Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half-century to win on NASCAR's national level, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels.

The 20-year-old Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go. Brendan Gaughan was second, followed by Burton.

MLS

Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and Portland clinched the Western Conference regular-season title with a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA in Carson.

  • Toronto FC defeated visiting Montreal 1-0, forcing the Impact to await the outcome of games Sunday to see if it makes the playoffs. Montreal will be out if Houston beats D.C. United, New England beats Columbus and Chicago beats or ties New York.

  • Lawrence Olum scored in stoppage time to lift Kansas City to a 2-1 road victory and eliminate Philadelphia from playoff contention.

    Golf

    Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore both overcame mistakes and bogeys on the back nine to take a share of the lead after the third round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Stroud shot a 4-under 68 and Moore had a 69. Both were at 12-under 204, one stroke ahead of their nearest rivals.


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  • Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot a 1-over 73 to maintain a four-shot lead after the third round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. The trio of Azahara Munoz, Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda were four shots back.

  • Kenny Perry bogeyed the final hole to drop into a five-way tie for the lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Perry shot a second-round 71 to match Mike Goodes, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Anders Forsbrand at 8 under.

    Miscellany

    Bernard Hopkins, 48, beat Karo Murat to retain his share of the light heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision in Atlantic City, N.J. Hopkins (54-6-2) battered Murat (25-2-1) for most of the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds.

  • Serena Williams beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2.

  • Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg has had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow. The team said Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche also had operations this week.

    Harper had the bursa in his left knee repaired. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' managerial opening.

  • Hurdler Lolo Jones and Olympic gold medalist sprinter Lauryn Williams were among nine women chosen for the U.S. bobsled national team. The men's team will be announced Sunday.

  • Fifteen-year-old Russian sensation Julia Lipnitskaia won the Skate Canada women's title in Saint John, New Brunswick. Japan's Akiko Suzuki was second, and American Gracie Gold, the leader Friday after the short program, was third. Canada's Patrick Chan won the men's title.

  • Lara Gut of Switzerland captured a season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria. Four-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn skipped the race and plans to start her season next month in a comeback from knee surgery.