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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 left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with teammates Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and T.J. Oshie (77) during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action against the Washington Capitals, in Toronto on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Shattenkirk on reduced minutes: 'I don't mind'

When the Capitals traded for Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline, Washington thought it was getting an offensive-minded defenseman who could boost their power play unit and provide depth to the blue line come playoff time. Published April 21, 2017

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) scores past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (31) during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trotz: 'I think we've figured out how we have to play'

Fewer penalties, more sustained play and handling bad bounces allowed the Capitals to survive Game 4 in Toronto. Now, they need to take those keys and use them to win two of the next three. Published April 20, 2017

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks to a reporter in the locker room after football practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Manning in hot water over memorabilia lawsuit

Quarterbacks are particularly known for the way they have control of their preparation process. They spend hours on tape, know the exact timing where receivers are going to be on routes and even the way footballs are supposed to feel (I see you, Tom Brady). Published April 18, 2017

Chicago Cubs' team members celebrate during the 2016 World Series championship ring ceremony before the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs have championship rings with 108 diamonds

The Chicago Cubs received their World Series championship rings before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they came with a neat twist -- each ring has 108 diamonds in them to symbolize the number of years it took to win another championship. Published April 13, 2017