Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow in Los Angeles and is expected to be ready for spring training. The team said Saturday that Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche also had operations last week and are expected to be ready by spring. Harper had the bursa in his left knee repaired. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up. Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery on his elbow three years ago, missed most of the 2011 season, and had his innings limited in 2012 by the Nationals . . . Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial opening. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Wallach and Lloyd McClendon have interviewed for the job vacated after eight seasons by Jim Leyland. McClendon, a former Pirates manager, is Detroit’s hitting coach.
Stroud, Moore share lead in Malaysia
Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore took a share of the lead after the third round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Stroud started the day five strokes back but surged into contention with a 4-under 68. Stroud and Moore (69) are at 12-under 204, one stroke ahead of their nearest rivals. Overnight leader Keegan Bradley of Hopkinton looked nothing like the golfer who shot 65 and 66 in the first two rounds, carding a 76 for a share of sixth place. Gary Woodland (67) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69) were a stroke back, tied for second . . . Defending champion Suzann Pettersen struggled with three early bogeys but recovered for a 1-over 73 to maintain a four-shot lead after the third round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. The Norwegian had a 6-under total of 210. The trio of Azahara Munoz, Sun Young Yoo, and Carlota Ciganda were four shots back heading into the final round . . . 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. The Charles Schwab Cup points leader followed his opening 65 with a 71 to match Mike Goodes (63), Bernhard Langer (69), Colin Montgomerie (68), and Anders Forsbrand (69) at 8 under.
Weary Williams advances to final
An exhausted Serena Williams hung on to beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Williams was in discomfort during the match, moving slowly on the court and holding her face in a towel in changeovers. ‘‘Last night I was in my hotel, I was lying down and I just hit a wall,’’ said Williams. “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 Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 6-2 . . . Defending champion David Ferrer beat Nicolas Almagro, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the Valencia (Spain) Open final. Ferrer will play Mikhail Youzhny, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Dmitry Tursunov . . . Roger Federer set up a rematch with Juan Martin del Potro for his hometown Swiss Indoors title in Basel by beating Vasek Pospisil, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, in the semifinal. Del Potro beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Timberwolves exercise Rubio option
The Timberwolves exercised their fourth-year options on star point guard Ricky Rubio and forward Derrick Williams. Also, Minnesota waived center Chris Johnson . . . The Suns exercised their 2014-15 options on twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris, and center Miles Plumlee . . . Free agent Jamaal Tinsley re-signed with the Jazz, who are trying to shore up their backcourt with rookie Trey Burke expected to miss 2-3 months with a broken finger . . . Wes Bialosuknia, 68, who averaged 28 points a game for UConn in 1966-67 to set a school record, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Hartford. The Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native was drafted by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks in 1967, but chose to play for the ABA’s Oakland Oaks.
Hopkins defeats Murat to defend title
Bernard Hopkins turned his bout with Karo Murat into a brawl and retained his share of the light heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision in Atlantic City, N.J. Hopkins, 48, turned the later rounds into a mission to score his first knockout since 2004. He battered Murat for most of the seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds . . . Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will be out 4-6 weeks after a slash from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen broke his hand Friday night . . . Darrell Wallace Jr. won a Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, becoming the first black driver in a half-century to win on NASCAR’s national level. Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1964 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels . . . Fifteen-year-old Russian Julia Lipnitskaia won the Skate Canada women’s title in Saint John, New Brunswick, finishing ahead of Japan’s Akiko Suzuki and Newton’s Gracie Gold.