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Bae will enter military after drawn-out controversy

Two-time PGA Tour winner Bae Sang-moon will join the military on Tuesday next week, meaning the golfer will return to the fairway no later than Sept. 2017.

Bae, 29, was charged for violating military conscription law earlier this year after he stayed overseas to play golf tournaments despite the Military Manpower Administration’s (MMA) refusal to extend his overseas travel permit. The Daegu-born golfer returned home on Sept. 30 to play in the Presidents Cup in Incheon, and was subsequently investigated for the violation.

The police handed over the case to prosecutors last month, who decided to suspend the indictment of Bae.


Kang named finalist for NL Rookie of the Year award

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho was named one of three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year award on Wednesday.

According to Major League Baseball, the 28-year-old Korean is up against Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Matt Duffy of the San Francisco Giants. The winner will be announced on Nov. 17 (Korean time).

In his first big league season, Kang had .287 batting average with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 126 games. The former Nexen Heroes player ended his season last September with a knee injury after taking a dangerous slide by Chris Coghlan of the Cubs.

Bryant had a .275 batting average with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs in 151 games, while Duffy played 149 games to mark .295 batting average, 12 home runs and 77 RBIs.


Park will play in U.K. charity match alongside top stars

Former Manchester United player Park Ji-sung returns to Old Trafford in Manchester, England, to play in a charity football match along with David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.

JS Foundation, of which Park is president, said on Wednesday that the 34-year-old has been selected as a member of the World All-Star team that competes against Great Britain team in a charity event called “Match for Children” on Saturday. The revenue from the match will be donated to UNICEF.


Wang wins the first national team selection trial at 81kg

Judoka Wang Ki-chun, 27, will represent Korea in men’s 81-kilogram in upcoming tournaments after he won the first round of the national team selection trial on Wednesday.

At the Jinnam Arena in Yeosu, South Jeolla, Wang beat Lee Seung-su by ippon (one point) in overtime. This is Wang’s first tournament victory since he raised his weight category from 73-kilogram to 81-kilogram two years ago.

Wang, who won silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 73-kilogram category, can now represent Korea in international events until March, when the second round of the national team selection trial is held.

Meanwhile, Kim Jae-bum, who achieved a grand slam in this category, was eliminated in the Round of 16.
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