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Guard John Wall leads the Wizards into Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks in the first of five NBA games on Christmas, confirming the Wizards' rise in panache. (Associated Press)

Wizards ready for spot on Christmas marquee

- The Washington Times

Validation was attached to the preseason e-mail announcement that the Washington Wizards would be participating in one of five NBA games on Christmas Day. Bulbs in the Madison Square Garden marquee will light up to spell “Washington Wizards” on Thursday, confirming the Wizards’ rise in panache is not just realized locally. They will play the New York Knicks on the NBA’s showcase day, tipping off at noon to start a run of daylong basketball playing in the background as wrapping paper is torn.

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) take a shot as UNLV guard Jelan Kendrick (22) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

UNLV snaps No. 3 Arizona’s 39-game nonconference winning streak

- Associated Press

Even when the shots were not falling, Arizona could always rely on its defense to pull out close games. The Wildcats had a hard time stopping UNLV at all, much less at the end of the game, and now its long nonconference winning streak is over.

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) looks to block against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Redskins’ Trent Williams named to 2015 Pro Bowl

- The Washington Times

The stalwart left tackle was named to the Pro Bowl for a third consecutive season Tuesday night, while outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Alfred Morris were each selected as alternates.

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Houston has no problem with Texas Tech, 82-69

- Associated Press

Houston and Texas Tech find themselves in similar situations this season with several young players but with veteran coaches - Houston's Kelvin Sampson and Texas Tech's Tubby Smith.

Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) knocks the ball away from Charlotte Hornets' Gerald Henderson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Walker, Henderson lift Hornets over Bucks 108-101

- Associated Press

The Charlotte Hornets may have found the formula for success -turning up the defensive pressure. It worked against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night and led to their fourth straight victory.

Clarification: NBPA Leadership

- Associated Press

In a story Dec. 22, The Associated Press quoted Walter Palmer about the NBA's relationships overseas. The story should have included the word "NBA" in the quote. A clarified version of the story is below.

Top 25 Capsules

- Associated Press

Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points and UNLV pulled off one of its biggest wins in recent years by knocking off No. 3 Arizona 71-67 Tuesday night.

Browns-Ravens Capsule

- Associated Press

CLEVELAND (7-8) at BALTIMORE (9-6)

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

Kevin Love scored 20 points in his first game against Minnesota, Kyrie Irving added 29 and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the second half for a 125-104 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.