Figure skating queen Kim Yu-Na hockey boyfriend falls from grace

National hockey team player and military draftee Kim Won-Joong, who is the boyfriend of figure skating queen Kim Yu-na, has come under fire for being absent without leave, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The Defense Ministry confirmed that Kim and two fellow soldiers left their base in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, without permission to visit a Thai massage parlor in June. The massage parlor does not provide any kind of salacious services, according to the ministry.

Kim had originally told the military team coaches that he was going to the grocery store for beverages. 

Figure skating queen Kim Yu-na (left) and hockey player Kim Won-joong. (OSEN)


On the way back from the massage parlor, the three soldiers were involved in a car accident with a drunk driver. Kim, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, ruptured his cruciate ligament and was told by a local hospital it would take six weeks to recover. The other two soldiers had only minor abrasions. 

The Defense Ministry said it launched an investigation after it received an anonymous tip about Kim’s unauthorized absence. The military plans to oust Kim from the military hockey team and relocate him to a regular military base. Kim is currently being treated in the military hospital. 

Five military authorities, including Kim’s coaches and supervisors, were also punished for his absence without leave. 

via Figure skating queen’s boyfriend falls from grace.

Houston Dash use No. 2 pick on Kealia Mae Ohai, sister-in-law of Brian Cushing – Sports Update

Almost five years after her brother-in-law Brian Cushing was taken by the Texans with the No. 15 pick of the NFL draft, speedy University of North Carolina forward Kealia Ohai was selected by the Houston Dash with the second overall pick the National Women’s Soccer League.

“We wanted to bring Kealia here since day one,” Dynamo and Dash president Chris Canetti said. “I am glad that everything lined up perfectly for us to get her. She is an exciting player and will be a great asset to our organization and community.”

Ohai’s older sister Megan, who played soccer at USC, is married to Cushing.

The former U.S. U-20 women’s national team forward will give the Dash offense speed to spread opposing defenses.

“Very excited about Kealia!” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said in a text to the Houston Chronicle before the second round of the draft. “She’s fast, athletic, can get behind defenses and can stretch the opponent! Will be a great addition.”

via Dash use No. 2 pick on Kealia Ohai, sister-in-law of Brian Cushing – Sports Update.

 

Tamari Miyashiro serving as ‘Ambassador’ for Team USA against Brazil

Starting Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, Kalani graduate Tamari Miyashiro and her 2nd ranked United States Women’s Volleyball National team will face the top ranked and reigning Olympic gold medalists of Brazil for the USA Volleyball Cup.

The United States cal clinch the Cup crown with just one victory in Manoa, after sweeping the Brazilians earlier this week in California.

Miyashiro, who won a silver medal with the US in the 2012 Olympics is recovering from back surgery and won’t play in the matches, but is serving as the “ambassador of Aloha.”

“Of course it would have been great to play, but we have two really good liberos. And for me I think I wasn’t quite ready to play and compete at this level and I was confident in that decision, so for me it’s a great to be home and I think I came here to be kind of that connection in between our team and the state. And hopefully I can help kind of bring everyone together.”

The USA Volleyball Cup, which began in 2013, is an initiative to draw elite international teams to the United States to compete in an annual tour series with the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams. Such events will help foster local community ties to the two National Team programs and the City of Anaheim where the teams train, as well as other communities around the United States to promote the team.

via Kalani grad Miyashiro serving as ‘Ambassador’ for Team USA against Brazil | KHON2.

Sonya Thomas upset by Miki Sudo in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

There was a bigger upset than just a few stomachs at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Friday.

Miki Sudo topped reigning champion Sonya Thomas in the women’s division of the competition making her the first new winner since the women were given a separate stage to compete in 2011.

The fourth-ranked Sudo ate 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Michelle Lesco came in third with 27 hot dogs, Thomas consumed 27 and 3/4 hot dogs.

“To be the first person to beat Sonya Thomas at hot dogs is surreal,” she said. “I think both of us are hoping to break the existing world record of 45 in 10 minutes but weather conditions got in the way but we’ll definitely be back to set a higher number.”

Sudo missed the competition last year after she withdrew eight days prior to the event due to some personal issues.

via Sonya Thomas upset by Miki Sudo in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest | For The Win.

