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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

Washington Commanders' Tyler Larsen is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Commanders’ offensive line shuffles again ahead of Giants

For Sunday's rematch against the New York Giants, Washington will have Wes Schweitzer start at center in place of Tyler Larsen -- the veteran who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the previous meeting. Larsen provided stability to a position that had undergone near-constant shuffling the first month or so of the season. Published December 14, 2022

Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards crumbling as injuries, losses mount ahead of tough six-game road trip

Porzingis said he was feeling alright following his third-quarter exit Monday, though the injury was the latest misfortune for a Wizards team that has now lost seven straight. Coach Wes Unseld Jr. listed the Latvian native as "day-to-day" ahead of the team's six-game West Coast road trip. Published December 13, 2022

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (left) and president Bruce Allen (right) talk on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

Bruce Allen, Dan Snyder go after each other in depositions

Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen were once so close that the longtime executive often could be seen by the Washington Commanders owner's side before and after every game. But Thursday's report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee served as the latest reminder of the rift between the two men. Published December 8, 2022

WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis poses for a staredown with challenger Hector Luis Garcia ahead of a Jan. 7 fight at Capital One Area (photo courtesy of Amanda Wescott/Showtime)

Gervonta Davis’ return to the District also comes with a risk

Over the course of Monday's press conference, Gervonta Davis made a point to keep his focus on Hector Luis Garcia -- not Ryan Garcia. But first up for Davis is a Jan. 7 showdown with Hector Luis Garcia, who's far from an average tuneup. Published December 6, 2022

Washington Commanders' Casey Toohill, right, tries to stop New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Daniel Jones — and his legs — again a problem for Commanders

The New York Giants signal-caller again proved to be a problem for Washington in Sunday's 20-20 tie, notably hurting the Commanders' defense with his legs. Jones rushed for 71 yards on 12 attempts, in addition to his 200 yards passing. Published December 4, 2022

Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) looks on in overtime against the New York Giants during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Take the tie, it could be as good as a win by time the season ends

Efe Obada, in theory, should be able to relate to a tie better than most. The Washington Commanders defensive end speaks with a British accent, lived in London for years and is such a soccer fan that last month, he participated in an online viewing party with actor Matthew McConaughey to watch England's World Cup match with the United States -- a game that ended in a draw. Published December 4, 2022