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Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM


More than 150 fans bought fake Super Bowl tickets



More than 150 people didn't learn they had bought counterfeit Super Bowl tickets until they arrived at US Bank Stadium on game day, according to Minneapolis police.

Minneapolis police Lt Kim Lund told the Pioneer Press that the number of fake tickets this year was seven times more than discovered at Houston's game last year. People spent between $400 and $5,000 on the bogus tickets.

"There were no extra tickets there was no way that we could get somebody into the Super Bowl if they had a counterfeit ticket, period," said Shawn Neudauer, a Department of Homeland Security public affairs officer. "It's especially heartbreaking when there's kids involved and there were several families that came in from out of state."

Officers arrested 19 people in connection with the fake tickets over Super Bowl weekend. Bloomington police also arrested another four or five people in possession of counterfeit tickets.


Svitolina in Dubai quarters



Defending champion Elina Svitolina needed more than two hours to overcome Qiang Wang 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 yesterday and reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships.

However, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's slumped to her sixth loss in nine matches, and fourth opening-match loss of the season. The 20-year-old Latvian, who had a bye in the first round, lost 6-1, 7-5 to Russian veteran Elena Vesnina.

Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany ousted 2016 champion Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-2, while No. 5 Caroline Garcia of France won by an identical score over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

The top-seeded Svitolina had to save two break points in her first service game but then cruised through the rest of the opening set in 27 minutes. However, Wang broke in the 11th game of the second to level the match and Svitolina could clinch the win after two hours, 10 minutes.