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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at

Articles by Deron Snyder

SNYDER: Instant NFL draft grades fun but meaningless

It's the nature of the NFL draft. Much will be made of which player goes No. 1 and who Washington takes at No. 17 . But the truth is, final grades are often a few years down the road -- sometimes after players reach their third or fifth team. Published April 26, 2017

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, is guarded by Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova, left,  during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

SNYDER: Wizards give fans and themselves reason to believe

When your team hasn't hosted a first-round playoff series in 38 years, whatever happens is bound to feel strange. It could administer a blowout, be on the receiving end or fall somewhere in between. Reasonable expectations are fluid and possible outcomes are all over the board. Published April 16, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, chats on the sidelines players on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Seattle. Lynch has visited the Oakland Raiders as he decides whether to come back to the NFL and the team decides whether it wants to acquire the hometown favorite. A person familiar with the visit says Lynch came to the facility on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, to meet with Raiders officials. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit wasn't announced by the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: NFL already stumbling on Vegas

Only the NFL is obtuse enough to celebrate putting a franchise in Las Vegas and criticize players for attending an arm wrestling tournament there. Published April 10, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James watches from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) **FILE**

SNYDER: Cavaliers, Warriors right to rest stars as they see fit

What, the Cavs/Warriors should base their decisions on fans who bought premium tickets to watch marquee players? The national TV schedule should be the deciding factor on managing rest? The league should dictate which players can sit out and when? Spare me. Published March 20, 2017

Netherlands's Jurickson Profar, right, celebrate with Xander Bogaerts after winning against Taiwan at the first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

World Baseball Classic failing to draw interest of American fans

The World Baseball Classic is correct about its international nature and the sport involved. But the tournament is a long way from being a sterling standard on these shores, where our sporting attention each spring is drawn to college basketball and NFL free agency. Published March 8, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla. In a video released by the Norman Police Department, Amelia Molitor said a group of men with Mixon sexually harassed her and she rejected Mixon's advances before Mixon punched her and broke bones in her face in July 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

SNYDER: NFL's combine invitations more about dollars than ethics

Organizations as big and powerful as the NFL should be much slicker in handling spin and shaping perception. But the NFL routinely falls to a level you'd expect from mom-and-pop outfits unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight. Published February 27, 2017