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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

 In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) scrambles behind offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. Scrambling quarterbacks have given the Philadelphia Eagles trouble this season. Deshaun Watson had 49 yards rushing last week. Washington's Johnson has run for 116 yards on 20 carries. (AP Photo/James Kenney) ** FILE **

Trent Williams not expected to report to Redskins training camp

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams will not report to training camp in Richmond on Wednesday over disputes related to his contract and how the team handled a benign tumor on his scalp earlier in the offseason. Published July 22, 2019

Haynesworth thanks fans for support after kidney diagnosis

Former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth thanked his fans for their support after receiving hundreds of calls and offers from potential donors for his needed kidney transplant. Published July 18, 2019

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer walks through the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 6-1. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Scherzer's status still in flux ahead of pivotal Braves series

Nationals ace Max Scherzer made progress in his rehab from his back injury Wednesday, throwing from 90-feet away in the Orioles' outfield. But Washington still hasn't made a decision if the 35-year-old will pitch this weekend in Atlanta. Published July 17, 2019

Washington Redskins Josh Norman leaves the field before the start of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) **FILE**

Josh Norman loses out on $200,000 skipping voluntary OTAs

Most of the NFL's offseason practices before training camp are voluntary, meaning players have the option of whether to attend them. But as it turns out, there still can be a price to pay for not showing up. Published July 17, 2019

Philadelphia 76ers' Markelle Fultz, second from right, greets Jimmy Butler (23) and Mike Muscala (31) during a timeout in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) ** FILE **

Markelle Fultz's return still mystery to Magic

Former DeMatha star Markelle Fultz hasn't played in an NBA game since last November. His current team -- the Orlando Magic -- don't appear to know when the 2017 first overall pick is set to return, either. Published July 17, 2019

Former U.S. Women's Soccer national team member Abby Wambach and former NFL quaterback Peyton Manning chat during the High School Athlete of the Year Awards Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Everybody loves Peyton? Manning tops list of 'most-loved' sports media personalities

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was named as the "most-beloved" sports media personality in a new study from the Morning Consult. The group found that 79% of 565 self-described "avid sports fans" have a favorable approval rating of Manning. Only 11% of respondents "disliked" Manning -- giving him a net rating of 68 percentage points. Published July 16, 2019

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (44) in the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) **FILE**

Trevor Rosenthal makes debut for Tigers

After a disastrous stint with the Washington Nationals, Rosenthal made his debut with the Detroit Tigers on Monday after getting called up earlier that day. And in true Rosenthal-like fashion, the reliever was erratic. But this time at least, he was effective. Published July 16, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) ** FILE **

Alex Smith has external fixator removed from leg

Alex Smith had his surgically implanted external fixator removed Monday, eight months after the 35-year-old Washington Redskins quarterback suffered a horrific leg injury against the Houston Texans. Published July 15, 2019

New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts (52) tackles Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Derrius Guice dismisses hamstring injury: 'I don't listen to the noise'

When a report emerged Friday that Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered a hamstring injury that could keep him out at the start of training camp, fans became alarmed. But the 22-year-old attempted to shut down the rumor with a message of his own. Published July 14, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook interacts with the crowd during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Russell Westbrook traded to Rockets, Paul to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded star point guard Russell Westbrook on Thursday to the Houston Rockets in exchange for point guard Chris Paul and multiple first-round draft picks, ESPN reported. Published July 11, 2019

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) goes up for a shot as Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) and center Greg Monroe (15) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kelly Oubre gets paid, re-signs with Suns

The Washington Wizards traded Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Phoenix Suns last season in part because they were unlikely willing to pay what the 23-year-old forward would command in free agency. On Wednesday, Oubre finally got paid. Published July 11, 2019