UAM falls to Southern Nazarene in four sets

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team lost to Southern Nazarene 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-20) on Saturday at Steelman Fieldhouse.

The loss drops UAM to 12-14 on the year (2-8 in Great American Conference play), while Southern Nazarene improves to 18-7 (8-1 GAC).

Senior Tori Bozzo led the Cotton Blossoms with 11 kills. Junior Jessica Cuba chipped in with nine kills.

UAPB soccer remains winless in SWAC play

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team is still winless in Southwestern Athletic Conference games after falling to Prairie View A&M 2-0 on Friday.

Prairie View (5-8-1, 2-1-1) got on the board just nine minutes into the game when Katherine Sheppard found the back of the net. Debbie Arguelles doubled the advantage 20 minutes into the second half.

Lady Lions (2-13-2) goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs recorded nine saves in the defeat.

Wallace Jr. gets historic win at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Darrell Wallace Jr. became just the second African-American driver in NASCAR history to win a national touring series race after taking Saturday’s Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace, who is in his rookie season in trucks, grabbed the lead from Ty Dillon with 50 laps remaining and then held off the field in a trio of restarts during the final 30 circuits around this 0.526-mile short track. The 20-year-old Mobile, Ala., native beat second-place finisher Brendan Gaughan by 1.7 seconds to claim his maiden truck win in just his 19th start.

Wallace’s victory occurred almost 50 years after Wendell Scott became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series event. Scott’s lone victory in what is now called the Sprint Cup Series took place on Dec. 1, 1963, at Jacksonville (Fla.) Speedway Park. Scott grew up in nearby Danville, Va.

"This is an emotional win for me, especially to do it in Wendell Scott’s backyard," Wallace said. "I love coming here to Martinsville. It’s always good to me."

Nats’ Strasburg, Harper undergo surgeries

WASHINGTON — Three prominent Washington Nationals players had successful surgeries during the past week, the team’s official website reported Saturday.

Ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg had an arthroscopic procedure to remove bone chips from his right elbow Friday in Los Angeles, while young slugger Bryce Harper had the bursa sac in his left knee repaired Wednesday in Vail, Colo.

Additionally, first baseman Adam LaRoche had surgery to take out loose bodies from his left elbow Wednesday in Washington.

All three are expected to be ready for spring training.