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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

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

Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario, right, hugs guard John Wall in the closing seconds of the second half of Game 5 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls winning 75-69. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wizards all business after closing out Bulls, await next challenge

It is the first time in nine years Washington has advanced past the first round, and only the second time since 1982 it has done so. Up next will be a second-round series beginning Monday against either the Indiana Pacers or the Atlanta Hawks. Published April 30, 2014

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, right, from Poland, battle for control of the ball during the second half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 98-89. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Quick starts have been vital for Wizards in opening series lead against the Bulls

The Wizards led after the first quarter in each of the first four games of the series, and those starts have been crucial to their success. A 17-point first-quarter lead in Game 2 helped them weather a Chicago run and win, 101-99, in overtime. On Sunday, Washington took a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and never trailed. Published April 29, 2014

Wizards center Marcin Gortat blocks the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer on Tuesday during the first half of Washington's series-clinching Game 5 victory. (associated press)

Wizards win defensive battle in Game 5, advance to conference semifinals

Since the Wizards began their playoff run 10 days ago, coach Randy Wittman has routinely praised his players for their focus, determination and tenacity. Only once had they experienced any sort of lapse, and even then, the result was a narrow, three-point loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Published April 29, 2014