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Takayasu celebrates promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

May 31, 2017

Takayasu celebrates promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sekiwake Takayasu was officially promoted to sumo’s second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors.The 27-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother is from the Philippines, is the first new ozeki since Mongolian Terunofuji was promoted after the ...

Relieved Takayasu eyeing first title with ozeki promotion in the bag

May 29, 2017

Relieved Takayasu eyeing first title with ozeki promotion in the bag

Soon-to-be ozeki Takayasu spoke on Monday of his relief in coming through the crucial Summer Grand Sumo Tournament unhurt and with enough wins to make promotion almost certain, while making clear his sights are now set on an Emperor’s Cup title.The Ibaraki-native, whose mother ...

Hakuho completes tournament with 15-0 record

/ May 28, 2017

Hakuho completes tournament with 15-0 record

A day after clinching his 38th career championship, yokozuna Hakuho put the icing on the cake Sunday, when he finished the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record.Although their bout had no impact on the championship, Hakuho and fellow yokozuna Harumafuji went ...

Hakuho wraps up 38th championship

/ May 27, 2017

Hakuho wraps up 38th championship

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho defeated ozeki Terunofuji on Saturday to capture a record-extending 38th career title with a day to spare at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Starting the day with a two-win cushion, Hakuho outlasted his countryman in a tightly contested bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan ...

Hakuho nears Spring Basho title

/ May 26, 2017

Hakuho nears Spring Basho title

Hakuho capitalized on a loss by fellow yokozuna Harumafuji by knocking over Tamawashi to zero in on his 38th career championship title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday.Harumafuji fell to his second defeat, at the hands of promotion-chasing sekiwake Takayasu, and Hakuho ...

Hakuho stays on course for another crown

/ May 25, 2017

Hakuho stays on course for another crown

Yokozuna Hakuho moved a step closer to capturing a record-extending 38th championship title with a routine win over Tochiozan at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.With yokozuna rival Harumafuji having picked up a default win following the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent Takanoiwa ...

Injury forces Kisenosato out of Summer Basho

/ May 24, 2017

Injury forces Kisenosato out of Summer Basho

Japanese-born yokozuna Kisenosato, who had been gunning for his third straight title, has withdrawn from the ongoing Summer Grand Sumo Tournament after failing to recover from upper body injuries, sumo officials said Wednesday.The 30-year-old wrestler from the Tagonoura stable becomes the second yokozuna to ...

Kisenosato falls again; Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

/ May 23, 2017

Kisenosato falls again; Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

Yokozuna Kisenosato’s fading hopes of winning a third consecutive championship were all but shattered with a fourth loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.Kisenosato (6-4) was bumped out by sekiwake Kotoshogiku and lost his second straight match to fall four wins behind ...

Kisenosato suffers third loss; Hakuho, Harumafuji roll on

/ May 22, 2017

Kisenosato suffers third loss; Hakuho, Harumafuji roll on

Yokozuna Kisenosato succumbed to his third loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday while Mongolian grand champions Hakuho and Harumafuji secured their ninth straight wins at Ryogoku Kokugikan.Kisenosato’s hope of a third straight championship was dealt a severe blow by Tochiozan (5-4). ...

Rivals Hakuho, Harumafuji improve to 8-0

May 21, 2017

Rivals Hakuho, Harumafuji improve to 8-0

Hakuho put on another sumo clinic on Sunday to stay unbeaten and tied for the lead with fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji after eight days of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Hakuho oozed class in his bout against struggling Kotoshogiku (1-7) at Ryogoku Kokugikan, ...

Hakuho beats Daieisho to keep share of lead

/ May 20, 2017

Hakuho beats Daieisho to keep share of lead

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho did his best impression of a bulldozer on Saturday to retain his share of the lead after the first week of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Hakuho, looking to win a record 38th career title in his return from injury, ...

Kisenosato trails leaders by two wins

/ May 19, 2017

Kisenosato trails leaders by two wins

Yokozuna Kisenosato squashed Daieisho to stay within two wins of grand champion rivals Hakuho and Harumafuji at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday.In arguably his most convincing win of the meet, Kisenosato quickly wrapped both arms around Daieisho and flattened the winless No. ...