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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

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in his native Venezuela. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Ramos shows he catches on quickly

When you're young, gifted and blocked, progress is measured in baby steps, often escaping notice. There are signposts that a historian will laugh at in retrospect, moments that eventually mean nothing in the arc of a career. Published April 28, 2011

SNYDER: McNabb affair must end for good of team

It seems like a long time ago. The savior was conducting his first minicamp, to rave reviews. The centerpiece was on full display, to everyone's delight. And the reject was donning silver and black, to find restoration in Oakland. Published April 21, 2011

SNYDER: Cora provides guidance while playing the game

Nationals utility man Alex Cora had never been released from a ballclub in 11 years as a major leaguer. Then it happened twice last year, by the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He spent September watching games, waiting for a call and wondering if he was done. Published April 14, 2011

Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche averaged 16.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds last season. (Associated Press file)

SNYDER: Next season in doubt but Wizards in good position

The Wizards are assured of a record worse than last season's 26-56, as they head into Wednesday's season finale with 23 wins. But only one thing has dampened the atmosphere at the Verizon Center the past couple of weeks, and it's not the Wizards' level of play or their potential next season. Published April 11, 2011

SNYDER: Seeing red on proposals to pay NCAA athletes

Defending the NCAA status quo is increasingly difficult when the men's basketball title game begins at 9:23 p.m. and Texas signs a $300 million deal to create the Longhorn Network. Published April 4, 2011

Miami Heat point guard Mike Bibby (0) dribbles against Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Despite Wizards' struggles, Wall offers hope

As far as measuring sticks go, the Wizards should shoot for playoff contention before comparing themselves to the Heat. But winning titles is the ultimate goal for Washington, and one day that might include beating out Miami for the Southeast division crown. Published March 30, 2011

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Maurice Evans, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Wizards shoot for rivalry with Heat in future

As far as measuring sticks go, the Wizards should shoot for playoff contention before comparing themselves to the Heat. But winning titles is the ultimate goal for Washington, and one day that might include beating out Miami for the Southeast Division crown. Published March 30, 2011