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FOOTBALL K-League Classic

* Jeonnam Dragons at FC Seoul

2 p.m. Saturday, Seoul World Cup


FC Seoul, which finished third last season, is struggling in 10th place with a record of three wins, three draws and four losses.

However, the home team has not lost in the past three games, including a May 10 win against Busan I’Park.

However, the offense has scored only one goal each in the past nine games. Seoul head coach Choi Yong-soo hinted that striker Park Chu-young may return for this match. The former Arsenal and AS Monaco forward has not been played since April 18 due to pain in his right knee.

Jeonnam enters the match in sixth place with a record of three wins, five draws and two losses, but is on a two-game winless streak. The only team to beat No.1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Jeonnam has scored five goals and allowed seven in their three away matches.



* NH Ladies Championship

Friday-Sunday, Suwon Country Club, Yongin, Gyeonggi

In the season’s seventh event, 132 golfers will vie for 100 million won ($92,000) in prize money. Entering its eighth year, NH Investment & Securities has become the new sponsor.

The spotlight is on Chun In-gee, who last weekend became the youngest winner of the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, the first major of the season on the Japan LPGA tour. She also won the KLPGA Tour’s Samchuly Together Open last month when the final round was rained out.

Ko Jin-young, currently the prize money leader, will look for her third KLPGA Tour title this season after winning the Kyochon Honey Ladies Open last weekend.

Defending champion Kim Sei-young, who has two wins on the LPGA Tour, will not compete due to her U.S. schedule, but Lee Mi-rim, who is sponsored by NH Investment & Securities, will return from the U.S. to play on the KLPGA Tour for the first time since September.

Lee won two LPGA Tour trophies last year as a rookie and has three KLPGA Tour wins in her career.

Meanwhile, Lee Min-young, who has two career KLPGA victories, will play for the first time since undergoing surgery for kidney cancer in March.


* Korea International Cup Yacht Race

Friday-Tuesday, Hupo Port, Uljin County, North Gyeongsang

Korea’s biggest yacht racing event starts with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. today. The event, hosted by the Korea Sailing Federation, is in its eighth year. It started as a race to the Dokdo islets in the East Sea.

The tournament has two categories. The in-shore races are for boats with keels of 23 feet or longer that sail around the East Sea in front of Hupo Port. The off-shore category is for boats with keels of 33 feet or longer that race from Hupo Port to Dokdo and back, a distance of about 460 kilometers (298 miles) that could take 60 hours.

Organizers said 262 sailors from 18 countries will compete with 34 yachts. Since this year marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, there will be special events held in Dokdo.

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