SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say a North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to the South. The lawmakers say they were told by the National Intelligence Service that the diplomat arrived in South Korea in September 2019 with his wife and at least one child. That would make him one of the most senior North Koreans to defect in recent years. North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite, and has sometimes insisted that they are South Korean or American plots to undermine its government.
Franklin County moved to 9-0 in conference play with a 7-5 win over Greensburg on Monday.FC came in to the game one game ahead of the Pirates for the conference lead and was able to extend that lead with 5 conference games remaining. Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, FC surrendered the lead in the 5th inning on 4 Greensburg runs, all with 2 outs. In the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats answered with 5 runs of their own. Greensburg would score 1 in the 7th before a ground ball ended the game with bases loaded in the 7th. Ben Krider pitched 5 innings to earn the win while Matthew Billman pitched the final 2 innings to earn the save. Nick Pennington, Krider, and Joe Fields all led FC with 2 hits each.FC will travel to Northeastern on Wednesday before finishing the Greensburg series at Greensburg on Thursday.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.
From Dirk to Durant: Five NBA milestones to watch Dirk Nowitzki passes John Stockton for 3rd all time in games played When informed of the inflated cost, the Mavs star expressed gratitude for his supporters.”That is a lot of money,” Nowitzki said. “That’s awesome, though. That means people want to come to that game. It’s amazing to hear about the support.” Related News SeatGeek.com communications manager Chris Leyden noted the prices could continue to climb over the next few weeks.”This is the most in-demand regular season Mavs game that we have ever seen, with an average resale price of $287,” Leyden said. “For comparison you can see Dirk just six nights earlier against the Timberwolves for an average of $62, so fans really are most interested in being there for the literal final game. Dirk Nowitzki is less than a month away from playing his final game at American Airlines Center, and it’s going to cost fans big money to see it in person.According to the Dallas Morning News, secondary market ticket prices for that April 9 game against the Suns are at record levels for a Mavericks regular-season game with price tags of $145 for an upper-deck seat to $7,875 for a VIP courtside seat. “As a comparison, Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami has an average resale price of $292, so a pretty similar amount of demand.”With the 40-year-old’s appearance in Friday’s loss to the Magic, Nowitzki passed John Stockton for third all-time in games played with 1,505.The 14-time All-Star also sits in the top 10 all-time in points (7th), top 20 in 3-pointers made (11th) and top 30 in rebounds (27th).