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Southern Conference to keep championships in North Carolina

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."

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (63)30-41,6231
2Michigan State (2)29-51,5522
3North Carolina28-61,4887
4Virginia26-71,3844
5Oregon28-61,3718
6Villanova29-51,2833
7Oklahoma25-71,2156
8West Virginia26-81,1939
9Xavier27-51,1275
10Miami (FL)25-792011
10Kentucky26-892016
12Purdue26-887313
13Utah26-887012
14Indiana25-782810
15Texas A&M26-868217
16Louisville23-858514
17Arizona25-855915
18Maryland25-848918
19Duke23-1038319
20Seton Hall25-837429
21Baylor22-1134722
22Iowa State21-1131721
23California23-1027024
24SMU25-58425
25Iowa21-108220

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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.

The Red Storm promoted former graduate assistant Luca Virgilio to assistant to the head coach and Chris Huey has joined the St. John's staff as a graduate assistant.