29 days ago
NC first-rounder Hart raves about Shirakawa after win over SSG

NC Dinos' foreign first baseman Kyle Hart (32) praised opposing starter Keisho Shirakawa (23) after picking up the win against the SSG Landers.

Hart started against SSG in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Nov. 21, throwing 94 pitches over 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts.

Hart, who was replaced by Kim Jae-yeol after the top of the seventh inning with his team leading 2-1, improved to 6-2 on the season as the bullpen preserved the win.

Hart, dubbed the "second Pedi," was just as dominant on the day.

He was no-hit until he was hit by Oh Tae-gon in the fourth inning. He then gave up a leadoff single to Guillermo Heredia, but struck out Lee Ji-young to end the threat.

From the fourth inning until the top of the seventh, he didn't allow a single batter to reach base, except for a single by Ha Jae-hoon.

Hart's victory over the Hanwha Eagles on May 16 was his first in more than a month, as he hadn't won a game in over a year after pitching well but not getting the win.

"I'm confident against all teams," Hart told reporters after the game. When I studied before today's game against SSG, I thought there would be at least three left-handed batters, but I was surprised to see eight right-handed batters," he said, adding, "I talked to the battery before the game and changed my game strategy in a hurry, and it turned out to be a good result."

Hart was not dwelling on his first win in a long time, saying: "My wins are important, but I always think about the team's wins first. That's not going to change," he emphasized.

Hart himself mentioned SSG starter Shirakawa's name at the end of the interview.

Shirakawa allowed two runs on seven hits (two homers) in six and a third innings while striking out a whopping 10, but the offense struggled and he dropped to 2-2.

Shirakawa, who signed a six-week contract with SSG in the middle of last month as a temporary replacement for Loenis Elias, could be on his way out of SSG in early July after one start.

Hart was well aware of this. "I thought SSG starter Shirakawa pitched really well today," Hart said. It was impressive," he praised.

"Whether he stays with SSG or goes back to Japan, I wish him all the best wherever he goes," he said.

2 months ago
"You took me to the FA Cup with Man United and now you want to fire me?"

What's next for Manchester United?

Manchester United won the 2023/24 English FA Cup final against Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on May 25 at 11:00 pm.

The Red Devils defeated the mighty Citizens to win the FA Cup. It was the pinnacle they wanted so badly.

United's FA Cup triumph has put the spotlight on the future of manager Eric ten Haag.

United's appointment of Van Gaal was a move to turn things around. He was determined to change a bad atmosphere.

The early signs were good. Van Gaal's style has been compared to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was known for his strictness.

After a creaky start to last season, United started to get results under Van Gaal.

The Red Devils defeated Newcastle United to win the Carabao Cup last season, breaking the cycle of irrelevance from the 2017/18 season.

Most notably, they joined the top four and qualified for the Champions League after the 2020/21 season.

United have given Van Gaal full support ahead of this season. They spent heavily to strengthen their squad with the likes of Mason Mount and Andre Onana.

However, expectations were not met. The club's worst performances in the league and Champions League have been criticized and speculation is rife.

Most notably, they lost the most games in a single season and tied the most goals conceded by a team in 47 years since the 1976/77 season.

The club has shown a willingness to make changes, even if it means winning, and a new list of coaches is being assembled to replace Van Gaal.

"If United don't want me, I will go to another team to win trophies, that's what I do. That's what I do," he said, suggesting that he is open to parting ways.

3 months ago
KT defeats KCC to even championship series at 1-1

Busan KCC head coach Jeon Chang-jin praised Heo Hoon (KT) after the 2023-2024 Jungkwanjang Professional Basketball Championship Finals (7 games to 4) at KT Arena in Suwon on Monday. He said, "He was amazing. In the championship game, players should play with that mentality. We were too complacent, and that eventually led to our defense."

Hehun scored 12 points in Game 1 on Nov. 27. However, the team did not live up to its name as it shot just 36.4 percent from the field. KT also suffered a 17-point loss at home. Heo Hoon's pride was crumpled.

Game 2 was determined. Hehun played a full 40 minutes without taking a single second off, and KT was able to smile again.

He finished with a 22-point, 10-assist "double-double" to lead his team to a 101-97 victory. Paris Bass was the top scorer on the night (36 points, 11 rebounds), but Heo stood out for a reason.

Bass was held "scoreless" in the first half. He missed some easy shots and certainly wasn't the same player he was in Game 1, when he scored 20 points in the first half alone.

But Heo bought enough time for Bath to explode. After leading KT's offense with nine points in the first quarter, Hehun scored nine points in the second quarter on three 3-pointers and poured in 18 points in the half. KCC led 53-44 at the half behind Alize DeShawn Johnson (29 points), who scored 23 points in the second quarter alone, but Heo did his part.

Finally, Bass exploded in the second half after being rested in the second quarter. Bass did all of his damage in the third quarter, scoring 23 points in the quarter alone. A revitalized KT, led by Ha Yoon-ki (13 points, 10 rebounds), closed the third quarter with a 79-73 lead and held off a late KCC charge in the fourth quarter to secure the win. In the second half, Heo Hoon, whose scoring was relatively low as Bath's offense came alive, assisted on Ha Yoon-ki's dunk to make it 100-97 with 1:03 left in the game, and with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, he made 1 of 2 free throws after being fouled and then intentionally missed the second, giving his opponent no time to call a timeout.

With the championship tied 1-1, the series now moves to Busan for Games 3 and 4. The third game between the two teams will be held on May 1 at Busan Sajik Gymnasium.

4 months ago (E)
'MLB is good enough for me!' Lee hits for the second straight game

The San Francisco Giants' newest star, 25-year-old Lee Jung-hoo, has started his Major League Baseball (MLB) career with a bang. In his first two games, Lee made his presence felt with back-to-back hits.

"I'd give myself an 80, I think I'm doing okay," Lee modestly told reporters after the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Sept. 29 (local time).

After a one-hit performance in his MLB debut, he followed it up with a multi-hit game on the second day, marking his second consecutive game with a hit since his debut. "I thought I had to be aggressive because I'm facing new pitchers every day, and I think it paid off," Lee said.

In particular, he said the advice he received from Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) over dinner after his first game the previous day was very helpful. "He told me, 'It's good to be a star, but you shouldn't make plays that cause trouble,'" Lee said. "In Korea, I had a big heart and a lot of greed to solve problems, but here, I felt it was important to just play my role well."

Lee's contribution to the Giants' 8-3 win proved that he is committed to helping the team win. He also commented on the atmosphere in MLB clubhouses, which is different from Korea, saying, "I've experienced the highs and lows of winning and losing."

"The atmosphere was very good, and I could see the ball well, so it was easy to field," Lee said of his experience playing at night. However, he added, "I think the ball stretches a little bit more, so I'll have to get used to that."