Sports Digest (July 31): D.C. United's Rooney available to play despite broken nose

D.C. United's Wayne Rooney sports a black eye, the result of a head-to-head collision Saturday at Audi Field.
D.C. United's Wayne Rooney sports a black eye, the result of a head-to-head collision Saturday at Audi Field. (Steven Goff / The Washington Post)

D.C. United 's Wayne Rooney returned to work Tuesday looking as if he had stepped into a boxing ring over the weekend. Bruises enveloped his left eye, and five stitches ran from the eyebrow to the bridge of his broken nose. "It looks a bit worse with the black eye," he said after participating in the training session, "but it feels fine." Rooney and the team declared him available for the Major League Soccer match Saturday at Montreal, saying he had cleared two concussion tests and would not need significant treatment for the wounds, which were inflicted in the waning moments of a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Audi Field. He said he would be ready to play this weekend — "no problem" — and did not plan to wear a molded face mask. "It will be fine. It's actually settled down quite quick," he said. "There's not much swelling. … I've had no problems sleeping. I'll play as normal. Of course, if I get a bang on it, it will be painful."

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post



Live! Casino to host title fights Aug. 18

The debut of championship boxing is set for Aug. 18 in the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, featuring Laurel-born fighter Demond Nicholson in the main event match, Live! Casino & Hotel announced Tuesday. Nicholson, whose last recorded win came by dispatching Josue Obando nearly a year ago, will take on Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues to try to claim the WBC-USNBC super middleweight title. In addition to the headliners, Live! Casino & Hotel's bartender Dante "Red Comet" Cox (Elkridge), who kicked off his wrestling career in 2017, will meet Roanoke, Va., resident Latorie Woodberry in the ring. For the co-main welterweight event, Mykal "Mike" Fox (Forestville) will tangle with veteran DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (Washington, D.C.). Alongside them, the cast of Old Line State characters continues for the undercard: with the East Coast tussle between middleweight Francisco Bustos (Rockville) and Juvuan John (New York); the inter-state matchup of Donald "Dangerous" Wallace (Baltimore) versus Ashton Sykes (Columbia); the cross-border battle between Zarifbek "The Uzbek Warrior" Nishanbaev (Arlington, Va.) and Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack (Baltimore); and the Beltway brawl between Charles Johnson (Washington, D.C.) and Chester Stewart (Bowie), who is making his pro debut. Tickets begin at $80 and are available at livecasinohotel.com. The undercard is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and the undercard and main event will be broadcast on CBS Sports at 9 p.m.

— Katherine Fominykh


10-year-old breaks Phelps' 23-year-old butterfly record

Clark Kent Apuada — nicknamed "Superman," of course — a 10-year-old swimming wunderkind out of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., shattered Michael Phelps ' meet record in the 100-meter butterfly at the Far Western Long Course Championship on Sunday in his home state, winning with a time of 1 minute, 9.38 seconds. Phelps, who has amassed 28 Olympic medals in his career, swam a 1:10.48 in 1995 — more than a second slower than Apuada. No one had touched the Baltimore-born swimmer's record since. Apuada, who has been swimming competitively for only four years, won all seven of his races, including the 50- and 100-meter freestyles, the 50-meter fly, the 50- and 100-meter backstroke,s and the 200-meter individual medley. All but the 50 fly were personal bests.

— Katherine Fominykh

Local golf: David Partridge of Manakin Sabot, Va., tapped in a two-foot putt for birdie on the second playoff hole to win the 73rd Seniors championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville. Kevin Allis of Baltimore had holed a 12-foot putt to stay alive on the first extra hole, then chipped long and watched his ensuing putt roll past the cup. David Pulk of Williamsburg, Va., the 2015 winner, went out at the first overtime hole after the three had tied at 146 at the end of the regulation 36 holes.

Men's college hockey: Stevenson alumnus Doug Rose signed his second professional contract as the defenseman inked a deal with HDD Jesenice in Slovenia. The team participates in the Alps Hockey League based in Central Europe with teams in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. He will join the team Aug. 10 for a one-month trial and could sign a contract at the end of the season.

College field hockey: Washington College named Cody Hunsicker assistant coach. Hunsicker finished her playing career at Lafayette in 2017.

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