late to hold off a pesky Pine Tree squad in the fourth and final period, and earn a hard-fought 47-40 home district win at Lobo Coliseum on Tuesday night.

District 15-5ALONGVIEW 41, P. TREE 29: Bethany Baltes scored 11 points, Paris Simpson dominated inside with 10 rebounds and the Longview Lady Lobos knocked off crosstown rival Pine Tree, 41-29, for a road, district win on Tuesday.

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Longtime rivals Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College never need a reason to play hard against each other in any sport, but Wednesday’s Region XIV Conference basketball game has a little extra juice.

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Rashaun Woods was officially welcomed to the Tyler ISD family on Tuesday morning as the board of trustees approved him as the new head football coach/campus athletic coordinator of Tyler High School.

SH ALUMNI SOFTBALL: The annual Alumni Softball Game for Spring Hill High School is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at Lady Panther Field.

GirlsS. HILL 40, KILGORE 34: KILGORE — Freshman Savannah Irwin came up with two big steals late that led to breakaway buckets for the Lady Panthers, and Spring Hill earned a 40-34 win over the Kilgore Lady Bulldogs in District 17-4A action.

SH ALUMNI SOFTBALL: The annual Alumni Softball Game for Spring Hill High School is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at Lady Panther Field.

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Longview surged out of the gate in the Lady Lobo Showcase finale on Saturday night, but it couldn’t maintain its early lead in a 3-1 home tournament loss against Jacksonville at Lobo Stadium.

Christian McCaffrey rushed for the tiebreaking touchdown and the San Francisco 49ers went on to a 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif., to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

Joe Burrow passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns and the Cincinnati Bengals rolled to a 27-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Orchard Park, N.Y., to return to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight season.

Sal Bando, the captain of three straight Oakland Athletics world championships clubs during the 1970s, died Friday night in Wisconsin at 78 due to cancer, the A’s and Milwaukee Brewers both announced on Saturday.

Shahada Wells scored 17 points off the bench and Mike Miles Jr. added 15 to fuel No. 14 TCU to an 83-60 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

If questions persisted about whether Jalen Hurts had fully recovered from a sprained throwing shoulder, Saturday’s emphatic playoff performance should put them to bed.