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Ki Sung-yueng earns first K League win since returning, Ryu Hyun-jin back on form Updated: 2020-09-14 17:03:36 KST

Time now for 'This Week in Sports' and for that our Sports editor Paul Neat joins us in the studio. Paul, it was a busy weekend of sport, particularly in K League where the season is already nearing its conclusion

Yes, indeed. There are only two matches left of the regular season and on Sunday, Ki Sung-yueng picked up his first win for FC Seoul since returning to K League - and in the 'Super Match' no less. Ki was a sub but came on at half time with the score at 1-1 against bitter rivals Suwon Bluewings and helped Seoul onto a 2-1 win. The victory moved Seoul into the top six but the defeat for Suwon, along with Incheon's draw with Busan, means the gap at the bottom is down to just two points. At the top, Ulsan and Jeonbuk both drew meaning the gap is still five points but they play each other on Tuesday.

As of Monday South Korea is back to Level Two social distancing. Does this mean fans will be allowed back in sports stadiums again soon?

Unfortunately not, no. We would have to be back at Level One for that to happen so not quite yet. But the season runs up until early December so there's still time.

Over in the UK, the new Premier League season kicked off over the weekend, featuring Korean national team captain Son Heung-min. How did he get on?

It wasn't the greatest of starts for Son Heung-min or Tottenham Hotspur, to be honest. Spurs were at home on the opening day for just the second time in 10 seasons but were unable to mark the occasion with a win. They lost 1-0 to Everton but Son played the full 90 minutes, starting on the left wing.

Not ideal, but it proved to be a productive weekend for a whole host of other South Korean stars

It certainly did. Most notably, Hwang Hee-chan who had had a debut to remember for RB Leipzig, starting, scoring and providing an assist in a 3-1 German cup win over Nuremburg. Hwang made the switch from the so-called "other Bundesliga" in Austria over the summer after a successful spell with Red Bull Salzburg.

But as you say, he wasn't the only one. Lee Seung-woo started and scored twice for Sint-Truiden in Belgium. Unfortunately, they lost 3-2 but Lee is off the mark for the season. Meanwhile, 2019 Golden Boy Lee Kang-in provided an assist in Valencia's 4-2 La Liga win over Levante.

Switching to baseball and to MLB where Ryu Hyun-jin was back on form

He was and he seemed to catch the New York Mets off guard, switching things up pitching-wise. He is known for being a 'changeup pitcher' but used it just 17% of the time compared to 30% against the Yankees recently. He and the Blue Jays' beat the Mets seven-to-three, during which he gave up just eight hits, one run in six innings, struck out seven and walked none for his fourth win of the season.

Meanwhile, here in Korea there was plenty going on in KBO over the weekend

Indeed. And one particularly interesting thing that happened came in the SK Wyverns' 3-1 win over Lotte Giants. The Wyverns' Choi Jeong and Choi Hang became the first pair of brothers to hit home runs for the same team in the same game off the same pitcher - Lotte Giants' Park Se-woong.

Finally, to LPGA where a somewhat emotional Lee Mi-rim secured one of the five major women's golf championships over the weekend

Yes, something of an upset too - something she herself admitted. Lee Mi-rim is World number 94 but at the ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage in California sealed the win via a playofffinishing 15 under par along with Canadian Brooke Henderson and American Nelly Korda. It was her fourth career tour win and first since 2016.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We will see you next week.
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