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Jung takes first place in
slalom series in Japan

Alpine Skier Jung Dong-hyun won first place in the men’s slalom event at the FIS Fast East Cup Japan Series 2016 Hakuba-Kandahar Cup held in Hakuba, Nagano, Japan on Monday.

Jung’s total time was 1 minute and 41.57 seconds. After recording 48.47 seconds in the first run, Jung grabbed first place in the event with 53.10 seconds in the second run. Shun Nakamura of Japan placed second in the event with the total time of 1 minute and 41.93 seconds, 0.36 seconds behind Jung. As one of the continental cups, the Far East Cup is considered a prestigious event, second only to the FIS World Cup. Jung was the first Korean to reach the final of the slalom event at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Dec. 2014.

By Choi Hyung-jo


North draws with South Korea in Games qualifier

OSAKA, Japan - North Korea’s women’s soccer team drew 1-1 with South Korea in Japan, in the first game of Asian qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday.

Jung Sul-bin put South Korea ahead in the 32nd minute but North Korea’s Kim Un-ju equalized with 10 minutes remaining.

The North Koreans were allowed to enter Japan despite an entry ban introduced by the Japanese government following Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Japan implemented a set of new sanctions against North Korea earlier this month, including a ban on entry to the country by North Korean nationals. But the Japanese government allowed the team’s entry, saying politics should not interfere with sports.

In other matches, Australia beat host Japan 3-1 and China defeated Vietnam 2-0.


Leg injury puts striker
Benzema out for a month

MADRID - Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is expected to be sidelined for up to a month because of a right leg muscle injury.

The Frenchman will miss upcoming Spanish league games and next week’s return match against Roma in the Champions League. Madrid won the first leg 2-0 in Rome.

Benzema should be fit again in time for the Spanish league match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on April 2.?

Benzema missed the game against Malaga a week ago because of a back problem. He was substituted at halftime in Madrid’s 1-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid because of the muscle injury.


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