Digest (July 2): Wayne Rooney on joining D.C. United: 'I'm here to win'

Wayne Rooney greets fans as he arrives at Dulles Airport. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Wayne Rooney knows where D.C. United stands right now. It's not the team that won three of the first four Major League Soccer Cups after the league began in 1996. Instead, United sits at the bottom of the league's rankings and has won just two games this season. But Rooney, who signed a two-and-half-year guaranteed contract worth about $13 million, also thinks he can be part of the solution. "We need to improve. That's clear to see," Rooney said at his introductory news conference Monday. "We have to improve and start getting better results. I think there's talent on the team. I think maybe with a little bit of guidance, a little bit of help on and off the pitch, I can help them." The 32-year-old is the latest aging European star to make his way to MLS. Rooney lead Manchester United to five English Premier League championships and is the club's career leading scorer, but he was adamant that the has more he wants to achieve in his next chapter. "I'm not here to see out the last few years of my career," Rooney said. "I'm here to compete. I'm here to win. That's the way I've always played." Rooney arrived in the United States on Thursday and was greeted by fans at the airport, which he said he was not expecting. Since then, Rooney has started practicing, and the focus has been on ensuring he is fit for United's Audi Field opener July 14, which is the first time he is eligible to play. As for turning around United's season, much of the weight already has been placed on Rooney, but United's general manager Dave Kasper doesn't expect the pressure to be a problem. United brought Rooney here to turn D.C. into a club that's different than the one it is now, and Rooney arrived in Washington convinced that will be the case. "If I believed this team would be at the bottom of soccer for the next three years, I wouldn't have decided to join here," Rooney said.

— Emily Giambalvo, The Washington Post


Men's college basketball

Maryland -Navy Veterans Classic matchup set for Nov. 9


In the first men's basketball matchup between Maryland and Navy since David Robinson and the late Len Bias faced off in the 1985 NCAA tournament, the Terps will meet the Midshipmen in the 2018 Veterans Classic on Nov. 9 at Alumni Hall in Annapolis. The 8:30 p.m. game will be preceded by a meeting between teams that reached last season's NCAA tournament, Wichita State and Providence. The games will be televised by the CBS Sports Network. This is the event's fifth year. Maryland has not played Navy in Annapolis since the 1968-69 season. The Terps lead the overall series, 30-27. Tickets went on sale Monday and can be purchased through the Navy ticket office at 1-800-US4-NAVY or by going to

— Don Markus

Et cetera

McKenna named O's top minor leaguer in June

The Orioles named outfielder Ryan McKenna of the Double-A Bowie Baysox their Minor League Player of the Month for June. McKenna, who also won the award in May, hit .338/.466/.535 in June with three home runs and eight RBIs. He earned a promotion from High-A Frederick to Bowie on June 21. A fourth-round pick in 2015 out of St. Thomas Aquinas High in New Hampshire, McKenna has 107 hits at Frederick and Bowie this season. Frederick left-hander Zac Lowther, 22, was named the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Month after going 3-0 with a 0.42 ERA in four starts.

— Katherine Fominykh

NBA : Mike Scott , an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season, his first with the Washington Wizards , Scott was a steady backup forward who averaged 8.8 points on 52.7 percent shooting, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range. Shortly after word circulated that Scott was leaving, the Wizards claimed second-year center Thomas Bryant . The 6-foot-10 Bryant, a second-round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2017, appeared in 15 NBA games and spent the majority of his rookie season in the G League after a draft-night trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant earned first-team All-NBA G League status after averaging 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post


Tennis: Denis Kudla, an alumnus of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, fell, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, to No. 17 seed Lucas Pouille of France in the first round at Wimbledon. Kudla, who qualified in men's singles for the first time at the All England Club, was coming off a loss to Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany.