Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 27, 2013

Sports briefs: Oct. 27


Kokomo Tribune

---- — RYBL sets meeting for Wednesday

RUSSIAVILLE — The Russiaville Youth Baseball League will conclude the reorganization of its board on Wedneday with a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Russiaville Lions Club. Those interested in serving on the board are asked to attend the meeting. They are also asked to send an email to president@rybl.org in advance of the meeting.

At that same meeting, the board will be accepting coaching applications for managers for the 2014 season. Those interested in coaching an 8-and-under, 10-and-under, or 12-and-under team are asked to send an application to president@rybl.org or attend the meeting. Applications are available at the website www.rybl.org. All applications must be submitted prior to Wednesday for consideration. Returning 2013 managers within the same age division do not need to submit an application.

Wallace Jr. sets NASCAR milestone

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — 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.

“This means everything,” the 20-year-old Wallace said. “This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott’s backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville, it’s always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it’s my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here.”

Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” Brian France, NASCAR’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Darrell’s success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson’s win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR’s future growth.”

Wallace was never below sixth place and led a race-high 96 laps but needed to survive a final restart. Wallace chose the inside line for the reset and quickly pulled away from Burton.

“I had a chance to talk with Darrell and his father in victory lane today and we are just thrilled for him and his entire family on the win in Martinsville,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We obviously think a lot about Darrell. He has tremendous talent and we really believe he can have a huge impact on our sport.”

Ailing Serena rallies to reach final

ISTANBUL (AP) — Serena Williams can’t be stopped, even when she hits the wall.

An exhausted Williams managed to hang on to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships.

“Last night I was in my hotel and I was lying down, and I just hit a wall,” said Williams, who improved to 77-4 this season. “I literally felt like I just hit a wall.

“I was so tired just even standing. I think I played a lot of tennis this year, so I don’t know. After a while I just felt like a big rush of air just come out of me, and I really had to pull myself through that match. I don’t know how I did it.”

Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2, setting up a showdown today between the two oldest players in the tournament.