 

 

 

 

 

4 WMMA Fighters Who Could Become Breakout Stars

Women’s MMA is on the rise. This much is certain. Between the UFC, Invicta and other promotions accepting their place in the sport, stars are sure to be made.Ronda Rousey is easily the biggest star in the sport, though Miesha Tate, Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Gina Carano have also broken out into the spotlight.With the increased exposure, including Invicta on UFC Fight Pass and WSOF on network TV, who are some women that can become breakout stars? Let’s take a look at four women who could fit that bill.

Michelle WatersonThe atomweight division is probably the least popular and exposed of the main four WMMA divisions. Now that UFC Fight Pass hosts Invicta events, champion Michelle Waterson can really break out into the mainstream.Waterson, known as “The Karate Hottie,” has constantly found herself in outrageously entertaining fights.

Just watch her bouts against Lacey Schuckman and Jessica Penne. They rivaled the entertainment of any fight you can possibly think of.Then there’s Waterson’s looks. Her nickname isn’t an ironic one like the fat guy named, “Skinny Pete.” She is a model with the looks and charisma to shoot her stock through the roof.She could, in theory, become the next Gina Carano in terms of all-around star power.

via 4 WMMA Fighters Who Could Become Breakout Stars | Bleacher Report.

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women’s Open

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women's Open - fayobserver.com: U.S. Open

 

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women’s Open

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:48 am

PINEHURST – It’s the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and we’ll be here until the winner is crowned this evening.

Check back often for updates:

5:55 p.m.

Michelle Wie had a three-shot lead on the 16th tee box, endured a double-bogey on that hole, but birdied the 17th to finish at 2-under-par win the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 Sunday.

It is the first major championship for the 24-year-old Hawaiian, who beat Stacy Lewis by two strokes.

Stephanie Meadow finished at 1-over-par to take third.

- Randy Capps

5:25 p.m.

The mammoth merchandise tent set up near the main gate of the U.S. Women’s Open will be empty come Monday.

“We pretty much go out of business,” said Mary Lopuszynski, the U.S. Golf Association’s director of merchandise.

What will happen to the merchandise that doesn’t sell?

Lopuszynski said a lot of it will be donated to programs the USGA supports.

“We do that every year,” she said.

The rest of the wares will be shipped back to the association’s offices in New Jersey.

But Lopuszynski said there won’t be much leftover from the back-to-back tournaments.

“We’ve had really, really good sales,” she said. “We had 25 trucks out back filled up and they are all empty now.

“The satellite tent has slim pickings.”

- Sarah Campbell

4:55 p.m.

Cleanup from historic back-to-back major golf championships is expected to begin just after the U.S. Women’s Open trophy is presented.

Reg Jones, the U.S. Golf Association’s senior director of U.S. Open championships, said vendors will begin removing items from the championship grounds tonight.

“We’ll have some of the vendors who will work pretty late,” he said.

Jones said about 300 trucks will move equipment and material off the site.

“Ultimately, it will take us six weeks to get everything torn down,” he said.

Workers spent about three months to build what amounted to a small city at Pinehurst Resort.

Jones said USGA officials want to get the grounds back in shape as soon as possible for the members and guests at Pinehurst. He said Courses 3 and 5, which have been operating as 17-hole courses because their first holes served as the driving range for the championships, likely will be fully open in a few days.

It will take longer to reopen the No. 1 and No. 4 Courses, which have been used for other support tents and services. No. 4 likely will be cleared by late July, while No. 1 will reopen in late August, Jones said.

- Steve DeVane

3 p.m.

Richard Hanson looked out at the 18th green Sunday morning, leaning casually against the railing of the nearby grandstand.

The word “relieved” rolled off the Stedman resident’s tongue when asked how he felt going into the final day of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Hanson has been a volunteer during the back-to-back tournaments, which means he’s spent plenty of time soaking up the sun.

“It’s been hot in Pinehurst the last couple of weeks,” he said.

Although Hanson’s happy to see the championships wind down, he’s been thrilled to be part of the historic events.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “I’m an absolute golf junkie.

“I already gave up at becoming good, but I sure enjoy watching it.”

Gary Kamp of Pinehurst also is glad to see the end of tournament play. He’s been manning the 18th crossing for the past two weeks.

