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Digest: Spieth 3rd-round leader at Colonial, seeks 1st win in Texas

Jordan Spieth acknowledges cheers after sinking a putt on the 10h green for par in the third round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Jordan Spieth acknowledges cheers after sinking a putt on the 10h green for par in the third round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
From staff and wire reports

Golf: Jordan Spieth shot a 5-under 65, even while missing a lot of fairways and a few greens, to take the third-round lead Saturday at Colonial on Fort Worth, Texas.

The second-ranked Spieth was alone in the lead at the Dean & Deluca Invitational after three birdies and a huge par save in a four-hole stretch in the middle of his round. At 12-under 198, he was one stroke ahead of Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson.

Palmer overcame consecutive bogeys early to shoot 66. Simpson shot 67 after 3-foot par putt at the 18th hole for a share of the lead lipped out of the cup.

None of Spieth’s seven PGA Tour victories have come in his home state of Texas.

Spieth hit only three of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation. But his only bogey was on the last hole.

Mediate takes two-stroke lead: Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 on Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Michigan, to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round.

Four strokes ahead at a tournament-record 14 under entering the day, had three birdies and three bogeys – his first of the week – at Harbor Shores. He matched the course and tournament records with an opening 62 and had a 66 on Friday.

The 53-year-old Mediate won both of his PGA Tour Champions titles in 2013 after winning six times on the PGA Tour. He had a 14-under 199 total on the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout.

Montgomerie had a 68. The 52-year-old Scot won the major championship in 2014 at Harbor Shores and last year at French Lick Resort in Indiana.

Jutanugarn leads Volvik: Ariya Jutanugarn made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole at Travis Pointe to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Trying to become the first to win three straight LPGA Tour events since Inbee Park in 2013, the 20-year-old Jutanugarn shot a 1-over 73 to reach 10-under 206. She won three weeks ago in Alabama to become the first Thai winner in tour history and followed with a victory last week in Virginia.

Zardes, Pulisic lead U.S. rout Bolivia 4-0

Soccer: Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American scorer in the modern era and the United States routed Bolivia 4-0 in an exhibition in Kansas City, Kansas, to sweep its three warmup matches for next month’s Copa America.

Zardes scored in the 26th and 52nd minutes around defender John Brooks’ goal in the 37th. Pulisic, the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, got the final goal in the 69th minute. At 17 years, 253 days, he bettered the mark set by Juan Agudelo (17-359) against South Africa in 2010.

The 29th-ranked Americans had their largest victory margin against a South American opponent and swept their three warmup matches by a combined 8-1 after defeating Puerto Rico and Ecuador. The U.S. plays fourth-ranked Colombia on Friday in the tournament opener at Santa Clara, California, then faces Costa Rica four days later at Chicago and closes the first round versus Paraguay on June 11 at Philadelphia.

Wright-Phillips lifts Red Bulls: Bradley Wright-Phillips had his first hat trick since 2014 – when he had three – and the New York Red Bulls beat Toronto FC 3-0 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Wright-Phillips scored in the fourth, 25th and 27th minutes for the fastest hat trick in MLS history. He has eight goals in the last seven game – the Red Bulls are 5-1-1 in that span – after going scoreless in the first seven.

New York (6-7-1) played a man down after Gonzalo Veron was shown a red card in the 43rd.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring with a header, off the feed from Sacha Kljestan, from the center of the box. Kljestan again found Wright-Phillips, who froze the defender and went near post, to make it 2-0 before finding the back of the net from the corner of the 6-yard box. Kljestan lead MLS with 10 assists.

Toronto (4-5-4) is winless in its last four matches.

Union, Rapids score late goals for tie: Brian Carroll tied it in 92nd minute and the Philadelphia Union escaped with a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Commerce City, Colorado, in a showdown of the Western and Eastern conference leaders.

Carroll ran underneath Fabian Herbers’ high-arching header and slotted the finish under goalkeeper Zac MacMath from close range.

The Union (5-3-5) responded only 5 minutes after the Rapids (8-2-4) opened the scoring on Sam Cronin’s header in the 87th minute. Cronin made a deep run to connect with Marlon Hairston’s cross from the right flank, redirecting it into the far corner of the goal.

Impact wins in stoppage time: Didier Drogba scored on a free kick in stoppage time to give the host Montreal Impact a 3-2 voctory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. In the dying seconds of stoppage time, Drogba scored from 30 yards out. Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe missed a punch attempt and the ball spun into the back of the net.

Ignacio Piatti and Lucas Ontivero also scored to help Montreal (5-4-4) end a six-game winless streak.

Dynamo tie Whitecaps: Defender DaMarcus Beasley scored in the 20th minute to help the Houston Dynamo tie the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

With assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers directing the team following head coach Owen Coyle’s resignation Wednesday, the Dynamo improved to 3-7-3 overall and 0-6-1 on the road.

Gatlin wins 100m at Prefontaine Classic

Miscellany: Justin Gatlin considers himself an antsy person, finding it hard to wait early in the season for the fast times he hopes to have later in the year. The 34-year-old American sprinter had no time goal coming into 100 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic and came away with the victory in 9.88 seconds at Hayward Field.

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was second in 9.94, and American Tyson Gay third in 9.98.

The 2004 Olympic champion in the 100, Gatlin won at the meet for the sixth time. Trying to stay focused on his race and his lane, he had a solid start and didn’t give up the lead after taking it early on.

Gatlin will return to Hayward in early July for the U.S. Olympic Trials, with hopes of qualifying for the American team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro.

Williams holds back Mladenovic: Defending champion Serena Williams needed five match points after waiting out a rain delay of more than 2 1/2 hours, but she eventually moved into the fourth round of the French Open in Paris with a 6-4, 7-6 (10) victory over 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Action was suspended when a thunderstorm arrived right before Williams and Mladenovic began the second-set tiebreaker.

Once they resumed, Williams erased one set point for Mladenovic at 9-8 with a swinging forehand volley winner. Four times, Williams was a point from victory in the tiebreaker – at 6-5, 7-6, 8-7 and 10-9 – and couldn’t close it out. But on the fifth opportunity for Williams, Mladenovic pushed a forehand wide to end the match.

Daniel, Guarnier win U.S. championships

Cycling: Gregory Daniel rode away from the main field to win the U.S. road racing championship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, while Megan Guarnier won the women’s race in a dramatic sprint with Coryn Rivera.

Daniel stunned the rest of the field when he pulled away from a small group in the final mile.

In the women’s race, Guarnier remained patient in the peloton while multiple riders tried to get away on attacks. Her lone Boels-Dolmans teammate in the race, Evie Stevens, managed to lead her out on the uphill to the finish, and Guarnier out-sprinted Rivera for her second straight title.

Guarnier, the world bronze medalist, has won three titles in the past five years.

Nibali seals Giro victory: Vincenzo Nibali attacked on the final major climb of the Giro d’Italia in Sant’Anna di Vinadio, Italy, and grabbed the pink jersey from Esteban Chaves to virtually clinch his fourth Grand Tour victory, capping a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian classic.

Nibali entered the penultimate stage 44 seconds behind Chaves but the Italian with Astana now has a 52-second lead entering Sunday’s final leg, a flat 163-kilometer (101-mile) route from Cuneo to Turin that should be mostly a coronation procession.

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