Showing posts from October, 2023

Second straight challenge match, 25 gold medals to lead the way

  Gyeonggi-do, which has won back-to-back overall titles amid the COVID-19 pandemic, led the way at the 104th National Sports Games, winning the most gold medals on the second day of competition. Gyeonggi-do won 35 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze medals on the second day of competition on Thursday, maintaining its lead over its "nemesis" Seoul (25 gold, 29 silver, 34 bronze) and taking an early lead to win its second consecutive title. Kim Jung-min (Ansan Gonggong High School), a 73-kilogram weightlifter in the men's high school weightlifting division, won the karate (179 kilograms) and total (307 kilograms) to win two gold medals, while Park Sang-hoon (Uijeongbu City Hall) won the men's general 4-kilometer individual pursuit in 4 minutes, 37.357 seconds to become the second gold medalist of the tournament after winning the 4-kilometer team pursuit the day before. In addition, Lee Woo-seok (Kolon) in the men's high school badminton and archery 90 meters and Lee Yong

Hwang's 'resurgence' ahead of Asian Cup as Klinsmann reaps rewards against Tunisia

Hwang Ui-jo's resurgence is good news for Klinsmann. Jürgen Klinsmann's South Korea national soccer team (ranked 26th in the FIFA rankings) defeated Tunisia (ranked 29th in the FIFA rankings) 4-0 in the first round of the October A match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13, extending the team's winning streak from September against Saudi Arabia. Lee Kang-in was the star of the show against Tunisia, leading the attack in the absence of 'captain' Son Heung-min. Despite heavy pressure from the Tunisian defense, he kept possession of the ball and created chances with quality passes. He even had a hand in the team's third goal. Lee scored a fantastic free kick in the 10th minute of the second half, followed by a shot from inside the penalty box in the 12th minute of the second half, and finally, in the 22nd minute, a sharp corner kick was met by a header from Kim Min-jae that beat a defender and led to an own goal. While the spotlight was on Lee Kang-

Italy's 'player gambling scandal' grows as "more than 30 people convinced of involvement"

 The gambling scandal rocking Italian soccer is set to get even bigger. The Italian soccer world has been rocked by a recent gambling scandal. It started with Juventus midfielder Nicolo Pazzioli. Since the investigation into his alleged gambling began, other players have been investigated, and news of illegal betting by Italian players has continued to surface. "Sandro Tonali and Niccolo Zaniolo have been investigated by the Italian authorities," European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano wrote on social media on March 13. They were investigated after news broke that they may have been involved in illegal bookmaking and left the Italian national team training camp." After Pazzioli, Tonalli and Zaniolo were also investigated. The inclusion of Tonali, who represents both the Italian national team and Newcastle's midfield, is of particular interest. Born in 2000, Tonali was dubbed the "next Andrea Pirlo" during his time at Brescia, despite his youn

Doosan, KIA on the verge of reaching the PS...Samsung's Oh Seung-hwan reaches 400 saves

  The Doosan Bears and Kia Tigers hang in the balance for a postseason berth. Samsung Lions closer Oh Seung-hwan became the first KBO player to reach the 400-save milestone. Doosan won a hard-fought 3-2 home game against the LG Twins in the 2023 KBO on Thursday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. With the win, Doosan, which has won three in a row, improved to 74 wins, two ties and 65 losses, clinching a spot in the postseason regardless of the outcome of the remaining games. This is the second year in a row that Doosan has played fall baseball, having last played in 2021. Last year, the team suffered through a number of setbacks and finished in ninth place. Meanwhile, sixth-place KIA (71 wins, two draws, 69 losses), which did not play on the day, was denied a postseason berth. If Doosan had lost all of its games, including this one against LG, and KIA had won all of its remaining games, it would have been tied for fifth place with 73 points (2 wins, 2 draws, 69 losses) and could have

Even for the 'God of Football' Messi, injuries are always scary..."I was scared because I wasn't fully fit"

  Injuries to soccer's faithful are frightening. Argentina defeated Paraguay 1-0 in the third South American Zone qualifier for the FIFA Confederations Cup North and Central America 2026 at Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday. With the victory, Argentina has now won all three South American qualifiers. The hosts started Lautaro Martinez, Alvarez, Gonzalez, De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, McAllister, Taliafico, Otamendi, Romero, and Molina, with Emiliano Martinez in goal. Argentina took an early lead. In the third minute of the first half, De Paul took a long corner and Otamendi rattled the net with a volley. After taking the lead, Argentina took it easy and didn't capitalize on several chances to extend their lead. At the start of the second half, Paraguay made a substitution. Robert Rojas came on for Ramirez. Argentina also took Alvarez off in the eighth minute of the second half and brought on Messi. Despite the changes, the momentum was in Ar