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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

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks with referee Tom Washington during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Spurs coach Popovich calls Trump embarrassing

During a pregame press conference, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich critiqued President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying there is a cloud over the country since his election. Published May 15, 2017

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Enny Romero throws in the eight inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Nationals' bullpen squanders another late lead in loss

The Nationals (23-13) allowed three runs in the top of the ninth inning and lost 4-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The bullpen blew their seventh save opportunity of the year. Published May 14, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole (28) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the second period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nicklas Backstrom: 'We should be angry' about Penguins loss

Nicklas Backstrom was quiet. As a group of reporters surrounded him on Friday, the Capitals star took his time to digest questions. The anger in his face from the Capitals 2-0 loss in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins still hadn't worn off. Published May 12, 2017

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) tries to get away from Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Capitals face major questions after Game 7 Penguins loss

After another second round exit to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Trotz and the Capitals are still searching for how to win. And with this upcoming offseason, the Capitals find themselves at a major crossroads on how to get there. Published May 11, 2017

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, who lost his helemt, passes the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3), from Finland, during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals eliminated by Penguins with 2-0 shutout in Game 7

On Wednesday night, Shattenkirk got his own taste of the torment that is Washington Capitals postseason hockey, as he and his teammates fell before a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins -- the same squad that kicked them out of the playoffs a year earlier. Published May 10, 2017

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