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Bulldogs down Sooners in 2OT

The Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. — After ending the first Rose Bowl game ever to go into overtime, Sony Michel was swarmed by Georgia teammates as he broke down in tears. The senior tailback had gone from goat to hero and sent the Bulldogs to the national championship game. Michel ...

Defense helps Tide roll past top-seeded Tigers

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The rubber match of the Alabama-Clemson trilogy was a total dud compared to the previous meetings. Except to the Crimson Tide defense, which will remember it as a thing of beauty. In a game where every yard was a struggle, the ’Bama defenders took ...

Arians, Caldwell, Fox out; Joseph staying in Denver

The Associated Press The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn’t go down well in Denver. What is traditionally the NFL’s ...

Thomas to make Cavs debut today against Blazers

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The agonizing wait to play again is over for Isaiah Thomas. Vengeance on the Celtics is still on hold. Thomas, sidelined with a hip injury since last season’s Eastern Conference finals, will make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers today against the ...

Shut the Overton Window

I'd never heard of this Overton Window, so I looked it up. Wikipedia sez this about it: "According to Overton's description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being ...

When it all began

Because I am seeing all over the place claims that the FBI opened l'affaire Trump on the basis of the Steele dossier, I thought I'd link to this story at documents that it began before there was a Steele ...

A positive story about Trumpery

From Bloomberg's Max Nisen, an apparently deeply-informed story about drug policy and a bureaucrat who is able to make decisive -- and perhaps mostly positive-- changes, from the point of view of consumers. (See ...

‘Fake news’ tops list of words to be banned

The Associated Press DETROIT — Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news? Northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words ...

Clemson, ’Bama ready for third CFP showdown

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The three-peat will be complete. Then again, there might be a few more chapters in college football’s most intriguing new rivalry. For the third year in a row , Clemson will meet Alabama in the College Football Playoff, only this time it will be in ...

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after falling short against Steelers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that’s known little else over the last two decades. Fourth down. Trailing by four. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland Browns rookie ...

Kim Jong Un applies science to kimchi-making

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Kim Jong Un wants to turn the art of kimchi-making into a science. And the North Korean leader is putting his money where his mouth is. On the outskirts of Pyongyang, surrounded by snow-covered farms and greenhouses, stands one of Kim’s latest pet projects, the ...

Wisconsin rallies past Miami, breaks school record for wins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alex Hornibrook’s first pass in Saturday’s Orange Bowl was a wobbler, one that seemed to slip out of his hand. Nearly everything else he threw was just about perfect. Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three to Danny Davis, and sixth-ranked Wisconsin set a ...

Officials: Deadly NYC fire lit by child

NEW YORK — A preschooler toying with the burners on his mother’s stove accidentally sparked New York City’s deadliest fire in decades, an inferno that quickly overtook an apartment building and blocked the main escape route, the fire commissioner said Friday. A dozen people died, and ...

Will we get a sad poop emoji? Well, maybe so

NEW YORK — We have a smiling pile of poop. What about one that’s sad? There’s loaf of bread and a croissant. But where’s the sliced bagel? How can our emotional vocabulary be complete without a teddy bear, a lobster, a petri dish or a tooth? These are the kind of questions that ...

Buckeyes breeze past Trojans for Cotton Bowl win

ARLINGTON, Texas — Playoff-snubbed Ohio State got a bit defensive even without one of its best defenders in the Cotton Bowl. Damon Webb returned an interception for a touchdown after recovering a fumble to set up an early score and the No. 5 Buckeyes beat No. 8 Southern California 24-7 on ...

Savage incident leads to changes in NFL’s concussion protocol

HOUSTON — The NFL and the players’ union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms ...

In homelessness fight, kindness is contentious

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mohammed Aly does not see why he shouldn’t try to ease the lives of Orange County’s homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbors — disagree. Aly, a 28-year-old lawyer and activist, has been arrested three times as he campaigned on behalf of street ...

Celtics overcome 26-point deficit, beat Rockets on Horford’s basket

BOSTON — Marcus Smart helped complete a furious comeback for Boston on two plays he never touched the ball. Smart drew an offensive foul on James Harden with 7.3 seconds left, getting the ball back in time for Al Horford to sink a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left, and the Celtics rallied ...

Security in Las Vegas tightened for New Year’s Eve

LAS VEGAS — An unprecedented number of law enforcement officers and National Guard members will be on duty when tens of thousands of people gather to ring in 2018 on Las Vegas Boulevard, just three months after one of the world’s most famous roadways became associated with the deadliest ...

Before the ’90s, little recourse for the victims of harassment

NEW YORK — Back in 1979, Karen Schneider was an entry-level copy editor in her 20s when a senior editor at her newspaper offered her a ride after some late-night drinks with colleagues. At her destination, he locked the car door and forcibly kissed her. Terrified, she managed to get away. ...