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Kisenosato moves to 7-0

Mar 19, 2016

Kisenosato moves to 7-0

Ozeki Kisenosato maintained his perfect record with a convincing win over No. 2 maegashira Okinoumi on Saturday, staying in the lead alongside No. 4 maegashira Ikioi after the seventh day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking his first career championship, Kisenosato (7-0) had ...

Kisenosato still perfect

Mar 18, 2016

Kisenosato still perfect

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato stayed in pole position for his first career championship by maintaining his perfect record on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, long looked upon as the top Japanese hope to rise to the highest rank of ...

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku's unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Mar 17, 2016

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku's unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Kotoshogiku’s quest to reach the ultimate rank of yokozuna took a hit with shock first defeat at the hands of second-ranked maegashira Okinoumi on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking back-to-back championships that would likely see him promoted to ...

Kotoshogiku maintains place among lead pack

Mar 16, 2016

Kotoshogiku maintains place among lead pack

Kotoshogiku’s bid for consecutive titles and a move up to sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna continued to gather pace as the ozeki posted a fourth win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Kotoshogiku never gave komusubi Takarafuji (1-3) a chance as he ...

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Mar 15, 2016

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, pursuing a second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna, improved to 3-0 on Tuesday, the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Against an opponent he had routinely beaten in the past, Kotoshogiku needed two tries to overcome No. 2 maegashira ...

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Mar 14, 2016

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Ozeki Kotoshogiku’s drive for his second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna continued at full speed Monday, beating Yoshikaze on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku struggled with his balance on the tachiai under pressure from Yoshikaze (1-1). ...

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

Feb 29, 2016

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association announced the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, and ozeki Kotoshogiku will aim to become the first homegrown yokozuna in 18 years when he returns to the prestigious east side. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku will be up for ...

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Jan 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who completed an impressive win in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, could earn promotion to yokozuna in March’s Spring tournament. Sumo elder Isegahama, who heads the Japan Sumo Association’s judging department, indicated the ozeki, who became the first Japanese-champion ...

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Jan 23, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Ozeki Kotoshogiku came roaring back to move within one win of becoming the first Japanese-born champion in a decade at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Handed a stunning first loss at the meet by longtime friend Toyonoshima on Friday, Kotoshogiku barged ...

Tournament title still up for grabs

Jan 22, 2016

Tournament title still up for grabs

Toyonoshima sentenced ozeki and longtime friend Kotoshogiku to his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, blowing the title race open in the process. Toyonoshima, a seventh-ranked maegashira, drew Kotoshogiku in after the charge and sent him flying with a ...