Sports Digest

February 22

Manchester United will face Inter Milan on July 29 at FedEx Field as part of the second International Champions Cup, an eight-team preseason tournament for some of European soccer’s biggest names. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

United last visited Washington in 2011 for a friendly against FC Barcelona in front of 81,807 at the Redskins’ stadium. Inter is owned by Erick Thohir, D.C. United’s primary investor.

Both clubs are struggling this season: Manchester United, which has finished first or second in the Premier League for eight consecutive seasons, is in seventh place with 12 matches left and in danger of its worst finish in 23 years. The Red Devils have advanced to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 but were ousted in the third round of the FA Cup. Inter is fifth in Serie A but 24 points behind first-place Juventus.

— Steven Goff

Less than a year after pushing to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney committed his future to the struggling Premier League champion on Friday by signing a lucrative new contract through June 2019.

The 28-year-old striker’s status at United had been mired in uncertainty since Chelsea tried to sign him last year, and he had only 18 months remaining on his current deal.

But Rooney now looks set to end his playing career at the club he has been at since 2004 after signing a new contract, reportedly worth around $500,000 a week. . . .

Video evidence should be used to punish players who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said. Hequestioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take action.

Blatter wrote in FIFA’s weekly magazine that “video evidence can contribute greatly to fair play, provided the sport’s disciplinary bodies are prepared to use it — and they should.”

College Basketball

Chaz Williams scored 20 points, including four key free throws late, as Massachusetts topped Virginia Commonwealth, 80-75, in Amherst, Mass.

Williams hit two free throws to put the Minutemen (21-5, 8-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) up 78-75 with 16.8 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Williams came up with a steal and was fouled again, hitting two more at the line with 8.7 seconds left.

Treveon Graham scored 19 points for the Rams (20-7, 8-4), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season. . . .

In Los Angeles, Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points to spark the fifth-ranked Stanford women to a 64-59 victory over USC. Ogwumike scored 18 points in the second half as the Cardinal (25-2, 14-1) clinched at least a share of its 14th straight Pac-12 regular season title.

Ariya Crook led the Trojans (16-11, 9-6) with 24 points.

Misc.

Alize Cornet scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player when she upset Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the Dubai Championships semifinals in the United Arab Emirates.

Cornet’s win ruined the chances of a first all-Williams final anywhere since 2009.

Venus Williams defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-2, earlier. . . .

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Rio Open, showing no problems with a sore back in defeating Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-0, in Rio de Janeiro.

Nadal, in his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final, will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in the semifinals.

In the other semifinal, second-seeded David Ferrer will meet unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov. . . .

Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte, a pair of Cup champions, are among the first-year eligible nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Delray Beach, Fla.

Drivers Mike Stefanik and Buddy Baker, and engine builder and team owner Robert Yates also were selected for nomination in their first year by a 22-person committee of representatives from all over NASCAR.

Results will be announced May 21. . . .

New York forward Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers’ leading scorer with 43 points, will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a broken hand sustained while playing for Norway in the Sochi Olympics.

— From news services

and staff reports

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