2012.4.20 Weekend Picks

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2012.4.20 Weekend Picks

K-League

* Jeju United (5-2-1) at FC Seoul (4-2-1)

* Seoul World Cup Stadium

* Saturday, 3 p.m.

Two teams that met in the 2010 K-League finals will clash in the nation’s capital.

Both teams are so far cruising in this early stage of the K-League as Jeju sits in second place, while the 2010 champions Seoul are one place behind.

Seoul has never lost to Jeju since 2006, marking 10 wins and four draws, and has not lost at home in the last 10 years.

Jeju, who hasn’t lost in their last four matches, will miss defender Hong Jeong-ho due to his accumulation of yellow cards, while midfielder Song Jin-hyung also won’t play due to the transfer clause that states he can’t play against his former team.

Brazilian player Santos, who was named the K-League weekly MVP, will lead the team’s attack.

The two teams have committed the least fouls in the league, so it should be a smooth outing.



KBO

* Doosan Bears (5-3-1) at Nexen Heroes (4-5-0)

* Mokdong Stadium, Seoul

* Tonight, 6:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.

Two Seoul teams battle again after meeting on the opening weekend. They each won one game the last time they met.

The Bears, led by new manager Kim Jin-wook, appear to have a better offense than the Heroes.

As of Thursday, the team is currently first in slugging percentage (0.403) and second in batting average (0.297).

While forming the solid clean-up trio of Lee Taek-geun, Park Byung-ho and Kang Jung-ho, the Heroes, who have the second-worst batting average (0.227), need other batters to step up.

Heroes’ shortstop Kang is so far leading in home runs (4), RBI (12) and slugging percentage (0.848) in the league.



Cycling

* Tour de Korea

* Incheon to Seoul (Stage 1)

* Sunday, 10 a.m.

Korea’s biggest international cycling race kicks off its eight-day tourney on Sunday morning in Incheon. The only local tournament to be sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) has 300 million won ($263,700) in total prize money.

This year, 22 teams from 15 countries will compete in the elite race. Host Korea will send four teams. For eight days, teams will cycle 1,100 kilometers (683.5 miles) through 11 cities throughout the country.
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