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 ...

Referee injured in fall; Hakuho wins

Jan 12, 2012

Referee injured in fall; Hakuho wins

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho made short work of Okinoumi, but Japanese ozeki pair Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato both tasted defeat at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. The scariest moment of the day, however, was when gyoji (referee) Shozaburo Kimura took a nasty spill ...

Kisenosato overpowers Miyabiyama

Jan 11, 2012

Kisenosato overpowers Miyabiyama

Ozeki debutant Kisenosato continued his impressive performance at sumo’s second-highest rank, cutting down Miyabiyama in a powerful display on the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Kisenosato was not fazed in the slightest by Miyabiyama, who stood up once ...

Kotoshogiku rebounds from opening-day defeat

Jan 10, 2012

Kotoshogiku rebounds from opening-day defeat

Kotoshogiku rebounded from an opening day loss, ozeki debutant Kisenosato steamrolled another would-be opponent, and Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho ruled with an iron fist on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kotoshogiku, who suffered a shock defeat to Takekaze ...

Oct 17, 2011

Zou wins horizontal bar; Uchimura takes bronze

Zou Kai led a 1-2 finish for China in the men’s horizontal bar while three-time all-around champion Kohei Uchimura had to settle for bronze on the final day of the world gymnastic championships on Sunday. Zou was the pride and joy of his country ...

Uchimura earns second gold medal at worlds

Oct 16, 2011

Uchimura earns second gold medal at worlds

Reigning all-around champion Kohei Uchimura made an encore performance, winning the men’s floor exercise to capture his second gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on Saturday. Uchimura, who became the first gymnast in history to win three consecutive world all-around ...

Koyano lifts Fighters to win over Marines

Sep 15, 2011

Koyano lifts Fighters to win over Marines

Eiichi Koyano hit a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning and Masaru Takeda threw one-run ball over seven effective frames as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters rallied to beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 on Wednesday night. On a day when hits came ...

Tateyama helps Swallows beat rival Giants

Jul 7, 2011

Tateyama helps Swallows beat rival Giants

Shohei Tateyama pitched his fourth complete game of the season and helped his own cause with a tiebreaking double as the front-running Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants 4-2 for their third straight victory on Wednesday night. Wladimir Balentien opened the scoring with ...

Dragons punish Sawamura, Giants

Jul 4, 2011

Dragons punish Sawamura, Giants

Kazuhiro Wada and Masaaki Koike both homered, Junki Ito pitched a shutout into the eighth inning and the Chunichi Dragons took the rubber in a three-game set against the Yomiuri Giants with a 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. Yomiuri rookie starter Hirokazu Sawamura was ...