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. 

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

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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.


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

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South Korea vs. Russia, 2014 World Cup: Final score 1-1

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After nearly 70 minutes, Russia and South Korea appeared to be heading to a scoreless draw. Thanks to two goalkeeping errors, both teams scored late goals to cap off a rather dull match with an exciting ending.  Lee Keun-Ho gave South Korea the lead in the 68th minute, but Aleksandr Kerzhakov equalized six minutes later to give us our final score of 1-1.

Despite many feeling that Russia would dominate, South Korea looked strong early, playing the organized style they’re known for. Though they did not generate any shots on goal during those early minutes, they looked dangerous, and caused some gray-hair moments for the Russian defense.

Russia slowly wrestled away control of the match as the first half progressed. Their first really good chance came in the 31st minute when Sergei Ignashevich unleashed a booming free kick from 35 yards out that got through traffic and forced a save from Jung Sung-Ryong. Despite Jung leaving a sizable rebound, Russia were unable to pounce on the loose ball, and South Korea cleared the danger.

Son Heung-Min had a glorious opportunity in the 39th minute, getting free on the edge of the Russia box with a clear line on goal. Instead of testing Akinfeev though, Son’s shot went soaring well wide, and high, of the goal.Koo Ja-Cheol answered back three minutes later, sending in a shot from distance that took a deflection before rolling just wide of the post. Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was left frozen by the deflection, and there would have been nothing he could have done to stop the goal if it had stayed on target.

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Both sides opened the second half with chances, but the opening goal remained elusive.

At last in the 68th minute, a goal. South Korea’s Lee Keun-Ho unleashed what appeared to a pedestrian strike from outside the Russian box. Akinfeev had the shot stopped, but a momentary lapse of concentration allowed the ball to bounce off his hands, over his head and into the net, giving South Korea a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, another goalkeeper error, albeit less severe than Akinfeev’s, led to Russia finding an equalizer.

Denis Glushakov’s initial shot was saved by Jung, but he left a big rebound as he had many times before, and this time Russia was there to pounce. Kerzhakov tried to take a shot, but succeeded in bouncing the ball off Andrey Eshchenko’s chest, sending the ball back to Kerzhakov’s foot. The striker took a couple steps before firing a low show into the empty net, making the score 1-1.

Russia: Akinfeev, Eshchenko, Ignashevich, Berezutskiy, Kombarov, Glushakov (Denisov 72′), Fayzulin, Zhirkov (Kerzhakov 71′), Shatov (Dzagoev 59′), Samedov, Kokorin

Goals: Kerzhakov (74′)

South Korea: Jung S, Yun S, Kim Y, Hong JH (Hwang S 72′), Lee Yong, Ki S, Han K, Son HM (Kim B 84′), Koo J, Lee CY, Park C (Lee K 56′)

Goals: Lee K (68′)

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Hyun-Jin Ryu loses perfect game in eighth inning against Reds

Dodgers pitcher came very close to once again doing something special on Monday. One day after Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Reds. Todd Frazier broke it up with a solid double to left leading off the inning.

Ryu had thrown only 82 pitches through the first seven innings, so his pitch count was in very good shape to go the distance. His career high is 114 pitches, set last May. Ryu went to only one three-ball count (Zack Cozart in the fourth inning) before allowing the double and third baseman Justin Turner made a pair of nice diving stops behind him to take away hits.

The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, an inning that took more than 27 minutes to play. Ryu reached base on a throwing error in the inning and had to run the bases — he eventually came around to score — so the long delay may have thrown him off. Three of the first four Reds to bat in the eighth picked up base hits, ending Ryu’s night.

The 27-year-old Ryu came into Monday’s start with a 4-2 record and a 3.00 ERA in eight starts and 45 innings. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list earlier this season with shoulder inflammation, but obviously he is over that. The Reds entered the game with a .242 batting average and a .309 on-base percentage as a team, both of which rank 23rd in MLB.

Only three times in history have there been two no-hitters within the span of 48 hours: Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela in 1990, Don Wilson and Jim Maloney in 1969, and Gaylord Perry and Ray Washburn in 1968. The Dodgers have had multiple no-hitters in a season only once, when Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie did it in 1956.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu stays perfect on the road in Dodgers’ 2-1 victory

Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something.

Anything to make Ryu believe he’s pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible.

Ryu was at it again Thursday afternoon, holding the Giants scoreless in his seven innings to help the Dodgers salvage the finale of their three-game series at AT&T Park with a 2-1 victory.

The Dodgers now return home Friday to begin a 10-game homestand, tied with the Giants for first in the National League West with a 10-6 record.

Ryu (3-1) has started four games on the road this season and has yet to give up a run in 26 innings. In his only start at Dodger Stadium this year, he only made it through the second inning.

He gave up four hits, all singles, one walk and struck out three Thursday. Despite his rough start at home, he lowered his earned-run average to 1.93.

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Son Yeon-jae Breaks Title Drought in All-Around at World Cup

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Son Yeon-jae wrote a new chapter in the history of Korean rhythmic gymnastics by winning the individual all-around at a World Cup event in Lisbon on Saturday.

This is also Korea’s first-ever medal in this discipline at a senior-level competition hosted by the International Gymnastics Federation.

Son earned the highest marks in three events — 17.900 points in hoop, 17.800 in ball and 17.550 in club — and the second-highest score of 17.950 points in ribbon.

With a combined total of 71.200 points she collected the gold with a convincing lead over runner-up Melitina Staniouta of Belarus (68.150) and third-place finisher Dina Averina of Russia (68.000).

Son had slightly less competition this time around as some of the world’s top athletes did not compete. Russia’s Yana Kudryavtseva, the reigning world champion in the individual all-around, was absent, as was Ganna Rizatdinova of Ukraine and Margarita Mamun of Russia. They usually receive scores in the region of 18 points for each event.

Son, who finished fifth in the 2010 Olympics in London, has previously missed out on a medal in the individual all-around due to a loss of focus or stamina in one or two events.

But as her goal for this year is to win gold at the Incheon Asian Games in September, she has made all four programs more diverse and mature.

Son will compete at a World Cup event in Pesaro, Italy next week before returning home for the Korean Cup and a gala show.

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Choo Shin-soo Hits 500th Career Homer in MLB

Big-hitting Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers recorded the 500th run of his career in Major League Baseball on Saturday. He hit the milestone at the top of the first during an away game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The big moment came in Choo’s 858th game and 10th season in MLB. He began his career in the league with the Seattle Mariners back in 2005

Choo started as a leadoff hitter and left fielder and had two hits, one run and one RBI in four at-bats. He recorded two hits against David Price, the 2012 winner of the Cy Young Award in the American League. Despite Choo’s efforts, the Rangers lost 5-4.

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