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 ...

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 ...