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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

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. throws his gloves to a fan after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 41-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. for slapping police officer's butt

The New Orleans Police Department issued an arrest warrant Thursday for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., accusing the Cleveland Browns star of simple battery after a video showed him apparently slapping a male officer's behind at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome earlier this week. Published January 16, 2020

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner coached Cam Newton when he held the same position under Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers. Turner is expected to be judged on whether he can develop Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Scott Turner: 'Dream come true' to be with Redskins

Scott Turner was a senior in high school when his father Norv was fired from the Washington Redskins in 2000. Back then, owner Dan Snyder was reportedly so angry the Redskins were falling short of their Super Bowl expectations, he skipped a post-game meeting with Norv Turner and waited until the morning to dismiss him. Published January 15, 2020

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera smiles during a NFL training session of the Carolina Panthers at Harrow School in London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) **FILE**

Ron Rivera reacts to Luke Kuechly's sudden retirement

Redskins coach Ron Rivera said Luke Kuechly was "one of the best players" he has ever coached and suggested the former Carolina Panthers linebacker should be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day. Published January 15, 2020

Astros symptoms of bigger problem

The Astros join a growing roster of championship teams, high-profile coaches and big-name college programs embroiled in scandal recently as the pressure to win ramps up while technology makes cutting ethical corners easier. Published January 13, 2020

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) goes to the basket next to Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards look for Bryant to find groove after return from injury

Despite Thomas Bryant's frustration, the Wizards held the big man to a strict 15-minute limit restriction in his first game in over a month. Before Washington's 127-116 defeat, Bryant had missed the previous 20 games with a foot injury. Now that he's back, the Wizards plan to ease him back in until they feel like a minutes restriction is no longer necessary. Published January 13, 2020

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, left, arrives with new head coach Ron Rivera for a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins promote Kyle Smith to vice president of player personnel

The Washington Redskins don't have a general manager, but their front office is starting to come together. Washington promoted executive Kyle Smith from director of college scouting to vice president of player personnel on Monday, the latest rise for the 35-year-old and another shuffle of team executives since Ron Rivera came aboard as head coach. Published January 13, 2020

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs past Baltimore Ravens players during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Henry, Titans stun Ravens in AFC divisional round

The Baltimore Ravens knew the challenge Derrick Henry presented. They were aware of his video-game-like body. They studied the way the Tennessee Titans running back uses his 6-foot-3, 247-pound frame to truck through defenders. But for all the hours spent on how to stop him, Baltimore couldn't do it. Published January 11, 2020

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce, left, celebrates with linebacker Tyus Bowser after recovering a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) ** FILE **

Ravens defense gets back to elite status after poor start to year

As the Ravens prepare for Saturday's AFC Divisional matchup with the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore has an offense and defense each ranked as a top-five unit in the league, according to Football Outsiders' efficiency metrics (DVOA). Baltimore ranks first in offense and fourth in defense. It wasn't always that way. Published January 9, 2020