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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 [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Wizards guard Troy Brown Jr. (6) dribbles the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 115-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards seek balance between competitiveness, development of young roster

Coach Scott Brooks said Thursday he'll be making a change to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sending 19-year-old small forward Issac Bonga to the bench. While Brooks did not disclose who will take Bonga's place, the logical options are either 2018 first-rounder Troy Brown or Miles, who is averaging 21 1/2 minutes in two games this season. Published November 7, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Haskins expected to start against Jets: report

Interim coach Bill Callahan wasn't ready to name the Redskins' starting quarterback Monday, but he's apparently leaning one way. Rookie Dwayne Haskins is expected to start after the bye week, according to a new report from the NFL Network. Published November 6, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Lamar Jackson wins AFC Player of the Week

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was named AFC Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance against the New England Patriots. Published November 6, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas (4) shoots in front of Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Isaiah Thomas overcomes 'dark days' to make first start for Wizards

Isaiah Thomas just wanted the opportunity. The last two years had not gone his way -- sidelined first by a debilitating hip injury, then unable to crack the rotation on a contending playoff team. The two-time All-Star point guard believed he still was "one of the best basketball players in the world," but realized he needed a chance to prove it. Published November 5, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reaches for the ball in front of Detroit Pistons forward Tony Snell (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards' defense, effort leads to win over Pistons

With just under nine minutes to play, Moritz Wagner yelled out to no one in particular. The Wizards center had just made multiple defensive stops, including a block on Pistons center Andre Drummond. The whistle blew and Drummond was called for a foul. Published November 4, 2019

President Donald Trump embraces Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, right, as Suzuki speaks during an event to honor the 2019 World Series champion Nationals baseball team at the White House, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Washington. Standing alongside Trump is first lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nationals huge crowd favorites in White House event

As the Washington Nationals were introduced, players and coaches trickled out to the balcony and steps overlooking the South Lawn. The military band below played a rendition of "Baby Shark," the team's unofficial anthem. The thousands looking on cheered. Published November 4, 2019

Washington Nationals pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, celebrates the World Series baseball championship during a rally following a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. Nationals right fielder Gerardo Parra is right and pitcher Anibal Sanchez, left.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Strasburg's opt-out sets up busy offseason for Nationals

Beyond trying to re-sign Stephen Strasburg, Washington will negotiate with star third baseman Anthony Rendon and attempt to bring back first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The Nationals declined an $18 million option for Zimmerman on Saturday, but both sides are interested in working out a new contract at a lower rate. They could also potentially need another catcher to pair with Kurt Suzuki as the team declined Yan Gomes $7 million option. Published November 3, 2019

Washington Nationals head coach Dave Martinez accompanied by his players, speaks to the crowd during a rally following a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Back-to-back? Muriel Bowser starts chant for Nationals at parade

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser took the stage Saturday and congratulated the Washington Nationals on winning their first-ever World Series. But she didn't wait long into her speech to start a chant that caused the thousands watching along Constitution Avenue to join in. Published November 2, 2019

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, and manager Dave Martinez hold up the NLCS trophy, left, and World Series trophy before a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WATCH: Nationals party during World Series parade

The Washington Nationals celebrated their first World Series title in franchise history Saturday as thousands of fans cheered them up Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues. Published November 2, 2019

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, waves a flag and Ryan Zimmerman, right, hoists the World Series trophy as the baseball team arrives at Dulles Airport, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chantilly, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

View from the top: Nationals deliver jubilant city a dream come true

The Nationals' return to Washington on Thursday capped a delirious day of high-fives, hugs and impromptu "Baby Shark" jams in a sports town known more for failure than success that is suddenly, improbably, amazingly celebrating a third national championship in just two years. Published October 31, 2019