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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 1:33 AM


Parker and Ogwumike lead Sparks over Storm 65-57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike each had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 65-57 on Tuesday.

Parker equaled a season-high with seven assists and Armintie Herrington scored eight points for the Sparks (5-8), who held the Storm (6-10) to a season low in points, including just 10 in the fourth quarter.

Temeka Johnson led Seattle with 11 points and Jenna O'Hea and Noelle Quinn each had nine. Seattle pulled to 55-50 on Camille Little's basket in the paint with six minutes left but the Storm made only two field goals the rest of the way.

Ogwumike made four free throws and Parker a layup off Alana Beard's steal to put the game away late. The Sparks won despite a scoreless game from third-leading scorer Beard, who went 0-for-7 from the field.


Seager slugs Seattle past Boston 8-2

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Boston starter Jake Peavy as the Seattle Mariners won their fifth straight, 8-2 over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Despite a shaky performance from starter Erasmo Ramirez, the Mariners matched their longest winning streak of the season thanks to another offensive outburst. One night after putting up 12 runs on the Red Sox, Seattle hit two homers and handed Boston its fifth loss in six games.

Seager's homer was his 11th of the season, 10 of those coming at Safeco Field. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot as part of Seattle's four-run fifth inning. It was Zunino's 10th home run.

Joe Beimel (2-1) got four outs in relief of Ramirez to get the victory. Ramirez again failed to get deep into the game and was done after 4 1-3 innings.


Boston to start Buchholz in series finale

SEATTLE (AP) — Clay Buchholz will make his return to the Boston Red Sox rotation in Wednesday's series finale against Seattle.

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Buchholz would get the start instead of Felix Doubront, who will pitch out of the bullpen in the short-term. He will likely be worked back into the rotation when the Red Sox return home next week against the Chicago Cubs, manager John Farrell said.

Buchholz has not pitched since hyperextending his left knee in late May. Buchholz is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts. The Red Sox will make a corresponding roster move to activate Buchholz on Wednesday.

Boston also got back pitcher Brandon Workman from his six-game suspension on Tuesday. He threw a simulated game and Farrell said the tentative plans are for Workman to start on Friday in New York against the Yankees.


Wife of former Mariners player sentenced for fraud

(Information in the following story is from: The Seattle Times,

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for using bank cards that belonged to pitcher Felix Hernandez's wife for a $191,000 online shopping spree.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud and was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Tacoma.

Prosecutors say Sandra Hernandez had asked her for help in making some online purchases after the two women became friends. Peguero then used the information between June and September 2012 for unauthorized purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

The Seattle Times reports the charges were questioned when Saks Fifth Avenue asked about the difference between the shipping and billing addresses.

As part of a plea deal, Maria Peguero agreed to pay restitution.


Sounders beat San Jose on PKs in US Open Cup

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Lamar Neagle scored the clinching penalty in the shootout as the Seattle Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night.

Seattle won the penalty shootout 4-1 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.

Seattle converted all four of its PKs with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, and Brad Evans beating Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham before Neagle sealed it.

Khari Stephenson scored on the first try for San Jose. But Alan Gordon drove his attempt off the left post, and Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann dove to his right to make the save on JJ Koval's shot.

Steven Lenhart put the Earthquakes ahead in the 23rd minute, but Kenny Cooper equalized for Seattle two minutes later on a shot inside the penalty area.

Seattle will host rival Portland on July 9 in the quarterfinals.


Super Bowl champs plan 2 Alaska visits with trophy

(Information in the following story is from: KTVA-TV,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will be bringing some precious cargo to Alaska next month.

KTVA reports some members of the defending Super Bowl champions will include two stops in Alaska during this summer's 12 Tour.

And they are bringing the Lombardi Trophy from the Super Bowl win with them.

The Seahawks will take part in a Play 60 event at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla on July 8.

The following day, events move to Anchorage where the team members will take part in the Special Olympics Alaska/BOMA Golf Tournament at the Anchorage Golf Course.