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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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Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) greets fans after Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

SNYDER: Size, speed and lockdown D have Wizards in control

Both teams have two wins, but there's a distinctly different feel between Boston's pair and the Wizards' two. Washington could have won twice on the Celtics' home court and has every reason to feel good about their chances as the series shifts to the north. Published May 8, 2017

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28), right, steals a ball from Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (7) during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington. Also pictured is Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2). (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SNYDER: Wizards climb back into ring, KO Celtics

The Wizards battered the Celtics from wire-to-wire in a resounding 116-89 victory. If Boston stole Washington's heart in the first two games, the Wizards snatched it back, punched the Celtics in the nose and kicked them in the rear. Published May 5, 2017

SNYDER: Instant NFL draft grades fun but meaningless

It's the nature of the NFL draft. Much will be made of which player goes No. 1 and who Washington takes at No. 17 . But the truth is, final grades are often a few years down the road -- sometimes after players reach their third or fifth team. Published April 26, 2017

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, is guarded by Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova, left,  during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

SNYDER: Wizards give fans and themselves reason to believe

When your team hasn't hosted a first-round playoff series in 38 years, whatever happens is bound to feel strange. It could administer a blowout, be on the receiving end or fall somewhere in between. Reasonable expectations are fluid and possible outcomes are all over the board. Published April 16, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, chats on the sidelines players on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Seattle. Lynch has visited the Oakland Raiders as he decides whether to come back to the NFL and the team decides whether it wants to acquire the hometown favorite. A person familiar with the visit says Lynch came to the facility on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, to meet with Raiders officials. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit wasn't announced by the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: NFL already stumbling on Vegas

Only the NFL is obtuse enough to celebrate putting a franchise in Las Vegas and criticize players for attending an arm wrestling tournament there. Published April 10, 2017