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Hakuho maintains lead

Mar 25, 2016

Hakuho maintains lead

Hakuho closed in on a record-extending 36th career championship title with a win over fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho never gave Kakuryu (8-5) a hope in the day’s penultimate bout at Edion Arena Osaka, following up ...

Yokozuna Hakuho climbs into first place

Mar 24, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho climbs into first place

Kisenosato suffered his second loss of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, bloodied by injury-plagued yokozuna Harumafuji on Thursday to fall to 10-2 as yokozuna Hakuho took over the lead. A day after Hakuho put the brakes on ozeki Kisenosato’s runaway lead in the 15-day ...

Yokozuna Hakuho takes down Kisenosato

Mar 23, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho takes down Kisenosato

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho sentenced front-running ozeki Kisenosato to his first defeat on Wednesday, grabbing a share of the lead in the process at the Spring Grand Tournament. Kisenosato, who famously ended Hakuho’s 63-bout winning streak at the 2010 Kyushu tournament and also beat him ...

Kisenosato now 10-0

Mar 22, 2016

Kisenosato now 10-0

Kisenosato took another step toward his first career championship, while fellow ozeki Kotoshogiku’s promotion hopes were all but dashed at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Kisenosato improved to 10-0 with a resilient victory over yokozuna Kakuryu (7-3), remaining as the only unbeaten ...

Yokozuna Hakuho apologizes for reckless act after warning

Mar 21, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho apologizes for reckless act after warning

Yokozuna Hakuho has been warned over a full-blooded shove that sent a defeated opponent flying from the ring, causing serious injury to a ringside judge. Sumo elder Isegahama, the director of the Japan Sumo Association’s judges division, said Monday that he issued a verbal ...

Kisenosato remains in control

Mar 21, 2016

Kisenosato remains in control

Kisenosato won the 59th edition of sumo’s longest-running top-flight rivalry in the blink of an eye Monday as he maintained his perfect record on the ninth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, in sole possession of the lead at the turning point ...

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). ...