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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

Former Georgetown guard Jason Clark was one of the players on hand for the Wizards' pre-draft workout Tuesday. He averaged 13.9 	points and 4.1 rebounds per game in his senior season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: NBA draft hopefuls gladly take their show on the road

Such is life for players such as Clark and Jardine, criss-crossing the country for team workouts in the final weeks before the NBA draft. The Wizards were the third and seventh stop, respectively, for Clark and Jardine, who were joined by Matt Gatens (Iowa), Bernard James (Florida State) and Darius Miller (Kentucky). Published June 12, 2012

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is the first to reach nine wins this season. The knuckleballer tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals in the Mets' 3-1 win Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

SNYDER: Knuckling under can be a good thing

Two weeks ago, we asked why the Washington Nationals couldn't complete a series sweep, as the team was 0-7 when the opportunity presented itself. The Nats promptly put that matter to rest by going on the road and brooming the Atlanta Braves. Published June 7, 2012

The San Antonio Spurs began the Western Conference finals with two straight wins, but they've lost three consecutive to the Oklahoma City Thunder and are on the brink of elimination. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SNYDER: In three games, Spurs exposed as a tired team

Champion boxers can age in a hurry, with no perceptible warning signs. They can show great vim and vigor as the bout approaches and maintain that energy through the early rounds. But then they can lose it, suddenly, in the middle of the fight, looking old, tired and worn out compared to the young, spry and energetic contender. Published June 5, 2012

Rookie Steve Lombardozzi characterizes the Nationals' resiliency as he's made significant contributions at the plate and in the field. His .320 batting average leads the Nationals. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Nationals thrive with can-do attitude

The Washington Nationals barely needed an airplane as they flew to Miami from Atlanta last Sunday night, having completed their first series sweep this season. The flight home Wednesday wasn't nearly as sweet, though, after they were swept by the Marlins. Published May 31, 2012

Tigers manager Jim Leyland (left) argues with first base umpire Tim Brookens after being ejected Monday. The dispute stemmed over a blown call on a what would have been a Red Sox strikeout. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In sports, wrong calls happen; bad calls shouldn't

By no means is this an attempt to pick on Tim Welke. He suffered enough in 1998, when a Sports Illustrated cover featured his photo and an incendiary headline: "Kill the Umps! Missed calls and skewed strike zones are marring the postseason." Published May 30, 2012

In 27 seasons with the NBA lottery system, the Spurs are the only franchise to win a championship with a player, Tim Duncan, it drafted first overall. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SNYDER: No. 1 pick doesn't guarantee a trip to NBA's promised land

One of my most unforgettable "Where were you?" sports memories doesn't involve an actual game or players, although seven teams took part. It was the NBA's first draft lottery, held Mother's Day 1985, the day after my Howard University graduation ceremony. Published May 29, 2012

Guard Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City teammates brushed aside the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to reach the Western Conference final for the second straight season. Last year, the Thunder were eliminated by Dallas in five games. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Out West, storm front brings lots of Thunder

Champions don't pass the torch when an up-and-comer nips at their heels, eager for a taste at the summit. Contenders must snatch the crown and pry it away from seasoned winners. Published May 22, 2012

**FILE** Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins continues his rehab after tearing his ACL in the 2011 preseason, Ashburn, VA, Tuesday, November 22, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Jenkins is like a new gift for Redskins to unwrap

The Washington Redskins didn't have a second-round selection in this year's draft, having packaged it in the bounty for the No. 2 overall pick. But you could argue that Washington had a second-round draft pick in the bag - defensive end Jarvis Jenkins. Published May 21, 2012

Bryce Harper touches home as he scores on a sacrifice fly by Adam LaRoche. Harper was 2 for 4 with a triple, scored three runs and drove in two. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Two phenoms put brakes on Nationals' skid

The Nats were running on fumes, a measly 9-13 since a 14-4 start. They needed a win badly, not just for pride along the Washington-Baltimore corridor, but also to put a good taste in their mouths entering a brutal stretch of 18 division games and another 13 against the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays. But that's the purpose of having phenoms on your side. Published May 20, 2012

Mark Turgeon guided Maryland to a 17-15 record in his first season. Heading into his second, there are only two players who played in the Gary Williams era who are returning: James Padgett and Pe'Shon Howard. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Out with the old: Maryland is Turgeon's team now

And then there were two. Mark Turgeon replaced Gary Williams as Maryland's men's basketball coach last May. Exactly one year later, only two players from the old regime remain at College Park. So let's hear it for the sole survivors, rising senior James Padgett and rising junior Pe'Shon Howard. Published May 17, 2012

Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter comes stands in the bench area before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Family business suits Dale Hunter best

The fans who wildly cheer the team wanted Dale Hunter back. So did the players, firmly convinced that his way is the right way. Officials in the organization wanted Hunter back, too, enamored with his firm hand and no-nonsense approach. Published May 15, 2012

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks lasted five games in the playoffs before being ousted by the Miami Heat in their first-round series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

SNYDER: Melo may be costly lesson for N.Y.

No one would suggest that Carmelo Anthony is equal to or better than LeBron James (except maybe Melo himself), and no would suggest that the New York Knicks had a shot at beating the Miami Heat. But looking at the superstars and their respective teams can be instructive for would-be players and wanna-be general managers. Published May 10, 2012

Former All-Pro receiver Cris Carter admitted he used bounties to protect himself, offering money to teammates to take out players who were trying to do the same to him. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

SNYDER: Visions of a kinder, gentler NFL

They have been part of football for as long as the game has been played. They have ridden the evolutionary wave from leather helmets and single wings to polyurethane shells and four wide. They have been so ingrained in the culture that no one gave them a second look. Published May 9, 2012

Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 at Nationals Park on Friday, May 4, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

SNYDER: Nationals' bandwagon is starting to fill up

The Washington Nationals didn't shine in their first coast-to-coast broadcast since Nationals Park opened in 2008. ESPN's audience for Sunday Night Baseball saw Philadelphia deliver a 9-3 beating and watched Washington outfielder Jayson Werth suffer a broken wrist. Published May 8, 2012

Jonathan Vilma was suspended by the NFL for the 2012 season for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SNYDER: NFL seeks to balance nature of game with its players' well-being

The events of May 2, 2012, won't be forgotten in the NFL. A one-two punch of shocking developments - unrelated on the surface but perhaps with connective tissue beneath - highlighted the ongoing wrestling match in our love-hate relationship with NFL violence. Published May 3, 2012

Kirk Cousins, selected with the 102nd overall  pick, gives the Redskins quarterback depth, but the team has a lot more pressing needs. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Another QB after RG3: Why is this a good idea?

Apparently, the Washington Redskins' brain trust still is suffering side effects from last year's painful experiment, when it tried to swallow a dose of Rex Grossman and John Beck at quarterback for a full season. Published May 1, 2012