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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 Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) smiles while sitting on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Washington. The Wizards won 138-118 and Hachimura scored a career-tying 30 points. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

Wizards trade Rui Hachimura to Lakers

The Washington Wizards traded forward Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks. Published January 23, 2023

A mural by artist Adam Zyglis of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, who is recovering after going into cardiac arrest during a game Jan. 2, covers the outside of a building in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Damar Hamlin attends Bills-Bengals playoff game

Damar Hamlin attended Sunday's AFC divisional game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, visiting with Bills teammates in the locker room before kickoff. Published January 22, 2023

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Wentz not likely to be the only cap casualty for the Commanders

Wentz won't be Washington's only cap casualty. The NFL's yearly roster churn can lead to surprising releases, as was the case last year when the Commanders unexpectedly cut defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and guard Ereck Flowers to make room for Wentz's $28.3 million cap hit. Published January 19, 2023

FILE -Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Scott Turner arrives for practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Ashburn, Va. The Washington Commanders have fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2022 because the team had not announced the move.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Commanders fire Scott Turner

The Washington Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner on Tuesday, parting ways with the play caller after three seasons. Published January 10, 2023

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera walking to the podium to answer questions from the media following an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Landover, Md. Washington won 26-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ron Rivera, Martin Mayhew to meet with Dan Snyder on offseason plans

Sometime recently, Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera met with owner Dan Snyder to briefly discuss the coming offseason. But a full sit down -- a conversation that will presumably cover the direction of the team as well as the possible sale of the franchise -- is scheduled to take place Monday. Published January 10, 2023