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South Korea beats North Korea in final seconds of Asian Games men’s soccer final

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Host South Korea beat North Korea 1-0 in an anticipated men’s soccer final at the Asian Games on Thursday, scoring in the waning moments of the second period of extra time.

Striker Lee Yong-jae kicked the ball toward the net after the 120th minute off a corner kick, but a North Korean defender deliberately hit the ball with his arm to keep it from going in.

Play was not stopped before defender Rim Chang-woo scored off a rebound moments later, though. Here’s video of the finish.

North and South Korea met in the Asian Games men’s soccer final once before, in 1978 in Bangkok. That match ended 0-0 with the nations sharing the gold medal, according to The Associated Press.

South Korea won gold and much more, via the AP:

A gold medal would grant them exemption from mandatory military service, which is largely in place because the two countries are still technically at war.

South Korea won men’s Olympic soccer bronze at London 2012, its first Olympic soccer medal. North Korea has never won a men’s Olympic soccer medal, making its lone appearance in 1976.

North Korea and South Korea’s tensions have long been apparent in the Olympic sports arena.

In September, South Koreans competed at an international sporting event in North Korea for the first time at a weightlifting meet. That came after South Korea rejected a North Korean offer to host some of the 2018 Olympic skiing events. The 2018 Olympics will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Previously, North Korea boycotted the Seoul 1988 Olympics, but the nations marched together under one flag at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Sydney and Athens. North Korea also competed in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

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First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.