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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

Barcelona's Neymar, left, Luis Suarez, center, and Lionel Messi look on during a training session ahead of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Juventus, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Barcelona's Messi gets star reception from FedEx Field crowd

An ocean of cell phones waved and flashed in the air Tuesday night as one of the best players in the world stepped onto the grass of FedEx Field. Each person in attendance rose to get a glimpse, and soon the chants started. But this night, the crowd wasn't calling for Kirk Cousins, Ryan Kerrigan or even Tom Brady. Published July 25, 2017

Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg warms up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Injuries begin piling up for Nationals

Nationals manager Dusty Baker envisioned his team becoming fully healthy shortly after the All-Star break. The opposite has happened. Published July 24, 2017

FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo, Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) gestures after his 3-pointer during the second half in Game 5 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in Washington. Porter's $106 million, four-year contract solidifies his spot as part of the Washington Wizards' core and also, temporarily, makes him their highest-paid player ahead of John Wall and Bradley Beal.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Pursuit of continuity proves expensive for Wizards

The question of whether Otto Porter was "worthy" of a max contract was irrelevant. From the beginning of Porter's restricted free agency, Porter's agent David Falk knew a team would offer his client the max. Published July 19, 2017

Baltimore Orioles' Zach Britton in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

MLB trade deadline sellers worth keeping an eye on

For about 12 minutes, baseball fans on Twitter thought the Nationals traded top prospect Victor Robles for the Tigers' J.D. Martinez. The furor turned out to be unfounded -- but what's fueling the rumor mill is as certain as the calendar. July 31, to be specific, MLB's trade deadline. Published July 18, 2017