Ohio State escapes with 79-77 win over UNC Asheville

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A couple weeks ago, Ohio State might have lost to UNC Asheville, but on Thursday night the Buckeyes closed the game out because of a level of play that coach Thad Matta said he has been searching for from JaQuan Lyle since practice opened on Oct. 1.

  • Written by JACOB MYERS, Associated Press

A look at some of 2016's most inspiring sports moments

We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired — and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track, to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favorite soccer player, to a warm ovation fueled by empathy for a visiting NHL goalie.

  • Written by HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer