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

Inconsistent Ohio State working to smooth out passing game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whether Ohio State can beat Clemson in the College Football Playoff next week could depend on which version of the wildly inconsistent Buckeyes offense shows up to play in the desert.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS