Woods returns to the field after 7 months, 3-over par on day one

Tiger Woods (USA) returned to the field seven months after undergoing ankle surgery and while he is relatively healthy, he is not yet back to full strength.

Woods shot a 3-over-par 74 in the first round of the Hero World Challenge at the par-72 Albany Golf Course in New Providence, Bahamas, on Monday.

The Hero World Challenge is not a regular event on the U.S. Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, but it is an official event featuring 20 of the world’s top players. It has a $4.5 million purse and a $1 million first-place prize.

Woods, who shot a 5-under 67 and is eight shots behind Brian Harman and Tony Finau (USA), is tied for 18th in the 20-man field.

He made four birdies but added five bogeys and a double-bogey.

Hit a longest of 335 yards and an average of 313.4 yards, but his shots were largely flat.

Hit just 46.2 percent of his shots in the fairway and missed the green eight times.

Of his four birdies, only one was made by sticking it in the hole.

He faltered sharply down the stretch.

On the 15th (par-5), my tee shot went into the bushes and I tried to force it out instead of unflappable, resulting in a 5-on-2 putt for a two-stroke loss, and on the 16th (par-4), my third shot from outside the green hit a thick patch and I made bogey.

On the 17th (par-3), he dropped another shot with a 3-putt from 14 meters.

At 4-over par through three holes, Woods was unable to capitalize on a birdie opportunity on the final 18th (par-4).

“I lost focus from the middle of the round to the last,” Woods said, “I wasn’t sure about a couple shots. I struggled with trajectory and trajectory. I didn’t have the feel, the trajectory, the distance control that I normally take for granted,” he said, admitting that he’s still not quite back on track.

But on this day, Woods’ physical condition was more important than his performance.

After withdrawing from the Masters in April, Woods underwent surgery shortly thereafter to treat inflammation of the peroneal bone in his right ankle, and he has since focused on treatment and rehabilitation.

The inflammation was reportedly an aftereffect of a compound fracture he suffered in a car accident in February 2021.

“I spent months with the bones in my ankle touching, and the surgery took that away,” Woods said.

Woods, who hinted at his imminent return to the field in September when he was seen swinging a wedge followed by a full swing, has set the Hero World Challenge, an event organized by the Tiger Woods Foundation, as the stage for his return.

“The biggest challenge is walking for 72 holes,” Woods said.

Even without the after-effects of the car accident, Woods has had multiple back and leg surgeries over the years.

Plus, he turns 48 next month.

Fortunately, on this day, Woods didn’t seem to have much trouble walking the 18th hole.

His gait was a little uncomfortable, and he often swung his legs to loosen them up, but his swing and gait were fine.

However, Woods admitted that playing 72 holes was not easy.

“My legs, back, and neck are tight,” he said, “and the pace is still fast when I’m playing.”

It wasn’t like the friendly golf he’s used to playing with friends and acquaintances.

But Woods was motivated.

“I wanted to compete,” he said, “and I think I’m ready to compete. I played well today. I just didn’t do what I need to do mentally.”

Jordan Spieth (USA) shot a 4-under 68 to finish in third place, followed by world number one Scott Schauffler (USA), Colin Morikawa and Cameron Young (USA) at 3-under 69.

Viktor Hovlan (NOR), looking for his third straight victory in the event, finished the first day in a tie for 16th after a 1-over 73.

Will Zalatoris (USA), playing in his first tournament in seven months after back surgery like Woods, showed he is not yet back to his best with a 9-over-par 81. 메이저 토토사이트

Superstar Ohtani wins MLB’s Most Valuable Player award for third straight year

Superstar Shohei Ohtani, 29, has won the Edgar Martinez Award for the best designated hitter in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the third consecutive year.

“Ohtani is only the second player in history to win the award three times in a row,” MLB.com reported on Monday.

He is the first player to win the award three years in a row since David Ortiz, who won it five times from 2003 to 2007.

Ohtani had a breakout year for the Los Angeles Angels, splitting time at the plate.

In 135 games as a hitter, he posted an impressive .304 batting average (4th), 44 home runs (1st), 95 RBI (tied for 14th), .412 slugging percentage (1st), and .654 on-base percentage (1st-overall American League).

As a pitcher, he went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

Ohtani, who made a big mark in MLB history as a pitcher and a hitter, is collecting trophies this winter.

Last month, he was unanimously named the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP), and he also won the Silver Slugger award for the best designated hitter.

