Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Fake Bomb Delays End of Premier League Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Fake Bomb Delays End of Premier League Season

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A security blunder at Manchester United prevented the English Premier League from completing the season Sunday, with a fake bomb spotted inside Old Trafford only discovered to have been left from a terror exercise long after the game against Bournemouth was postponed.

Police conducted a controlled explosion and later said that the "incredibly lifelike explosive device" had not been cleared by security contractors from a toilet inside England's second biggest soccer stadium after the security exercise.

"It is outrageous this situation arose and a full inquiry is required to urgently find out how this happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable," said Tony Lloyd, the police and crime commissioner in Manchester.

The 380th and last game of an unpredictable season will now be played Tuesday night in Manchester. The last round of games was scheduled to be played simultaneously, with spots in European competition still at stake. But United now knows it cannot realistically qualify for the Champions League after crosstown rival Manchester City effectively secured fourth place Sunday.

Mizzou softball to host NCAA regional * For the eighth straight year, the Missouri softball team will host a regional round of the NCAA tournament. The four-team double-elimination Columbia Regional begins Thursday as the 15th-seeded Tigers host Brigham Young, Nebraska and Louisville at University Field. Nebraska (33-19) and Louisville (35-15) play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by Mizzou (39-14) against Brigham Young (35-19) at 7 p.m. Both games are on ESPN2. The tournament will continue in Columbia on Friday and Saturday.

If the national seeds hold up, Mizzou would play at No. 2 seed Michigan (46-5) in the best-of-three super regional round. Michigan, the Big Ten regular-season champion, blasted the Tigers 13-0 on March 3 in the regular season. The top eight national seeds are, in order, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, James Madison and Florida State. Eight SEC teams are hosting regionals this weekend.

Mizzou is 2-2 since the players announced they were playing in protest of athletics director Mack Rhoades and the MU athletics department in response to the school's investigation into personnel matters with the softball program. On Friday, Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine called for the players to drop their protest. and allow the athletics department to conclude its investigation without interruption. Mizzou did not allow reporters to attend Sunday's watch party during the NCAA selection show on ESPNU. (Dave Matter)

Murray, Serena Williams win in Rome * Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday by beating Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open title in Rome in a match that Djokovic argued should have been stopped by rain. …

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