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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

Washington Wizards forward Nene, right, celebrates with center Marcin Gortat after scoring  basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Wizards won 102-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Wizards win first playoff game in six years, beat Bulls in Game 1

On Sunday, in their first playoff game in six years, the Wizards showed they weren’t afraid of the main stage. Nenê had 24 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Wizards defeated the Bulls 102-93 in Game 1 of the teams’ first-round playoff series at United Center. Published April 20, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall listens to head coach Randy Wittman in the second half against the Miami Heat on Monday. The playoff-bound Wizards have surprisingly moved to the head of the class in the D.C. sports landscape.

Inexperienced Wizards believe they're ready for playoff challenge

For weeks, John Wall has talked about the importance of playing a game "the right way." He has discussed the need to make shots, to play defense, to be resilient. Those are all things he has learned during his four years with the Wizards, and those are all things he thinks will be easy to accomplish in the postseason. Published April 19, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) drives around Los Angeles Clippers forward Stephen Jackson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Washington. The Clippers won 113-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Wizards head into postseason, Otto Porter's role remains a mystery

Otto Porter, the Wizards thought, could fit in as a jack-of-all-trades who would complement John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt. In college, he was an aggressive scorer who steadily improved his long-range shooting and a versatile defender who had a nose for the boards. Published April 17, 2014

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, reacts after a blocked shot by Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 114-93. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Without LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Heat pummeled by Wizards

Trevor Ariza had a game-high 25 points, Nenê added 18 points and the Wizards emphatically defeated the Heat, 114-93, before a sellout crowd of 20,356 at Verizon Center in their final home game of the regular season. Published April 14, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall drives past Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Wright during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-91. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards' defense smothers Bucks late in 104-91 victory

John Wall has maintained that the Wizards' solution to their offensive woes will be to keep shooting. As for their defensive issues, sometimes, it takes a concerted effort to stand up and challenge their opponent. Bradley Beal had 26 points to lead six players in double figures in scoring, and the Wizards forced 14 turnovers in the second half of a 104-91 victory over the hapless Milwaukee Bucks at Verizon Center. Published April 12, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Redskins to face Kyle Shanahan, Browns in preseason

The Redskins will host the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns at FedEx Field and play road games against the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this August as part of their preseason schedule, the NFL announced Wednesday. Published April 9, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden answers questions during the NFC Head Coaches Breakfast at the NFL football meetings in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Redskins excited to begin working out in the Jay Gruden era

With Jay Gruden's hiring, the Redskins were able to begin their voluntary offseason program two weeks earlier than normal – a move the NFL instituted three years ago to assist teams making the transition from one coaching staff to another. Published April 7, 2014

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, right, throws out New York Mets' Andrew Brown in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ryan Zimmerman awaiting results of MRI on right shoulder

Ryan Zimmerman was still awaiting the results of an MRI exam taken on his right shoulder and was not in the lineup on Sunday morning before the Washington Nationals were set to complete their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Published April 6, 2014

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball home opener against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park Friday, April 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Zimmermann shakes off flu, not Braves in Nats' loss

Jordan Zimmermann lasted five innings, striking out nine while allowing four hits, but a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave the Braves the victory on Friday. Published April 4, 2014

Rob Jackson's fourth-quarter interception of Tony Romo was  the defining play in the Redskins' Week 17 NFC East-clinching victory over the Cowboys last season. This season, the teams face off for the second time in Week 16 at Cowboys Stadium. (andrew harnik/the washington times)

Linebacker Rob Jackson signs new contract with Redskins

Jackson played in 12 games for the Redskins last season, his sixth with the team, as the primary backup to Brian Orakpo. His only known visit was to Oakland, where the Raiders could not offer him a starting role. Published April 4, 2014

Washington Wizards guards John Wall, left, and Bradley Beal celebrate after an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 118-92, and clinched a playoff berth. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards' return to postseason is a rewarding moment for Randy Wittman, players

At last, Randy Wittman and the Wizards have broken through. Their 118-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday allowed them to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and they'll play their final seven games, beginning Friday on the road against the New York Knicks, comforted by their accomplishment. Published April 3, 2014