Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole Saturday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over fellow Georgia lefthander Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Looking for his second PGA Tour victory, Harman had a bogey-free round to take a 14-under 196 total into the final round at TPC River Highlands.

Watson, two strokes ahead after the second round, shot a 68. DeLaet had a 64.

"Bubba was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting for him at Georgia," Harman said.

This is the second 54-hole lead for Harman, who won the 2014 John Deere Classic from the front on the final day.

"He's a solid player," Watson said. "It sounds funny saying this, but he's like a little bulldog."

Brandt Snedeker, Paul Casey and Zach Johnson were 11 under. Snedeker had a 63, matching the best round of the day.

With a storm heading to Connecticut, officials said Sunday's round will be played in threesomes, going off the first and 10th tees.


Joining the movement: Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol," NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events.

Moving on: Paul Pierce, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Washington Wizards. He will become a free agent on Wednesday.

Released: Former Illinois basketball coach Lou Henson from a Texas hospital. The 83-year-old is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy treatments, according to his wife.

Teen champ: Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who at 18 years, 109 days became the youngest player to win a top-level WTA title since 2008 with her victory in the Eastbourne final.

U.S. Senior open

Langer, Maggert lead by one stroke

Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert shared the lead over a bunched field heading into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento, Calif.

Langer shot a 2-under 68, and Maggert had a 70. They were at 5-under 205 for the championship at Del Paso, where conditions cooled off after consecutive days above 100 degrees.

Eight players are within a shot of the lead, including Tom Watson, Kenny Perry and defending champion Colin Montgomerie.

auto racing

Wild IndyCar race draws racers' scorn

After a frenetic day of Indy Car racing that culminated with Ryan Briscoe hurtling through the air at the finish, all anyone wanted to talk about was surviving.

Most drivers believed the series crossed the line at Fontana, Calif., particularly after a day of bumping, banging and driving up to five wide at 200 mph was capped off by Briscoe going airborne after colliding with Ryan Hunter-Reay with two laps left. Both drivers were OK.

"What are doing? What ARE we doing?" said defending series champion Will Power, who was involved in a late-race crash.

The race eclipsed the season high for lead changes — 37 at Indianapolis — by the midpoint and had 80 overall, topping the IndyCar record of 73 set at Auto Club Speedway in 2001.

It also included 14 different leaders, the last one being Graham Rahal, who ended a 125-race winless streak by taking the checkers at Auto Club Speedway.

Allmendinger captures Sprint Cup pole

A.J. Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Sonoma, Calif.


Soccer: Paraguay defeated Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America in Chile. ... The Vancouver Whitecaps ended the New England Revolution's 17-game home unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory in Major League Soccer.

Men's tennis: Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan beat Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) in the final of the grass-court Nottingham Open to win his first ATP title.


1980The last time Russia did not have a women's basketball team in the Olympics (outside of 1984, when it boycotted the Los Angeles Games). The Russians failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics when they finished in sixth place at the EuroBasket tournament, losing to Turkey in overtime 68-66.