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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' Tom Wilson watches the video screen after he scored a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. Wilson returned to the lineup after his 20-game suspension was reduced to 14 by a neutral arbitrator. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Wilson back on ice after arbitrator reduces suspension

A neutral arbitrator reduced Wilson's ban Tuesday to 14 games from 20 -- making the Capitals winger eligible to play right away. The 24-year-old made his return later in the evening against the Minnesota Wild. Published November 13, 2018

PJ Wiliams breaks up a pass to Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder as the New Orleans Saints take on the Washington Redskins during Monday Night Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The Saints won 43-19. (The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Jamison Crowder to get another MRI on ankle

After Jamison Crowder missed his fifth straight game Sunday, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday the wideout would receive another MRI on his ankle. Published November 13, 2018

Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger runs onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

Swearinger: Redskins' home-field advantage lacking

Josh Norman's complaints about Redskins fans being too fickle and too few in number at home games are spot on, says teammate D.J. Swearinger, who went even further, calling the home-field advantage at FedEx Field is as nonexistent as any he's seen. Published November 12, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) lines up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Gruden: Patchwork offensive line 'held up pretty good'

Last Sunday, Jonathan Cooper was traveling. Out of the NFL, the 28-year-old was on his way back to Arizona from North Carolina, where he attended his alma mater's homecoming. A week later, he was starting at left guard for the Washington Redskins. Published November 11, 2018

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) misses a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Ugly or not, it's another Redskins win

Despite allowing a season-high 498 yards, the Redskins came away with a 16-3 win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Why? The Redskins forced four turnovers and Tampa Bay missed two kicks. Published November 11, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (left) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (right) during an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

With three starters injured, Smith feels that he must do his job 'a little better'

After the Redskins lost starters Paul Richardson, Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff earlier this week to season-ending injuries, quarterback Alex Smith said Wednesday he didn't feel pressure to make up for their absence. Rather, the news put an "emphasis" on the importance of doing his job well, he said. Published November 7, 2018