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Miami’s McDonald’s All-American freshman arrested for battery

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Miami’s incoming McDonald’s All-American Dewan Huell was arrested for battery on Tuesday.

According to a police report obtained by WINZ’s Andy Slater, Huell walked uninvited into the dorm room of his ex-girlfriend, who attends Florida International. He found her in the closet with another man, according to the report, and allegedly dragged him out of the room by his shirt and left him with scratches on his neck and face.

“I am aware of the reported incident involving Dewan Huell last night and we are still gathering information,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach Larrañaga does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed.”

Huell was a top 30 prospect in the Class of 2016 and a key piece for the Hurricanes heading into the season.

The ACC to remove neutral-site championships from North Carolina due to HB2

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The ACC announced on Wednesday that the conference will be relocating all neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 season from the state of North Carolina due to HB2.

The ACC Council of Presidents “reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination,” a statement released by the conference read.

“Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values [but] we believe North Carolina House 2 is inconsistent with these values.”

The most notable championship that will be moved this season is the ACC’s football title game, which was to be played in Charlotte. Baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and women’s soccer will also be moved. The new locations will be announced “in the future” by the conference.

The amount of time it takes to plan for an event as big as the ACC’s football title game is significant. There’s a reason these things are announced so far in advance. With that game scheduled to be played in just two months, there are two points you need to understand:

  • The stand the ACC is taking here is significant. Not only are they moving the title game, they are moving it out of the state when the conference is based. The ACC’s offices are in Greensboro.
  • This wasn’t a decision solely in response to the NCAA’s decision yesterday. The process of finding a new home has likely been in the works.

The conference will allow championships that are played on campus sites to be played in the state.

“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount,” commissioner John Swofford said. “Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected. Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.”

The ACC’s basketball tournament will be held in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center for the next two years and is scheduled to be played in Charlotte and Greensboro in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

PODCAST: NCAA’s HB2 decision, changes to transfer rules and Deandre Ayton

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In this week’s episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk podcast, we spend time talking about the NCAA’s decision to remove all NCAA tournament games from the state of North Carolina before diving into a conversation about potential changes in the rules regarding transfers, Deandre Ayton’s commitment to Arizona and Dillon Brooks’ foot.

SoCon suggests it may move hoops from North Carolina

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino has hinted that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the collegiate sports league could be moved from Asheville, North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2cDKREk) that Iamarino’s comments Tuesday came a day after the NCAA pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina because of a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms matching the sex on their birth certificate.

Iamarino said Tuesday that upcoming meetings of athletic administrators in October and of presidents and chancellors in November could result in the tournament being moved. He says the groups will “have a full discussion” on the issue.

Currently, the 2017 SoCon tournament is scheduled for March 2-6 at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

NCAA turns up pressure on North Carolina over bathroom law

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 4:  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (C) talks to guests at U.S. Rep. Thom Tillis's watch party at The Omni Hotel Ballroom on November 4, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. U.S. Rep. Thom Tillis (R-NC) is running in a tight race for the North Carolina Senate seat against opponent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images)
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA’s decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina ratchets up the pressure on this college sports-crazy state to repeal its law on bathroom use by transgender people.

Unlike the recent one-time cancellations by the NBA and various rock stars, the move by college sports’ governing body could make moderate and conservative voters question whether the price tag for the law has finally become too high.

Economic development officials said the effect of the NCAA’s action goes well beyond the projected $20 million in lost revenue from the cancellation of the 2016-17 basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse and golf events.

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“College sports is part of the fabric of North Carolina. It’s part of the culture. I can say with confidence that there’s no other state in the country that loves its college sports more than North Carolina. That’s why it hits so hard and feels so personal,” said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, which was coordinating four of the events being moved.

The law passed in March requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and state government buildings that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

The Obama administration is suing the state over the measure, calling it discriminatory. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP leaders are defending it as a means of protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls.

On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers urged McCrory and leaders of the GOP-controlled legislature to call a special session to repeal the law.

“This General Assembly and its extremist leadership are playing with people’s livelihoods and the well-being of communities all across our state,” said Sen. Mike Woodard of Durham.

But with weeks to go before Election Day, legislators in campaign mode and no regularly scheduled session until January, chances are slim the Republicans will act. GOP legislative leaders, who have veto-proof majorities in both chambers, are committed to costly court fights over the law and contend passing it was the right thing to do.

