Weekend PicksPro-Amateur Basketball Championship Semifinals
Korea University vs. Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus
Friday, 3 p.m., Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, Seoul
The tournament started with 10 teams from the Korea Basketball League (KBL), five college teams and one military team. But only one college team has so far survived against the pros.
With the Goyang Orions already in the final after beating the Jeonju KCC Egis 83-56 on Thursday, defending champion Korea University takes on the reigning KBL champion Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus to grab the remaining spot in the final, which will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Korea University is currently the best college team in the nation, winning the college basketball league two years in a row. This year, the school has already won 11 straight league games while taking the MBC Cup College Basketball Tournament last month.
Bogner MBN Golf Ladies Open
Friday to Sunday, The Star Hue, Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi
The 19th event of the KLPGA Tour, the Bogner MBN Golf Ladies Open kicked off Thursday with 132 golfers.
Prize money leader Chun In-gee is competing in the event for the first time in the KLPGA Tour since she won the Hite Jinro Championship last month. If she wins the event, the 21-year-old golfer will have the fifth victory this season in the KLPGA.
After the first round, Chun, who is the U.S. Women’s Open champion in the LPGA Tour, was tied for seventh after getting 3-under 69.
She is two strokes behind first-round leaders Bae Seon-woo, Kim Ji-hyun and Ahn Song-yi.
Ulsan Hyundai at Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Saturday, 7 p.m., Suwon World Cup Stadium
Ulsan Hyundai and the Suwon Samsung Bluewings have a difficult time ahead. Ulsan may fall into the relegation zone in the K-League Classic. After showing a remarkable performance early this season, Ulsan has fallen into 10th place. Although it definitely needs a turning point, the Saturday game is not likely to be easy because of its weak defense.
Nevertheless, the Bluewings are not expected to have an easy win in the upcoming game. Because of injuries, the Suwon-based club lost 11 players as of Thursday. Defender Sin Se-gye was diagnosed with a rib injury in a Wednesday match that the club lost to Seongnam FC.
Daejeon Citizen at FC Seoul
Saturday, 7 p.m., Seoul World Cup Stadium
After sweeping its last two games, FC Seoul will meet Daejeon Citizen on Saturday at home.
With two new players, the Seoul-based club has scored six goals in their last two games. Carlos Adriano De Sousa Cruz and Takahagi Yojiro led the club to beat Busan I-Park 4-2 on Wednesday. Adriano, however, will not be able to play against his former team due to contract issues.
Seoul is placed in fifth, while Citizen is at the lowest position in the league.
BY JOO KYUNG-DON AND NAM YOON-SEO [firstname.lastname@example.org]