Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz wins Giro d’Italia

Richard Carapaz became Ecuador’s first Grand Tour champion as he won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, and American Chad Haga was fastest on the final stage’s individual time trial.

Carapaz, who rides for Movistar, keeled over his handlebars with emotion in the Arena di Verona after the 10.5-mile route.

The 26-year-old has worn the leader’s pink jersey since winning the grueling 14th stage May 25.

“This is the biggest moment of my sporting life,” Carapaz said. “In this final time trial, I just suffered from start to finish until I reached the arena of Verona.”

The Ecuadorian finished the three-week race 1 minute, 5 seconds ahead of home favorite Vincenzo Nibali and 2:30 ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who leapfrogged Mikel Landa into third.

“I don’t have any regrets, we all had a good Giro d’Italia, which was very hard-fought,” Nibali said. “I had great rivals.”

Basketball: A team of NBA G League players will compete in an international tournament in September.

The NBA G League International Challenge will take place Sept. 18-22 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The tournament also will feature Uruguay’s national team, Argentina’s San Lorenzo, Brazil’s Flamengo and Germany’s FC Bayern Munich.

The exhibition tournament starts with three days of group play, followed by the semifinals and championship game.

• In the WNBA, Courtney Williams had 19 points and Jonquel Jones added 16 points and 13 rebounds as the visiting Connecticut Sun defeated the Las Vegas Aces, the preseason title favorite, 80-74.

Soccer: Auston Trusty scored in 86th minute and the visiting Philadelphia Union moved atop the MLS’ Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United.

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