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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- It's been nearly two years and 21 victories and the Clemson Tigers can't wipe away the memories of the drubbing they took the last time they played in the Orange Bowl.
Left tackle Brandon Thomas says the Tigers' 70-33 loss to West Virginia stings to this day, no matter how many accomplishments the team has piled up since. Thomas and the No. 12 Tigers (10-2) believe they're ready to make amends this time around against No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) when the teams meet Jan. 3.
Clemson has some history at making up for disappointing defeats. In each of the previous two years, the Tigers have rebounded from losses to rival South Carolina to close the regular season with postseason victories.
Thomas says they'll call on that resolve once more.
Michigan, Florida to open 2017 season in Texas
Florida and Michigan will open the 2017 season in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.
The prime-time game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2.
It will be Florida's first regular-season, non-conference game outside the Sunshine State since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he "thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace."
Michigan coach Brady Hoke says the game is "a great way to reach our fan base in the south and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible."
Each school will receive 25,000 tickets for the neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
BOSTON (AP) -- A new, environmentally friendly auto racing series just got even greener.
Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck and a dozen of his fellow owners in the NBA franchise have invested $21 million into the Formula E electric car racing circuit. The series featuring Formula One-style electric cars traveling at up to 160 mph has already attracted celebrities with environmental interests such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson.
Grousbeck told The Associated Press shortly before the deal closed this week that the group will call on its "deep network of NBA and NFL owners" to help the sport succeed in the United States.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says the race cars could lead to technology that will eventually show up in street-ready electric cars.
Forumla E is scheduled to debut in Beijing in September and on the streets from Miami to Monaco in a 10-race championship.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Jordan Swing scored 17 points as UAB defeated Chattanooga 67-52 on Wednesday night.
Chad Frazier had 15 points with six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Rod Rucker scored 14 points with three assists and grabbed six rebounds. UAB was 45.5 percent from the field overall and hit 68.8 percent from the line.
The Blazers (9-2) jumped to a 10-4 lead early in the first period but the Mocs (4-8) tied it up by 14:30. A Swing 3-pointer at 8:54 in the first led to an 18-8 run for the Blazers that left them leading 35-27 at the break. The win is the fifth straight for UAB.
Chattanooga hit just 30.6 from the field and 26.7 from 3-point range. Martynas Bareika and Eric Robertson each scored 11 to lead the Mocs.
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just under a minute left and the Miami Heat erased a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday night.
LeBron James scored 24 on a bad left ankle for the Heat, who closed within a game of the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. Chris Bosh added 15 points for Miami, including a 3 that tied it late in the fourth.
James set up Allen for the 3 that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run.
Paul George scored 25 points but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left. David West had 23 and Lance Stephenson added 13 for the Pacers, who have dropped two straight.
"ANCHORMAN 2" - DAVID KOECHNER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the "Anchorman" movies, Champ loves Ron Burgundy.
SUPER BOWL 2014-SNOW PLANS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It's been a rough start to winter in many parts of the country.
Weekly US jobless claims hit 9-month high of 379K
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.
Eds: Minor edits. With BC-US--Target Data Breach
By BREE FOWLER
AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers. ...
IN THE NEWS: DATA THEFT AT TARGET STORES PROBED
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Secret Service is looking into a credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores.
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