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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

Washington Capitals' Andre Burakovsky (65) celebrates his second goal of the game with Nicklas Backstrom (19) and John Carlson (74) during the third period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 8, 2017. The Capitals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Trotz, Capitals expect desperate Penguins for Game 7

The Washington Capitals have spent the last two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins crawling out from a 3-1 deficit. They've controlled the puck, been more patient and made timely adjustments. Published May 9, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks the ball past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during first half eastern conference semi-final NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

LeBron James roasts fan courtside in Toronto

LeBron James was able to do whatever he wanted during the Cavaliers four-game sweep over the Toronto Raptors -- including dishing out some great trash talk to a Raptors fan on Sunday. Published May 9, 2017

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates, T.J. Oshie (77), John Carlson (74), Marcus Johansson (90), from Sweden, and Karl Alzner (27) during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitols won 4-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trotz: No room to not be at our best in Game 6

After helping stave off elimination with a 4-2 win over the Penguins in Game 5, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was told some of his teammates said the Capitals had played tight earlier in the series. Published May 7, 2017

Alabama's Jonathan Allen, left, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Washington Redskins during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Draft doesn't improve Redskins' odds in Vegas

The Washington Redskins strengthened up their defense with Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson during the NFL draft, but oddsmakers say the Alabama duo hasn't moved them any closer to winning the Super Bowl. Published May 3, 2017