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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 running back Rob Kelley, center, rushes the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine strong in Redskins preseason finale

Redskins running back Rob Kelley ran like his job depended on it. Samaje Perine and Kapri Bibbs did, too. The Redskins running backs were the story in Thursday's 30-20 loss against the Baltimore Ravens as Washington concluded its preseason -- and all three made their case for spots on the 53-man roster. Published August 30, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands the ball off to running back Adrian Peterson during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Landover, Md. The Redskins acquired Smith, a winner wherever he's played, after last season. Peterson has a shot to be a featured back once again. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) **FILE**

Redskins' final roster spots a battle 'to the bitter end'

Coach Jay Gruden doesn't want the Redskins' 53-man roster to be predetermined. Washington will go into Thursday's final preseason game against Baltimore with Gruden letting his players "battle it out to the bitter end." Published August 28, 2018

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) watches from the sidelines against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Giants, Beckham agree on record extension

Beckham agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract extension Monday with the New York Giants -- making him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, according to multiple reports. The deal includes $65 million guaranteed for injury and $41 million fully guaranteed, also a record for the position. Published August 27, 2018

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 file photo, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during a town hall meeting in Abilene, Texas. O'Rourke has come under fire from opponent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for taking money from what Cruz says is a political action committee in violation of O'Rourke's pledge not to take such donations. O'Rourke has consistently outraised Cruz, including announcing a quarterly $10.4 million fundraising haul last month, despite the attention-grabbing vow to ban PAC money from his campaign coffers. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP, File)

NFL player wants to show Beto O'Rourke's anthem answer to owners

Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung has an idea how to connect with NFL owners on the league's national anthem policy -- show them Beto O'Rouke's viral response to being asked if kneeling during the playing of "Star-Spangled Banner" is disrespectful. Published August 27, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands off to running back Rob Kelley (20) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

What Adrian Peterson's arrival means for Rob Kelley

As Rob Kelley tried to make a block Friday on the Redskins' kickoff return, he slammed into the body of the opposing Denver Broncos player -- receiving the worse end of the hit. Published August 26, 2018