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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

SNYDER: Bryce Harper: 'Just another game'; not hardly

Bryce Harper was nonchalant in the visitors' dugout at Prince George's Stadium, less than an hour before his first pro game in the D.C. metro area. He answered questions politely and dispassionately, with a cool detachment that seemed practiced or forced or both — but didn't jibe with the announced crowd of 6,375. Published July 26, 2011

SNYDER: In NFL, the table is set for a smorgasbord of signings

After all of the angst and frustration, after nearly 20 weeks of lockout limbo, after watching the two sides bicker, posture and spin, a resolution has been reached and this is what NFL fans lost in the process: the Hall of Fame Game, a meaningless-but-glorified scrimmage. Published July 25, 2011

SNYDER: Soccer events may be enthralling, but soccer isn't

Soccer lovers in the U.S. have a chip on their shoulders and with good reason, miffed that their sport isn't as beloved here as it is worldwide. But they aren't the only fans frustrated by America's particular taste. Published July 18, 2011

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen celebrates with catcher Wilson Ramos after a 2-0 win in a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, July 10, 2011. The Nats are 46-46 entering the second half of the season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Nats fans can look at glass as half-full

Fans who began following the Nationals last year, when Stephen Strasburg swept through baseball like Halley's Comet, have a rosier outlook than fans who began following in 2005 when the team relocated to Washington, where it has never produced a winning record but twice managed 100-loss seasons. Published July 14, 2011

Curt Flood made three All-Star appearances the 1960s. He played 13 games for the Washington Senators in 1971 before retiring. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Flood case set stage for free agency

'Can I ask you a question about Curt Flood?" Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who hasn't been talking much lately, was leaving the clubhouse and en route to wherever he'll spend the All-Star break. But he stopped and looked upward like folks do, as if hard-to-recall facts are written on ceilings. Published July 11, 2011

SNYDER: Clemens' errors rooted in his Texas-sized ego

In deciding to voluntarily testify before Congress in 2008, Roger Clemens displayed little intelligence and insulted our own. Now everyone has to pay as baseball, yet again, is dragged through its Steroid Era. Published July 7, 2011

SNYDER: Nats clear winners in changing of guard

The Nationals play their first home game under Davey Johnson on Friday, and his 0-3 record since taking the helm hasn't diminished our giddiness by one iota. Did you know his 1986 New York Mets had five losing streaks of three or more games en route to winning the World Series? Published June 30, 2011

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SNYDER: Drafts reveal a chasm between NBA, baseball

Jan Vesely's magic moment came when he kissed his girlfriend on ESPN and shook hands with NBA commissioner David Stern. Bobby Lucas' magic moment came when he attended a pre-game reception at Nationals Park and shook hands with team owner Mark Lerner. Published June 27, 2011

Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned Thursday over a contract dispute. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)

SNYDER: Riggleman's future wasn't with Nats

There were no winners in manager Jim Riggleman's shocking resignation Thursday, coming just moments after another thrilling Washington victory capped an 8-1 homestand and made the Nationals victors in 11 of their last 12 games. Published June 23, 2011

SNYDER: Winning by accident, just as Nats planned it

The Washington Nationals were without their best player, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, for 58 of their first 72 games. Their No. 5 hitter, first baseman Adam LaRoche, played 43 games and batted .172 with a torn shoulder muscle before having season-ending surgery. Their $126 million offseason acquisition, right fielder Jayson Werth, has 16 fewer RBI than their rookie second baseman, Danny Espinosa. Published June 20, 2011

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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted ninth in recent games, effectively giving Washington two leadoff hitters once the batting order turns. Manager Jim Riggleman resorted to the strategy in an attempt to spark a struggling offense.

SNYDER: Batting out of order? Why not?

Sitting behind the desk in the visiting manager's office at Nationals Park, Tony La Russa studied the Nationals' batting order for Wednesday's game against his St. Louis Cardinals. For the fourth consecutive time, Washington manager Jim Riggleman defied conventional wisdom by batting his pitcher eighth and a position player ninth - in this case, shortstop Ian Desmond. Published June 15, 2011

SNYDER: Redskins' informal approach still offers some benefits

And so it began, another set of voluntary workouts for Washington Redskins players who were inclined to show up. Roughly 30 did so Tuesday morning, dressed in assorted T-shirts and shorts as they straggled onto a field in Northern Virginia. Inside linebacker London Fletcher was a conspicuous latecomer, arriving after the players had gone through warm-ups and split into their position groups. Published June 14, 2011

SNYDER: Entitlement mentality isn't limited to college athletes

Their high-profile positions give them access to gifts and services not available to everyone else. They know they're not supposed to accept the extra benefits, but they do so anyway, often bringing shame to their institutions when caught. Despite numerous examples of prohibited perks leading to a downfall, the cycle continues, with new reports surfacing on a regular basis. Published June 9, 2011

NBA finals: Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after dunking in front of Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd (2) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Miami. The Heat won 92-84. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip; Pool)

SNYDER: Why is LeBron cast as villain?

The folks at Nike were amazingly prescient in November 2005 when they unveiled a 110-foot high by 212-foot wide billboard to introduce their new ad campaign for LeBron James - "We Are All Witnesses." Published June 6, 2011

SNYDER: Tressel not the only one who should lose his job

'He's our coach, and we trust him implicitly." That's what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said about Jim Tressel during a March 8 news conference. It was a strange statement, considering Smith was in the process of announcing Tressel's two-game suspension and $250,000 fine for, essentially, being dishonest. Published May 30, 2011