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Sports Briefs

Jan 23,2018
BASEBALL

KBO games to start later during hot summer months

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced the starting times for the 2018 KBO League games on Monday.

This season, all weekday games will start at 6:30 p.m. while Saturday games will start at 5 p.m. from March to June and from September to October. In July and August, the start time will be postponed by an hour, starting at 6 p.m.

Games on Sundays as well as holidays will be played at 2 p.m., from March to May and from September to October. During June, Sunday games will start at 5 p.m. and will get pushed back by another hour during July and August.

All five season openers on Mar. 24 will start at 2 p.m.

By Kang Yoo-rim



FOOTBALL

Ulsan Hyundai signs Junior Negrao from Daegu FC

Korean pro football club Ulsan Hyundai said Monday they’ve signed forward Gleidionor Figueiredo Pinto Junior.

The K League Classic club said the 31-year-old, who is commonly known as Junior Negrao, has signed a contract for the 2018 season and will join their preseason training in Portugal. Ulsan believe that Junior will upgrade their attack in the domestic league and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

Ulsan, the 2012 AFC Champions League winners, qualified for this year’s continental club tournament as the Korea Football Association Cup title holders.

Junior last year played for the K League Classic side Daegu FC. Although he struggled early with an injury, he was able to score 12 goals in 16 matches. He also had stints in Belgium, Switzerland and Thailand.

“I had lots of offers from various clubs after last season, but I first had to think about my family,” Junior said. “Of course, money is important, but I wanted to play football in an environment where my family can also stay happy.”

Yonhap