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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

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Football Team running back Peyton Barber (34) looks for room to run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)  **FILE**

Washington-Cowboys Thanksgiving showdown most-watched NFL game of season

The telecast averaged 30.3 million viewers -- making it the most-watched NFL game this season, according to Fox. The network drew that large of a number despite the league's overall ratings being down this season and the game -- a 41-16 Washington win -- becoming a blowout in the second half. Published December 1, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  **FILE**

Fauci floats idea of full football stadiums by September

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he thinks the league could have full stadiums by next September. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said full capacity at stadiums will be among 'the last thing(s) you're going to see,' but could return as coronavirus vaccines are distributed Published December 1, 2020

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) **FILE**

NFL is losing the battle against coronavirus. Is the season at risk?

As of Nov. 21, the NFL has had more coronavirus cases (178) in November than it did in the first three months of testing (162). The uptick, which the league believes mirrors the surge of positives around the country, has left the league scrambling -- addressing each situation on a case-by-case basis while revamping protocols in real time. Published November 30, 2020

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Nationals unwilling to give up top pitching prospects for Kris Bryant

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that Washington is 'determined to keep' Jackson Rutledge and Cade Cavalli in any potential deal. The two pitchers are the first- and second-ranked prospects in the team's minor-league system, respectively. Published November 30, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Mike Jordan (60) talks with Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) as they walk off the field at the conclusion of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover, Md. Washington won 20-9. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Terry McLaurin active for Washington

Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin is active for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after being previously listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Published November 26, 2020

Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder, left, and team president Jason Wright, right, walk off the field before the start of the first half of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dan Snyder not traveling to Dallas for Thanksgiving game

Washington owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya won't travel to Dallas for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys after coming in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Published November 25, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NFL postpones Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night game

The NFL is postponing this week's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- moving it from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The delay comes after a number of Baltimore players and staffers tested positive for the coronavirus. Published November 25, 2020

Washington Football Team strong safety Landon Collins (26) knocks the ball of the hands of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First in the East is at stake, but there's little else to connect with rivalry's glory days

The NFL's most-storied rivals meet again Thursday when the Cowboys host Washington in a national Thanksgiving showcase at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (4:30 p.m., Fox). But this year, the battle will be missing the distinct American Indian imagery after Washington retired its "Redskins" moniker over the summer -- just one of the many ways the rivalry is now different. Published November 25, 2020