Washington Capitals single-game tickets for the 2019-20 season will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at WashingtonCaps.com and at all local Ticketmaster outlets, including the Capital One Arena box office.

The Capitals home opener will take place Oct. 5 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena.

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Capital One Arena has been sold out for 458 consecutive Capitals games (including playoffs) and, for the ninth straight season, the Capitals sold out every home game in 2018-19.

For more information on Capitals tickets contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.

Major League Soccer: Wayne Rooney will leave D.C. United and return to England after this MLS season, ending a spectacular but short-lived spell that revitalized the organization and brought enduring memories to the local soccer scene.

United and Derby County, a second-tier English club, announced Tuesday that they have reached agreement that will allow the superstar forward to become a player and assistant coach this winter.

* D.C. United acquired $50,000 in General Allocation Money for the 2019 MLS Season from Minnesota United in exchange for an International Roster Slot in 2019.

D.C. United also acquired $212,500 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2019 in exchange for $62,500 in General Allocation Money and an International Roster spot in 2020.

Women’s college lacrosse: St. Mary’s hired Kat Francis as the Seahawks’assistant coach and assistant director of athletic communications. Francis began her duties on Aug. 1.

Francis joins the Seahawks after a one-year term with Capital Athletic Conference competitor, Christopher Newport. While in Newport News, Francis worked with the draw takers, goalies, and the attacking side of the ball. She was able to mentor a 2019 IWLCA All-American, five All-CAC conference honorees, and two IWLCA All-Region players.

Francis played four years of lacrosse at Lynchburg College.

* Loyola Maryland recent graduate Kristen Yanchoris was announced as one of the Patriot League’s two nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Yanchoris, who was chosen along with Rafaela Rubas from American’s field hockey program, was named the Patriot League’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in July. She is now part of the final 58 Division I nominees on the ballot for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which was originally established in 1991.

Men’s college soccer: UMBC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. announced today that former Retriever standout Phil Saunders, health administration, ‘15, will return to his alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach/goalkeepers coach for the 2019 season.

Saunders served as men’s head soccer coach at CCBC-Catonsville for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He compiled a record of 16-17-4 in two seasons. Last season, the Cardinals won six of seven October games before a tough loss to Montgomery College in the NJCAA Region XX Division I Tournament semi-finals.

NBA: The Washington Wizards named Mark Simpson as vice president of player performance for Monumental Basketball.

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Simpson comes to Washington after spending the last three seasons as director of performance for the Los Angeles Clippers. In Los Angeles, Simpson oversaw the team’s player load management strategies, including the production of individualized offseason, preseason, and in-season load-management plans that incorporated game minute management, practice and workout recommendations.

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