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No. 8 Arizona holds off Washington 57-53

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No. 8 Arizona holds off Washington 57-53

SEATTLE (AP) Nick Johnson scored 15 points, five in the final 2 minutes, and No. 8 Arizona rallied from an early deficit for an ugly 57-53 victory over Washington on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Huskies.

Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill both added 10 points for the Wildcats, who won their second straight after losing at home to UCLA. This victory by the Wildcats won't be remembered for the quality of play, but Arizona remained just one game behind Oregon at the top of the Pac-12 Conference standings.

Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after C.J. Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats (18-2, 6-2 Pac-12) then closed on an 11-5 run and got plenty of help from the careless Huskies.

Wilcox and Scott Suggs both scored 11 points to lead Washington (12-9, 4-4), which has lost four straight for the first time since 2008.

Arizona won despite committing 17 turnovers, shooting just 35 percent and making only three 3-pointers. But their defensive effort made the game just as ugly for the Huskies, who finished 1 of 12 on 3-pointers and committed 17 turnovers.

Kaleb Tarczewski added 10 points for the Wildcats, all in the first half.

Arizona had a chance to pull away midway through the second half after Wilcox went to the bench with his fourth foul. After three free throws Hill and Lyons scored around the rim on consecutive possessions and the Wildcats had a 44-39 lead. Lyons had a chance to push the lead to eight, but missed a 3-pointer in transition.

Wilcox re-entered the game with 7:23 left following a timeout and Washington's offense immediately improved. Suggs scored four straight points followed by a driving layup by Abdul Gaddy and finally the Huskies first 3-pointer after missing their first 10 attempts. Gaddy recovered his dribble in the lane and found Wilcox open in the corner for the 3 to give Washington a 48-46 lead with 4:34 remaining.

Lyons answered with a driving layup as the shot clock expired and Hill scored off a careless Washington turnover to put the Wildcats back ahead. Wilcox was fouled by Johnson shooting a 3-pointer and after a timeout, hit two of three to tie the game at 50-50 with 3:05 left.

Kemp split free throws and Johnson scored on a runner in the lane to put the Wildcats up 52-51 with 2 minutes left. Tarczewski fouled out with 1:36 left after fouling N'Diaye, but the 46 percent free-throw shooter missed both and Hill knocked down a jumper, only to have Suggs quickly answer on a drive with 1:08 left.

Arizona coach Sean Miller decided to regroup and called a timeout with 51 seconds left and the Wildcats up one point. Off the inbounds pass, Johnson quickly got into the lane and was fouled with 41 seconds left. His first free throw rattled in and out and he made the second to put Arizona up 55-53. Washington tried to run a backdoor lob for Wilcox but Gaddy's pass was too high and the turnover forced Washington to foul with 26.8 seconds left. Johnson hit both this time and after N'Diaye missed a desperation 3, the Wildcats dribbled out the clock.

Feeding off an electric home crowd, Washington missed its chance to blow out the Wildcats from the start. Washington took a 16-5 lead, only to have Arizona answer with a 16-5 run. The Huskies led 28-23 and lost after leading at halftime for the second time this season.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.