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Duke basketball loses an opponent because of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law

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Albany University on New York drops out of November tournament due to state ban on travel.

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North Carolina's anti-LGBT HB2 has disrupted the men's basketball schedule at Duke University. Albany University in New York has canceled its scheduled Nov. 12 game set for Duke's home court.

Steve Weisman of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun got this statement from Holly Liapis, spokeswoman for the State University of New York system:

"The State University of New York supports Governor [Andrew] Cuomo's executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina, and we instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff," Liapis said. "SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand."

The travel ban means four Division I schools -- Albany, Stony Brook, Binghamton and Buffalo -- are instructed not to play games in any sport in North Carolina.

The Albany-Duke game is part of The Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament. Duke has yet to set a replacement opponent for the Nov. 12 game.

The NBA has threatened to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte if North Carolina does not overturn or significantly amend HB2. On Friday, tech companies such as Google, Reddit, PayPal, Lyft and Pinterest asked the BA to move the game because of the law.

The law was passed in 12 hours and has been biting the legislature and Gov. Pat McCroy in the ass ever since.