Rooney's future remains murky; fans protest at his home
LONDON — Wayne Rooney's future with Manchester United still is undetermined after the team and his representatives met.
The star striker has told United he does not intend to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2012 because he is unhappy with its lack of spending. Coach Alex Ferguson also met with Rooney's representatives and club officials.
"The outcome of those meetings will become clear in the near future," a statement released by the team read. "In the meantime, fans are asked to be patient."
Some aren't. A group staged a protest outside of Rooney's home. One warned Rooney of joining Manchester City, United's intracity rival.
The Guardian newspaper reported one banner read, "If you join City you're dead."
"Police attended the scene, and the group dispersed peacefully," police said. "No offenses were disclosed."
FIFA: Amos Adamu, an executive committee member, denied any wrongdoing in a vote-selling scandal. The Nigerian issued a statement to "wholly refute all allegations made" by the British newspaper the Sunday Times, which says Adamu and fellow executive member Reynald Temarii offered to sell their 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes for funding toward soccer projects. Adamu said he supports an ongoing investigation by FIFA's ethics committee, which Wednesday suspended the two until it meets Nov. 15-17.
Federer gets quick win
Roger Federer needed just 51 minutes to defeat Taylor Dent 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Stockholm Open quarters in Sweden. He faces Stanislas Wawrinka. Tampa resident James Blake, a two-time winner, beat Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) and faces Jarkko Nieminen.
More Tennis: New Haven, Conn., will move from simultaneous men's and women's events to women's only in 2011. It still will take place a week before the U.S. Open.
Gymnastics: China edged Japan for its fourth straight men's world title in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The United States started badly when Christopher Cameron botched his routine on the pommel horse and was fourth.
Olympics: Munich, Germany; Pyeongchang, South Korea; and Annecy, France, made their first presentations to host the 2018 Winter Games during a meeting of Olympic associations in Acapulco, Mexico. The winner is set to be announced July 6.