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Deron Snyder

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

Should Brooklyn pry Dwight Howard from Orlando, it would give the Nets a power base matched only by the Miami Heat. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Will Nets be the next team we love to hate?

Brooklynites faced a major dilemma this year when the Nets crossed the Hudson River and relocated downtown in New York City's most populous borough, near the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic. Playing their home games in the brand-new, splendiferous Barclays Center, the Nets are minutes from the team that has owned Big Apple hearts since 1946. Published July 9, 2012

Tiger Woods hits an approach shot on the eighteenth hole at Congressional Country Club during third round play of the AT&T National golf tournament, Bethesda, Md., Saturday, June 30, 2012.  (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: At Congressional, the calm after the storm

Forget about whether a tree falling at Congressional Country Club makes a sound if nobody is around to hear it. There was another musing to ponder after violent thunderstorms battered the metro area Friday night, leading tournament officials to ban spectators and volunteers Saturday morning: Published June 30, 2012

Tiger Woods hits a tee shot on the fourth hole at Congressional Country Club during the first round of the AT&T National. Woods finished at 1 over and is five shots off the lead. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Tiger Woods remains the host with the most

Tiger Woods was back Thursday afternoon, playing at Congressional Country Club for the first time in three years. He was back in March, winning an official PGA Tour event for the first time in 932 days. He also was back earlier this month, becoming a multiple-winner on the Tour for the first time since 2009. Published June 28, 2012

Robert Griffin III celebrates with a youngster during a youth football camp at the Cleveland Browns' training facility in Berea, Ohio. Griffin recently was revealed to be the target of an extortion attempt. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: To RG3: Live right and erase any doubt

I imagine everyone has things in their past that they don't want folks to know about. Whether it's youthful indiscretions or regrettable choices in adulthood, we're thankful that our lives aren't open books for all the world to see. Published June 26, 2012

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens speaks to the media outside federal court in Washington on Monday, June 18, 2012, with his attorney Rusty Hardin at his side, after Clemens was acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided that he didn't lie to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

SNYDER: Why should steroids be singled out?

The verdicts are in. All that remains now are the votes. Baseball's poster boys for the Steroid Era — Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds — have endured their government trials. They have gotten off scot-free and with a wrist slap, respectively, making a mockery of federal prosecutors. But the best pitcher and best hitter of their generation have yet to be judged by the baseball writers who elect players to the Hall of Fame. Published June 19, 2012

Former Georgetown guard Jason Clark was one of the players on hand for the Wizards' pre-draft workout Tuesday. He averaged 13.9 	points and 4.1 rebounds per game in his senior season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: NBA draft hopefuls gladly take their show on the road

Such is life for players such as Clark and Jardine, criss-crossing the country for team workouts in the final weeks before the NBA draft. The Wizards were the third and seventh stop, respectively, for Clark and Jardine, who were joined by Matt Gatens (Iowa), Bernard James (Florida State) and Darius Miller (Kentucky). Published June 12, 2012

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is the first to reach nine wins this season. The knuckleballer tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals in the Mets' 3-1 win Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

SNYDER: Knuckling under can be a good thing

Two weeks ago, we asked why the Washington Nationals couldn't complete a series sweep, as the team was 0-7 when the opportunity presented itself. The Nats promptly put that matter to rest by going on the road and brooming the Atlanta Braves. Published June 7, 2012

The San Antonio Spurs began the Western Conference finals with two straight wins, but they've lost three consecutive to the Oklahoma City Thunder and are on the brink of elimination. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SNYDER: In three games, Spurs exposed as a tired team

Champion boxers can age in a hurry, with no perceptible warning signs. They can show great vim and vigor as the bout approaches and maintain that energy through the early rounds. But then they can lose it, suddenly, in the middle of the fight, looking old, tired and worn out compared to the young, spry and energetic contender. Published June 5, 2012

Rookie Steve Lombardozzi characterizes the Nationals' resiliency as he's made significant contributions at the plate and in the field. His .320 batting average leads the Nationals. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Nationals thrive with can-do attitude

The Washington Nationals barely needed an airplane as they flew to Miami from Atlanta last Sunday night, having completed their first series sweep this season. The flight home Wednesday wasn't nearly as sweet, though, after they were swept by the Marlins. Published May 31, 2012

Tigers manager Jim Leyland (left) argues with first base umpire Tim Brookens after being ejected Monday. The dispute stemmed over a blown call on a what would have been a Red Sox strikeout. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In sports, wrong calls happen; bad calls shouldn't

By no means is this an attempt to pick on Tim Welke. He suffered enough in 1998, when a Sports Illustrated cover featured his photo and an incendiary headline: "Kill the Umps! Missed calls and skewed strike zones are marring the postseason." Published May 30, 2012

In 27 seasons with the NBA lottery system, the Spurs are the only franchise to win a championship with a player, Tim Duncan, it drafted first overall. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SNYDER: No. 1 pick doesn't guarantee a trip to NBA's promised land

One of my most unforgettable "Where were you?" sports memories doesn't involve an actual game or players, although seven teams took part. It was the NBA's first draft lottery, held Mother's Day 1985, the day after my Howard University graduation ceremony. Published May 29, 2012

Guard Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City teammates brushed aside the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to reach the Western Conference final for the second straight season. Last year, the Thunder were eliminated by Dallas in five games. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Out West, storm front brings lots of Thunder

Champions don't pass the torch when an up-and-comer nips at their heels, eager for a taste at the summit. Contenders must snatch the crown and pry it away from seasoned winners. Published May 22, 2012