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  • Cardinals' Beltran wins Roberto Clemente Award
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  • Cardinals' Beltran wins Roberto Clemente Award
    ST. LOUIS — Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.
    Beltran was seated next to Clemente's widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Members of Clemente's family also attended the news conference.
    The award recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game. The award was named for Pirates Hall of Famer Robert Clemente, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
    DETROIT — Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' managerial opening.
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Saturday that Wallach and Lloyd McClendon have both interviewed for the job. McClendon is Detroit's hitting coach.
    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 after it had hampered him last season. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up.
    All three are expected to be ready in time for spring training. LaRoche and Harper are also expected to be ready by spring.
    Chan opens season with victory in Skate Canada
    SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — Patrick Chan opened the Olympic season with a victory at Skate Canada.
    The Canadian star and three-time world champion landed two huge quad jumps Saturday night to open his free program and finished with 262.03 points.
    Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu followed at 234.8, and teammate Nobunari Oda was third at 233.0.
    Fifteen-year-old Russian sensation Julia Lipnitskaia won the women's title, finishing with 198.23 points after a near flawless long program.
    Japan's Akiko Suzuki was second at 193.75. American Gracie Gold, the leader Friday after the short program, was third at 186.65.
    Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kicked off what will likely be their final season, winning their fifth Skate Canada title.
    Track stars Jones, Williams on U.S. team
    Lolo Jones is a step closer to the Sochi Games, and Lauryn Williams might not have raced in her final Olympics after all.
    Jones and Williams are best known for their track accomplishments, Jones as one of the world's elite hurdlers and Williams as an NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist sprinter.
    They were among nine women chosen Saturday for the U.S. bobsled national team, putting them squarely into the mix for spots in Sochi in February.
    U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele called the team "the fastest and most prepared group of athletes we've ever seen."
    Darrell Wallace Jr. sets NASCAR milestone
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville 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.
    Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.
    Compiled from wire reports
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