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Oh Seung-hwan throws his 1000th career strikeout

Oh Seung-hwan of the Colorado Rockies got his 1,000th career strikeout on Sunday as the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

Oh recorded his 227th strikeout in the MLB, where he has played for the Rockies since earlier this year. Before joining the Rockies, Oh played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB.

Prior to 2016, Oh played for the Hanshin Tigers in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball league, where he recorded 147 strikeouts over two seasons.

Oh also played nine seasons in the KBO, all of them for the Samsung Lions. Oh got 625 strikeouts for the Lions from 2005 to 2007, bringing his career total to 1,000 as of Sunday’s game.

By Jim Bulley


U-23 football team returns home to a hero’s welcome

Korea’s under-23 national football team players returned to a hero’s welcome Monday after winning the gold medal at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.

The 20-player team, led by head coach Kim Hak-bum, received a warm welcome from hundreds of fans at Incheon International Airport. The players and coaching staff took a group photo with their gold medals before they disbanded.

Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in extra time to claim their Asiad men’s football title. Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored a goal apiece at Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, south of Jakarta.

“We earned a good result because of our players’ hard-working effort,” Kim said. “We want to thank our football fans for supporting us.”

With the gold medal, the 20 players are now exempt from their compulsory military service that is about two years long. They can now take a basic four-week training program instead for their service.

Korea is scheduled to take on Costa Rica on Friday and Chile four days later.

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