However, Ohtani injured his elbow late in the season and will only be able to play designated hitter next season.

We won’t see him in a two-hitter until 2025 or later.

However, Ohtani’s price tag is still sky-high.

Local media outlets expect Ohtani, who becomes a free agent after the 2023 season, to sign a contract totaling $500 million for the first time ever.

MLB has been recognizing the best designated hitter since 1973, and the award has been given under its current name since 2004 in honor of Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez. 스포츠토토사이트

Free agent Yang Seok-hwan remains… Doosan’s batting task is to ‘revive Kim Jae-hwan’

Baseball manager Lee Seung-yeop sees a “right-right cleanup trio” with left-handed slugger Kim Jae-hwan batting fourth and right-handers Yang Seok-hwan and Yang Ji in front of him as the framework for the 2024 season.

For now, Lee’s plan is more than 50 percent complete.

Yang signed a free agent contract with Doosan on March 30 for 4+2 years and up to 7.8 billion won.

Coach Lee Seung-yup was more than happy to see him stay.

“I called the coach after signing the contract. I loved the sound of his voice,” he laughed.

Traded to Doosan from the LG Twins in 2021, Yang hit .267 with 69 home runs and 236 RBIs over the last three years (2021-2023).

He was third in home runs during that time. Only Choi Jung (90 home runs-SSG Landers) and Jose Pirela (73 home runs-Samsung Lions) have hit more home runs than Yang.

With Yang Seok-hwan sticking around, Doosan has succeeded in establishing a core batting lineup that is not outclassed by other clubs.

What remains to be seen is the rebound of Kim Jae-hwan.

Kim Jae-hwan left for the United States on May 25.

In order to train with Kang Jeong-ho, who has played in the KBO and Major League Baseball and currently runs a baseball academy.

Kim Jae-hwan accepted manager Lee Seung-yeop’s request and participated in the Nov. 1-23 wrap-up camp. It’s unusual for a starter to complete a full camp.

Kim hit 44 home runs and 133 RBIs in 2018, winning two division titles and being named the regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP).

However, his home runs have since dropped to 15 in 2019, 30 in 2020, 27 in 2021, 23 in 2022, and just 10 this year.

His batting average was .220, his lowest since becoming a starter.

Lee Seung-yeop, a former “national hitter” who played in Nippon Professional Baseball for eight years and still holds the record for most home runs in Korean baseball (467), served as Kim Jae-hwan’s “dedicated instructor” during this year’s final camp.

“I talked more with Kim Jae-hwan during the final camp than I did during the entire regular season this year,” Lee said. “He told me his worries, we diagnosed problems together, and we got to know each other. It’s not easy for a veteran to complete a training camp. I’m very grateful to Jae-hwan.”

“It definitely paid off. I could see that he was struggling. It was probably harder than it looks.” “Training volume is not everything, 바카라사이트 but it takes a lot of training for the body to remember good form. While overcoming his physical limitations, the bad memories that plagued him must have disappeared.”

Kim Jae-hwan spends his off-season training with Kang Jung-ho in Los Angeles, USA.

Some players have benefited from the Kang Jung-ho effect.

Son Ah-seop (NC Dinos) hit just .277 last year and spent the offseason training with Kang. This year, Son is batting .339, topping the league in that category.

Kim Jae-hwan, who trained one-on-one with the “National Hitter” Lee Seung-yeop during the final camp, gets help from “former big leaguer” Kang Jeong-ho during the off-season when he can’t train with the team’s coaching staff.

This year, Doosan finished tied for third in the division with 100 team home runs and fifth with a .373 batting average.

Yang Seok-hwan (21 homers, 0.454 on-base percentage) and Yang Ji (17 homers, 0.474 on-base percentage) did their part, but Kim Jae-hwan (10 homers, 0.331 on-base percentage) struggled.

Coach Lee Seung-yeop, as well as Yang and Yang, are confident in Kim’s resurgence.

“Next year, Jae-hwan will work harder with his brother to improve the team’s ranking, which was only fifth this year,” Yang said.

“Jae-hwan’s slump is over this year,” said Yang Ji, “The coach has stepped up to the plate, and my friend Jung Ho is also helping him. I have no doubt in his resurgence.”

If the manager and his teammates get their wish, the Doosan bats could rise to the top of the KBO. 온라인카지노사이트

Major League Baseball Seoul Opening Game to be broadcast on Coupang Play next March

Coupang Play will broadcast the opening game of the 2024 Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season in Seoul on March 20 and 21 next year.

