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LeBron takes his talent, and some hugs, to South Beach

There were more cheers than jeers, as LeBron James returned to the court where he played for four seasons on Christmas Day.

RGIII’s encouraging signs

OUTSIDER | The third-year quarterback did subtle things vs. the Eagles that indicate he might be able to succeed running Jay Gruden’s offense.

Down to the last detail

Equipment manager Brock Myles has tried to anticipate every possible detail as the Capitals prepare for the New Year’s Day Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

Forward Michal Cekovsky (15) is adjusting to life in the U.S.

A new home for the holidays

Slovakian freshman Michal Cekovsky adjusts to American basketball at Maryland, but his biggest strides have been made off the court.

Week 17 NFL picks: Patriots, Saints and Cardinals are this week’s best bets against the spread

Week 17 NFL picks: Patriots, Saints and Cardinals are this week’s best bets against the spread

The Patriots can clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a win and are 8-2 against the spread in the last game of the season since 2004.

Redskins-Cowboys: Five story lines to follow

Redskins-Cowboys: Five story lines to follow

The Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 1 p.m. for their final game of the season.

Heat fans warmly embrace LeBron in Miami return

Heat fans warmly embrace LeBron in Miami return

LeBron James was treated much differently in his first game back in Miami than he was during his first visit to Cleveland as a member of the Heat four years ago.

Spencer Hawes wears crazy ugly Christmas suit to arena

Spencer Hawes wears crazy ugly Christmas suit to arena

The Los Angeles Clippers’ 7-foot-1 power forward wins Christmas.

Watch LeBron James casually sink a 3-pointer from 28 feet out

Watch LeBron James casually sink a 3-pointer from 28 feet out

Seriously, it looked like he wasn’t even trying.

LeBron James exits briefly during third quarter for reasons the Cavaliers want to keep ‘secret’

LeBron James exits briefly during third quarter for reasons the Cavaliers want to keep ‘secret’

Eventually the team conceded it was “left leg tightness.” Most. Boring. Secret. Ever.

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to sit out against Chicago Bulls on Christmas

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to sit out against Chicago Bulls on Christmas

The Lakers might actually be better off without the 36-year-old veteran.

Pop star Rita Ora posts odd photo on Instagram from Heat-Cavaliers game

Pop star Rita Ora posts odd photo on Instagram from Heat-Cavaliers game

Celebrities were few and far between in the crowd at the Heat-Cavs game, but the ones who showed up were weird.

Wizards play with projected starting lineup for first time in win over Knicks

Wizards play with projected starting lineup for first time in win over Knicks

It took 27 games, but the Wizards finally played with their projected starting lineup on Christmas.

Dwyane Wade discusses LeBron’s departure and return

Dwyane Wade discusses LeBron’s departure and return

Wade talked about LeBron’s legacy, jersey retirement, and their off-court friendship.

Russell Westbrook puts on a show in San Antonio, as Thunder beat Spurs resoundingly

Russell Westbrook puts on a show in San Antonio, as Thunder beat Spurs resoundingly

The point guard had 34 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and five steals, but no Kevin Durant.

LeBron takes his talent, and some hugs, to South Beach

LeBron takes his talent, and some hugs, to South Beach

There were more cheers than jeers, as LeBron James returned to the court where he played for four seasons on Christmas Day.

President Obama scorns gender stereotypes, gives athletic equipment to girls for Christmas

President Obama scorns gender stereotypes, gives athletic equipment to girls for Christmas

The president paused before divvying up gifts for a Toys for Tots charity drive and decided to put the T-ball set in the girls’ bin.

Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Sue Bird and John Stockton all get alter egos in new State Farm ad

Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Sue Bird and John Stockton all get alter egos in new State Farm ad

Cliff Paul gets some new buddies, including Sebastian Curry, Darius Lillard, Summer Bird and Don Stockton.

Marshawn Lynch fined $11,050 for groin-grabbing celebration after monster run

Marshawn Lynch fined $11,050 for groin-grabbing celebration after monster run

Lesson: Don’t keep your hands that close to yourself.

Wall shines and the Wizards cruise

Wall shines and the Wizards cruise

On national TV on Christmas Day, John Wall’s 24 points, 11 assists and one scuffle pave the way for Washington.

Thunder’s Kevin Durant out for Christmas bout against the Spurs because of ankle

Thunder’s Kevin Durant out for Christmas bout against the Spurs because of ankle

The 26-year-old NBA MVP is still mending the sprained ankle he suffered last Thursday.

Throwback Thursday: Basketball on Christmas

Forty-one years ago today, the then-Bullets beat the Knicks in D.C. fans’ first Christmas Day NBA game.

Discuss Wizards-Knicks

The Wizards and Knicks open the NBA’s Christmas slate at noon.

RGIII’s encouraging signs

RGIII’s encouraging signs

OUTSIDER | The third-year quarterback did subtle things vs. the Eagles that indicate he might be able to succeed running Jay Gruden’s offense.

