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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 Kapri Bibbs (46) scores a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 20-17. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Packers claim Kapri Bibbs off waivers

The Green Bay Packers claimed Kapri Bibbs off waivers Monday, days after the Redskins released the running back to promote cornerback Joshua Holsey off the practice squad. Published December 17, 2018

MIKE SHANAHAN-The former Washington Redskins head coach has donated to the Republican Party. Mike Shanahan argues a holding call in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Mike Shanahan discussed coaching return with Broncos: Report

According to a report from the Colorado Springs Gazette, Mike Shanahan met with John Elway last December to discuss a return to coaching -- before the Broncos ultimately decided not to rehire their former coach. Published December 17, 2018

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, celebrates their goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The Capitals beat the Blue Jackets 4-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Alex Ovechkin's hot streak has Capitals soaring

Once Alex Ovechkin won the Stanley Cup last season, many wondered how he would respond to finally becoming a champion. Observers saw videos of him partying during the summer. Would that, literally, translate into a hangover for the following year? Published December 16, 2018

Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza (3) in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) **FILE**

Wizards trade for Trevor Ariza after initial deal falls apart

A day after a three-team deal fell apart, the Wizards agreed Saturday to send forward Kelly Oubre and guard Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns for Ariza. The trade represents a shakeup for a struggling Wizards team and reunites them with a swing forward who spent two seasons in the District from 2012-14. Published December 15, 2018

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball against Washington Redskins inside linebacker Mason Foster (54) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Mason Foster regrets homophobic comment to fan, blames cousin

Redskins linebacker Mason Foster addressed reporters Friday for the first time since a series of Instagram messages with a fan were leaked to the public, saying he regretted his comments -- though also blamed his cousin for a portion of the conversation. Published December 14, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As NFL jobs come and go, Josh Johnson always has Oakland

Before signing with the Redskins last week, Josh Johnson stayed mentally and physically ready for another opportunity by working out at his old high school, where the football program is now led by his cousin and former teammate in Larkins. Published December 13, 2018

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs away from Washington Redskins strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) for a 78-yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

With Clinton-Dix still 'finding his way,' the Redskins' defense struggles

When Washington shipped a fourth-rounder to the Green Bay Packers to acquire Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline in October, the Redskins thought they were adding another quality player to a promising defense. But the unit has struggled since the move. Published December 11, 2018

New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Reed's toe injury could sideline him for season

Jordan Reed suffered a toe strain in Sunday's 40-16 loss to the New York Giants and there's a chance the Redskins tight end could miss the rest of the season. Published December 10, 2018

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs from Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Swearinger says don't blame players for run defense woes

D.J. Swearinger has never been shy about calling out his teammates. The Redskins safety has done so in the past, questioning their preparation in practice. But when asked about the team's freefall in stopping the run, Swearinger made his thoughts clear after Sunday's 40-16 loss to the New York Giants: Don't blame the players. Published December 9, 2018

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington Redskins defensive tackle Matthew Ioannidis (98) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Matt Ioannidis returns, Josh Doctson active vs. Giants

Redskins defensive end Matt Ioannidis and wide receiver Josh Doctson are both active for Sunday's game against the New York Giants after being listed as questionable heading into the game. Published December 9, 2018