On March 1, Coupang Play announced, “We will live stream the MLB World Tour Seoul Series at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul next March,” and said, “We will exclusively broadcast the entire process of the team’s arrival, practice games, and the main game.”

In July, the MLB office announced that the “San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will play their regular season opener in Seoul on March 20-21, 2024.

In August, an MLB due diligence team traveled to Seoul to inspect the Gocheok Dome facility.

Next year’s opening game will be the first time an MLB game will be played in South Korea.

The MLB office has decided to play a regular season or event game in a “country other than the United States” in 2024 to globalize baseball.

In addition to the Seoul opener, the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros will play in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 28-29, and the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will play in London, England, on June 9-10.

During spring training on March 10-11, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will play an event game in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The most high-profile “international game” is the opening day in Seoul.

“It will be the first time in five years that MLB has played an Opening Day game outside the United States since Tokyo, Japan, in 2019,” MLB.com notes, “and it will bring back memories of watching KBO games online when Major League Baseball was delayed in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, San Diego and Dodgers fans will be able to take an unforgettable trip.”

Korean baseball fans are looking forward to the opening game between San Diego, where Kim Ha-seong plays, and the Dodgers, where Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin played. 슬롯

FIFA to regulate agent fees?…industry loses legal challenge

The International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) plan to limit the exorbitant fees that agents take when a player is transferred has been thwarted.

According to the Associated Press (AP), FIFA, which sought to create rules to limit the fees of soccer players’ agents, lost a high-profile legal challenge in the United Kingdom by the Professional Football Agents Association (PROFAA).

This is a major setback for FIFA’s efforts to curb the overheated agent market.

FIFA believes that agents are causing the soccer transfer market to overheat and is trying to control their fees.

FIFA estimated that agents earned more than $600 million ($780 million) in international transfer fees last year.

In particular, the signing of top players such as Eling Holland (Norway), who switched from Borussia Dortmund (Germany) to Manchester City (England) ahead of last season, is believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars in transfer fees alone.

In response, FIFA has limited the amount of commission an agent can earn when representing a club looking to sell a player to a maximum of 10% of the transfer fee.

There is also an upper limit of 3% if the player’s salary exceeds $200,000, and 5% if it does not exceed $200,000.

If the agent represented both the player and the club, the cap would be 6% and 10%, respectively.

FIFA has also completely banned “dual representation,” where an agent represents both the club selling and the club buying a player.

In a lawsuit filed by PROFAA over the policy to curb the overheated agent market, FIFA won a ruling in favor of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July, but PROFAA appealed to courts across Europe, including the UK, in September. 먹튀검증

Korea Olympic Committee to run pre-training camps and catering center at Paris Olympics

Korean athletes will receive pre-training camps and meal support at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) announced that it signed a lease agreement with Citesport, the management agency of the French Center for National Defense Sports (CNSD), in Paris, France, on Monday (June 1).

The agency will operate the pre-training camp and catering support center for Korean athletes during the Paris Olympics.

It is the first time in 12 years since the London 2012 Olympics that the KOC has organized both a pre-training camp and a catering support center at an Olympic Games.

The agreement will allow the Korean athletes to train at the CNSD training camp.

The CNSD is a French military sports training facility that includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium with indoor track and field, as well as a dedicated kitchen and dining hall.

The KOC will dispatch nutritionists and culinary staff from the Jincheon National Athletes’ Village to provide Korean and nutritious boxed lunches to the athletes and coaches at the training camp and athletes’ village.

“The Korean athletes achieved excellent results (5th place overall) at the 2012 London Olympics, where we operated a pre-training camp and catering center,” said Jang Jae-geun, head of the National Athletes’ Village, who attended the signing ceremony. “We will do our best to support the national athletes so that they can focus on their training at the Paris Olympics.” 파워볼사이트

Pro basketball SONO signs Cho Eun-hoo from Jungkwanjang…

Professional basketball team Goyang Sono has traded Kim Se-chang and acquired Cho Eun-hoo.

The KBL announced on the 1st that “Sono and Anyang Jungkwanjang traded Kim Se-chang and Jo Eun-hoo”.

The trade was made in response to Sono’s request to add backup resources to ease the physical strain on Lee Jung-hyun.

Guard Cho Eun-hoo will be reunited with her first professional coach, Sono head coach Kim Seung-ki.

