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Deron Snyder

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

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SNYDER: Fireworks ahead for the Cousins soap opera

The Kirk Cousins melodrama is coming to a head: Either he signs a long-term deal or he plays a second consecutive season under the franchise tag, virtually guaranteeing himself a roster spot with San Francisco, Los Angeles or elsewhere in 2018. Published June 12, 2017

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (30) throws during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Wondering about Koda, Matta, Ovi and more

In another installment of his TIDU List, Deron Snyder ponders everything from Koda Glover's rise to Alex Ovechkin's aging process to Josh Norman keeping his composure (or not). Published June 8, 2017

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo via AP)

SNYDER: Give players an option to college hoops exploitation

It's not a travesty for actors and musicians who begin their pro careers with nothing more than a high school diploma. So why are young basketball stars told they're making a dreadful mistake if they choose not to pursue higher education? Published June 5, 2017

SNYDER: Would Durant have had Wizards in finals?

Washington came within one game of the Eastern Conference finals without arguably the NBA's second-best player. With him, the Wizards might have reached the NBA Finals and perhaps won. Published May 24, 2017

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) greets fans after Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Size, speed and lockdown D have Wizards in control

Both teams have two wins, but there's a distinctly different feel between Boston's pair and the Wizards' two. Washington could have won twice on the Celtics' home court and has every reason to feel good about their chances as the series shifts to the north. Published May 8, 2017

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28), right, steals a ball from Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (7) during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington. Also pictured is Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2). (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SNYDER: Wizards climb back into ring, KO Celtics

The Wizards battered the Celtics from wire-to-wire in a resounding 116-89 victory. If Boston stole Washington's heart in the first two games, the Wizards snatched it back, punched the Celtics in the nose and kicked them in the rear. Published May 5, 2017

SNYDER: Instant NFL draft grades fun but meaningless

It's the nature of the NFL draft. Much will be made of which player goes No. 1 and who Washington takes at No. 17 . But the truth is, final grades are often a few years down the road -- sometimes after players reach their third or fifth team. Published April 26, 2017