Baseball: Fighters demolish Lions, Tadano deals in Saitama

Apr 17, 2012

Baseball: Fighters demolish Lions, Tadano deals in Saitama

The hot-hitting Fighters continued their winning ways against the feckless Lions, and added insult to injury in their opponents’ backyard. Kazuhito Tadano threw six shutout innings, and Hokkaido Nippon Ham knocked Seibu’s lights out in a six-run seventh en route to a 13-0 blowout ...

Arakaki goes distance as Hawks complete sweep

Apr 2, 2012

Arakaki goes distance as Hawks complete sweep

Nagisa Arakaki went the distance on one-run ball, Yuya Hasegawa broke open a close game with a three-run homer, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep in the season-opening series on Sunday. Softbank got on the ...

Hawks rally for second straight win

Apr 1, 2012

Hawks rally for second straight win

Give the Japan Series champions an opening, and they’ll find a way to win. Yuichi Honda had a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning, rallying the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks past the Orix Buffaloes en route to a 5-2 victory for their second straight win ...

Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Jan 23, 2012

Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Yokozuna Hakuho drew a line in the sand Sunday, beating ozeki Baruto to deny the Estonian goliath a 15th win on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Baruto was trying to become the first wrestler at sumo’s No. 2 rank ...

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

Jan 22, 2012

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

With his first championship title already a done deal, ozeki Baruto maintained his momentum with a thrashing of rival ozeki Kotooshu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The Estonian man-mountain moved one win away from finishing the Tokyo meet with an ...

Baruto wins New Year basho

Jan 21, 2012

Baruto wins New Year basho

Ozeki Baruto clinched his first career title Friday with a victory over rival Kotoshogiku, achieving the feat with two days to spare at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Baruto’s 13th consecutive win coupled by a third loss by deflated and vanquished yokozuna Hakuho, ...

Jan 18, 2012

Hakuho handed first defeat in New Year Basho

One false move and it was all over for Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho in a shock defeat to countryman Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Estonian ozeki Baruto emerged as the improbable sole leader after Hakuho suffered his first loss, improving ...

Hakuho, Baruto remain locked together for lead

Jan 17, 2012

Hakuho, Baruto remain locked together for lead

It was business as usual for yokozuna Hakuho while ozeki Baruto also remained undefeated to share the lead in the title race at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Hakuho stayed on course in his bid for a third consecutive title and ...

Dominating Baruto chalks up another victory

Jan 16, 2012

Dominating Baruto chalks up another victory

Baruto is building his case as the man standing between Hakuho and his third consecutive championship title — and the Estonian ozeki hasn’t looked this dominant since his debut at sumo’s second-highest rank. Baruto overpowered rank-and-filer Kitataiki on Sunday to remain undefeated with an ...

Hakuho, Baruto still tied for tourney lead at 7-0

Jan 15, 2012

Hakuho, Baruto still tied for tourney lead at 7-0

Before the strike of the final wooden clapper, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho was already locked into his hyper-focused zenlike state. Kitataiki (1-6) became the object of his wrath in a controlled display of force once the day’s final bout at the New Year Grand Sumo ...