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Ulsan signs Japanese forward Escudero on loan

Korean pro football club Ulsan Hyundai said Friday they’ve signed Sergio Escudero on loan from Japanese side Kyoto Sanga.

The K League 1 club said Escudero, a Spanish-born naturalized Japanese citizen, will play in the top-flight Korean league until end of this season.

Escudero is familiar with the K League 1. The 29-year-old forward previously played for Korean outfit FC Seoul from 2013 to 2015, collecting 14 goals and 14 assists in 86 matches. He then later moved to Chinese club Jiangsu Sainty and has played for Kyoto since 2016.

Ulsan said Escudero joined them on Asian quota with his Japanese nationality. In the K League, teams are allowed to have three foreigners, in addition to one player from an Asian Football Confederation member country, also known as the “Asian quota.”

Ulsan is currently seventh in the 12-team league with five wins, five draws and four losses.


Busan bidding to become stopover on sailing race

Korea’s southern port city of Busan will bid to become one of the stopovers for a premium ocean race, local officials said Friday.

Busan’s bidding committee for the Volvo Ocean Race said it will try to have the city’s northern harbor designated as one of the ports of call for the sailing event in the 2021-22 season.

The committee, led by Korea Sailing Federation chief Yoo Joon-sang, said it appointed 26 members who will work until October to win the bid.

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the big three offshore races in the world, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup.

The event, which started in 1973, is recognized as the longest and toughest team challenge in sailing. For the 2017-18 season, the participants will have to sail across four oceans, six continents, and visit 12 host cities. Korean ports have never been selected for the event.

“If Busan is selected as a port of call, top-class sailors will visit Korea,” an official with the bidding committee said. “This will help the country to boost the development of the sailing industry.



Doosan’s Kim Jae-hwan named KBO’s June MVP

Kim Jae-hwan of the Doosan Bears won the KBO’s MVP award for the month of June.

In the KBO’s MVP votes, Kim received a total of 51.49 points, exceeding his teammate Seth Frankoff, who was second with 15.56 points. Throughout the month of June, Kim played in 26 games, having a batting average of 0.430 with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs. Kim’s 14 home runs in June was just one shy of tying the record with Lee Seung-yuop formerly of the Samsung Lions and Kim Sang-hyun formerly of the Kia Tigers at 15.

In June, Kim was the leader in the league’s RBI, home runs, on base percentage and slugging average. Not only that, from the Bears’ game against the Kia Tigers on June 1 to the NC Dinos on June 8, Kim managed to hit home runs for seven consecutive games.

Lee Dae-ho currently holds the record at nine games.

Choo Shin-soo ties Rangers on-base streak record, at 46

Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers tied the club’s on-base streak, at 46, during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday. The Rangers lost the game 7-2.

Choo, who appeared as a designated hitter, had two hits in four at bats to tie the club’s longest on-base record, set by Julio Franco in 1993. During the first inning, Choo was the first at bat with a two-base hit off of Mike Fiers’ fastball. At the top of third Choo was struck out but at the fifth, he added another two-base hit. Then, at the top of the eighth inning, Choo had a fly out.

Of the active players in the MLB, Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds the record at 48 games.

By Kang Yoo-rim
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