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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine, center, breaks tackles during an NFL football minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Redskins relied heavily on the run last year. Will it be the same in 2019?

Last year, the Washington Redskins ranked as one of the most run-heavy teams in football -- rushing 42.8% of the time, 11th league-wide. Not only was that the highest run-rate in coach Jay Gruden's tenure with the Redskins, but veteran running back Adrian Peterson also received the most carries of his career since 2015. Published June 12, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., right, poses for a selfie with Redskins fan Davon Adams, from Washington, following an NFL football minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'He's got some fire in him:' Haskins improving, but still has ways to go

With only one voluntary practice left before training camp, Haskins has become more comfortable as he adjusts to the NFL. But Haskins' development remains a work in progress -- which is partially why coach Jay Gruden said last week it would be "foolish" to determine a starting quarterback before training camp. Published June 11, 2019

Mystics overcome sluggish start, cruise to win over Dallas Wings

Elena Delle Donne was furious. Upset with a non-call on her shot attempt in the third quarter, the Mystics star charged toward the referee -- screaming in the official's face until he blew the whistle and called a technical foul. Published June 9, 2019

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold speaks to reporters at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Todd McShay could leave ESPN for Jets

ESPN's Todd McShay told ESPN's Rich Cimini he's under consideration for a role under new Jets general manager Joe Douglas. Published June 9, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) during the first half of the NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Norman: 'You don't really know me'

When Norman returned to the Redskins for mandatory minicamp, the 31-year-old was active on the field. He often chatted with his new defensive backs coach Ray Horton. He traded playful jabs with coach Jay Gruden. Published June 6, 2019

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) ** FILE **

Oh Canada! Would the Raptors be feted in two countries?

If you've watched a second of the NBA Finals, you've seen the Toronto Raptors push the Golden State Warriors. After Toronto took a 2-1 series lead Wednesday, maybe you've even entertained the possibility of the Raptors winning it all. Published June 6, 2019