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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

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Cleveland. Hogan is expected to start Sunday against the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) ** FILE **

Redskins acquire QB Kevin Hogan from Browns

The Washington Redskins traded a sixth-round round pick Friday to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for quarterback Kevin Hogan and a sixth-round pick. Published April 6, 2018

St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo (41) and Washington Capitals' Shane Gersich (63) chase after a loose puck along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 2, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Gersich's instincts have him in mix for playoffs

Shane Gersich left such an impression on Barry Trotz after his NHL debut last week that the Capitals coach remarked, "If he's got better than that, I'm excited, for sure." Published April 4, 2018

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin waits for a face-off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Monday, April 2, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Ovechkin 'day-to-day' after crashing into boards

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin missed practice Wednesday for a maintenance day, and is considered "day-to-day" after crashing into the boards during Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues. Published April 4, 2018

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III walks on stage after he was selected as the second pick overall by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) ** FILE **

John Harbaugh: Robert Griffin III's a steal for Ravens

Robert Griffin III is back. Griffin agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday with the Baltimore Ravens after he spent the entire 2017 season on the sidelines. The former Redskins starter will compete for the Ravens' backup role, as Joe Flacco is entrenched as the starter. Published April 4, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) and Washington Capitals' John Carlson (74) tangle as Tom Wilson, rear, joins the scuffle during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 1, 2018. Hornqvist was penalized for the fracas. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) **FILE**

Capitals' greater sense of urgency helped clinch division

Because of the razor-thin margins in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals have usually brought the same intensity from night to night, and are playing some of their best hockey before the playoffs begin April 11. Published April 2, 2018