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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 guard Bradley Beal (3) hangs from the rim after his dunk between San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) and guard Bryn Forbes (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Beal, Bertans help Wizards pull away against Spurs

"Tonight is going to be a perfect night for growth," Scott Brooks said. As it turned out, he was right. The Washington Wizards rallied in the second half to knock off the Spurs. Published November 20, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Dwayne Haskins found himself 'pressing' against Jets

There are throws Dwayne Haskins would have liked back against the New York Jets. Specifically, the Redskins quarterback said Wednesday he found himself pressing at times when he watched the film of the team's 34-17 loss. Published November 20, 2019

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

'It's crazy, right?': Wizards rank among league's best offensive teams

The Washington Wizards may not be able to stop anybody on defense. They may not win many games this season. Washington could even be years away from competing. But through the team's 11 first games, the Wizards have one of the league's best offenses -- a fact hardly anyone expected. Published November 19, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, right, during an NFL football game in Landover, Md. The Falcons placed a franchise tag on Jarrett before the NFL deadline on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

Alex Smith's progress from injury documented in new video

Monday marked officially one year since Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula in a loss to Houston Texans. The injury required 17 surgeries and may result in Smith never playing professional football again. Published November 18, 2019

Denver Broncos defensive back Su'a Cravens on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ** FILE **

Su'a Cravens safe after alarming social media posts

Late Sunday, Cravens posted a number of messages that caused people to worry, including one that said, "If these are my last days, I want to say I love you and I always will. God I leave the rest up to you" and another that said "Goodbye" and included a heart emoji. Published November 18, 2019

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) runs past New York Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet (23) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Guice ends Redskins' touchdown drought

Speaking to reporters at his locker after the Redskins' 34-17 loss Sunday to the New York Jets, Derrius Guice said the defeat spoiled getting his first career NFL touchdown. Published November 17, 2019

New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs towards the end zone for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins have no answer for Jets in embarrassing loss

There were plenty of moments throughout Sunday's 34-17 loss to the New York Jets that perfectly captured how far the Washington Redskins have fallen as a franchise, how disastrous their season has unfolded. Published November 17, 2019

Montae Nicholson active for Redskins against Jets

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson will be active for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, days after a 21-year-old woman he was reportedly dating died of a drug overdose. Published November 17, 2019

Adrian Peterson on Derrius Guice's return: 'It's going to be exciting'

As Adrian Peterson walked off the practice field Wednesday, the Redskins running back struck a conversation with Derrius Guice. The two discussed the possibilities -- how now, with Guice returning from a torn meniscus, they won't have to worry about the run game when one of them is standing on the sidelines. Published November 13, 2019

Kaepernick workout drawing criticism as 'publicity stunt'

With Colin Kaepernick set to work out for NFL teams on Saturday, a number of the free agent quarterback's supporters have criticized the NFL, blasting the league for setting up, in their view, a "publicity stunt" rather than a legitimate opportunity to get back into the league. Published November 13, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Redskins at the bye week of a lost season are a team without a definitive answer at quarterback, answers to questions on offense and defense and a visible organizational plan for the future. (AP Photo/John Munson, File)

Dwayne Haskins 'comfortable' in Redskins offense

After being named the Washington Redskins' quarterback for the rest of the season earlier this week, Dwayne Haskins said Wednesday he was very excited about the opportunity, but added there's "more work to be done" in order to become the passer he envisions moving forward. Published November 13, 2019