S. Korea's nat'l men's football team picks up emphatic friendly win
Updated: 2022-01-17 17:11:21 KST
And time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the KBL All-Star match.
The showpiece event took place on Sunday.
How did it unfold?
Yes, the battle of two brothers.
"Team Heo Ung" beat "Team Heo Hoon" on Sunday in what was the first KBL All-Star game in two years.
The game ended 120-117 at the Daegu Gymnasium Heo Ung scored 21 points and was named as MVP.
Heo Ung topped the All-Star Game fan vote with over 163-thousand votes, the most ever, while his younger brother Huh Hoon came in second with around 132-thousand.
The pair then captained a team each.
Their father, Korean basketball legend Heo Jae, was the special guest referee for the first quarter and even called a foul on Heo Hoon which was followed by strong protests.
In other events on the day, Lee Kwan-hee from Changwon LG won the Three-Point Shooting Contest which was held after the first quarter.
While KT Sonicboom's Ha Yoon-ki appeared in a Hulk costume to win the Dunk Contest at half time.
The match was a sellout with all 3-thousand 3-hundred tickets sold out in under three minutes.
To football. The South Korea men's national football team was in action on Saturday and picked up an impressive win.
Yes, Korea's first action of the New Year took place on Saturday in Turkey and ended in a 5-1 friendly win against Iceland.
This was the first time Korea had scored more than four goals against a team from Europe.
The most recent was a 4-1 win over Scotland back in 2002.
No fewer than five different players got themselves on the scoresheet, too: Cho Gue-sung opened the scoring on 15 minutes with his first goal in a full international.
Then Kwon Chang-hoon made it two on 27 before Paik Seung-ho scored from over 20 yards out two minutes later to send Korea in at the break three goals to the good.
Iceland pulled one back on 55 minutes through Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen, the son of former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.
But Korea scored two more: Kim Jin-kyu in the 75th minute with his first for Korea to make it one goal and one assist for the afternoon… before Gwangju FC teenager Eom Ji-sung capped off the win in the 85th.
Korea are next in action this Friday at 8PM Korea time in a friendly with Moldova… also in Turkey.
It was announced on Monday that six overseas-based players will join up with the squad on the 24th: Hwang In-beom, Hwang Ui-jo, Jeong Woo-young of Freiburg, Jung Woo-young of Al-Sadd, Kim Min-jae, and Lee Jae-sung.
However, a decision will be made later about injured Premier League duo Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan.
To tennis now.
The Novak Djokovic situation took a twist over the weekend and he has left Australia.
That's right. He won his court appeal, as we talked about last week, but he has since left the country after his visa was cancelled for a second time.
In applying for his visa, Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, had filed for an exemption.
But the decision was made on Friday by Australia's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke who said he used his "ministerial discretion" to cancel the visa on "public interest grounds."
Three Federal Court judges upheld the decision on Saturday and Djokovic left on Sunday on a flight headed for Dubai.
The court is expected to explain its own reasoning in the coming days, but it noted that its decision was only about whether the immigration minister's ruling was "rational" or "legally unreasonable."
Djokovic isn't at the Australian Open but Kwon Sun-woo is and picked up a win earlier today.
Yes, that's right. Kwon beat Holger Rune of Denmark in Round One this afternoon.
Kwon came from a set down to win 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Melbourne to advance to the second round.
Before today, Kwon hadn't won in any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Meanwhile, Jang Su-jeong is set to become the first Korean to play a Grand Slam women's singles event in two years.
Jang will play her first-ever Grand Slam event on Tuesday after winning all three Australian Open qualifying matches.
Jang won all three qualifiers in straight sets and will face Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Tuesday.
To baseball. A South Korean teenager has signed with MLB's St. Louis Cardinals.
What can you tell us about that?
Yes, Cho Won-bin, just 18-years-old, has signed for the Cardinals.
Cho had been attracting interest from MLB clubs since winning the home run derby at the National Power Showcase for the underclass players in Arlington, Texas back in November 2020.
Cho isn't the first South Korean to sign for the Cardinals.
From 2016 to 2017 they had Oh Seung-hwan as well as Kim Kwang-hyun from 2020 to 2021.
But, Cho is the first Asian amateur to sign with the Cardinals.
And finally, looking ahead to the Winter Olympics which are now less than three weeks away.
The organizers have said they are sticking to their COVID-19 prevention measures, despite concerns about Omicron.
Yes, that's right. This was confirmed last week by Huang Chun who is part of the Beijing Games organizing committee.
China has reported some Omicron cases but the virus curbs will not be adjusted unless there are mass cases inside the "closed-loop."
The "closed-loop" refers to the bubble in which participants can only leave if they are leaving the country or going into quarantine.
No international spectators are allowed and attendances will be restricted at event locations but no specific arrangements have been announced.
The Games begin on February 4th, 18 days from now.
Thank you for that, Paul. See you next week.