SWIMMING TRIPLE CROWN: DRESSEL WINS RECORD THREE GOLDS AT WORLDS
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