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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 head coach Ron Rivera talks to his team during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rivera rips Washington after effort at team practice not 'good enough'

Ron Rivera's post-practice message went longer than usual. The Washington coach gathered his players, his voice rising and tone becoming clearer and clearer. After another day in which the defense dominated the offense, he said the team's effort was unacceptable. Published August 22, 2020

Washington Wizards' Rui Hachimura (8) gestures as he calls to teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)  **FILE**

Wizards to pick ninth in NBA draft

The Washington Wizards will hold the ninth pick in the NBA draft after the league held its lottery selection show Thursday. The team had only a 4.5% chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 50.7% chance to pick ninth, according to the NBA's formula of determining odds. Published August 20, 2020

Washington defensive end Chase Young (99), left, head coach Ron Rivera, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., (7) arrive for practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ron Rivera diagnosed with skin cancer

Washington coach Ron Rivera shared the news with his team Thursday evening that he has been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. Published August 20, 2020

Washington Redskins defensive back Troy Apke (30) celebrates his interception with defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (78) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Four takeaways from Washington's surprising position battles

Two days into Washington's padded practices, coach Ron Rivera has a warning for those trying to project starting lineups and 53-man rosters. It's still early. Washington has had some surprises at pivotal positions -- leaving others to wonder just what's real and what's not. Published August 19, 2020

In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. The Washington Football Team has released Guice after he was charged in a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

Derrius Guice accused of rape while at LSU: Report

Two former female students at Louisiana State University accused former Washington running back Derrius Guice of rape when the 23-year-old was a freshman in 2016, according to USA Today. Published August 19, 2020

Signs for the Washington Redskins are displayed outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020. The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Jason Wright has big plans for Washington's next stadium

Jason Wright isn't just tasked with leading Washington through a name change and overseeing a new business department in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that rocked the team's workplace. In fact, one of the biggest projects for the new Washington team president will be ushering in a new stadium for the franchise. Published August 18, 2020

Washington quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks to practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Alex Smith looking like 'wily veteran' in return from injury

Alex Smith dropped back to pass, moved to his left and fired off a pass to wide receiver Cam Sims. It was a routine throw, but for the quarterback these days, nothing is routine. With every pass, all eyes are fixated on the 36-year-old as he looks to make a historic comeback from his horrific leg injury. Published August 18, 2020

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