Houston takes reasonable gamble with Smith

Houston takes reasonable gamble with Smith

The Western Conference has arguably never been better, and the arrival of Josh Smith in Houston increases the Rockets’ chances of getting out -- if he can regain his health and rein in his desire to shoot long jumpers.

Wizards get the big stage for Christmas

Wizards get the big stage for Christmas

Inclusion in the NBA’s marquee slate of Christmas games shows the change in perception of the 19-8 Wizards.

Hilltoppers survive furious rally, bevy of blunders to win Bahamas Bowl, 49-48

Hilltoppers survive furious rally, bevy of blunders to win Bahamas Bowl, 49-48

Western Kentucky surrenders 34 fourth-quarter points, including a lateral-fueled touchdown on the final play from scrimmage, to sweat out a 49-48 victory over Central Michigan.

Williams honored by third Pro Bowl selection

Williams honored by third Pro Bowl selection

Bogged down by the Redskins’ losses and an injury-plagued season, Trent Williams had forgotten that the selections would come down Tuesday night.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar dyed his beard white for Christmas

Brazilian soccer star Neymar dyed his beard white for Christmas

Luckily, it’s pretty much the only thing the 22-year-old Barcelona star has done wrong this year.

Down to the last detail

Down to the last detail

Equipment manager Brock Myles has tried to anticipate every possible detail as the Capitals prepare for the New Year’s Day Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

Browns reportedly move Johnny Manziel to IR list, fans react appropriately

Browns reportedly move Johnny Manziel to IR list, fans react appropriately

The news does not come as a surprise, as Manziel’s season was already widely thought to be over after hamstring injury.

Watch Nationals Park convert into an ice rink for hockey’s Winter Classic

A time-lapse video shows layers of metal, wood and water spreading across the infield.

49ers Aldon Smith denies drinking at Ray McDonald’s house

49ers Aldon Smith denies drinking at Ray McDonald’s house

McDonald’s accuser says Smith came over to hang out and the three drank vodka and cranberry juice.

Redskins players tweet Pro Bowl grievances

Redskins players tweet Pro Bowl grievances

Some Redskins players thought some of their teammates were unjustly left out.

Breeland a secret no longer

Breeland a secret no longer

A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been one of Redskins’ top defensive players in a forgettable season.

Tom Brady’s year on Facebook was just as hilarious as you remember

Tom Brady’s year on Facebook was just as hilarious as you remember

The only thing he’s bad at is getting high fives.

Navy’s seniors complete a turnaround

Navy’s seniors complete a turnaround

With an exhausting win in the Poinsettia Bowl, the Midshipmen’s 26 seniors have a year to remember.

Josh Smith will reportedly sign with Houston Rockets

Josh Smith will reportedly sign with Houston Rockets

Smith was cut by the Detroit Pistons with two years left on his contract.

What did Darrel Young say to the Eagles fan in the end zone?

What did Darrel Young say to the Eagles fan in the end zone?

Apparently it was all very polite and respectful.

Griffin nursing sprained shoulder

Griffin nursing sprained shoulder

Robert Griffin III handled a reduced practice workload on Wednesday while nursing a sprained right shoulder.

Van Gundy only contributing to Pistons’ problems

Van Gundy only contributing to Pistons’ problems

Stan Van Gundy arrived in Detroit expecting to lift the Pistons out of an extended run of misery. Instead, his questionable decisions have sunk the franchise into a deeper hole.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao tears Achilles’, likely out for season

Tristan Thompson will step in for Cleveland on Thursday when the Cavs face team leader LeBron James’s former squad the Miami Heat.

Howard U. player is killed in Texas home invasion

Terrence Tusan, 22, was one of two suspects shot and killed on Sunday evening, according to a report.

Alex Ovechkin grants young fan’s wish in bonus scenes from ‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’

Alex Ovechkin grants young fan’s wish in bonus scenes from ‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’

Lauren Santora ate breakfast and skated with her favorite player.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson + onesie + Santa Claus = Merry Christmas!

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson + onesie + Santa Claus = Merry Christmas!

The WWE legend went on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to prove it’s the most wonderful -- or at least random -- time of year.

Ex-NASCAR driver somehow avoids jail after leading police on a three-state, 150 mph chase

Ex-NASCAR driver somehow avoids jail after leading police on a three-state, 150 mph chase

One might say Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker got away with a fast one...

For weary Capitals, holiday rest comes at perfect time

For weary Capitals, holiday rest comes at perfect time

“Yeah I always think when you lose a game, you’d like to play again the next day,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “But it’s Christmas. We’ll take the time off for sure.”

Kevin McHale reportedly agrees to three-year contract extension with Houston Rockets

Kevin McHale reportedly agrees to three-year contract extension with Houston Rockets

Rockets have lost in the first round of the playoffs twice under McHale.

Gruden wants more out of Thomas

Gruden wants more out of Thomas

Phillip Thomas on Sunday will make his fourth straight start, and the game will essentially serve as the young safety’s final in-season audition for a key role in Washington’s defense next season.