cycling

Froome wins Giro d’Italia, third straight Grand Tour

• Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia Sunday to join cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault with his third consecutive Grand Tour victory.

The four-time Tour de France champion had no trouble in maintaining his 46-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage through historic Rome.

“For any cyclist, it’s a dream to have all three Grand Tour leader’s jerseys. I’m still pinching myself,’’ Froome said.

Froome has now won the Tour de France, Spanish Vuelta and Giro in succession, becoming only the third cyclist to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time and the first to achieve the feat since the Vuelta was moved to the end of the season in 1995.

Merckx won four straight between 1972 and 1973 and Hinault took three in a row in 1982 and 1983.

Irish rider Sam Bennett won the final stage, a 115-kilometer (71-mile) leg of 10 laps around a circuit over the capital’s cobblestones, in a mass sprint alongside the Roman Forum. It was Bennett’s third victory in this year’s race.

Elia Viviani, who crossed second, lost the lead after running into problems with tire grip on the slippery cobblestones.

Soccer

Sporting Kansas City, Crew end in 0-0 tie

• Tim Melia had his sixth shutout of the season, including a diving save on a penalty kick, in Sporting Kansas City’s 0-0 tie with the Columbus Crew.

Melia, the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, finished three saves. After he was called for a foul against Gyasi Zardes — tied for the MLS lead with eight goals — in the area, Melia went to his left to deny Zardes’ penalty kick in the 43rd minute.

Kansas City (7-2-4) is unbeaten in its last four games and has just one loss since dropping the season opener against New York City FC.

The Crew played the second half a man down after Federico Higuain was shown a straight red card for a serious foul in first-half stoppage time.

Columbus (7-3-4) is unbeaten in its last seven following a three-game losing streak. Zack Steffen had three saves in his MLS-leading seventh shutout this season.

Kansas City is unbeaten in its last six home games, outscoring opponents 13-4.

formula one

Red Bull’s Ricciardo

wins Monaco Grand Prix

• Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo overcame a mid-race power loss to win the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position. The Australian driver showed outstanding composure and defensive driving to fend off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

Vettel shaved a few points off championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who finished third.

Hamilton made an audacious move by pitting for new tires several laps before his rivals, but was worried they would wear out completely by the end.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires