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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at


Articles by Zac Boyer

Jordan Spieth walks off the gree with his group on the par-5, 6th hole during the pro-am at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament being played on Wednesday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTO: Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times

Jordan Spieth a humble leader of golf's next wave

Tiger Woods, golf's biggest superstar, may have his fan base, but in modern society, what's new is what's popular, and the 20-year-old Spieth is quickly gathering a following. Published June 25, 2014

Despite insisting he is in top form, Woods faces questions about his health and age as he returns to the pro tour following an injury. (associated press)

Health questions hamper Tiger's tour return

When Tiger Woods announced last week he would make his return at the Quicken Loans National following a three-month layoff, it was partly because his recovery from back surgery had progressed enough to finally make a competitive round viable. Published June 25, 2014

Tiger Woods on the practice tee Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo: Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times

Tiger Woods expects rust at Quicken Loans National, but he's ready to compete

It has been two years since Woods, still No. 5 in the official world golf rankings, played at the tournament sponsored by his charitable foundation. He admitted Tuesday that had this week's event not fallen under the umbrella of the Tiger Woods Foundation, he would not be participating. Yet Woods was far enough along in the process to make it feasible for him to return this week. Published June 24, 2014

Patrick Reed watches his chip to the fifth green during the final round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

After pair of wins early in 2014, Patrick Reed looks to simplify game at Congressional

The 23-year-old finished 8-over to tie for 35th at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, then was betrayed by his short game last weekend, shooting a mere 70 and 71 in the first two rounds of the Travelers Championship on one of the tour's shortest and easiest courses to again miss the cut. "I just have to get out of my own way," Reed said. Published June 23, 2014

In this March 9, 2014, photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tiger Woods to make return during Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods, who has not played in a PGA Tour event since undergoing back surgery in late March, announced via his Facebook page Friday afternoon that he will make his return next week during the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. He'll be joined by four players who previously won the event as well as nine others who have won a major championship, including Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Stewark Cink, Angel Cabrera and Vijay Singh. Published June 20, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Phillip Thomas (41) walks to the field during the second day of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va. Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

'Redshirt' season behind him, Phillip Thomas ready to help Redskins' secondary

A fourth-round pick last April out of Fresno State, Thomas was penciled in as the Redskins' starting strong safety when training camp opened. Whatever potential Thomas showed during two weeks of training camp was never realized after he suffered a foot injury during a preseason game that kept him sidelined for his entire rookie season. Published June 2, 2014

School spirit: A Redskins emblem at Union 6th/7th Grade Center. Indian groups want students to learn more about them beyond such logos. (Tulsa World)

American Indian high schools cling to 'Redskins' nickname

As superintendent of the Red Mesa Unified School District in northeastern Arizona, Tommie Yazzie believes its schools' use of the Redskins nickname and mascot epitomizes the qualities desired of its students and athletes: bravery, pride and intelligence. Published June 1, 2014

Newly drafted Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) talks to members of the media following rookie minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Despite concussion history, Jordan Reed not worried about future

Despite missing the final six games of his rookie season as he dealt with the effects of a concussion, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said Thursday he believes the incident was "a fluke thing" and has no concern about his well-being going forward. Published May 30, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) speaks to reporters after practice as the Washington Redskins hold their Organized Team Activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Feeling-out process guiding Robert Griffin III through offseason

Not only is the offseason workout period crucial for the Washington Redskins, who are learning large parts of a new offense and defense with a revamped coaching staff, but it’s important for quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was limited to rehabilitating from right knee surgery during this time a year ago. Published May 29, 2014

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen laughs on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, August 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Bruce Allen promoted to Redskins team president, stays GM

Allen, 57, was originally hired as the team's Executive Vice President/General Manager on Dec. 17, 2009 after a five-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and eight years with the Oakland Raiders. Published May 26, 2014

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Browns hire Redskins pro personnel director Morocco Brown

Morocco Brown, who has served as the Washington Redskins' Director of Pro Personnel for the last six years, is expected to be hired by the Cleveland Browns to a senior post in their personnel department, according to a person familiar with the matter. Published May 20, 2014

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) walk though the empty arena before Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

First taste of playoffs an eye-opening experience for Wall, Beal

"The intensity level is more than it's ever been during the regular season," Wall said. "You're playing for something. You're winning, trying to get a championship or go to the Finals, at least. Regular season, you're just playing." Published May 15, 2014

Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) in action during the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. Washington defeated Indiana 102-79. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

For John Wall, belief makes the difference in critical game

Dejected, despondent and needing to be shaken from his deep depression, Wall turned to Randy Wittman following the Washington Wizards' shootaround Tuesday morning and confided in his coach a secret Wittman never wanted to hear. "I'm frustrated," Wall told him. "I don't know how to get out of this slump. I don't know what to do." Published May 14, 2014

USC running back Silas Redd celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against California Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Silas Redd, Cody Hoffman among Redskins' rookie signees

Redd, a 5-foot-10, 212-pound running back, played in only six games for USC in 2013 as he attempted to recover from offseason surgery on his left knee and then sustained an unspecified injury to his right knee late in the season. Published May 14, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Al Harrington (7) looks down court during the first half of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game against the Indiana Pacers in Washington, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards' old guys have proven their worth in playoffs

As Drew Gooden made his presence known in the paint, Al Harrington made shot after shot and fans chanted Andre Miller's name before stepping to the line for a pair of free throws, one thing was clear Sunday in the Washington Wizards' Game 4 second-round loss to the Indiana Pacers: The old guys still have it. Published May 13, 2014