After leading the collegiate league in assists at Sungkyunkwan University, Cho was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 KBL Rookie Draft by Kim Seung-ki, who was then the head coach of Chung’s predecessor, Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation.

Cho made her professional debut in the 2021-2022 season with Jung Kwanjang, appearing in nine games and averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 assists.

However, he only appeared in two games last season and hasn’t seen the court since the first round match against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis this season.

“Jo Eun-hoo is a player with excellent passing skills based on reading and wide vision, and her defense is also strong, so she will be a great addition to our backup guard lineup,” said Sono head coach Kim Seung-ki through the club.

“Although she has a weakness in outside shooting, she can be covered in other areas and her shooting can be sufficiently compensated through training,” he said.

Guard Kim made his professional debut with the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis in 2019, and has been playing for SONO’s predecessor, the Goyang Orion, since the 2020-2021 season.

In his professional career, Kim averaged 1.7 points and 0.8 assists in 48 games. 토토사이트

KT to use all-right-handed lineup in PO Game 1 against NC ace Peddy

The Korean baseball organization KT Wiz has filled eight of its lineup with right-handed hitters, with one exception, to face NC Dinos ace Eric Peddy, who will be making his first appearance in 14 days.

KT manager Lee Kang-cheol unveiled a batting lineup consisting of Kim Sang-soo (shortstop), Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman), Anthony Alford (left fielder), Park Byung-ho (first baseman), Jang Sung-woo (catcher), Cho Yong-ho (right fielder), Moon Sang-chul (designated hitter), Bae Jeong-dae (center fielder), and Park Kyung-soo (second baseman) 온라인카지노 ahead of the first game of the playoffs (best-of-five) against NC at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, South Korea, on April 30.

All of them are right-handed hitters except Choi Soo-ho.

The reason for the right-handed batting lineup is due to the absence of two left-handed hitters, Kang Baek-ho, who injured his side, and Kim Min-hyuk, who still has a sore thigh, but Lee explained that KT’s right-handed hitters hit Pedi’s ball better.

Despite only facing Pedi a few times, most of the KT right-handers went 1-for-3. Alford was the most successful, going 5-for-8 with two home runs.

“When Kim Min-hyuk was out, Kim Sang-soo was good as the number one hitter with a high on-base percentage,” Lee said. “When we looked at the scoring probability in the data, we often got caught in the third or eighth inning in the fourth or fifth inning, so we used the eighth spot in the batting order considering the game plan.”

“The pitchers will be well-rested, but I think the flow of NC’s hitters, who hit so well in the semifinals, will not be broken,” Lee said cautiously, referring to the fact that NC will enter the playoffs with four days off after finishing the semifinals in three games on May 25.

NC manager Kang In-hwa said that Pedi, who spent two weeks rehabbing after being hit in the right forearm by a Kia Tigers’ Ko Jong-wook on the 16th, has made a full recovery.

“I can’t set the number of pitches, but it can be up to 100,” Kang said, adding, “I will decide the number of pitches after seeing the game situation.”

Lee Jae-hak, who was hit on the back of his right hand by a strong hit from SSG’s Oh Tae-gon in the third game of the semifinals on the 25th, did not show any discomfort in the catching game, but he hasn’t thrown yet in the bullpen, so Kang added that he will decide whether to pitch on the day after seeing how he throws.

Kang, who used left-handed bullpen pitchers such as Choi Sung-young and Kim Young-gyu in the semifinals against SSG, said he will rely on the right-handed trio in the playoffs against KT, which is loaded with experienced right-handed hitters.

Kim Si-hoon, Lee Jun-ho, and Lee Yong-jun, who have performed well against KT hitters, will receive the baton.

NC will face Cuevas in the order of Son Asub (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second base), Park Geon-woo (right field), Jason Martin (center field), Kwon Hee-dong (left field), Seo Ho-chul (third base), Oh Young-soo (first base), Kim Hyung-joon (catcher) and Kim Joo-won (shortstop). 바카라사이트

Women’s Basketball Head Coach’s Answer to International Competitiveness…

Woori Won-woo, the head coach of the Asan Woori Bank women’s professional basketball team, responded to the criticism of Korea’s women’s basketball team’s lack of international competitiveness by saying that “structural issues” cannot be overlooked.

In her view, the issue of international competitiveness cannot be separated from environmental aspects such as infrastructure.

“I’m not in a position to say to the players, ‘You’re not competitive,'” Wee said in response to a question about international competitiveness at the opening media day of the 2023-2024 women’s professional basketball season at Hotel Rivera in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Tuesday afternoon.

