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Digest (July 13): Wayne Rooney making D.C. United debut at new stadium

As D.C. United ushers in a new era today by swinging open the doors on its new $400 million stadium, Audi Field, Wayne Rooney is the key cornerstone. As much as any one person, he'll be charged with writing the next chapter, either helping a young team that has struggled mightily for the past 11/2 seasons or serving merely as a marketing novelty whose biggest impact is generating headlines and selling tickets. He comes to Washington as a player who once earned upward of $30 million because he could find the net like few others in the world, a larger-than-life athlete who's the career scoring leader for both fabled Manchester United and the English national team. Rooney, 32, has played 675 professional matches and another 112 with the national team. "I believe I can come in and help the team, but also the team obviously can help me," Rooney said. "It's the right time for me." Rooney made the rounds these past two weeks and was greeted with much fanfare across the region. He was met by a few hundred fans when he arrived June 28 at Dulles International Airport. He was introduced to international media at a news conference downtown, and this week he was a featured speaker at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stadium.

— Rick Maese, The Washington Post

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College football

Johns Hopkins earns No. 19ranking in preseason poll

The Johns Hopkins football team added a third preseason national ranking as the Blue Jays check in at No. 19 in the D3football.com Preseason Poll. The Blue Jays earned 181 points in the poll to secure the No. 19 spot in the top 25. This is the sixth consecutive year that Johns Hopkins has appeared in the D3football.com Preseason top 20; the Blue Jays' highest preseason ranking from the organization came in 2015 and 2017, when JHU was ranked 13th. Earlier this summer the Blue Jays were ranked 12th by Lindy's and 18th by Street & Smith's. Johns Hopkins posted a 9-2 record, won a ninth consecutive Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Head coach Jim Margraff 's Blue Jays have won at least nine games in each of the last seven years and Hopkins' 52 wins in the last five years are the fifth-highest total among all Division III teams. Johns Hopkins opens the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. when the Blue Jays host Randolph-Macon.

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Bayhawks allowings fansto bring dogs to game

The Bayhawks will welcome fans and dogs as they faceoff against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in a Major League Lacrosse game. Dogs are welcome to join their humans and take in the game from a special canine section behind the North End Zone. The AASPCA will be on site with pets looking for a new home and giveaways.

NHL : The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $650,000. O'Brien, 23, played in three games for the Capitals last season after making his season debut on Nov. 4 at Boston. O'Brien has registered two points (one goal, one assist) and 28 penalty minutes in 17 career games with the Capitals. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2014 against Montreal, earned his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 14, 2014 against San Jose and scored his first career NHL goal on Oct. 26, 2014 at Vancouver.

Women's college bowling: Mount St. Mary's incoming freshmen Erin Burkart, Rebecca Dodson, Kayla Durbala, Barbara Hawes, Ashley Santos and Tamera Stanton will compete in the Junior Gold Championships from July 14-21 in Dallas.

From Sun staff and news services

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