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In brief: Colin Montgomerie leads Senior PGA Championship after three rounds

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Colin Montgomerie tees off on the fourth hole during the 75th Senior PGA Championship. (Associated Press)
Colin Montgomerie tees off on the fourth hole during the 75th Senior PGA Championship. (Associated Press)

Golf: Colin Montgomerie took the third-round lead Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship, making a winding, 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 3-under 68.

Trying to win his first major championship, the 51-year-old Scot took a 7-under 206 total into the final round at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Bernhard Langer, the 56-year-old German star who has won twice this season on the Champions Tour, was a stroke back after a 70. He will play alongside Montgomerie for the fourth consecutive round today.

Four tied for lead at Colonial: David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud shared the third-round lead at 7-under 203 at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, where plenty of others also are in contention.

There were 13 players within two strokes of the leading quartet.

The closest chasers include Adam Scott, the No. 1 player in the world, and Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner this season and No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Stanford leads NCAAs: Stanford topped the leaderboard in the suspended second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas, while the Cardinal’s Cameron Wilson and South Carolina’s Will Starke shared the lead in the individual standings.

After rain wiped out more than eight hours of play Thursday at Prairie Dunes, Stanford had a 13-under 267 in the second round for a 12-under 548 total.

Top-ranked defending champion Alabama and South Carolina were tied for second at 8 under. Alabama had a 2-under 278 in the second round, and South Carolina had yet to start the second round. No. 8 Washington is tied for 16th at 6 over.

Gulbis wins Open de Nice

Tennis: Second-seeded Ernests Gulbis maintained his perfect record in ATP tour finals as he defeated Federico Delbonis to win the Open de Nice in Nice, France.

The Latvian triumphed 6-1, 7-6 (5) for his sixth career tournament victory.

Bouchard claims first WTA title: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Nuremberg Cup in Nuremberg, Germany, for her first WTA title.

The second-seeded Bouchard, who had not lost a set on the way to her second career final, held her nerve in the third set after five breaks of serve in a row to win in 1 hour, 53 minutes.

Puig captures Strasbourg title: Monica Puig became the first Puerto Rican player to win a WTA title by beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-4, 6-3 in the Strasbourg International final in Strasbourg, France.

Puig dropped just nine points on serve all match, two of which were double-faults.

Phinney blazes in time trials

Cycling: Taylor Phinney roared to victory in the time trials at the U.S. cycling championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his time nearly a minute better than defending champion Tom Zirbel.

In the women’s race, Alison Powers finally moved back atop of the podium after three third-place finishes the last four years by posting a time 29 seconds better than Carmen Small.

Battaglin wins 14th stage of Giro: Enrico Battaglin sprinted to victory on a tough uphill finish to claim the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia as the cycling race hit the first of the high mountains in Oropa, Italy.

The Italian came from behind to overtake Jarlinson Pantano in the final 50 meters and edge out Dario Cataldo on the line after a climb to the sanctuary of Oropa, the scene of Marco Pantani’s memorable victory in 1999.

Pantano finished 7 seconds behind.

Finland, Russia in hockey finals

Miscellany: Finland blanked the Czech Republic 3-0 in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship in Minsk, Russia to set up a final against Russia.

Russia beat defending champion Sweden 3-1 in a matchup of the last two title holders to advance to the title game.

Duke, Notre Dame in lacrosse final: Kyle Keenan filled in and scored four goals to lead top-seeded Duke to a 15-12 victory over No. 5 Denver in the NCAA semifinals in Baltimore.

Attackman Jordan Wolf totaled three goals and two assists for Duke, which will seek its second straight national championship and third overall against Notre Dame.

Matt Kavanagh scored five goals and assisted on two others to help sixth-seeded Notre Dame beat No. 7 Maryland 11-6 in the other semifinal.

Conor Doyle had a goal and three assists for Notre Dame, which makes its second appearance in the finals.

Dungey rallies for motocross win: Ryan Dungey opened the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season with a victory in the Glen Helen National in San Bernardino, California, passing Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen on the last lap to win the second 450 Class moto after finishing third in the first moto.

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