Sport New England Patriots running-back LaGarrette Blount scored a record four rushing touchdowns in the play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts

Blount has been at the forefront of a Patriots side that has shifted their emphasis to a running game but they come up against the free-scoring Denver Broncos for a place in the season showcase

Banks pitch for broker role with North Sea oil explorer Cairn Energy

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are among the big names pitching for a key advisory role with Cairn Energy, the Edinburgh-based group that explores for oil from the North Sea to Kathmandu.

Market Report: Miner Talvivaara is in a hole over debt

Although Talvivaara has plugged the leak in its nickel mine, it now might need to plug a gap in its finances. The miner's shares sank more than 30 per cent when it revealed the leak in a gypsum pond at its mine at Sotkamo in eastern Finland on 4 November. Production was halted and the likely financial impact to correct the damage to the environment caused investors to bail out.

BT in £64m offer for Tikit

BT has agreed to pay £64.2m for Tikit, an IT group that mainly works with law and accountancy firms.

Unexpected surge in US growth boosts Obama

With less than a fortnight to go before the US presidential election, Barack Obama’s campaign has been boosted by news that the American economy grew more strongly than expected in the three months to the end of September.

The Business Matrix: Friday 26 October 2012

Santander loses £52m from bid

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Admiralty Arch in £60m hotel deal

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Avanti shares dip 19% after losses

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Russian PM meets with Zuckerberg

Top award for academy that helps youngsters

An academy that trains thousands of underprivileged youngsters to work in restaurants and hotels has been crowned winner of an awards scheme that recognises the highest standards of social responsibility and employee engagement.

Bank of America pays $2.4bn to end Merrill case

Bank of America has agreed to pay $2.43bn (£1.51bn) to settle a shareholder lawsuit over its 2008 buyout of Merrill Lynch in one of the largest-ever settlements of a securities fraud class action.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 29 September 2012

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Julius Baer grabs BoA arm for Sfr860m

Switzerland's third-largest private bank Julius Baer has agreed to buy Bank of America's Merrill Lynch wealth management business outside the United States in a deal worth some Sfr860m (£561m).

Rothschild fees beat giant rivals

Fee income at Rothschild, the privately owned and independent advisory firm, came in at just under $1bn (£644m) last year.

US bank bosses set for tough Libor questions

This week's earnings reports to put American managers in the dock

Dan Gledhill: No one thinks the City is a picnic. But this was brutal

Punishing hours, victimisation, physical intimidation, arbitrary dismissal. Such is the portrait of working conditions under Bob Diamond described by a former employee in today's Independent. Perhaps those Barclays Capital bankers deserved their bonuses after all, just for putting up with him.

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