Sports World: Rooney leaves Everton for DC United

Rooney leaves Everton for DC United

WASHINGTON • England record scorer Wayne Rooney left his boyhood club Everton for DC United of Major League Soccer (MLS) on Thursday.

The US football club and the English Premier League outfit announced the agreement on a permanent transfer as he was on a flight to Washington.

The 32-year-old will complete his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10 and should be in the squad four days later, when DC host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first game at the American club's new stadium.


Tiger has new putter but drives badly for 70

POTOMAC (Maryland) • Tiger Woods unveiled a new putter but hit a couple of poor tee shots in an even-par 70 that left him seven strokes behind first-round leaders Andrew Landry and J.J. Spaun at the Quicken Loans National on Thursday.

A double bogey at the par-four sixth set Woods back after he had missed some good birdie chances early at TPC Potomac. But the 14-time golf Major champion hardly missed a shot over the closing holes as he started to find some form in what will be his only tournament appearance between the US and British Opens.


Korean swimmer Park pulls out of Asiad

SEOUL • South Korea's former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan yesterday announced that he is withdrawing from the team for the Asian Games due to his indifferent form.

The 28-year-old, who won gold in the 400m freestyle in Beijing 2008 but was handed an 18-month doping ban in 2016, earned his spot on the team for the Aug 18-Sept 2 Games in Indonesia at the national team trials in April. However, he said in a statement issued by his agency that he was not swimming well enough to compete.


Wilder-Joshua fight still in the offing

LONDON • World Boxing Council heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder's contract to fight unified world champion Anthony Joshua is "still live" and the bout could take place at Wembley in April next year, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has said.

Talks for a showdown between Joshua and Wilder broke down earlier this week and Wilder accused the Briton on social media of not willing to fight for all the titles. But Hearn dismissed the claim, saying the American had yet to sign the contract.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World: Rooney leaves Everton for DC United'. Print Edition | Subscribe