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Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

/ Jan 21, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

Ozeki Kisenosato dispatched maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday and then cashed in on a slip-up by yokozuna Hakuho to capture his long-awaited first championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. After a near false start by No. 13 maegashira Ichinojo, Kisenosato (13-1) allowed his ...

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

/ Jan 19, 2017

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

Ozeki Kisenosato took another major step toward his first championship title with a win over Ikioi Thursday, keeping him in sole possession of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Looking to finally shed his tag as a nearly man after coming ...

Ozeki Kisenosato tops Endo to keep slim lead

/ Jan 18, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato tops Endo to keep slim lead

Perennial bridesmaid Kisenosato dug himself out of a hole to maintain a one-win advantage, while Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to withdraw from the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, the 11th day of the 15-day basho. Ozeki Kisenosato (10-1) stayed on course ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

/ Jan 18, 2017

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to pull out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament when the Mongolian withdrew Wednesday due to a right leg injury. The 31-year-old Kakuryu, who won the Kyushu title in November, has struggled at this tournament and lost his ...

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

/ Jan 17, 2017

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

Kisenosato kept his cool and reclaimed the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead on Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day basho. A day after suffering his first loss, Kisenosato (9-1) was tested again by rival ozeki Terunofuji (4-6), who was strong if not ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

/ Jan 16, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Ozeki Kisenosato surrendered his lead at the top of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also fell for his second straight defeat on Monday, the tourney’s ninth day. Ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-6), who will be demoted from the second-highest rank should ...

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

/ Jan 15, 2017

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning upset, handing ozeki Kisenosato the sole lead on Sunday as the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament passed the halfway mark after eight days. Hakuho, looking to extend his record career championship haul to 38, entered the day along with ...

Hakuho, Kisenosato maintain perfect marks

/ Jan 13, 2017

Hakuho, Kisenosato maintain perfect marks

Yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato showed convincing outings to preserve their perfect records on the sixth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, when three rank-and-filers lost ground with their first defeats. Hakuho won his 18th bout in 19 meetings against ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

/ Jan 12, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

Ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Hakuho were forced to work hard for their wins Thursday to remain in a five-way lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On the fifth day of the 15-day tourney, Kisenosato survived the powerful shoves of Mitakeumi (3-2), who ...

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

/ Jan 11, 2017

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Kisenosato momentarily appeared to have suffered his first loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament as the referee erroneously declared his opponent the winner of their bout Wednesday, but the decision was soon corrected to give the ozeki a 4-0 record. The only ...