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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 zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Zac Boyer

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

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' 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

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

Wizards' John Wall collides with Pacers' Roy Hibbert under the basket and misses the shot in the fourth quarter as the Washington Wizards host the Indiana Pacers for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Wall was held to only 12 points in the game as the Wizards lost to the Pacers 95-92. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

John Wall's pass emblematic of all Wizards still have to learn

Al Harrington was halfway out of his seat on the Washington Wizards' bench when he saw John Wall catch the ball and square himself up for a 3-pointer on Sunday night. After a moment's hesitation, though, Wall passed the ball. Bradley Beal, open on the other wing, missed his 3-point attempt. Published May 12, 2014

Wizards' John Wall (2) is defended by Pacers' George Hill (3) as he makes a pass under the basket in the third quarter as the Washington Wizards host the Indiana Pacers for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Wizards' late collapse in Game 4 leads to brink of elimination

Behind 39 points from Paul George, including 13 in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth, the Pacers completed a 19-point comeback at Verizon Center, defeating the Wizards 95-92 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the teams' second-round playoff series and putting themselves in position to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win at home in Game 5 on Tuesday. Published May 11, 2014

Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson speaks during a media availability after an NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tanard Jackson back with Redskins day after release

The 28-year-old free safety has not played since Week 17 of the 2011 regular season, when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in three preseason games with the Redskins in 2012 before being suspended on Aug. 31 of that year. Published May 7, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) shoots over Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the first quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

After Game 1, Pacers aware of challenge they face in Wizards

The traditionally-built Pacers seemed to welcome the respite offered in the second round by another team that was equally balanced. The matchups were one thing; anticipating the effort and intensity Washington brought was another. Published May 7, 2014

Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson (34) and DeAngelo Hall (23) reacts after a play against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Tanard Jackson released by Redskins hours after reinstatement

The 28-year-old did not play in a regular-season game for the Redskins, and he had not played in one since Jan. 1, 2012, when he had one tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Week 17 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Published May 6, 2014

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert looks at the scoreboard during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. Atlanta defeated Indiana 101-93. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Roy Hibbert playoff disappearance has Pacers perplexed

The former Georgetown star was held without a point or a rebound in the Pacers' 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the teams' second-round series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, marking the third time in the playoffs — and the third time in a week — he disappeared from the stat sheet. Published May 6, 2014

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal celebrates a three-point bucket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014. The wizards defeated the Pacers 102-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Wizards in driver's seat after Game 1 win in Indy

The five-day waiting period between the end of the Washington Wizards' first-round series Tuesday and the start of their second-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Monday could have been viewed one of two ways. Published May 5, 2014

Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson (34) and DeAngelo Hall (23) reacts after a play against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Redskins' Tanard Jackson to be reinstated by NFL on Tuesday

Over a year and a half after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for failing a drug test, free safety Tanard Jackson is set to be reinstated by commissioner on Roger Goodell on Tuesday, according to an NFL spokesman. Published May 5, 2014

Florida State's Terrence Brooks breaks up a pass intended for Auburn's Melvin Ray during the second half of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Running down Redskins' options with no first-round pick

Instead of incorporating a game-changer in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a high-motor inside linebacker in Buffalo's Khalil Mack or even a potential franchise offensive tackle in Auburn's Greg Robinson, the Redskins will get their first chance to prove their scouting mettle with the No. 34 pick. Published May 5, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) takes his helmet off during a break in action as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in Sunday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 1, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins exercise fifth-year option on Ryan Kerrigan's contract

The Washington Redskins announced Friday they have picked up the fifth-year option on the contract of Ryan Kerrigan, keeping him with the team through the 2015 season. Washington faced a Saturday deadline to exercise the option on the contract. Published May 2, 2014