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Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Jan 21, 2016

Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Ozeki Kotoshogiku floored Harumafuji on Thursday to complete a clean sweep of yokozuna and retain sole possession of the lead heading into the final straight at the New Year Grand Tournament. Kotoshogiku (12-0), whose sensational form here has put him in position to become ...

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Jan 20, 2016

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Kotoshogiku stole the show at the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, when he defeated Hakuho in a clash of unbeaten wrestlers. Seeking to be the first Japanese wrestler to win a tournament in 10 years, Kotoshogiku improved to 11-0 by knocking ...

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Jan 19, 2016

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Kotoshogiku took a step toward ending a 10-year stretch without a Japanese champion on Tuesday with a win over yokozuna Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The ozeki’s victory added intrigue to Wednesday’s matchup against yokozuna Hakuho, who has beaten Kotoshogiku 46 ...

Kotoshogiku keeps Japan's hopes alive at New Year basho

Jan 18, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps Japan's hopes alive at New Year basho

Ozeki Kotoshogiku remained on course to become Japan’s first champion in a decade with a convincing ninth straight win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. The Fukuoka-born grappler was never in danger of seeing his unbeaten start come to an end, ...

Hakuho beats back Ichinojo

Jan 16, 2016

Hakuho beats back Ichinojo

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho recorded a routine victory over No. 3 maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday, maintaining his perfect record alongside ozeki Kotoshogiku on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking his record-extending 36th career title, Hakuho was solid in downing his ...

Hakuho stays tied for New Year lead

Jan 15, 2016

Hakuho stays tied for New Year lead

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho put on another sumo clinic to beat Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin on Friday and preserve his unbeaten record six days into the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 36th career title, was never in danger in the third-from last ...

Yokozuna Hakuho still unbeaten

Jan 14, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho still unbeaten

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho remained on track for a record-extending 36th career title with a routine victory over second-ranked maegashira Aoiyama at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho, aiming for a first win in three tournaments, wasted little time in getting hold ...

Hakuho cruises to fourth victory

Jan 13, 2016

Hakuho cruises to fourth victory

Yokozuna Hakuho delivered an imperious performance to beat Takarafuji and maintain his share of the early lead on Wednesday, the fourth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Chasing a 36th career title and first in three meets, Hakuho was all business in ...

Hakuho brushes aside Shohozan

Jan 12, 2016

Hakuho brushes aside Shohozan

Yokozuna Hakuho took another step toward his 36th career championship on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who already holds the record of 35 tournament titles, had little trouble improving to 3-0 against No. 1 maegashira Shohozan at ...

Harumafuji suffers second-day loss

Jan 11, 2016

Harumafuji suffers second-day loss

Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a setback on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, falling to No. 1 maegashira Shohozan. Harumafuji, looking to add to his Kyushu basho title in November, was overturned at the edge of the ring. The ...

Harumafuji starts basho with win

Jan 10, 2016

Harumafuji starts basho with win

Harumafuji, the winner of November’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, opened the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a textbook victory on Sunday. The Mongolian, who has been inconsistent since his promotion to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, quickly got one ...