Time now for 'This Week in Sports' with our Sports editor Paul Neat joining us in the studio. Paul, first of all, it turned out to be quite the weekend for South Korean national football team captain Son Heung-min
Hi Conn-young. Yes, it was a 'Super Son-day' for Tottenham Hotspur who came from behind to beat Southampton 5-2 with Son Heung-min scoring four. Son equalized on the stroke of half time from an acute angle before finding the net again just two minutes after the restart to turn the game on its head. Son sealed his hat-trick on 64 minutes before a fourth came on 73 minutes.
This was Son's third career hat-trick but his first in the Premier League. And, by scoring four, is the most he has scored in a single match - making a statement with wing rival Gareth Bale joining Spurs on-loan from Real Madrid.
Switching over to K League now where there was some late season drama over the weekend
Indeed there was. On Sunday it was the final round of the regular K League 1 season before the division splits into two. Three teams had the chance of finishing in the top six but it was newly-promoted Gwangju FC that was able to seal a place in 'Final Round A' on goals scoredthanks to a 2-0 win over Seongnam. This was at the expense of FC Seoul who, needing a win, drew 0-0 with Daegu FC as well as Gangwon FC who lost 2-1 to Suwon Bluewings. There are just five rounds remaining, the first of which is due to be played this coming weekend.
To baseball now where the regular season in KBO is also heading towards the business end with just one month remaining
Yes, and the race for the playoffs is gathering pace. In KBO, the top team automatically qualifies for the Korean Series, second qualifies for the playoffs and third for the semi-finals. Then, fourth and fifth enter as wild cards for a place in the semis. At the moment, any team from Kiwoom Heroes in second down Lotte Giants in seventh have a realistic chance of qualifying.
Wild card contenders Kia Tigers lost 11-3 to bottom placed Hanwha Eagles on Sunday, and Lotte Giants were defeated in a double header against leaders NC Dinos. However, fourth played fifth on Sunday, LG at Dooson, with the Bears emerging as 6-5 winners. Very much all to play for in KBO.
To basketball and the KBL which got underway over the weekend.
Yes, on Sunday the first ever KBL Cup got up and running - a precursor to the regular season which begins on October 9th. On Sunday, Changwon LG beat Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 99-93 and Goyang Orion beat Sangmu 101-72. Earlier on this Monday, Seoul SK versus Incheon Electroland ended 86-83 while Jeonju KCC versus Seoul Samsung is being played as we speak. There a four groups, the winners of which will enter the semi finals and then compete in the final on Sunday September 27th.
For every point that is scored throughout the tournament, 10-thousand Korean Won - roughly eight U.S. Dollars and 60 cents - will be donated to the Hope Bridge National Disaster Relief Association in the name of the winning teamto help those affected by the typhoons and low income families who are struggling due to COVID-19.
Finally, to the U.S. Open golf which finished earlier today.
Yes it did, and a new champion was crowned - American Bryson DeChambeau claimed a first major title of his career after a wonderful final-round display. South Korea's Im Seung-jae finished 22nd at nine over par. The 22-year-old is currently world number 20 and looking for a second tour win of the year having won the Honda Classic back in March.
Thank-you for that round-up, Paul. We shall see you next week.