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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at [email protected]

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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard passes during practice for the NBA Finals in Toronto on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors is Thursday in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

SNYDER: Quiet Leonard making noise in NBA's 'best' debate

In terms of media profile, Q-rating and public persona, Leonard is the kind of guy who's easy to overlook. But on the court, Toronto's superstar has loudly inserted himself into arguments about the NBA's top player. Published May 29, 2019

Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL Capitals and NBA Wizards, addresses the American Gaming Association's Sports Betting Executive Summit, at the MGM Grand National Harbor Casino, in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled last May 14 that any state can legalize sports betting if it chooses, and since then the action has been swift. Sports gambling is now legal in eight states, with more than 20 others at least considering legalization. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Leonsis has chance to make splash hire for Wizards

"This is the best important open job in all of sports right now," Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said last month about the franchise's GM vacancy. It's quite possible that no else in the world agreed with Leonsis when he made that statement on April 3. And there's good reason to wonder how much he truly believed it himself. Published May 27, 2019

Brian Garrett stands for a portrait at his home, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Powell. Ohio. Former nursing student Brian Garrett said he worked for a short time at an off-campus clinic Dr. Richard Strauss opened after he was ousted at Ohio State in the late 1990s. But Garrett quit after witnessing abuse by Strauss and then experiencing it himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SNYDER: Yes, add grown men to list of college sex-abuse victims

Now comes word that Ohio State aided and abetted a serial sexual abuser, failing to act against Richard Strauss, who retired with honors nearly a decade before killing himself in 2005. An attorney representing more than 50 former victims said most of his clients played football at Ohio State -- and some later played in the NFL. Published May 20, 2019

Former NBA player Patrick Ewing sits at the edge of the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo) **FILE**

SNYDER: Knicks' misery is a bit of solace for Wizards fans

The Knicks did win a nice consolation prize, the No. 3 pick, in a draft where Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett have separated from the pack. Meanwhile, the Wizards managed to drop from No. 6 to No. 9, their next-to-worst possible outcome. Published May 15, 2019

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez paid his dues through 16 years as a major leaguer and 10 years as bench coach. But in 200 games as the Nationals' manager, Martinez has been less than impressive. Sloppy play and questions about bullpen management have plagued the team the last two seasons. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Multiple choice, or all of the above, on Nationals' early struggles

Now in his second year at the helm, Martinez is a favorite to win MDB honors -- Most Deserving of Blame. Also in the hunt are the Lerners, general manager Mike Rizzo, and the injury bug. Each has played a key role in Washington's 14-21 mark entering Wednesday, the NL's second-worst record and the Nationals' worst winning percentage since September 2011. Published May 8, 2019

In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 file photo South Africa's Caster Semenya runs to the finish line to win the women's 1500m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday May 1, 2019 against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: All-natural Semenya asked to pay, despite doing nothing wrong

Semenya is believed to have an intersex condition, giving her levels of testosterone that are substantially higher than most women. Now, the three-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist must take medication to suppress her testosterone in order to compete. Published May 1, 2019

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russia, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

SNYDER: Ban hockey fights or keep them in place, but don't blame Ovechkin

If the league opts to eliminate the practice, fine. But Monday night's main event shouldn't be the deciding factor. That would be a classic overreaction to an unfortunate set of circumstances, a knee-jerk decision fueled by optics, not a clear-headed move based on facts. Published April 17, 2019

Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) **FILE**

SNYDER: Magic Johnson did the Lakers -- and himself -- a favor by stepping down

There's something to be said for realizing you're unhappy and taking steps to change it. There's no getting around the fact that he handled his departure poorly. But whether he "owed" it to James, Buss and/or the franchise to stick around longer is debatable. In fact, you could argue that Johnson has done the Lakers a favor, removing himself as an absentee executive whose heart wasn't in the job. Published April 10, 2019