Chris Froome effectively sealed a victory in the Giro d'Italia on Saturday by holding his only remaining challenger in check up the final climb of the three-week race.

The four-time Tour de France champion took a 46-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin into Sunday's mostly ceremonial finish in Rome and is poised to win his third consecutive Grand Tour, matching the achievements of cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.

"It's not finished yet but the battle is over," Froome said.


Senior major tied

Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich. They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65.

• Minjee Lee shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.

• Francesco Molinari mastered the toughest conditions of the week at Wentworth to shoot a 6-under 66 and share the lead with Rory McIlroy after three rounds of the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.

NCAA Championships

Lacrosse finals set

One day after its top-seeded women's lacrosse team lost in the NCAA tournament semifinals, Maryland's top-seeded men's team fell to Duke 13-8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Terrapins swept the national titles last season. Duke will face Yale in the men's final on Monday. Boston College will face James Madison in the women's championship on Sunday in Stony Brook, N.Y. Yale and James Madison are first-time finalists.

• Two-time defending softball champion Oklahoma advanced to the College World Series by sweeping Arkansas two games to none in the Super Regional in Norman. Oregon, Florida, UCLA, Washington, Florida State, Georgia and Arizona State also punched their tickets.


Auto racing: Brad Keselowski overcame a humid afternoon and an hourlong rain delay at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first repeat winner on the Xfinity Series this season. … Daniel Ricciardo will be on the pole for the Monaco Grand Prix, the crown jewel of the Formula One season.

WNBA: Former Gopher Rachel Banham scored a career-high 14 points and the Connecticut Sun improved to 3-0 with an 86-77 victory over the visiting Indiana Fever.

MLS: The Portland Timbers extended their franchise-record winning streak to six with a 3-2 victory over the host Colorado Rapids. … The Seattle Sounders were shut out for the seventh time in 10 games this season, losing 1-0 at home to Real Salt Lake.

Horse racing: Accelerate, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by 4 ¼ lengths over Dr. Dorr, trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Baffert's wife, Jill. Accelerate ran 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.38.

Tennis: Top-seeded Dominic Thiem warmed up for the French Open with a 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 win against Gilles Simon in the Lyon Open final.

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