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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

McDonald's West All-American Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots a layup during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SNYDER: Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to skip college another step toward sea change

Widely considered the nation's top guard entering next season, Mudiay first sent shockwaves by choosing SMU over bluebloods Kentucky and Kansas. It was a tremendous coup for coach Larry Brown and positioned the Mustangs as a Top 10 preseason team. But now, Brown joins John Calipari and Bill Self in lamenting the 6-foot-5 point guard as another who got away. Published July 16, 2014

American League short stop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waits to hit during batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SNYDER: Like it or not, Derek Jeter is reason to watch All-Star game

We don't know how, we don't know who and we don't know when. But the New York Yankees shortstop will be honored Tuesday night in his final All-Star Game. The players just have to think of something different than last year, when former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera wound up taking the field by himself and basking in a long round of applause. Published July 14, 2014

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is surrounded by fans that rushed the field and security as he is escorted off the field following their 45-38 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

SNYDER: RG3 worth his weight in bronze to Baylor

I'm neither a Baylor University alum nor a fan of the Baylor Bears. But I know what I'd say to outsiders who oppose Robert Griffin III's upcoming statue outside the school's new stadium: Mind your business. Published July 9, 2014

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, left, talks with teammate Ryan Zimmerman during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: Musings on Bryce Harper, Tim Howard and more

Full-blown jerkdom is ahead for the Nationals' wunderkind unless he changes course. Coming off the disabled list (again) and offering unsolicited lineup advice is wrong for established vets, let alone 21-year-olds in their third season. Published July 2, 2014

United States' head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks during a press conference following a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  The United States will play against Portugal in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 22. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

SNYDER: Turns out, Jurgen Klinsmann pushed the right buttons for U.S.

I never understood the big deal about Klinsmann's comment about the U.S. not being ready to win the World Cup. It seemed like the perfect combination of tampering public expectations and challenging the team to reach deeper. Coaches always do the latter in private, during practices and meetings, but they usually refuse to let unfiltered truth seep out during interviews. Published June 30, 2014

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami Heat's LeBron James jockey for position in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Heat defeated the Knicks 93-85. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

SNYDER: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony make NBA offseason worth watching

Wherever James and Anthony land, watching the process play out will be a blast. The fate of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh makes a nice subplot. So does Minnesota's contemplations of trading Kevin Love before he walks away for nothing (the scenario that brought Anthony to New York from Denver). Published June 25, 2014

Fans cheer after the United States scored a goal against Portugal as they watch a World Cup soccer match on a big screen television Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

SNYDER: For a month, we're soccer fans — and there's nothing wrong with that

For four weeks (even with the inevitable dip when the United States is eliminated), headers, corner kicks and equalizers are mentioned in a high percentage of sports conversations. Folks who don't know the difference between yellow cards and green cards become temporary soccer buffs every four years, like clockwork. I am one. And I am not ashamed. Published June 23, 2014

San Diego Padres Tony Gwynn watches his double in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, July 27, 1993, Chicago, Ill. Gwynn had five hits for the day and drove in three runs to help the Padres defeat the Cubs 8-0. Gwynn also surpassed former Padres player Dave Winfields club record of 626 RBI. (AP Photo/John Swart)

SNYDER: Tony Gwynn's death reinforces need for baseball tobacco ban

Addictions aren't broken that easily, especially not in a culture where tobacco is as ingrained as sunflower seeds and bubble gum. Having a ban in the minors, but not the majors, simply means users cheat or find workarounds until they're called up, where they're free to dip and chew at will. Published June 18, 2014

FILE - In this July 16, 2013, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during the SEC football media days in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

SNYDER: If lawsuits don't kill NCAA, its members might

The NCAA that we've come to know and despise is in critical condition with a prognosis that suggests the end is near. The equivalent of flesh-eating bacteria are close to devouring the body from within. Outside, it is suffering injury from a series of blows that ultimately could be fatal. Published June 11, 2014

Janay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Ray Rice could use some advice on both actions, reactions

With more of the judgment and restraint demonstrated by the rapper earlier this month, Rice could've avoided arrest in February for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee. With more sage counsel and advice from a seasoned image manager, the Ravens could've avoided Friday's lame-brained "press conference." Published May 26, 2014

St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SNYDER: Michael Sam's dueling obligations could tear him apart

On one side is the NFL and his teammates on the St. Louis Rams, who hope the seventh-round draft pick isn't a distraction as he attempts to earn a roster spot. On the other side is an army of advocates and activists, who hope the league's first openly gay player capitalizes on his role and blazes a trail. Published May 19, 2014