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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 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

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy runs with the ball during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins sign backup quarterback Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy, a highly successful college quarterback who led Texas to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, has signed a contract with the Washington Redskins, the team announced Thursday Published April 3, 2014

DeSean Jackson signs his contract with the Washington Redskins on April 2, 2014 (Washington Redskins, via Twitter)

Robert Griffin III: 'It's an exciting time to be a Redskins fan'

The quarterback will now have a chance to work with one of the league's most explosive wide receivers after DeSean Jackson, released last week by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Redskins late Tuesday night. Published April 2, 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 top Celtics, clinch first playoff appearance in six years

John Wall had his hands in the air, celebrating, enjoying the moment on the Verizon Center floor when he walked over to his coach, Randy Wittman, and gave him a hug. For Wall, four years had been too long to go without a feeling like this. Six years after they made their last appearance, the Washington Wizards clinched a spot in the playoffs on Wednesday, thrashing the Boston Celtics, 118-92. Published April 2, 2014

DeSean Jackson signs his contract with the Washington Redskins on April 2, 2014 (Washington Redskins, via Twitter)

Redskins putting up to $24 million worth of faith into DeSean Jackson

By adding DeSean Jackson, the Redskins have gained one of the top receivers in the game – a elite deep threat who has averaged 60 receptions and more than 1,000 receiving yards in the six seasons since Philadelphia drafted him in the second round out of California in 2008. Published April 2, 2014

Eagles wide receiver  DeSean Jackson leads all NFL rookies with 327 receiving yards this season.

DeSean Jackson, Redskins agree to terms on contract

It didn't take DeSean Jackson long to find a new team – and he didn't have to go far to do it. Jackson, who spent his first six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released by the team on Thursday, has agreed in principle to the terms of a contract with the Washington Redskins, his publicist, Denise White, wrote on Twitter shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Published April 2, 2014

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby reacts after a short-handed goal by Dallas Stars left wing Ryan Garbutt in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Washington. The Stars won 5-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Careless mistakes doom Capitals in deflating home loss to Stars

An unlikely pair of victories in California two weeks ago had John Carlson thinking the Washington Capitals were playing their best hockey in several years. Things have changed mightily since, punctuated by a 5-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center on Tuesday. Published April 1, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) beats Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) for a first down in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles in Monday Night NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Preston Keres / For The Washington Times)

Waiting on DeSean: Jackson, Redskins still in limbo

Several other teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, are reportedly also interested in Jackson, who failed to mesh with the Eagles' new coaching staff last season and was jettisoned despite catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, all team and career highs. Published April 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The Steelers won 20-7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ryan Clark, Redskins reportedly reach 1-year deal

Clark and his representatives had been discussing the parameters of a contract since he first visited Redskins Park on March 13, two days after the free agent signing period opened. Published March 31, 2014

Los Angeles Angels's Mike Trout is congratulated after scoring during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

BASEBALL 2014: Mike Trout, Angels focused on October

The awards, the accolades, the titles. Mike Trout has had his fair share of success during his first two full seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but the center fielder hasn't been able to avoid a feeling of emptiness each fall. Published March 27, 2014

Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (3) passes the ball while Phoenix Suns' Alex Len (21) and Gerald Green (14) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Situation in his native Ukraine challenges Alex Len as he adjusts to life in NBA

Alex Len, the former Maryland center drafted by the Phoenix Suns in June, has faced his share of adjustments over the past nine months. Speaking before the Suns’ eventual 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on Wednesday, it was clear coming to terms with the situation back home has been the biggest challenge. Published March 27, 2014

Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers (30) looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

E.J. Biggers agrees to one-year contract with Redskins

The 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers filled a multitude of roles in the defensive backfield in his first season with the Redskins in 2013, occasionally stepping in as a starting free safety while also seeing snaps as the team's fourth cornerback and on special teams. Published March 27, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) takes the field as the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles in Monday Night NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Brian Orakpo signs Redskins' franchise tender

Orakpo signed the one-year contract he received under the franchise designation earlier this month, meaning he will make $11.455 million this coming season and will become an unrestricted free agent again next March. Published March 27, 2014

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) dunks while Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Despite falling down 25, Wizards nearly claw back in loss to Suns

Coming off a flat, four-game Western Conference road trip in which the Washington Wizards surrendered more than 100 points each night, coach Randy Wittman emphasized the importance of playing defense – especially as it pertains to a late surge toward the postseason. Part of playing defense, Wittman surmised, is intensity. And for much of the Wizards' 99-93 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, any required intensity was sorely lacking. Published March 26, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder visits with fans before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Redskins' Daniel Snyder starts foundation to aid Native Americans

The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation "will serve as a living, breathing legacy — and an ongoing reminder — of the heritage and tradition that is the Washington Redskins," Snyder wrote in a letter distributed by e-mail Monday night. Published March 25, 2014

Washington Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) walks to the field during the afternoon practice at the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Tyler Polumbus tops all Redskins players in performance pay

The right tackle will earn an extra $190,000 as part of the performance-based pay system, which rewards players whose contributions far outweigh what would be expected from someone who signed a similar contract. Published March 24, 2014

Redskins sign defensive end Brandon Moore

An undrafted defensive end who was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, Moore was claimed on waivers by the Redskins on Monday. Published March 24, 2014