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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

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

Navy will join the Big East in 2015 as a football-only member.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

SNYDER: House-hunting Navy bought a fixer-upper in Big East

Now that Navy has signed on to join the Big East as a football-only member beginning in 2015, conference commissioner John Marinatto needs just one more school to fulfill his desire of 12 teams broken into East and West divisions. Published January 26, 2012

SNYDER: Gary Williams leaves lasting impression on Terps' hardwood

Gary Williams has made himself scarce around the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball program, which he ran for the prior 22 seasons. He's been busy completing various tasks for the athletic department (for which he's paid a tidy $400,000), working as an analyst for the Big Ten network and, just recently, making weekly local radio appearances on ESPN 980. Published January 26, 2012

SNYDER: Scandal doesn't define Paterno

Your life is judged by the contents within the dash, that punctuation mark between the dates of your birth and death, respectively. But some observers will focus on Joe Paterno's final months of life, a dizzying and tumultuous 78-day descent from revered legend to fired, deceased legend. Published January 22, 2012

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse will be at the forefront of the Nationals' attack next year. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 14.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SNYDER: Nationals are building for years to come

With only three games remaining before the NFL season wraps up (no, the Pro Bowl doesn't count), baseball will take the stage shortly, when spring training begins just ahead of March Madness. We still don't know if Prince Fielder will be among the Washington Nationals reporting to Viera, Fla., but at least pitcher Gio Gonzalez will be settling in for a while. Published January 19, 2012

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon hugs Sean Mosely after defeating Wake Forest 70-64 on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

SNYDER: Coach, players growing into roles at Maryland

First-year Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon is a breath of fresh air, and not just because first-year football coach Randy Edsall is emitting so much funk. No matter who occupied the head office at the Gossett Team House, there's little doubt that athletic director Kevin Anderson at least got the hoops hire right. Published January 12, 2012

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban celebrated Alabama's second BCS championship in the past three seasons after Monday night's 21-0 win over LSU. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Alabama's title is still 'mythical'

Somewhere along the way in major college football, we stopped. We quit being accurate in our description. We dropped the extra syllables and characters. We got lazy and gave in to convention. Published January 10, 2012