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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

Articles by Matthew Paras

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Washington. To get to their first Eastern Conference final in the past decade, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will have to go through the Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins, who have quite simply had their number in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Capitals will measure growth against league's champs

The last meeting between the Washington Capitals and the reigning Stanley Cup champions resulted in a wild 8-7 Pittsburgh Penguins' win on Jan. 16. It's a night Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner would rather forget. Published April 25, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla. In a video released by the Norman Police Department, Amelia Molitor said a group of men with Mixon sexually harassed her and she rejected Mixon's advances before Mixon punched her and broke bones in her face in July 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

Character part of Redskins' grade on Mixon, other potential picks

Joe Mixon's videotaped, jaw-breaking punch of a woman in a Norman sandwich shop in 2014 has a lot of teams -- including the Washington Redskins -- weighing the cost of taking on a ballplayer as known for his off-the-field trouble as his gridiron exploits. Published April 24, 2017

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