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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

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) shakes hands with Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) as Burrows is carted away off the field during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. Burrows left the game with a left knee injury. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Joe Burrow's injury changes game as Washington comes back to beat Bengals

Just before Joe Burrow was carted off with a serious-looking knee injury, Chase Young went over to check on the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. Once a teammate of Burrow's at Ohio State, Young had just been part of the collision that knocked the 23-year-old out of the game: In the third quarter, Young tackled Burrow's chest while Jonathan Allen crashed into the quarterback's legs. Published November 22, 2020

FILE - Georgia's Anthony Edwards heads to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, file photo. Edwards is expected to be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, FIlre)

Timberwolves take Edwards at No. 1

The Timberwolves add Georgia guard Edwards to the team's perpetual rebuild project. The Golden State Warriors then used the second pick on James Wiseman, a 7-foot-1 center from Memphis, to give them a rim-protecting center. Published November 18, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

At two-year anniversary of injury, Alex Smith continues to check boxes

If Smith's last two games are any indication, he may be better than he was before the injury. He's thrown for more than 300 yards in two consecutive weeks for the first time in his career. On the field, he's been decisive, his throws are crisp and he's finding his receivers. Published November 18, 2020

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works under pressure in the pocket against Washington Redskins defensive end Matthew Ioannidis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington's Matt Ioannidis tests positive for COVID-19

Matt Ioannidis became the first Washington player to test positive for the coronavirus since the start of the regular season, according to a source familiar with the situation -- forcing the team to enter the NFL's intensive protocols. Published November 17, 2020