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No. 20 Tennessee set to host No. 7 UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee typically isn’t a very hospitable host to defending national champions. A rare sellout crowd will try to make sure that pattern continues today when No. 7 North Carolina faces the 20th-ranked Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time since ...

Lady Vols looking to thrive away from home

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Now that Tennessee has shown it can beat just about anyone at home, the Lady Volunteers get a chance to see what they can do on the road. The seventh-ranked Lady Vols (10-0) are back in the top 10 for the first time in two seasons after an 82-75 home victory last Sunday ...

Men’s College Basketball Roundup: No. 2 Michigan State holds off Oakland

DETROIT (AP) — Tom Izzo and Michigan State probably needed a game like this. Little Caesars Arena definitely needed it. Detroit’s new downtown sports venue — where empty seats at Red Wings and Pistons games have limited the buzz so far — was a pulsating home for a college basketball ...

Game of the Millennium in Pittsburgh? Not quite

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press Shout it from the top of Mount Washington: It’s the Game of the Year! Perhaps the Game of the Decade!! Maybe the Game of the Millennium!!! Or, very possibly, a big dud. Until their flop in Miami on Monday night, the way the New England Patriots ...

Jets’ Morton on awful offense: ‘Just got our butts kicked’

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. The Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — John Morton insists he’s not one to dwell on the past, especially after an embarrassingly bad performance by the New York Jets’ offense. But the pitiful final stats in a 23-0 loss at Denver last Sunday were difficult to ...

No. 25 Boise St. beats Oregon in Las Vegas Bowl

By DAN GREENSPAN The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Bryan Harsin didn’t have to say anything. Boise State had committed two turnovers that were returned for touchdowns in the final minute of the first half, turning a 24-0 rout in the making into a competitive 24-14 contest and allowing ...

Home run coaching hires hard to make from shallow pool

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press Making the home run hire seems to be more difficult than ever when it comes to college football coaches. Silly season moved quickly this year, spinning this way and that over a frenetic couple of weeks. UCLA and Texas A&M both made a splash by ...

Silvers lifts Troy over North Texas, 50-30

By BRETT MARTEL The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — When Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers glanced around the Superdome, his eyes would stop on the name of Archie Manning, who has become one of his mentors, or on spots in the stands where he’s sat during games he attended as a ...

College Football Roundup: Marshall holds off Colorado State in New Mexico Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl. Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering ...

As digital currencies soar, regulators urge caution

By KEN SWEET The Associated Press NEW YORK — The public’s interest in all things bitcoin and efforts by entrepreneurs to fund their businesses with digital currencies is starting to draw more attention from regulators. The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission this week ...

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and FABIOLA SANCHEZ The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife’s medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela’s ...

Five things small business owners should know about tax bills

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal in principle on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon. The deal, which would reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, may answer the question of which ...

That new store credit card could torpedo your credit score

By BEV O’SHEA NerdWallet Getting a deal during the holidays is a great American tradition. So when a sales clerk cheerfully asks, “Would you like to save 20 percent on your purchases today by opening a card with us?” it fits right in. But the reality sounds a lot less cheery: ...

Alexa, can I do my holiday shopping through you?

By JOSEPH PISANI The Associated Press NEW YORK — It was a few weeks before Christmas and time to put my voice assistant to the test: Could I just shout out the gifts I needed to buy without having to get on a smartphone or computer? Alexa, the virtual assistant inside my Echo Dot, is ...

Thriving cities leave others behind

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER The Associated Press As the nation’s economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle’s was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over ...

Business Survivors

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Along the way, many had to lay off workers, forgo salaries or find new ways to earn ...

Moore to supporters: ‘Battle is not over’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore on Friday told supporters that the “battle is not over” in Alabama’s Senate race even though President Donald Trump and others have called on him to concede. Moore sent a fundraising email to supporters asking for contributions to ...

Frost’s original cards on display

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — For the first time in more than half a century, a series of Christmas cards and booklets that feature poems by Robert Frost, the poet known for his gritty images of rural New England life, are on display at Vermont’s Middlebury College. Some of the poems were ...

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Eminem menu has ‘mom’s spaghetti’ DETROIT (AP) — Rapper Eminem is hosting a promotional event in Detroit in the style of a pop-up restaurant with a menu featuring “mom’s spaghetti.” Eminem touted the Friday event at the Shelter club to promote his new album, “Revival,” in ...