Wayne Rooney and D.C. United have resolved major issues in their negotiations and could soon finalize a deal that clears the way for the English soccer superstar to join the Major League Soccer club this summer, sources close to the talks told The Washington Post. The sides continue to work though minor matters, and barring significant setbacks, the 32-year-old attacker seems likely to visit Washington in the next two weeks for closing meetings and a physical. United executives have not commented on their pursuit of Rooney, the all-time leading scorer for Manchester United and the English national team. However, during D.C.'s visit to Salt Lake City over the weekend, coach Ben Olsen told The Post: "There is obviously interest here and interest there. Hopefully everyone can meet and get it done." If a deal is struck, Rooney would not be eligible to play until the MLS transfer and trade window opens July 10. United is prepared to pay him at least $5 million annually through 2020, a figure that would place him among the top earners in MLS. D.C. would also have to pay a substantial transfer fee to Everton to acquire his rights; he is under contract with the Liverpool-based club next season.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post



Ravens sign former UMass DE Downey

The Ravens are always looking for developmental pass rushers and they added another one to their roster Monday, signing undrafted free agent Da'Sean Downey. Downey played at the University of Massachusetts. As a senior last year, he had six sacks, 58 tackles and 20 tackles for loss, the second most by a player in program history. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end was a first-team Eastern College Athletic Conference selection. A New York native, he started 25 games in college. He finished with 12 sacks, 184 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, six tackles defended and four forced fumbles. Downey will most likely be used as an outside linebacker in the NFL.

— Jeff Zrebiec

Redskins : Three-time Pro Bowl defensive back DeAngelo Hall announced his plans to retire before the 2018 season. Hall called it quits after 14 years in a decision that had been lingering throughout the offseason. The 34-year-old is mulling options in the media, as a coach or in a front office. The Redskins are believed to have a front-office position for Hall.

— Kareem Copeland, The Washington Post

Et cetera

3 more locals added to All-America lacrosse games

Three local high school lacrosse players were named in the fourth and final wave of Under Armour All-Americans announced Monday. St. Mary's goaltender Aleric Fyock was added on the boys' side, while Bryn Mawr's Alex Marino and McDonongh's Julia Cooper were placed on the girls' team. The 13th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse games will be held June 30 at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. The girls will play at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 8. The game's participants will be divided into North and South teams, and rosters will be announced next Tuesday.

Men's college lacrosse: Inside Lacrosse announced its second-annual Division I All-America teams, compiled after a survey of more than 20 people who cover lacrosse regularly. Local players named to the first team include Maryland senior midfielder Connor Kelly, Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Joel Tinney and junior defenseman Patrick Foley, and Loyola Maryland junior attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) and senior defenseman Foster Huggins. Terps senior defenseman Bryce Young and Towson junior short-stick defensive midfielder Zach Goodrich received second-team honors, while Greyhounds senior midfielder Jay Drapeau was selected to the third team. Blue Jays sophomore attackman Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield), senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland (Boys' Latin) and junior long-stick midfielder Robert Kuhn received honorable mention along with Maryland senior midfielder Tim Rotanz, senior long-stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt and senior defenseman Curtis Corley.

College softball: Salisbury (30-15) ended its season with a pair of losses to No. 8 Moravian on the final day of its NCAA Division III regional at The College of New Jersey. Moravian won Game 1, 3-0, and Game 2, 9-1, in six innings.

College baseball: Maryland senior outfielder Will Watson was named Big Ten Player of the Week.

College field hockey: Stacey Eversley was named Goucher's 15th coach. Eversley takes over with 13 years of assistant and head coaching experience at three levels of NCAA competition (Divisions I, II, and III), most recently from 2011 to 2016 as the head coach at Lehigh.

Women's college rugby: Mount St. Mary's coach Farrah Douglas announced the team's recruiting class for 2018-19: Maya Grassi, Molly Jackson , Lauren Judkins, Jenna Lewaren, Tiara Mason, Samantha Kay Mathis, Shania Miller, Mia Powel, Katherine Rambo and Hanna I.C. Rojas-Rhodes.


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