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Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Yokozuna Kakuryu added the icing to his cake with a win on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after clinching his third career grand tournament title, Kakuryu backed fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to the straw bales in the final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Nov 24, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Yokozuna Kakuryu got back on the winning track on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he regained his sole lead with an 11-1 record. A day after suffering his only loss of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, ...

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

| Nov 22, 2016

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

Returning yokozuna Hakuho saw his title hopes dented after nemesis Kisenosato sentenced him to a second defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. The result saw Hakuho (8-2), who missed the last tournament through injury, fall two wins behind sole leader and ...

Free-falling Goeido slumps to third defeat

Nov 21, 2016

Free-falling Goeido slumps to third defeat

Ozeki Goeido’s dream of reaching the highest rank of yokozuna fell back to the drawing board after he suffered his third defeat Monday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where yokozuna Kakuryu remained perfect. Goeido (6-3), whose chance was hit severely with his loss ...

Goeido, Hakuho bounce back from defeats

Nov 19, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho bounce back from defeats

Ozeki Goeido dodged a bullet and got his bid for promotion to sumo’s highest rank back on track, while Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also rebounded from his first defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The wins kept the pair within striking distance ...

Goeido, Hakuho fall; Kakuryu still unbeaten

Nov 18, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho fall; Kakuryu still unbeaten

Goeido’s hopes of promotion to yokozuna suffered a blow when Tamawashi sentenced the ozeki to his first defeat of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Returning yokozuna and joint overnight leader Hakuho also suffered an upset, leaving Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu in sole possession ...

Goeido outmuscles Aoiyama, now 5-0

Nov 17, 2016

Goeido outmuscles Aoiyama, now 5-0

Yokozuna hopeful Goeido kept his eyes on the prize and muscled out winless No. 1 maegashira Aoiyama on Thursday to preserve his share of the lead a third of the way through the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. After chants of “Goeido” reverberated around Fukuoka ...

Legend Hakuho earns  1,000th career victory

Nov 15, 2016

Legend Hakuho earns 1,000th career victory

Yokozuna Hakuho reached a milestone Tuesday, picking up his 1,000th career win by defeating No. 2 maegashira Kaisei on the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Ozeki Goeido also kept the pace, thrusting second-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze down onto his knees with a ...

Yokozuna-chasing Goeido eases past Takayasu

Nov 14, 2016

Yokozuna-chasing Goeido eases past Takayasu

Promotion-chasing ozeki Goeido made it two out of two at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, thrusting down sekiwake Takayasu in seconds to continue his comfortable start. Goeido, who won his first championship two months ago at the Autumn tourney and will reach ...

Goeido, Hakuho win on first day of Kyushu tourney

Nov 13, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho win on first day of Kyushu tourney

Ozeki Goeido had a small scare during his bout with Tochiozan on Sunday but got off to a winning start on the opening day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, while yokozuna Hakuho showed a strong comeback after missing the September meet due to ...

Goeido still in shock after first career title

Sep 26, 2016

Goeido still in shock after first career title

Ozeki Goeido on Monday admitted he was surprised at his stunning championship win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, saying his maiden title victory with a perfect 15-0 record was beyond his wildest dreams. “My best record had been 12 wins. Not even in ...

Victorious Goeido ends basho with 15-0 record

Sep 25, 2016

Victorious Goeido ends basho with 15-0 record

Goeido became the first kadoban ozeki in sumo history to win the Emperor’s Cup with a perfect record after outclassing Kotoshogiku on the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Goeido came into the fall tourney with his rank on the ...

Goeido locks up first title with 14th victory

Sep 24, 2016

Goeido locks up first title with 14th victory

Ozeki Goeido captured his first Emperor’s Cup title after downing sixth-ranked maegashira Tamawashi at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Goeido maintained his perfect record on the penultimate day of the 15-day meet, comfortably beating Tamawashi (9-5) by yorikiri. At 30 years and ...