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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 aiming to prove staying power at Spring Basho

Mar 11, 2016

Kotoshogiku aiming to prove staying power at Spring Basho

Ozeki Kotoshogiku will be out to prove his first Emperor’s Cup win in January was no fluke when the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday. To say that his championship win at the New Year Basho was a major surprise would be something ...

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 says Japanese sumo wrestlers not greedy enough

Feb 16, 2016

Kotoshogiku says Japanese sumo wrestlers not greedy enough

Japan’s giant sumo wrestlers lack the mean streak needed to repel the flood of foreigners who have dominated the roly-poly sport in recent years, according to the country’s first homegrown champion in a decade. Kotoshogiku, who last month ended an excruciating wait for a ...

Feb 2, 2016

Terunofuji to enter Spring Basho

Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March. The 24-year-old completed a physical ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hakkaku, Takanohana keep seats on JSA board

Japan Sumo Association chairman Hakkaku and former yokozuna Takanohana retained their posts as JSA directors on Friday. With 11 sumo elders running for 10 director positions on the board of directors, the odd man out was Takashima who reached the rank of sekiwake under ...

Jan 28, 2016

Eleven stable masters declare candidacies for JSA board

Eleven stable masters filed their candidacies on Thursday for the Japan Sumo Association’s board member election as they vie for 10 seats available at Friday’s vote. Having been unseated despite serving as the JSA’s No. 2 in the last biennial event, former board member ...