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SoCon keeps championship in NC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Southern Conference will keep four league championships in North Carolina despite the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference withdrawing championships because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

The league said it will honor commitments for these tournaments: men's soccer in Greensboro, men's and women's basketball in Asheville and men's golf in Pinehurst.

"We don't want to punish the local host communities by pulling the championships out of the state this year," Commissioner John Iamarino said Friday. "That point did resonate with presidents and chancellors."

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Men who broke race barrier back at Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University this week to share provocative views on the pace of change, take up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and describe the racism they encountered on their journey - indignities they once endured in silence on the Southern campus.

The return of Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, part of a candid conversation unfolding this year at Vanderbilt, marks the latest milestone in the school's long, sometimes painful history with race relations.

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Pitt, West Va. to renew rivalry in 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) The basketball version of the "Backyard Brawl" is back.

Pittsburgh and West Virginia announced Thursday that the regional rivalry between the two schools long known as the "Backyard Brawl" will resume in 2017, when the men's basketball teams begin a four-year series. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers in 2017 and 2019, with West Virginia welcoming Pitt in 2018 and 2020.

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Richmond promoted on Mullin's staff

NEW YORK (AP) Mitch Richmond has been promoted on the staff of fellow Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin at St. John's.

Richmond's move from special assistant to assistant coach Thursday comes just before the start of Mullin's second season at his alma mater. Richmond, a five-time All-NBA selection, played three seasons alongside Mullin with Golden State and won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.

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NC State awaits ruling on Yurtseven

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) For now, all North Carolina State freshman Omer Yurtseven can do is work on his game and be patient.

With all the attention on possible one-and-done freshman Dennis Smith Jr., the Turkish 7-footer gives the Wolfpack a second five-star prospect on an overhauled and potential-filled roster. But he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear him as eligible to play as an amateur.

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GW tabs Joseph to replace Lonergan

WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington named Maurice Joseph its interim basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Mike Lonergan, who was fired after an investigation into his conduct.

Joseph's role as interim coach lasts for this season.

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Abdul-Jabbar writing book about Wooden

NEW YORK (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA.

"Coach Wooden and Me" will be published next June and will combine personal memories and lessons learned from his friend and mentor, Grand Central Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Wooden, who died in 2010, coached 10 NCAA championship teams at UCLA. Three titles were won while Abdul-Jabbar, then called Lew Alcindor, was the Bruins' star center.

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Hoosiers unsure when F Hartman returns

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana forward Collin Hartman had surgery on his left knee, and coach Tom Crean says he's uncertain how much time the senior will miss.

Hartman was injured last week during a non-contact drill. The Hoosiers have not specified what the diagnosis is.

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Stricklin succeeds Foley as Florida's AD

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference.

He knows the league inside and out, and has witnessed pretty much everything during his career. So he understands the daunting task of following Jeremy Foley. He also welcomes the opportunity.

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Northwestern in Rosemont for 2017-18

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern says it will play home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while its on-campus arena undergoes a $110 million renovation.

Northwestern needs a temporary home because of a major overhaul to Welsh-Ryan Arena that is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed in the fall of 2018. The school plans to replace existing wooden bleachers with chair-back seats, update audio and video systems, add premium seating and widen concourses.

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