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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 Capitals celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Capitals Game 7 sets D.C. record for NBC Sports

NBC Sports drew a 12.6 rating in D.C. for Wednesday's Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning -- making it the most-watched hockey game for the network in the market. Published May 24, 2018

Miami Dolphins' Jordan Phillips (97) stands during the national anthem, but shows support for the protest as he puts an arm on the shoulder of kneeling teammate, Kenny Stills (10), Michael Thomas (31) and Julius Thomas (89) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The Panthers won 45-21. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

NFL owners stand up to anthem kneelers in nod to Trump, fans

NFL owners stood up Wednesday to the kneelers, voting to ban on-field protests during the national anthem after two years of social justice activism, fan outrage and flagging viewership -- but that doesn't mean game over. Published May 23, 2018

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, walks to the podium at the start of a news conference at NFL football team's rookie minicamp at the Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Friday, May 11, 2018.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

5 things to watch for Redskins OTAs

The Washington Redskins began Tuesday the next portion of OTAs -- where teams can go beyond conditioning to finally start participating in 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Published May 22, 2018

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin skates off the ice after the team's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Capitals look to avoid historic NHL playoff collapse

After his team dropped the first two games of the series, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it looked like Alex Ovechkin was taking out a career's worth of frustration in one postseason. Published May 20, 2018

Gary Russell Jr., left, battles Joseph Diaz Jr. during the WBC featherweight title fight in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, May 19, 2018. Russell won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Gary Russell Jr. thrills, beats Joseph Diaz in unanimous decision

Gary Russell Jr. was disappointed. He wanted a knockout. But after having been inactive for nearly a year to the date, the Maryland native delivered an entertaining performance Saturday -- earning a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Diaz Jr. at the MGM National Harbor in a fight televised by Showtime. Published May 20, 2018