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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

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson sits on the bench after colliding with with Pittsburgh Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese (46) during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Aston-Reese suffered a broken jaw and will miss the rest of the playoffs. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SNYDER: Tom Wilson a dirty player unless he's on your team

You know the line about certain players, how they're loved when on your team but hated when on the opposing team? That's usually a nice way of saying those guys are jerks. Their style often falls on the wrong side of the line according to impartial observers opposed to impassioned fans. Published May 2, 2018

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after he was fouled during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: The messy, maddening Wizards find a way

The Wizards are like those frustrating relatives you want to smack in the head sometimes because they simply don't act right. But with a victory like the one we saw Sunday, all in the family is forgiven. Published April 22, 2018

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) scuffle with Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas, third from right, guard Kyle Lowry, far left, and others during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Physical Wizards take frustration out on Raptors in Game 3

No longer "too cool for school" as owner Ted Leonis described them earlier this season, the Wizards were itching for a scrap. Blood boiled, and it was bad. The Raptors got the worst end, trailing by as many as 22 points in a 122-103 defeat. Published April 21, 2018

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (4) walks onto the field as he is introduced before the home opener baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Nationals manager Dave Martinez expects to have fun on the job

"This is gonna be fun," Martinez said prior to the Nats' 8-2 home-opening defeat against the New York Mets. He was wrong, unless you're entertained by seventh-inning grand slams by Jay Bruce. But let's say Martinez was speaking in general about managing high-interest games in Washington. Published April 5, 2018

Washington Wizards guard John Wall said Monday that he feels great following his left knee surgery on Jan. 31, but he couldn't give a timetable for his return. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Wizards wilt while waiting on John Wall

Earlier this month, the Wizards were among a few teams yet to suffer a three-game losing streak this season, despite missing John Wall for 26 contests at that point. Now, with Wall nearing a return, Washington has endured its second three-game skid in three weeks. Published March 26, 2018