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BU­DAPEST, HUN­GARY» Caeleb Dres­sel knows the com­par­isons are com­ing.

Af­ter pulling off an un­prece­dented Triple Crown at swim­ming’s world cham­pi­onships, it’s time to take on the legacy of Michael Phelps.

The 20-year-old Dres­sel es­tab­lished him­self as Amer­ica’s new­est star of the pool Satur­day, be­com­ing the first swim­mer to win three gold medals on a sin­gle night at ei­ther the worlds or the Olympics.

Not even Phelps man­aged such an au­da­cious feat.

“The com­par­isons are prob­a­bly in­evitable,” Dres­sel said. “But I’m not the same per­son as Michael.”

Dres­sel even over­shad­owed Katie Ledecky, who won her fifth gold medal of the meet by cruis­ing to vic­tory in the 800 free. Yet, Bu­dapest will be re­mem­bered as a dis­ap­point­ment for the star of the 2016 Sum­mer Games, who set­tled for sil­ver in the 200 free and didn’t come close to break­ing any of her per­sonal bests.

Ledecky won in 8:12.68, which was nearly 8 sec­onds off her world record at Rio de Janeiro.

Hoff­man fires 65 for 1-stroke lead. OAKVILLE, ON­TARIO» Charley Hoff­man birdied the fi­nal hole for a 7-un­der-par 65 on Satur­day at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead into the fi­nal round of the RBC Cana­dian Open.

The 40-year-old Hoff­man had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on No. 15, bo­geyed the par-4 17th and re­bounded with the two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.

Hoff­man had a 17-un­der 199 to­tal. He won the Texas Open last year for his fourth PGA Tour ti­tle.

Robert Gar­ri­gus matched the course record with a 62 to join Gary Wood­land at 15-un­der.

• Karrie Webb and Sei Young Kim bat­tled bru­tal con­di­tions at Dun­don­ald Links to share the lead head­ing into the fi­nal round of the Ladies Scot­tish Open.

• Jor­dan Smith shot a bo­gey-free 5-un­der 67 in the third round to take a two-stroke lead at 12 un­der in the Euro­pean Open.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan stuns field.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.» stormed to the lead in the stretch and won the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, a stunning vic­tory in what was billed as a show­down be­tween the win­ners of the first two legs of thor­ough­bred rac­ing’s Triple Crown.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan, who had never raced on dirt, beat Giuseppe the Great by 4¾ lengths as the two long shots in the race fin­ished in front. Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing was third, Pavel fourth, and Preak­ness win­ner Cloud Com­put­ing fin­ished last in the five-horse field in the Grade II $600,000 race.

Not-so-hot tickets to the big fight. LAS VEGAS» It’s sup­posed to be the hottest ticket in sports.

So far, though, fans aren’t ex­actly storming the box of­fice to buy tickets for Floyd May­weather Jr.’s fight next month with Conor Mcgre­gor.

A check on­line Satur­day re­vealed hun­dreds of seats still avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter at the T-mo­bile Arena for the Aug. 26 fight. There are so many open seats that fans with enough room left on their credit cards can buy six tickets to­gether in 162 dif­fer­ent spots through­out the arena.

Foot­notes. Caro­line Woz­ni­acki was taken to three sets by un­seeded Elise Mertens be­fore win­ning 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Satur­day to ad­vance to her sec­ond Swedish Open fi­nal. … Ryan Preece sur­vived a green-white-check­ered fin­ish to win the NASCAR Xfin­ity race at Iowa Speed­way for his first ca­reer vic­tory. … Wake For­est said for­ward Di­nos Mi­toglou won’t re­turn for his se­nior sea­son and in­stead will play pro­fes­sion­ally in Europe. … Croa­tia ended host na­tion Hun­gary’s hopes of a fourth world ti­tle in men’s wa­ter polo with an 8-6 vic­tory in the fi­nal. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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