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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

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

Fans in their seats at FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington scraps fans for Bengals game

The Washington Football Team won't have fans for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at its FedEx Field due to the uptick in coronavirus cases -- joining a host of other teams to ban fans after temporarily allowing them back into stadiums in a limited capacity. Published November 16, 2020

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera watches against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Washington comes to grips with reality as playoff hopes flicker

The NFC East's collective awfulness is why Washington, despite dropping two straight, is mathematically still very much alive in the race for the division title. But over the past few weeks, as losses have stacked up, Washington has started to emphasize that talking about winning the division can only go so far. Published November 16, 2020

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Drew Brees to miss time with rib injury

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to miss "some time" with a rib injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to the NFL Network. Published November 16, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson passes during torrential rain in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Monsoon aside, Ravens struggling to recreate magic of 2019 offense

It would be easy to blame the Baltimore Ravens' offensive problems against the New England Patriots on the monsoon that showered the field in their 23-17 loss on "Sunday Night Football." Baltimore had trouble snapping the ball, which was consistently wet. The winds were intense, which made it hard to throw. Published November 16, 2020

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) rushes against Detroit Lions tight end Jesse James (83) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Chase Young on game-changing penalty: 'It happens'

In Washington's 30-27 loss, Young gave up a game-changing roughing-the-passer penalty with 12 seconds left when he hit Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after the signal-caller had thrown the ball. The penalty moved the ball to the 50-yard, Detroit hit a nine-yard completion and kicker Matt Prater sunk a 59-yarder as time expired. Published November 15, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes against the Detroit Lions in the second half during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Alex Smith's arm can't top Prater's leg

Making his first start in two years, Smith passed for almost 400 yards and survived a blitz-happy Lions defense to erase a 21-point deficit and tie the score, twice. But with 16 seconds left, Matt Stafford put together just enough of a drive to get Prater, who holds the record for the NFL's longest kick, into field goal range. Published November 15, 2020

Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins (3) celebrates after kicking a 40-yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. With Hopkins is holder Tress Way (5). (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) **FILE**

Dustin Hopkins good to go against Lions

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins will play in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions after previously being listed as questionable with a groin injury. Published November 15, 2020

The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018.  The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday, Nov. 12 that the three-time Grammy winner will perform at the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

The Weeknd tapped to be Super Bowl LV halftime act

The Weeknd will be performing on the biggest weekend of the year. The Grammy Award-winning pop artist announced Thursday that he'll be this year's halftime act for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida. The game is set to be held on Sunday, Feb. 7. Published November 12, 2020