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SoCon keeps conference tournament 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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