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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

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III smiles as he walks along the sidelines before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md. Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's, April 26, 2014 NASCAR race at Richmond. Richmond International Raceway made the announcement Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

DeSean Jackson, Redskins' offseason additions excite Robert Griffin III

Quarterback Robert Griffin III figured he'd get some help on offense if the Redskins were going to try to recover from a disastrous 3-13 season, but the magnitude of the additions his team made in free agency, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, were more than he expected. Published April 25, 2014

Pivot: After driving on Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell during Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, Washington Wizards guard John Wall finds Game 3 the most important one of the season. (Associated press)

For Wizards, Game 3 is already a charm for fans, franchise

It didn't take long Tuesday night for the Washington Wizards' excitement of an overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls to shift to the anticipation of taking their first-round playoff series back home. Published April 24, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, drives on Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the first half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wizards mount comeback, take two-game lead in playoff series

The Wizards didn’t merely claw back when they faced a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter. They landed body blows, both on offense and defense, giving them the energy for one final punch. A 101-99 overtime victory was the prize for the Wizards, who now will head back home to Washington with a two-game series lead over the Bulls and prepare for Game 3 on Friday night at Verizon Center. Published April 23, 2014

Washington Redskins Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Allen introduces former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, pictured, as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, January 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Washington Redskins' 2014 schedule opens with Texans

With Jay Gruden in charge and no lingering questions about Robert Griffin III's health, the Redskins now know their roadmap to what they hope will be a return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Published April 23, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1)  celebrates after hitting a three-point basket as  Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy (34) reacts 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 trying to resist entering Game 2 feeling comfortable

The Wizards had to temper their anxiety prior to their first playoff game in six years on Sunday. Entering Game 2 of a first-round series against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, they'll have to fight an urge to feel too confident. Published April 22, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) looks to haul in a pass against San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) at FedExField, Landover, Md., Novermber 25, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Joshua Morgan signs one-year deal with Bears

The Chicago Bears announced Monday afternoon they have signed Joshua Morgan, a Washington native who played the last two seasons for the Redskins. Published April 21, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, steals the ball from Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Late rebounding crucial for Wizards in Game 1 win

Even though the Chicago Bulls entered the postseason as one of the league's better rebounding teams, the Wizards' advantage on the boards late Sunday was one of the bigger reasons why they emerged with a 102-93 victory in Game 1 of the teams' first-round playoff series. Published April 21, 2014

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