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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

Guard Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City teammates brushed aside the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to reach the Western Conference final for the second straight season. Last year, the Thunder were eliminated by Dallas in five games. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Out West, storm front brings lots of Thunder

Champions don't pass the torch when an up-and-comer nips at their heels, eager for a taste at the summit. Contenders must snatch the crown and pry it away from seasoned winners. Published May 22, 2012

**FILE** Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins continues his rehab after tearing his ACL in the 2011 preseason, Ashburn, VA, Tuesday, November 22, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Jenkins is like a new gift for Redskins to unwrap

The Washington Redskins didn't have a second-round selection in this year's draft, having packaged it in the bounty for the No. 2 overall pick. But you could argue that Washington had a second-round draft pick in the bag - defensive end Jarvis Jenkins. Published May 21, 2012

Bryce Harper touches home as he scores on a sacrifice fly by Adam LaRoche. Harper was 2 for 4 with a triple, scored three runs and drove in two. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Two phenoms put brakes on Nationals' skid

The Nats were running on fumes, a measly 9-13 since a 14-4 start. They needed a win badly, not just for pride along the Washington-Baltimore corridor, but also to put a good taste in their mouths entering a brutal stretch of 18 division games and another 13 against the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays. But that's the purpose of having phenoms on your side. Published May 20, 2012

Mark Turgeon guided Maryland to a 17-15 record in his first season. Heading into his second, there are only two players who played in the Gary Williams era who are returning: James Padgett and Pe'Shon Howard. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Out with the old: Maryland is Turgeon's team now

And then there were two. Mark Turgeon replaced Gary Williams as Maryland's men's basketball coach last May. Exactly one year later, only two players from the old regime remain at College Park. So let's hear it for the sole survivors, rising senior James Padgett and rising junior Pe'Shon Howard. Published May 17, 2012

Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter comes stands in the bench area before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Family business suits Dale Hunter best

The fans who wildly cheer the team wanted Dale Hunter back. So did the players, firmly convinced that his way is the right way. Officials in the organization wanted Hunter back, too, enamored with his firm hand and no-nonsense approach. Published May 15, 2012

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks lasted five games in the playoffs before being ousted by the Miami Heat in their first-round series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

SNYDER: Melo may be costly lesson for N.Y.

No one would suggest that Carmelo Anthony is equal to or better than LeBron James (except maybe Melo himself), and no would suggest that the New York Knicks had a shot at beating the Miami Heat. But looking at the superstars and their respective teams can be instructive for would-be players and wanna-be general managers. Published May 10, 2012

Former All-Pro receiver Cris Carter admitted he used bounties to protect himself, offering money to teammates to take out players who were trying to do the same to him. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

SNYDER: Visions of a kinder, gentler NFL

They have been part of football for as long as the game has been played. They have ridden the evolutionary wave from leather helmets and single wings to polyurethane shells and four wide. They have been so ingrained in the culture that no one gave them a second look. Published May 9, 2012

Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 at Nationals Park on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

SNYDER: Nationals' bandwagon is starting to fill up

The Washington Nationals didn't shine in their first coast-to-coast broadcast since Nationals Park opened in 2008. ESPN's audience for Sunday Night Baseball saw Philadelphia deliver a 9-3 beating and watched Washington outfielder Jayson Werth suffer a broken wrist. Published May 8, 2012

Jonathan Vilma was suspended by the NFL for the 2012 season for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SNYDER: NFL seeks to balance nature of game with its players' well-being

The events of May 2, 2012, won't be forgotten in the NFL. A one-two punch of shocking developments - unrelated on the surface but perhaps with connective tissue beneath - highlighted the ongoing wrestling match in our love-hate relationship with NFL violence. Published May 3, 2012

Kirk Cousins, selected with the 102nd overall  pick, gives the Redskins quarterback depth, but the team has a lot more pressing needs. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Another QB after RG3: Why is this a good idea?

Apparently, the Washington Redskins' brain trust still is suffering side effects from last year's painful experiment, when it tried to swallow a dose of Rex Grossman and John Beck at quarterback for a full season. Published May 1, 2012

Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11), left, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) get physical after a play in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Buckle up, there's one more game to go

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins haven't provided much merriment through six games of the tightest playoff series in NHL history. There have been few laughs or light-hearted moments. Instances of glee have been fleeting, followed by more high anxiety and tense nerves. Published April 24, 2012

Mike Mularkey was named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach after spending the 2008-11 seasons as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In Jacksonville, bachelors are being singled out

The first inclination might be to mock the Jacksonville Jaguars upon learning they've added marriage to their formula for evaluating free agents. Apparently, new owner Shahid Khan, general manager Gene Smith and rookie coach Mike Mularkey want men who are good husbands as well as good players. Published April 17, 2012

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) batts as the Washington Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings, 3-2, for their home opener in Major League Baseball at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Nationals' Ian Desmond in comfort zone

The Washington Nationals were quite popular among the baseball media during spring training, drawing postseason predictions from multiple prognosticators. Virtually everyone spoke highly of the Nats' rotation, bullpen, defense and core youngsters. Published April 12, 2012

Bobby Petrino's downfall at Arkansas started with a motorcycle crash and ended with revelations that he paid his mistress $20,000 before hiring her to the football staff. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Too many misdeeds by Petrino forced AD to cut him loose

The affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter was the least of Bobby Petrino's worries. If that was the sole charge he faced, Petrino still would be employed as Arkansas' football coach, mapping out practice schedules with an eye toward next week's Red-White spring game. Published April 11, 2012

Kevin Seraphin has produced 10 or more points in 10 of the Wizards' 13 games since the trades that moved JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Given a chance, Kevin Seraphin proves worth

As it turns out, Nene and Brian Cook weren't the only bigs Washington acquired when it traded JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. The Wizards also got the new-and-improved player who was buried on their bench. Wednesday's game against Indiana presented more evidence of the discovery, yet another exciting chapter in "The Evolution of Kevin Seraphin." Published April 5, 2012