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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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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2011, file phot, Central Florida head coach George O'Leary, right, watches as his team huddles on the field during an NCAA college football game against UTEP in Orlando, Fla. UCF will have to sit out the postseason for a year in men's basketball and football under sanctions the NCAA handed down, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, adding to penalties the school self-imposed after major recruiting violations were uncovered last year in both programs. Former athletics director Keith Tribble and assistant football coach David Kelly were cited for unethical conduct by the NCAA last year and resigned. Basketball coach Donnie Jones served a three-game suspension last season.  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

SNYDER: Outside recruiting not always bad

Now that Penn State's shocking stream of sad news has slowed, the NCAA can turn its attention to less-depressing matters ... good, old-fashioned recruiting violations! Published August 2, 2012

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) and right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrate after the Nationals defeated the New York Mets 8-2 in ten innings in their baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

SNYDER: Nationals relax as other teams buy and sell

The Washington Nationals didn't make any moves at Tuesday's trading deadline, which means at least two things: General manager Mike Rizzo likes the makeup of his team, and Edwin Jackson is staying put for just the second time in seven years. Published July 31, 2012

FILE - In this April 21, 2012, file photo, Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien gestures during the NCAA college football team's spring scrimmage in State College, Pa. After seven wrenching months of utter turmoil, shock and sadness, Penn State is looking toward the future and trying to change the subject by focusing on their Sept. 1 season opener at 107,000-seat Beaver Stadium against Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

SNYDER: Penn State fine dining for hungry programs

The Nittany Lions, severely wounded by the NCAA's blast, are down. Naturally, buzzards are in the midst of circling overhead. It won't be long before the pecking begins, and Penn State's recruiting efforts are ripped to shreds. Published July 24, 2012

Penn State president Rodney Erickson, center, talks during an interview with the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., with interim athletic director Dave Joyner, left, and Board of Trustees chairwoman, Karen Peetz, on Monday, July 23, 2012. The NCAA crippled Penn State football for years to come, imposing an unprecedented $60 million fine and other punishments over the child sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)

SNYDER: Severe sanctions against Penn State send right message

The "death penalty" would've been more merciful for Penn State's football program. Instead of being hooked up to tubes and machines and continuing to exist with a pitiful quality of life, Penn State would've suffered less if the NCAA simply pulled the plug for a year or two. Published July 23, 2012

Former Washington Wizard Etan Thomas is doing his part to be a positive influence on fatherhood. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Former Wizard Etan Thomas earns one huge assist

Former Washington Wizards forward Etan Thomas was a youngster when he came home one day and found his mother watching an "ABC Afterschool Special." Tears welled in her eyes as she listened to depressing statistics about kids from single-parent households, which hers became due to divorce when Thomas was 7. Published July 19, 2012

SNYDER: For Team USA, sluggish starts can't become a trend

We barely recognized Verizon Center on Monday night. The arena was sold out with a loud, energetic crowd. Unlike similar occasions when the basketball court is in place, the throng was virtually unanimous in its allegiance. Nearly every fan rooted earnestly for the home team, which was stocked with All-Stars. Published July 17, 2012

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists last season. Among his highlights were a 38-point effort against the Lakers and a 28-point performance against the Mavericks. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Knicks need to see value in keeping Lin

An item's value and its worth aren't necessarily the same thing. A person's wedding ring might be valued at X amount of dollars, but it can be worth many times that amount to the owner. Intrinsics and intangibles often are beyond the grasp of a price tag. Published July 16, 2012

Anthony Davis, 19, the No. 1 overall pick, is set to compete in his first Olympics. NBA commissioner David Stern has hinted at instituting a 23-and-younger policy for future participation in the Games.

SNYDER: Age limit for Olympic hoops must be multilateral

Commissioner David Stern has hinted at implementing a 23-and-under age-limit for NBA players in future Olympics. That wouldn't necessarily eliminate rookie-to-be Anthony Davis from consideration in 2016, but it would reduce the number of players who ever compete in the Games and create more one-and-done Olympians. Published July 15, 2012

Jayson Werth has played in 27 games this season for the Nationals. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Jayson Werth wild card in Nats' quest to make playoffs

The season's first half was a blast from the beginning, when the Washington Nationals peeled off to a 14-4 start. They have been playing with house money ever since — no pressure to win, nothing to lose — enjoying their emergence as one of baseball's best and most popular teams. Published July 12, 2012

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. A report by former FBI director Louis Freeh due Thursday may not bode well for former school administrators. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Justice on the way for Sandusky's abettors

Dead men tell no tales, offer no rebuttals and provide no corroboration. So aside from potential damage to his legacy, former football coach Joe Paterno escaped further punishment for his role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case. But Paterno also lost the ability to fight for his name when he died in January. Published July 10, 2012

Should Brooklyn pry Dwight Howard from Orlando, it would give the Nets a power base matched only by the Miami Heat. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Will Nets be the next team we love to hate?

Brooklynites faced a major dilemma this year when the Nets crossed the Hudson River and relocated downtown in New York City's most populous borough, near the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic. Playing their home games in the brand-new, splendiferous Barclays Center, the Nets are minutes from the team that has owned Big Apple hearts since 1946. Published July 9, 2012

Tiger Woods hits an approach shot on the eighteenth hole at Congressional Country Club during third round play of the AT&T National golf tournament, Bethesda, Md., Saturday, June 30, 2012.  (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: At Congressional, the calm after the storm

Forget about whether a tree falling at Congressional Country Club makes a sound if nobody is around to hear it. There was another musing to ponder after violent thunderstorms battered the metro area Friday night, leading tournament officials to ban spectators and volunteers Saturday morning: Published June 30, 2012

Tiger Woods hits a tee shot on the fourth hole at Congressional Country Club during the first round of the AT&T National. Woods finished at 1 over and is five shots off the lead. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Tiger Woods remains the host with the most

Tiger Woods was back Thursday afternoon, playing at Congressional Country Club for the first time in three years. He was back in March, winning an official PGA Tour event for the first time in 932 days. He also was back earlier this month, becoming a multiple-winner on the Tour for the first time since 2009. Published June 28, 2012