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Hakuho improves to 5-0

Yokozuna Hakuho took out Bulgarian maegashira Aoiyama to breeze to a fifth straight victory as the co-leading Mongolian pack was trimmed to three at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. On a day when injured yokozuna Harumafuji withdrew from the 15-day basho at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, Hakuho wasted no ...

Hakuho brushes aside Endo

Sep 15, 2014

Hakuho brushes aside Endo

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho kept a 31st career title in his sights with a routine win over No. 1 maegashira Endo on Monday, the second day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho soaked up Endo’s attack at the charge and found an opening to ...

Hakuho collects win on first day of basho

Sep 14, 2014

Hakuho collects win on first day of basho

Yokozuna Hakuho kick-started his bid for a third consecutive Emperor’s Cup by smashing Chiyotairyu, but Goeido’s debut at ozeki was marked with a defeat on the opening day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. Hakuho capped a successful day for ...

New ozeki Goeido nervous but ready to do battle

Sep 1, 2014

New ozeki Goeido nervous but ready to do battle

Newly promoted ozeki Goeido, who has joined two other Japanese-born wrestlers at sumo’s second-highest rank, admits to being a bundle of nerves but says he is braced for the battle ahead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Speaking at a news conference on Monday ...

Sep 1, 2014

Goeido to make ozeki debut from west side

Newly promoted ozeki Goeido joins two Japanese-born wrestlers at sumo’s second-highest rank with the release on Monday by the Japan Sumo Association of the sumo rankings for the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido, who gained promotion following the Nagoya basho in July, has ...

Aug 15, 2014

Statue of sumo legend Taiho unveiled in Russian birthplace

A ceremony to unveil a bronze statue of the late Japanese sumo legend Taiho was held Friday in his birthplace Poronaysk in Sakhalin, eastern Russia, a move achieved through joint efforts by the Russian city and Japanese people. “We hope obstacles hindering peace between ...

Goeido promoted to ozeki for September basho

Jul 30, 2014

Goeido promoted to ozeki for September basho

The Japan Sumo Association formally promoted sekiwake Goeido to the ozeki rank, following a unanimous decision from its board of directors on Wednesday. The decision to promote the Sakaigawa wrestler was officially made after a meeting to determine the sumo rankings for the Sept. ...

Goeido set for formal promotion

Jul 29, 2014

Goeido set for formal promotion

Sekiwake Goeido will get the official green light for a rise in rank to sumo’s second-highest rank of ozeki when his promotion is formalized following meetings by the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old Goeido’s promotion will be put to a vote ...

Ozeki-bound Goeido fought through pain

Jul 28, 2014

Ozeki-bound Goeido fought through pain

Sekiwake Goeido, who has all but clinched his promotion to the ozeki rank after winning 12 bouts at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, fought and won his final three bouts with a hobbled left knee, his sumo elder Sakaigawa revealed on Monday. Sakaigawa said ...

Hakuho captures 30th Emperor's Cup

Jul 27, 2014

Hakuho captures 30th Emperor's Cup

Patience. That was the name of the game as yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday became only the third man in history to win his 30th career championship on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Sumo’s premier yokozuna had to stave off his ...

Kotoshogiku, Hakuho keep share of lead; Kakuryu falls

Jul 26, 2014

Kotoshogiku, Hakuho keep share of lead; Kakuryu falls

Ozeki Kotoshogiku has changed an improbable script into his moment of truth ahead of the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. With one blazing burst of speed and agility in a bang-up of rank-and-filer Takayasu, the ozeki retained his share of the ...

Title up for grabs after Hakuho handed loss

Jul 25, 2014

Title up for grabs after Hakuho handed loss

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning defeat on Friday to fall back into a three-way tie for the lead with an 11-2 record at the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho had won his last three bouts against Kisenosato (9-4) and entered with a 35-10 ...