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BASEBALL

Wife of Mariners player
facing federal charges

SEATTLE – The wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero has been accused of making $180,000 in unauthorized purchases with a debit card belonging to another person in the Mariners organization, federal court documents showed.

Citing an anonymous source familiar with the investigation, The Seattle Times reported yesterday that the unnamed victims described in court documents are star pitcher Felix Hernandez and his wife. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment beyond what was available in court filings, and a team spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero was charged earlier this month with three counts of wire fraud, according to the federal court documents. An agent with the U.S. Secret Service said in the court filings that Peguero made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from the upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero, 22, was arrested in the case but is now free on bond. Her court-appointed attorney did not return a call seeking comment yesterday.

One of the debit card owners – Hernandez’s wife, according to The Seattle Times – has a limited understanding of the English language and described to investigators that Maria Jacqueline Peguero had helped her to make online purchases in May 2012. She also told authorities that Peguero had asked whether she reviewed any of her bills, and she had responded that she did not usually review bills because the finances of the two victims were managed by a third party.

FIGURE SKATING

Asada wins Skate America women’s short program

DETROIT – Mao Asada of Japan won the Skate America women’s short program yesterday at Joe Louis Arena.

Asada skated cleanly, scoring 73.18 points. Defending Skate America champion Ashley Wagner of the U.S. is in second (68.26). Elena Radinova of Russia, the reigning world junior champion, scored 67.01 and is third.

Asada boosted her score on the fly, changing her planned program content. She had planned a triple flip-triple loop near the beginning, but went with a triple loop instead. Asada performed a triple loop-double toe near the end of the short, upping her total.

The women’s long program is slated for tonight.

Sprint Cup

Talladega qualifying rained out; Almirola on pole

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was rained out yesterday.

The 43-car field for today was set based on speeds from the first practice session on the 2.66-mile trioval. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row. Almirola’s teammate, Marcus Ambrose, gets the third spot.

Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. His closest challenger, Jimmie Johnson, is in the 11th position.

Officials attempted to dry the track, but the rain continued through midday. With a truck race scheduled for yesterday afternoon and no lights at Talladega, NASCAR ran out of time to get in the qualifying session.

Truck Series

Sauter survives crash on final turn to win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Johnny Sauter raced to his third NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season yesterday, surviving a huge crash on the final turn at Talladega Superspeedway that took out Kyle Busch and everyone else racing at the front of the pack .

Three sets of trucks paired up in the closing laps – Sauter with series leader Matt Crafton, Busch with Dakoda Armstrong, and Ross Chastain with Parker Kligerman.

Sauter was the only one to be spared from a 12-truck crash that occurred when pole-sitter Jeb Burton got tangled up with Busch, sending the Sprint Cup star slamming into both inside and outside walls. Miguel Paludo’s flipped and slid across the line upside down, before turning back over in the first turn, finally coming to a stop with flames flickering from the hood.

NBA

Jazz signs Favors to extension

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz signed Derrick Favors to a multi-year contract extension.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center averaged career highs with 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 77 games and eight starts last season. He had nine double-doubles.

Terms of the deal with the three-year veteran were not announced yesterday.

Favors was the third overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Nets. He was acquired by the Jazz in a trade in February of his rookie season.

TENNIS

Haase upsets Tsonga,
plays Haas in Vienna final

VIENNA – Robin Haase, a Dutchman ranked No. 63, upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 7-6 (4), yesterday to set up a final against Tommy Haas at the Erste Bank Open.

The second-seeded Haas rallied past Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0). The German, who won in Vienna in 2001, will be playing in his third final of the season. He won his 14th career title in Munich in May.

TENNIS

Ferrer, Dimitrov reach
final of Stockholm Open

STOCKHOLM – Top-seeded David Ferrer became the first Spaniard in 37 years to reach the Stockholm Open final when he beat fifth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, yesterday.

In today’s title match, Ferrer will play seventh-seeded Grigor Dimotrov of Bulgaria, who defeated wild card Benoit Paire of France, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

TENNIS

Stosur to play Halep
at Kremlin Cup final

MOSCOW – Samantha Stosur beat doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday and will face Simona Halep of Romania in the Kremlin Cup final.

Stosur will play for her second title in two weeks. Halep routed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to her fifth final this season.

In the men’s semifinals, top-seeded Richard Gasquet defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 7-4, 7-5, while qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan upset defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

TENNIS

Wozniacki, Beck to play in Luxembourg Open final

LUXEMBOURG – Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will play Annika Beck of Germany in today’s final of the Luxembourg Open.

Wozniacki, ranked No. 9, defeated third-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 6-4, 6-4, in yesterday’s semifinals.

Beck advanced to her first WTA final when Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland retired at 7-5, 1-0 in the other semi.

NFL

Peterson probable, Kalil questionable for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been listed as probable for tomorrow night’s game against the New York Giants after missing some practice time this week because of tightness in his hamstring.

Peterson took part in a workout yesterday, and coach Leslie Frazier said there should be no problem with Peterson playing.

Left tackle Matt Kalil missed practice for the second straight day because of tightness in his back and was listed as questionable, but Frazier said he expects Kalil to be able to play.

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