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GOP House Speaker Tim Moore didn’t respond to messages seeking comment, and the office of Republican Senate leader Phil Berger said he was traveling and unavailable.

McCrory, who is locked in a tight race for re-election, issued a statement decrying the NCAA decision and saying the legal system will ultimately decide the issue.

“The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation,” he said.

But in the meantime, Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College, said it will be hard for moderate voters who are passionate about sports to ignore the law’s repercussions.

“The blowback may be building up even more with this decision,” he said.

Mac McCorkle, a Duke University professor and former Democratic consultant, said the NCAA’s announcement reinforces the idea that McCrory has allowed the situation to get out of control.

“Put aside the liberal and conservative arguments about the pros and cons,” McCorkle said. “It’s a mess. It’s a continuing mess and governors are held responsible for messes.”

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McCorkle said the removal of men’s basketball tournament games from Greensboro hits hard because college basketball is the “civic religion” in the state that’s home to UNC, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

The Greensboro area was expected to receive a $14.5 million infusion from the tournament, as well as $1.6 million from the soccer championships in December that are being moved, said Henri Fourrier, CEO of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The soccer, baseball, lacrosse and tennis events taken from Cary will deprive the area of about $2 million, Dupree said.

Greensboro, Cary, Raleigh and other North Carolina cities are seeking to host scores of other NCAA events over the next six years that could be worth tens of millions of dollars.

The NCAA hasn’t decided what to do about any North Carolina events beyond the current academic year. But NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday: “It would have been impossible to conduct championship events in the state with that law in place that lived up to the values and expectations of the member universities and colleges.”

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which has its football championship scheduled for December in Charlotte, could be next to act. The championship game, held in Charlotte since 2010, is the last marquee college sporting event left in North Carolina during the 2016-17 season.

The conference has a regularly scheduled meeting this week in South Carolina, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the bathroom law is on the agenda.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Christian conservative and strong defender of the law, called the NCAA’s decision “shameful extortion.”

Previously, musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam canceled concerts, while the NBA decided to move next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The game was expected to generate $100 million.

“Everybody should be concerned about lost revenue, but I don’t put a price tag on our women and girls of any kind,” Forest said. He added: “It’s just unbelievable to me to think that these entities would think that it’s OK to invade the privacy or security of a woman or a girl in a shower or a locker room.”

Brandon Smith, who works in risk management for a Charlotte-based bank, said he was against the law when it passed. “Once the financial aspect is taken into account, the state will change its stance,” he said. “It’s a matter of time.”

Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Ralph D. Russo in New York; Aaron Beard in Hillsborough; Joedy McCreary in Raleigh; and Tom Foreman Jr. in Charlotte.

Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig will join Dakota Pipeline protest

Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (22) celebrates with Bronson Koenig (24) and Jordan Hill (11) and other teammates after defeating Michigan State 77-76 in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig, perhaps the most famous and outspoken Native American athlete in the United States, made the decision this week to join forces with the Standing Rock Sioux in protest an oil pipeline that would cut across the tribe’s sacred lands.

Koenig has spent much of the past month using his twitter and instagram feeds to publicize the protest and what he believes is an injustice against his people. The Dakota Pipeline is a nearly-$4 billion project that would funnel a half-a-million barrels of oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois. The proposed route goes underneath the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a route that the tribe says would contaminate their water and damage sacred sites.

Words, however, only go so far, which is why Koenig will be heading up to Cannonball, North Dakota, this weekend to support the protest and, as he told Yahoo! Sports this week, to give them a reason to smile during what’s unquestionably a trying time.

“I want to take time out of my schedule to pray with them and protest with them and show them that I’m right alongside them,” he said. “They’ve always had my back whether I have an awful game or a great game, and this is my way of repaying the favor.”

Koenig, whose mother is a full-blooded member of the Ho-Chunk tribe, is a pillar in the Native American community because of his basketball prowess. Because of this, he decided to host a free clinic for the area youth on Saturday. It’s scheduled to be held at Standing Rock Middle School in Fort Yates from 2-5 p.m.

Credit to Koenig for this, and credit to Wisconsin for supporting him.

His efforts may not get the same kind of media attention that kneeling for the national anthem does, but it isn’t any less important.