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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

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

Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld, right, congratulates Wizards point guard John Wall during a news conference to announce Wall's new contract with the NBA basketball team at the Verizon Center on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Washington. Wall signed a five-year, $80 million extension to remain with the team. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: Wizards' success shouldn't give Ernie Grunfeld free pass

Despite the excitement of making the playoffs and beating the Chicago Bulls, Washington has yet to reach championship-caliber status. Likewise, the team's architec, has yet to prove he's the right person to get the team there. Published May 12, 2014

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin plays  Baylor in a regional semifinal on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SNYDER: No one-stipend-fits-all solution for NCAA

The disparities within college sports are numerous and enormous in Division I alone, which has 65 power-conference schools and another 218 schools in lower income brackets. The differences grow exponentially when you include Divisions II and III, the majority of 1,100 schools under the NCAA's umbrella. There's no fair way to lump them all together or treat them all the same. Published May 5, 2014

Alabama head coach Nick Saban poses with The Coaches' Trophy during a BCS National Championship college football game news conference Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 Monday night to win the national championship. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SNYDER: Alabama’s excellence built to last under Saban

Nick Saban's three national titles at Alabama arguably are more impressive than Paul Bryant's six. The Bear never had to contend with scholarship limits, early entries to the NFL draft, or a conference in which football and breathing are equal in importance. Published January 8, 2013

Maryland guard Jake Layman (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Terp tested: Turgeon has team ready to take on ACC

The stream of early season cupcakes didn't leave Maryland soft and weak Saturday when the Terrapins faced Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Although opponents hadn't offered much resistance as Mark Turgeon's squad reeled off 12 consecutive wins, regular practice sessions made his team hard, strong and hungry to devour a real foe. Published January 6, 2013

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a first down in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Russell Wilson beats RG3 at his own game

He was given short shrift entering the season, primarily due to his diminutive stature. He went on to win Seattle's starting job, but nationally played second fiddle to Robert Griffin III and third banana to Andrew Luck in this season of high-profile rookie quarterbacks. But Russell Wilson is the one who has advanced to the playoffs' next round while the other two have begun their offseason vacations. Published January 6, 2013