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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 forward Troy Brown Jr. (6) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 123-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Brown developing, but still out of Wizards rotation

Throughout his rookie campaign, forward Troy Brown hasn't seen a lot of playing time. The 19-year-old first-rounder is buried on the Wizards' depth chart, appearing in only 22 of 44 games this season. Published January 16, 2019

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