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Mayor wants bomb scare answers

Tony Lloyd, the mayor of greater Manchester, on Monday demanded an inquiry into a security "fiasco" that saw Manchester United's stadium evacuated after a fake bomb was left behind from a security training exercise.

The discovery of the realistic-looking dummy bomb on Sunday prompted the evacuation of the 75,000-seat Old Trafford stadium minutes before Manchester United's last game of the season was due to start. Police said the device, discovered in a toilet just before kickoff, was left by a private company after a drill using search dogs last week.

British media identified the firm involved as Security Search Management and Solutions, which conducted an exercise last week with Manchester United's search-dog teams. The company could not immediately be reached for comment and it was not immediately clear why the device was not found earlier.

Man U's game against Bournemouth was rescheduled for this afternoon (3, NBCSN).

More soccer

Altidore iffy for Copa

American forward Jozy Altidore appears certain to miss the Copa America with a hamstring injury. Altidore, of Toronto in MLS, got hurt Saturday while taking a penalty kick against Vancouver that was saved. Toronto said he'd miss 6-8 weeks. Copa America, South America's championship which this year includes six CONCACAF teams and is being held in the United States, starts June 3.

Hockey

Canada still unbeaten

Canada rolled to its sixth successive win at the world championships, beating France 4-0 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States faces Slovakia today, needing to avoid a regulation loss to reach the quarterfinals.

Autos

Andretti fast at Indy

Marco Andretti had the top speed of the day at 228.978 mph as Andretti Autosport dominated the first day of practice for the May 29 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlos Munoz (228.945) was second followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and rookie Alexander Rossi. Qualifying is this weekend. … Chip Ganassi driver Charlie Kimball will run No. 42 for the 500 instead of his normal No. 83.

Et cetera

Dogs: Husker Magic of Abernathy kennel became the first Derby Lane greyhound to reach 100 career wins in Race 10. She won by a length and clocked 550 yards in 30.50 seconds for kennel owners Jim and Kayruth Abernathy.

Cycling: Ben King, four months after breaking his fibula in a training crash, won Stage 2 and took the overall lead in the Tour of California.

Tennis: Top seed Sara Errani lost to Monica Puig 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the Strasbourg International in France.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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