Sports briefsRHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
Mayqueen Q Rhythmic All Stars
5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jamsil Arena, Seoul
After finishing the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, last week, Son Yeon-jae has returned to Korea with other top-class rhythmic gymnasts to perform in front of home fans.
Son, who finished 11th in individual all-around at the Worlds, will join Russia’s Margarita Mamun and Aleksandra Soldatova, as well as Belarus’ Melitina Staniouta.
Mamun, 19, is a two-time silver medalist in individual all-around in the Worlds. She has won seven gold medals in total in the Worlds, including the team event.
Soldatova, 17, is the 2015 World Cup Final all-around bronze medalist, while Stanouta is a three-time Worlds all-around bronze medalist.
In this gala show, organizers said they will show performances combining rhythmic gymnastics with traditional Korean music and style. Tickets are available online, with prices ranging from 22,000 won ($18) to 66,000 won.
Korean Basketball League
Seoul Samsung Thunders (3-2) at Goyang Orion Orions (5-0)
6 p.m., Sunday, Goyang Gymnasium, Gyeonggi
The Orions have been widely considered the top contender for this season’s KBL championship and currently have a 5-0 record to lead in the league standings.
But the team is not hyped up. The Orions last season had an eight-game winning streak from the season opening, but ended in fifth place in the regular season. The Orions have boosted their squad by signing guard Moon Tae-jong and Aaron Haynes, both of whom are proven scorers in the KBL. Haynes is currently the league’s leading scorer, with 27.6 points per game.
The Thunders were the league’s worst team, but they are improving this season after signing new players like forward Moon Tae-young, who is the younger brother of Tae-jong, and last season’s KBL Foreign Player of the Year, Ricardo Ratliffe, who is also currently leading in rebounds with 13.2 per game.
The Orions are coming off a six-day rest, while the Thunders had a four-day rest, which is enough for both teams to have recovered their stamina. The Orions led 5-1 in a head-to-head against the Thunders last season.
Gwangju FC (8-11-12) at FC Seoul (13-9-9)
5 p.m., Monday, Seoul World Cup Stadium
This is the only K-League match held during the Chuseok holiday. League officials originally decided not to hold matches over the weekend because people will likely be busy visiting their relatives.
The two teams were originally to meet on Aug. 16, but the match was postponed due to the celebration
of the 70th anniversary of Korean
independence at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Seoul is coming off a 1-0 loss against Seongnam FC on Wednesday, while Gwangju also lost 2-1 to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, so both teams are desperate for a win. Seoul and Gwangju have two draws from their head-to-heads this season.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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