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Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas is a sports writer at the Washington Times. He has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and NCAA Div. I athletics. Dybas is a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. A St. Bonaventure University graduate, he began his career in upstate New York before making stops in Boston and Seattle. He can be reached at tdybas@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Todd Dybas

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, celebrates after a play with forward Nene (42), from Brazil, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards continue to fix their minor problems

Nene's force and Rasual Butler's shooting in the fourth quarter fueled a 109-95 fourth-quarter win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and moved the Wizards to 18-6. Published December 17, 2014

Washington Nationals left fielder Ryan Zimmerman rests in the dugout before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Transition to first base part of the next step for Ryan Zimmerman

An adjustment is under way for the 30-year-old Zimmerman. The plan is for him to play first base next season following Adam LaRoche's departure. That keeps Anthony Rendon available at third base and all other positions in order. Published December 16, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) combine on Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pierce out against Timberwolves

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce will not play Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sore right toe. Published December 16, 2014

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is entering the final season of a two-year, $17.5 million contract. He wants to stay a National, but is aware of trade rumors. (Associated Press)

Ian Desmond not fazed by trade rumors, wants to stay with Nationals

Ian Desmond has heard the trade rumors. He's paying attention to free agent moves. He knows the Washington Nationals are going to do what they judge is best, and that may not include paying him a lucrative sum to continue as their shortstop. Published December 15, 2014

Nationals manager Matt Williams said the season-ending NLDS loss to the Giants "was a good learning experience for our guys moving forward and hopefully we get a chance to get back and take the next step and hopefully beyond that. (Associated Press)

NLDS loss to Giants left Nationals with a bitter taste

Behind the massive gray folding wall, bitterness countered the laughter and smiles on the other side. In the main area, Washington Nationals players sat for photos on "couch cam", signed autographs and played games on a stage flanked by two massive screens during NatsFest on Saturday. Behind all the hi-jinks, players explained their level of disappointment with last season's first-round playoff loss to eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Published December 14, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) passes the ball as he guarded by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, forward Brandan Wright and forward Chandler Parsons, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Washington. The Mavericks won 105-102. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Foot still a pain for Nene

The important ice pack was underneath Nene's right foot Friday night. He had others, one on each knee, after the Wizards picked apart the Los Angeles Clippers. But the one beneath his aching foot was the most important. Published December 13, 2014

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt is tagged out by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on a steal attempt in the fourth inning during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desmond says no new progress on contract extension

Ian Desmond has heard the trade rumors. He's paying attention to free agent moves. He knows the Washington Nationals are going to do what they judge is best, and that may not include paying him a lucrative sum to continue as their shortstop. Published December 13, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) disputes a foul call in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Show of force from Wizards slows Clippers

The Wizards banged aside the Clippers and never trailed in the 104-96 win that stomped a nine-game Los Angeles winning streak to a halt. Published December 13, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts after an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 133-132 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

An emotional day brings an emotional win for Wall, Wizards

After flying back from Boston on Sunday night, John Wall was in what he called a "deep" sleep Monday around 11 a.m. or noon. His phone jangled with a text message, the modern delivery system for all news, including the bad kind which used to come over the phone late at night. Published December 9, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) passes the ball as he guarded by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, forward Brandan Wright and forward Chandler Parsons, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Washington. The Mavericks won 105-102. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nene out with new ailment

Washington Wizards power forward Nene was ruled out of Monday night's game against the Boston Celtics because of a sore right knee. Published December 8, 2014

A Washington Redskins holds up a sign that reads "We Are Horrible" as St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the St. Louis Rams in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins fill another day with mishaps and commotion

Boos preceded the swift departure of fans midway through the fourth quarter on a clear, crisp, dismal Sunday at FedEx Field. Five consecutive losses, the latest a 24-0 no-show against the St. Louis Rams, are strong inspiration to search out the couch before the final whistle, even if tickets were as low as $5. Published December 7, 2014

Virginia forward Mike Tobey (10), guard Devon Hall (0)  and other players celebrate a three point play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  Virginia won the game 74-57.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia handles havoc at VCU

The mania surrounding a home game for the VCU Rams was not a match for seventh-ranked Virginia's superior talent. Published December 6, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries (43) walks off the court at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Without Nene, Wizards able to turn to Kris Humphries

The Wizards post crew is an interesting and multifaceted bunch. There is an outspoken Pole with a mohawk. A strongman from Brazil. A Frenchman who is an ongoing project. And, an ex-boyfriend of Kim Kardashian. Published December 4, 2014

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce participates in team practice at the Verizon Center in Washington. One move changed everything for Pierce last season. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Pierce day-to-day because of toe injury

Wizards starting small forward Paul Pierce left Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers late in the third quarter because of a jammed left big toe. Published December 4, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, embrace after an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Washington. Wall had 17 points and Bryant had 29 points. The Wizards won 111-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards handle Kobe's aura and early points

From the start, a late-arriving crowd backed Bryant, who finished with 29 points. But, he did not score a second-half field goal. The Wizards bumped and slowed Bryant during a 111-95 win, their third consecutive. Published December 4, 2014