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Sports Briefs

May 31,2018
BASEBALL

Choo Shin-soo knocks another one out of the park

Texas Rangers designated hitter Choo Shin-soo went deep for the ninth time this season.

In the top of the first inning, the Korean player blasted a solo home run off Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle on Tuesday. The Rangers went on to win 9-5 to snap their two-game losing streak.

Choo went 1-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has now got on base multiple times in nine consecutive games, the second-longest streak in his career.

Choo is now batting .261 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. He is the all-time home runs leader among Asian-born major league players with 177.

After batting just .219 with a .303 on-base percentage in April, Choo is hitting .295 and has a .427 on-base percentage for May, along with four homers and 12 RBIs.



GOLF

Pak Se-ri to attend Women’s Open 20 years after she won

Retired Korean golf legend Pak Se-ri will attend this week’s U.S. Women’s Open on the 20th anniversary of her monumental victory in the oldest major tournament in women’s golf, her agency said Wednesday.

SEMA Sports Marketing said the United States Golf Association (USGA) extended Pak an invitation to be on hand for the LPGA Tour’s second major championship of the year, which will begin Thursday at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

Pak won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open as a rookie at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin, in a playoff over Jenny Chuasiriporn. It was Pak’s second major title in her Hall of Fame career, and set off a golf fever that later inspired a generation of future LPGA stars, including fellow Hall of Famer Park In-bee.

“The USGA will play a special commemorative video on the 20th anniversary of Pak’s U.S. Women’s Open title and has scheduled meetings for Pak with USGA leaders,” the agency said in a statement.

Yonhap



VOLLEYBALL

National volleyball squad loses 3-1 against Brazil

Korea lost 3-1 against fourth-ranked Brazil during the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in the Netherlands on Tuesday. With the loss, Korea’s record is now four wins and three losses with 11 points, while Brazil’s record is six wins and one loss with 18 points.

As this was an away game in the Netherlands, Korea didn’t have its three leading players ? Kim Yeon-koung, Yang Hyo-jin and Kim Su-ji. Their absences were acutely felt, as the young players struggled to block Brazil’s attack.

Though Korea made a comeback, winning the third set, they fell behind in blocks and serve aces.

Park Jeong-ah led the team with 19 points, along with Kang So-hwi with 13 and Lee Jae-yeong with 11 points. Korea will play next against eighth-ranked Netherlands tomorrow.

By Kang Yoo-rim