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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 deronwashtimes@gmail.com.

Articles by Deron Snyder

Bobby Petrino's downfall at Arkansas started with a motorcycle crash and ended with revelations that he paid his mistress $20,000 before hiring her to the football staff. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Too many misdeeds by Petrino forced AD to cut him loose

The affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter was the least of Bobby Petrino's worries. If that was the sole charge he faced, Petrino still would be employed as Arkansas' football coach, mapping out practice schedules with an eye toward next week's Red-White spring game. Published April 11, 2012

Kevin Seraphin has produced 10 or more points in 10 of the Wizards' 13 games since the trades that moved JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Given a chance, Kevin Seraphin proves worth

As it turns out, Nene and Brian Cook weren't the only bigs Washington acquired when it traded JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. The Wizards also got the new-and-improved player who was buried on their bench. Wednesday's game against Indiana presented more evidence of the discovery, yet another exciting chapter in "The Evolution of Kevin Seraphin." Published April 5, 2012

Just 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the team's Opening Day starter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Nationals will only go so far with Strasburg

Despite all the hype and highlights, strikes and spotlight, and the accolades and attention, Stephen Strasburg is a relatively unknown quantity. Entering his third season with the Nationals, he's yet to begin a year in the majors, yet alone start on Opening Day. Published April 3, 2012

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks to reporters during a news conference in New Orleans on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Kentucky will play Louisville in an NCAA tournament Final Four game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SNYDER: John Calipari condemned for winning within rules

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I declare that John Calipari and Kentucky have been falsely accused and unfairly maligned. Mr. Calipari and the Wildcats have conducted themselves with honor and followed the rules in their three seasons together. Charges that they're ruining college basketball and making a mockery of education are without merit and should be dropped immediately. Published March 29, 2012

Duke guard Austin Rivers is just the fourth player to leave for the NBA after one season in Mike Krzyzewski's 32 seasons at the Durham, N.C., school. Rivers' father, Doc Rivers, coaches the Boston Celtics. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: One-and-done freshmen come from all walks

Is coach Mike Krzyzewski running a basketball factory at Duke? Has he turned his back on education? Are his Blue Devils better role models than John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats? Published March 27, 2012

SNYDER: NFL to blame in salary-cap dispute

Upon further review, the NFL has decided to penalize the New York Giants for trading two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to the San Diego Chargers in 2004 for the rights to quarterback Eli Manning. Published March 13, 2012

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams wasn't too happy during his team's ACC Tournament title game loss to Florida State on Sunday. But it should cheer him up to know North Carolina is one of a handful of programs capable of playing its way into the NCAA tournament these days. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Enjoy your bracket; problems can wait

The brackets for the NCAA men's basketball tournament have been filled, meaning we can forget about the regular season ... except it seems to be forgotten nowadays way before Selection Sunday. Published March 11, 2012

Indianapolis Colts cut ties with quarterback Peyton Manning on Wednesday. Where will he land next? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

SNYDER: Timely information, yet free agency isn't constrained by clock

Fans in several NFL markets are working themselves into a lather, becoming hot and bothered at the thought of Peyton Manning saying "I do" to their team. Manning's departure from the Indianapolis Colts was expected, but that didn't lessen the excitement anticipation once it became official. Published March 8, 2012

SNYDER: No matter how Tiger Woods fares, book to win big

If TV ratings, Internet articles and column inches in print media are any indication, "The Big Miss" should be a huge hit when it goes on sale March 27, a week before the subject shoots for his fifth green jacket at Augusta National. Published March 1, 2012

John Wall and the Wizards enter the All-Star break a dismal 7-26. But at least they're better than the Bobcats. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Wizards are bad, but they're not boring

At the halfway point of this truncated NBA campaign, the Washington Wizards have seven wins in 33 games, giving them a lower winning percentage than every team except Charlotte — which is 0-2 against the Wizards. Published February 23, 2012

University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson says no final decisions have been made regarding how many and which varsity teams could be abolished at the school by July because of funding problems. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Kevin Anderson's power play only hurts Maryland

For the record, like other hard-core hoops fans in the D.C. metro area, I would love to watch Georgetown and Maryland play each other annually in men's basketball. Two power-conference schools with rich traditions, title aspirations, national profiles and distinct local flavor: Who wouldn't want to see that? Published February 21, 2012

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Nationals prospect Bryce Harper's demeanor has left some fans concerned about the 19-year-old outfielder.Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press
Nationals prospect Bryce Harper has said he would like emulate the lifestyle of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.

SNYDER: We shouldn't question Bryce Harper's youthful outlook

Can we let Bryce Harper be Bryce Harper for now, when he's 19 and still learning the ways of the world? Can we appreciate his personality, letting him grow and mature, without asking him to be a plastic player filled with false humility? Can we encourage him to be as honest and open as possible, letting him experiment with the boundaries, instead of turning him into a colorless cliche machine who never says anything remotely interesting or stimulating? Published February 16, 2012