“I’ve seen enough golf to last me quite a while,” he said. “I feel like I need to get out and play a little instead of watching.”

- Sarah Campbell

12:05 p.m.

The U.S. Golf Association treated the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open championships as one event, but there were some differences.

The peak attendance during the U.S. Open was more than 52,000, according to USGA officials. Attendance figures have not been released for the U.S. Women’s Open, but USGA officials say they expect the top attendance days this weekend to be between 20,000 and 25,000.

The number of bleacher seats was reduced from 21,600 the first week to 18,200 for the last week. Most of the reduction occurred with the removal of grandstand seats by the 18th green.

About 6,200 volunteers worked during the U.S. Open, compared to about 4,600 in the U.S. Women’s Open.

While about 1,100 members of the media received credentials for the Open, while about 650 covered the Women’s Open.

Six concession stands that operated the first week were closed the second. USGA officials later used them as hydration stations when the weather got hot.

- Steve DeVane

10:30 a.m.

Michelle Wie was seeing stars Friday when actor Daniel Dae Kim stopped by Pinehurst No. 2 to watch her play.

Wie Tweeted out a picture of herself and Kim with the hashtag #HawaiiPride late in the day.

Kim starred as Jin-Soo Kwon on the ABC television series “Lost” and currently plays Chin Ho Kelly on the CBS remake of “Hawaii Five-O”

Both Kim and Wie live in Honolulu, Hawaii and appear to be quite friendly. Earlier this year, Kim made an appearance during a charity event hosted by the golfer.

The caption that accompanied the photo Wie Tweeted read “Thanks for coming to watch me play.”

Kim was doing some Tweeting of his own. He posted a video of Wie teeing off with the caption “Truly a swing of beauty. So happy to be able to watch @themichellewie tear it up at the #USWomensOpen in PInehurst.”

It’s possible Kim will show up for the final round today. Rumor has it he was still in Pinehurst on Saturday.

 

via Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women’s Open – fayobserver.com: U.S. Open.

 

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women's Open - fayobserver.com: U.S. Open

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women's Open - fayobserver.com: U.S. Open

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women's Open - fayobserver.com: U.S. Open

Sports Illustrated model Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster Transformers 4

DJs ambassador Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster | dailytelegraph.com.au

JESSICA Gomes has landed her first big acting break with a role in the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

The David Jones ambassador filmed a scene in the fourth instalment of the big-budget series and this week will find out if it made the final edit.

Optimus Prime in a scene from the film. Picture: Supplied

Optimus Prime in a scene from the film. Picture: Supplied

The 28-year-old is understood to be attending the film’s US launch in Los Angeles next week after its world premiere in Hong Kong on Thursday featured stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz.

“I had such an amazing time working on Transformers,” Gomes told The Saturday Telegraphyesterday. “The opportunity to work with talents such as Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci was a dream come true and an experience I am very grateful for and of course Michael Bay is an extremely clever director.”

Model Jessica Gomes models iconic Australian brand 'Glomesh' which relaunched last year a

Model Jessica Gomes models iconic Australian brand ‘Glomesh’ which relaunched last year after 30 years. It will return to David Jones this month.

Swimsuit shoot for Montana Cox, David Jones.

Swimsuit shoot for Montana Cox, David Jones.

The news follows Gomes’ recent appearance in a comedy web series with the Korean-American actor Steven Yeun, developed by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment to support diversity in Hollywood. She has been open about her desire to act,moving to LA to audition and study drama.

The appearance at the film’s premiere will coincide with the star’s latest shoot for Sports Illustrated magazine’s 2015 Swimsuit Edition.

With next year set to be her eighth appearance in the annual publication, Gomes will beat Anne Vyalitsyna’s record of the most consecutive appearances.

David Jones Autumn Winter Fashion for Mirella at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst. Picture

David Jones Autumn Winter Fashion for Mirella at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst. Picture: Nick Clayton

Jess Gomes wears lingerie for a Valentine’s Day shoot. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Jess Gomes wears lingerie for a Valentine’s Day shoot. Picture: Tim Carrafa

via DJs ambassador Jessica Gomes makes film debut in Hollywood blockbuster | dailytelegraph.com.au.