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Harvard stripped of national quiz tournament titles

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BOSTON (AP) - Harvard University has been stripped of four quiz tournament titles after organizers found a student improperly accessed a competition website.

On its website, National Academic Quiz Tournaments says it has awarded four Harvard wins from 2009 to 2011 to other schools.

The University of Minnesota now will claim two championships, and University of Chicago and Virginia Commonwealth University each get one win.

Tournament officials say Andy Watkins accessed website pages with information about questions on which he competed as a Harvard student.

Watkins, who was a writer for the tournament organization, says on its website he regretted his immaturity, but competed in good faith for Harvard.

NAQT says there wasn't evidence Watkins took advantage of access to help in game situations, but they vacated the wins because of fair play expectations.

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