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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 Redskins' Derrius Guice runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Guice returns to practice, on track to return against Jets

Redskins running back Derrius Guice returned to practice Monday for the first time since suffering a knee injury last month. Interim coach Bill Callahan said the 22-year-old is expected to return in Week 11 against the New York Jets, the first game Guice is eligible to be activated from injured reserve. Published October 29, 2019

Washington Wizards' John Wall poses for a portrait during an NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

John Wall, Isaiah Thomas go all out for Halloween

John Wall and Bradley Beal dressed up as different versions of the Joker at a recent Halloween party, while Isaiah Thomas, in a nod to his height, showed up as an Oompa Loompa. Published October 29, 2019

In this April 19, 2019, file photo, an athlete stands near an NCAA logo during a softball game in Beaumont, Texas. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher) ** FILE **

NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness

The NCAA took a major step Tuesday toward allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their names, images and likenesses -- a move that dramatically alters the landscape of amateur sports and ushers in an era of big-dollar endorsement deals for top stars. Published October 29, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

At midway point of the season, Redskins still focused on present

Around the NFL, there are plenty of subpar teams that have come to grips with their current situation. The 1-6 New York Jets and the 0-7 Miami Dolphins both traded away key players Monday, a day ahead of the league's trade deadline. Published October 28, 2019

Washington Nationals' Victor Robles reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'It's the World Series! Wake up!:' Nationals react to umpires in Game 5

Victor Robles tossed his gear in disgust. The Nationals outfielder couldn't believe umpire Lance Barksdale had ruled Gerrit Cole's fastball a strike, thus ending the at-bat and the seventh inning. He threw his helmet, yelled and then tossed his batting gloves toward the plate as well. Published October 28, 2019

Fans cheer before Game 3 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

At World Series, love for baseball spans generations

Even when the Nationals dropped two games on Friday and Saturday -- guaranteeing the series moves back to Houston on Tuesday for Game 6 -- fans could still proudly say they attended the Fall Classic. Baseball, after all, is a sport passed down generation to generation. From fans to the players, their passion for the game started somewhere, usually at home. Published October 27, 2019

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman falls to the ground after nearly getting hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

'Tomorrow is another day': Why the Nationals were still encouraged after Game 3

Asdrubal Cabrera took the batter's box with two outs and the bases loaded, ready to solve the challenge that Zack Greinke presented. As the Nationals second baseman battled, Greinke painted the outside corners with a variety of pitches. The Houston Astros ace opened with a curveball, threw two fastballs and mixed in a slider for good measure. Published October 26, 2019

Fans gesture the baby shark as Washington Nationals' Gerardo Parra bats during the ninth inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Nationals Park unleashes 'Baby Shark' at World Series

Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra got to pinch-hit for catcher Kurt Suzuki Friday in Game 3 -- giving the sold-out Nationals Park crowd a chance to clap in unison to the popular tune. Published October 25, 2019

Astros fire controversial assistant GM Brandon Taubman for outburst

The Houston Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday, days after Sports Illustrated reported on his behavior toward three female reporters in the clubhouse following Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Published October 24, 2019

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki and relief pitcher Javy Guerra celebrate after Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 12-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) **FILE**

Washington sports teams rally behind Nationals

Throughout the playoffs, the Nationals have already received a number of shoutouts and well wishes from the rest of the franchises in town -- all in a gesture of solidarity. Published October 24, 2019

Gymnast Simone Biles does a flip before throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Simone Biles' spectacular first pitch a must-see

The four-time Olympic gold medalist did a spectacular standing backflip with a twist before Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series. Biles, a Houston native, pulled off the move before the throw. Published October 24, 2019