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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 Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) stands on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Beal has upped his game in Wall's absence

The Wizards have played without John Wall before. But these days, star Bradley Beal is better equipped for the pressure and attention that comes with being the Wizards' top option. Published January 15, 2019

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army, in Norman, Okla. Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, says he is declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Murray announced his decision Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in a tweet. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) **FILE**

Murray provides draft intrigue for quarterback-needy Redskins

Kyler Murray provides a layer of intrigue in what's seen as a shallow class of quarterbacks. The Redskins will likely need to draft a quarterback this April with starter Alex Smith coming off a major leg injury, Colt McCoy also returning from a broken leg and Washington having limited salary cap space. Published January 14, 2019

Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray declared for the draft Monday ahead of the league's deadline for underclassmen to declare. Published January 14, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and forward Jeff Green (32) battle for the rebound against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Beal's 43 points not enough as Raptors hold on to beat Wizards

Beal's 21 points in the fourth quarter alone -- including a game-tying 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left -- helped force overtime, erasing a 23-point defect from earlier in the afternoon. But Beal's heroics weren't enough. Published January 13, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles the ball between Philadelphia 76ers guard Landry Shamet (1) and guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 123-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards get revenge, cruise past 76ers

In a rare back-to-back home-and-home, the Wizards prevailed Wednesday over the Philadelphia 76ers with a 123-106 win at Capital One Arena -- after the 76ers had tormented them a night earlier. Published January 9, 2019

Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) takes the field before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Eric Reid not tested as many times as claimed: reports

In addition to finding no evidence of "impropriety," a joint report from the NFL and the NFLPA concluded Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid overstated the number of times he had been drug tested, according to multiple news outlets. Published January 9, 2019

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Todd Bowles meets with Redskins: report

Former New York Jets coach Todd Bowles met with the Redskins earlier this week, according to a report from the NFL Network. Published January 8, 2019

Redskins president Bruce Allen helped lobby for the deal that led to the training camp facility in Richmond, and could help influence a new stadium built in Virginia. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Redskins' Allen one of NFL's least transparent executives

Not only did Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen not speak to reporters during or after the 2018 season, he has earned a reputation over time as one of the least transparent head executives in the NFL. Published January 7, 2019