S. Korea lose to New Zealand to open men’s football tournament

KASHIMA, Japan– Undone by an unlucky bounce and lack of clinical finish, South Korea lost to New Zealand 1-0 to kick off the men’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics…

Olympic football coach confident in team’s health protocols

KASHIMA, Japan-- The South Korean men's Olympic football team almost had a brush with the novel coronavirus over the weekend, even before the start of their competition in Japan.Ryu Seung-min, a South Korean member of the International Olympic Committe...

Veteran shooter feels close to top form ahead of 5th Olympics

NARITA, Japan-- Ahead of his fifth and likely his final Olympics this month in Tokyo, South Korean pistol shooter Jin Jong-oh said Sunday he's almost reached the top of his game."I feel great. I think I have just a little more room to improve in terms ...

Olympic champion catcher hoping for controversy-free gold medal in Tokyo

SEOUL-- During South Korea's inexorable march to the baseball gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the defining moment for catcher Kang Min-ho came not in an at-bat or a defensive play but in an ejection.With South Korea nursing a 3-2 lead over Cub...

Ex-MLB reliever Oh Seung-hwan named S. Korea’s closer for Olympics

SEOUL-- As roster decisions go, this was probably the easiest one to make for the South Korean Olympic baseball manager Kim Kyung-moon.During a press conference on Sunday at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Kim named Oh Seung-hwan, he of more than 400 profes...

Fueled by home cooking, Cardinals’ Kim Kwang-hyun puts on show for family

SEOUL-- With his family watching him pitch in the majors in person for the first time, St. Louis Cardinals' South Korean starter Kim Kwang-hyun delivered an outstanding performance.While twirling six shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants in ...

Stars on Olympic football team embrace veteran responsibilities

SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) — Selected as overage veterans on the under-24 South Korean men’s Olympic football team, forward Hwang Ui-jo and midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon understand the weight of responsibilities…

KBO pitcher withdraws from Olympic baseball team after misconduct, replaced by ex-big leaguer

SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) — In the latest fallout from a COVID-19-related misconduct scandal, South Korean pitcher Han Hyun-hee withdrew from the Olympic baseball team Saturday. The right-hander was promptly…

Officials from far-right Japanese party protest S. Korean banners at Olympic village

TOKYO– Officials of a far-right Japanese political party protested banners with a nod to history hung outside South Korean quarters at the Olympic athletes’ village on Friday, accusing the visitors…

Key football defender to miss Tokyo Olympics after club’s refusal

SEOUL– South Korean football defender Kim Min-jae was taken off the men’s Olympic team on Friday, as his Chinese club refused to make him available for the competition in Tokyo.…