October 19, 2013 |
Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Simpson shot a four-under 67 to reach 19 under. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63. Chesson Hadley was second after a 67, reaching 15 under with an eagle on the par-five 16th. The Web.com Tour Championship winner last month, Hadley is making his fourth career PGA Tour start. Jeff Overton was third at 14 under after a 68. Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot a two-under 70 to remain tied for the lead with Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship at Incheon, South Korea.
October 11, 2013 |
SEOUL -- The mother of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae said Friday that her son "did not look bad" after she was allowed into North Korea to visit him. Bae's family had expressed concern about his failing health in recent months. Over the summer, he was transferred from a prison camp to a hospital for foreigners in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. His mother, Myunghee Bae, was allowed to visit him there Friday for the first since he was sentenced to 15 months hard labor.
October 7, 2013 |
With the exception of eccentric former NBA star Dennis Rodman, there are probably few people on the planet who have North Korean spas and sports centers on their list of things to see before they die. The Hermit Kingdom has in recent years built a half dozen luxury hotels , where a single night in a deluxe room would cost the average North Korean worker more than 80% of his annual income. Pyongyang has also opened a mountain retreat for South Koreans' occasionally permitted family reunion visits and a beach resort at a secluded bay at Wonsan, late "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il's favorite vacation spot.
October 3, 2013 |
The Americans survived a late rally Thursday and put the International team in a familiar hole in the Presidents Cup at Dublin, Ohio. Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the face of a bunker to three feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win in the final match on the course at Muirfield Village. That win gave the Americans a 31/2-21/2 lead, the fourth straight time they have led after the opening session. The Americans led in every match early in the fourballs session and were ahead in five of them when thunderstorms and a few bursts of rain stopped play for 11/2 hours.
September 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Catcher A.J. Ellis was alarmed when he first set eyes on Hyun-Jin Ryu in spring training. This was the Clayton Kershaw of South Korea? Whereas Kershaw reported to camp looking as if he was already in top shape, Ryu was noticeably overweight. When the Dodgers ran on the first day, Ryu finished far behind all of his teammates. "This guy has to pick it up or this is going to be a failed experiment," Ellis thought at the time. Ellis laughed as he recalled his initial impressions of Ryu. What was once a cause for concern is now a source of humor, as the addition of Ryu has turned out to be one of the smartest moves made by the Dodgers in the last year.
September 21, 2013 |
SEOUL -- North Korea on Saturday indefinitely postponed reunions of nearly 200 families separated during the Korean War, just four days before the long-awaited meetings were scheduled to take place. The cancellation, which could jeopardize a nascent thaw in relations between North and South Korea, was immediately decried as "an inhumane act" by a spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry. Last month, the two Koreas had agreed to resume reunions beginning on Wednesday. Working under a tight schedule, Pyongyang and Seoul last week had exchanged 196 names of family members who would meet at North Korea's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort.