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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

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts after a touchdown by running back Dalvin Cook during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Cousins facing Redskins amid hottest stretch of his career

After three straight stellar performances, Cousins leads the league in passer rating (114.3) and the Vikings look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Vikings have tailored to Cousins' strengths, relying heavily on play action to take shots deep down the field. Published October 23, 2019

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ** FILE **

Patrick Corbin unsure if he'll start in Game 3 vs. Astros

Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin came up big Tuesday in his World Series debut, stepping in for ace Max Scherzer to throw a scoreless sixth inning in Washington's 5-4 Game 1 win over the Houston Astros. Published October 23, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum warms up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Keenum in no mood to reminisce ahead of Vikings matchup

Asked if it was tough to not be re-signed by Minnesota, Case Keenum said it wasn't, calling the NFL a business. He also tried to downplay the significance of facing the Vikings, noting he has played against his former teams before. Published October 22, 2019

Houston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna reacts after giving up a two-run home run to New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu during the ninth inning in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ** FILE **

Astros under fire for executive's behavior toward women

The Houston Astros are under fire after a Sports Illustrated report highlighted assistant general manager Brandon Taubman's behavior following the American League Championship Series. Published October 22, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, right, during an NFL football game in Landover, Md. The Falcons placed a franchise tag on Jarrett before the NFL deadline on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

Alex Smith progressing in rehab, starting to throw

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has begun throwing as he works his way back from the serious leg injury he suffered nearly a year ago. Interim coach Bill Callahan said Monday the 35-year-old has been "working dilligently" on his rehab. Published October 21, 2019

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, right, tackles Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Redskins passing game can't find rhythm in woeful weather

As a result of the weather, the Redskins attempted just 12 passes -- their fewest since Dec. 15, 1990. In fact, it was just the 21st time in franchise history that the team threw 12 or fewer passes. Published October 20, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum, center, hands off the ball to Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins, 49ers scoreless at halftime

Could there be an upset in the making? The Redskins and 49ers remain scoreless at halftime at FedEx Field on a rainy afternoon. Published October 20, 2019

In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan works the sideline during the second half an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Almost nothing has gone wrong for Shanahan and the unbeaten 49ers, who are in position to establish themselves as the favorite in the division that the Los Angeles Rams dominated since head coach Sean McVays arrival. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, )

Kyle Shanahan throws shade at Redskins

When the San Francisco 49ers meet the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Kyle Shanahan insists it won't be personal. In a conference call with D.C. reporters, the 49ers coach noted this won't be his first time back as a visitor and that he has "moved on" with his life. Published October 16, 2019

Washington Redskins linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32), during the first half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ** FILE **

Redskins finally generating pressure after slow start

Landon Collins timed it perfectly. In Sunday's 17-16 win against the Miami Dolphins, the Redskins safety exploded through the gap and easily worked his way past to drag down quarterback Josh Rosen. Published October 16, 2019