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SEC MEETINGS

SEC wants ‘level playing field’ regarding camps, transfers

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field.

Yep, the league that boasts seven consecutive national championships, resides in some of the country’s most fertile recruiting grounds and has loads of history and fan support is complaining about being at a competitive disadvantage.

SEC coaches and administrators gathered in a lush, beachside resort hotel for their annual spring meetings and the agenda included discussion about evening things out by potentially tweaking rules regarding satellite camps, graduate transfers and cost of attendance stipends.

Alabama’s Nick Saban says, “If we’re going to compete for the championship, and everybody’s going to play in the playoff system and everybody’s going to compete for that, then we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field.”

SOCON-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Chattanooga’s Tull, Samford’s Reesor win SoCon awards

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull and Samford outside hitter Michaela Reesor have been named the Southern Conference athletes of the year.

The announcement came Tuesday from the league’s spring meetings on Hilton Head Island. The winners are determined through a vote of conference athletic directors and a media member representing each league school.

Tull is the first Chattanooga athlete to win the male award. He earned the conference’s defensive player of the year for a third straight season and was picked as an AP All-American after finishing the year with 10.5 sacks. Tull helped the Mocs win the conference football title and its first FCS playoff game last December.

Reesor is the first Samford athlete to win the female award. She helped the Bulldogs win the SoCon volleyball tournament championship.

HAWKS-CAVALIERS

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title.

By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston.

It will be the fifth straight visit to the league’s showcase event for the inimitable James, who returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami to try and end this city’s championship drought dating to 1964.

Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for Atlanta, which won a team-record 60 games during the regular season and made the conference finals for the first time since 1970. But the Hawks were no match for the Cavaliers and had no answer for James, who nearly averaged a triple-double in the four games.

BRAVES-DODGERS

Kershaw, Dodgers breeze to 8-0 win over Braves

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and capped a six-run fourth inning with an RBI single, Adrian Gonzalez notched his 1,000th RBI with a two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Kershaw (3-3) allowed four hits, struck out 10 and walked none while lowering his ERA to 3.86. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner is 16-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last 20 starts against NL East teams.

Julio Teheran (4-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings against the two-time defending NL West champions, who have won four of five after getting swept in a three-game series at San Francisco by a combined margin of 10-0.

TENNESSEE-TURNER

Tennessee men’s basketball signs point guard Lamonte Turner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has added point guard Lamonte Turner to its recruiting class.

Turner, a 6-foot-2 guard from Harvest, Alabama, graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He joins a Tennessee team that has no other pure point guards on scholarship.

In a release announcing the signing of Turner, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said that “he shoots the ball extremely well, makes great decisions on the court and I love his poise.”

Turner is a cousin of former LSU and North Carolina State guard Ralston Turner.

Turner is the fifth member of a Tennessee signing class that also includes forwards Kyle Alexander, Ray Kasongo and Admiral Schofield and guard Shembari Phillips. Kasongo is a junior-college transfer who will be a sophomore this season. The other four signees are incoming freshmen.