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2 prep teams in Tennessee caught tanking, banned from postseason

2 prep teams in Tennessee caught tanking, banned from postseason

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams have been pulled from the postseason for trying to lose a game to avoid the top-ranked team and improve their chances of advancing to the state tournament.

The programs at Riverdale, a state champion in 2013, and Smyrna were fined $1,500 each Monday and also placed on probation for a year by the Tennessee Secondary School athletic Association.

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress wrote Monday in letters to the schools' principals that the teams “made a mockery” with intentional turnovers off various violations and missed free throws. The referee also reported he stopped play and...

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