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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]

Articles by Deron Snyder

LeBron James and world champion Miami face Boston on Tuesday, while Washington coach Randy Wittman and the Wizards start their season at Cleveland. Also, Dallas visits the Los Angeles Lakers. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Two treats, one trick to start NBA season

Someone in the NBA office has a cruel sense of humor. Either that or the schedule-maker discovered a problem very late in the process and devised a quick-fix solution that sticks out like a polka-dot basketball. Published October 30, 2012

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma speaks with Kelly Faris (34) as Brianna Banks (13) listens during practice before the NCAA college basketball team's media day in Storrs, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

SNYDER: Lower rim, raise hopes for women's hoops players

Having rediscovered the love of basketball, my 13-year-old recently tried out for her middle school team and made the final cut. This will be her first organized play in several years, dating to the phase when she was a veritable tomboy who lived and breathed hoops. Published October 23, 2012

SNYDER: Lance Armstrong has no more room to backpedal

When Lance Armstrong's moment of truth finally arrived, after years of avoidance, deception and misdirection, he ignored the advice of the sneaker company that recently disowned him. Published October 21, 2012

SNYDER: Slaying of prep hoops star Ben Wilson resonates 28 years later

Few things bring complete strangers together more than sports and tragedies. Whether we're residents celebrating a world title or residents navigating natural (or man-made) disasters, we're in it together. The common bond unites in moments like those, making it easier to see ourselves in one another. Published October 18, 2012

Ray Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Time, injury catch up to Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis was a year older and a step slower last month as he began his 17th NFL season. He covered less ground on pass plays and offered less resistance on running plays. The laws of nature suggest that trend will continue if Lewis mounts a comeback next year. Published October 16, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) breaks though tacklers for a 76 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.  (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Balance is key with RG3

The Washington Redskins and their star quarterback face a dilemma that's unlikely to fade as the season progresses. It's not a choice between equally undesirable alternatives because clearly there's an advantage in using Robert Griffin III to his fullest. Published October 14, 2012

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11), right, walks off the field as the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their win over the Washington Nationals in game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Saturday, October 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: The week Washington baseball grew up

The Washington Nationals and their newly-minted fans grew up this week. Over the course of three days in southeast D.C., they hung out with the defending World Series champions. The Cardinals showed them the ropes of autumn baseball, gave them glimpse of life in the postseason's pressure cooker. Published October 13, 2012

SNYDER: Veteran Edwin Jackson failed to perform as advertised

The biggest game in Washington Nationals history was nowhere close to that magnitude for starter Edwin Jackson, who entered Wednesday having pitched in a pair of World Series in prior years. Game 3 of the National League Division Series, by definition, isn't comparable to what's at stake in the postseason's latter stages. Published October 10, 2012

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson congratulates pitcher Edwin Jackson as they walk off the field in April after the Nats beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1. Mr. Johnson, 69, stays active mentally, physically and socially and controls stress. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Nationals actually had quick rise to postseason

The Nationals played seven forgettable, regrettable seasons in Washington before establishing themselves among the majors' best teams this year. It seems like only yesterday that they compiled back-to-back 100-loss campaigns, while finishing last in the NL East five times in their first six seasons in D.C. There were times when you wondered if the Nats ever would field a winner. Published October 4, 2012

**FILE** Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives to the basket April 14, 2012, against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of the Cavaliers' 98-89 victory in Washington. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Wizards try to put best foot forward

The Wizards' path to respectability is littered with land mines, potholes and other assorted obstacles in the Eastern Conference. But at least Washington seems headed in the right direction, having jettisoned the goofballs and blockheads who steered it off course the past few seasons. Published October 2, 2012

Mike Rizzo, center, celebrates making the playoffs with the team after the Washington Nationals in their locker room at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Finally, Nationals can pop the cork as division champs

As the home team prepared to bat Monday night in the bottom of the eighth at Nationals Park, the video screen flashed a favorable update from the Braves-Pirates game. A rousing cheer rose from the slightly-chilled crowd of 35,387 fans, one of the few chances they had all evening to fully exercise their vocal chords. Published October 1, 2012