“In Asia, we’re going up against Japan and China in international competitions, and I know we only have 19 high school girls’ basketball teams. “As a coach, I also have a lot of concerns about creating competitive players, but there are also a lot of obstacles in the environment,” he said.

“I think the players work really hard in international competitions. When we were ranked first in Asia, our infrastructure was good,” he said. “Nowadays, I ask the players why they can’t do as well as they did against Japan and China, and I think it’s because of the small size of the team,” he analyzed.

“The players may not see it as a good thing that the only medal they won this year was a bronze at the (Hangzhou) Asian Games, but if they are encouraged more in this aspect, I believe Korean basketball will achieve good results again in Asia,” he added.

Woo is the “longest-serving coach in women’s basketball,” having led Woori Bank since 2012.

He is considered one of the most prominent coaches in women’s professional basketball, as he needs just 21 more wins to become the first coach in history to reach 300 wins.

Kim Wan-soo of Cheongju KB, a former middle and high school coach, said, “It’s a problem that leaders need to reflect on.” “It may sound like an excuse, but I think it’s because the system or infrastructure is too weak,” he said.

“If there are a lot of players, there will be a lot of good players,” Kim said. “When I go to middle and high school games to select new players, there are often five or six players in a school. Some schools can’t even play because they don’t have five players,” he explained.

“The coaches also have to study a lot, but for example, something can only come out if there are materials, so I think that part is more important,” he added.

The Korean women’s national basketball team finished fifth at the FIBA Asia Cup in July. It was the first year since the tournament’s inception in 1965 that the team did not finish in the top four.

The top four finishers also missed out on the final qualification spot for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

At the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, the team failed to reach the final after a 58-81 semifinal loss to Japan. 슬롯게이밍

Men’s Volleyball’s Lowest Employment Rate in History…”College Skills Decline – Asian Quarter Impact”

Of the 42 players who knocked on the door of the pros, only 20 (47.62%) were selected, less than half.

The Korean Volleyball Organization (KOVO) V-League 2023-2024 Men’s Rookie Draft, held at Mayfield Hotel in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, ended with the lowest employment rate in history.

This is the first time that less than half of the men’s draft has been selected. The employment rate was even lower than the previous 56.25 percent (9 out of 16) in the 2005-2006 season.

Samsung Fire and KB Insurance utilized their draft picks from trades to select five players each, while OK Financial Group selected three, Woori Card, KEPCO, and Hyundai Capital two, and Korean Air only one.

The managers of the professional clubs, who are “volleyball seniors” who are familiar with the situation of their clubs not being able to pick more rookies, felt mixed feelings but soberly diagnosed the current situation.

First of all, they judged that the performance of college and high school volleyball has declined somewhat in recent years.

“Our team currently has 14 domestic players, and we’re rebuilding the team, so we’ve recruited a lot of rookies,” said Kim Sang-woo, head coach of Samsung Fire, “but it’s difficult to put players who played in college and high school right away. There is a big gap between professional and college volleyball.”

“It’s really unfortunate that more than half of the players who participated in this draft were not selected,” said Hoo In-jung, head coach of KB Insurance. “To be honest, the quality of college volleyball is lower than before.”

There were seven college graduates (fourth-year students) selected in the draft. As the culture of going pro before graduating from college has become “mainstream,” the quality of college volleyball has declined.

Of course, there’s no reason to discourage players from going pro early.

“The entire volleyball world should have in-depth discussions to improve the performance of college volleyball,” Hu suggested.

Choi Tae-woong, head coach of Hyundai Capital, said, “The number of youths playing volleyball has definitely increased. However, the system for discovering promising players is not yet in place,” he said, adding, “Japan (which has risen to the top of the world) teaches the basics when they are in school and only learns tactics in the pros. We learn the basics again when we come to the pros,” he said, pointing to the weakening of the youth elite volleyball scene.

The Asian quota, which was introduced in the 2023-2024 season, helped improve the performance of the V-League, but it also narrowed the space for domestic players.

The addition of foreign players to the existing roster meant that every team had two foreign players in the starting lineup.

Managers have analyzed that Asia Quota has contributed to the lowest employment rate of rookies in the draft.

However, there is no immediate solution to the problem, which has a net function of strengthening the V-League.

The coaches, who are both professional volleyball officials and the elders of younger players, are in deep trouble. 스포츠토토