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Kisenosato eyes crown

Sep 10, 2016

Kisenosato eyes crown

Ozeki Kisenosato is looking for his elusive first championship and another chance for promotion to sumo’s highest rank, with injured yokozuna Hakuho not standing in his way, at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament which begins Sunday. Hakuho, who boasts a record 37 championships, is ...

Sep 9, 2016

Hakuho to undergo toe surgery

Injured yokozuna Hakuho, who will miss the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, said Friday he will have surgery on his right big toe to remove a bone chip. Hakuho, who hurt the toe on the ninth day of the Nagoya tourney in July before ...

Sep 9, 2016

Ailing Ichinojo likely to miss Autumn Basho

Third-ranked maegashira Ichinojo will not compete in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday due to lower back pain, his stablemaster said Friday. The 23-year-old Mongolian, who will be missing a tourney for the first time since he made his debut in the third-tier ...

Hakuho pulls out of basho due to injuries

Sep 8, 2016

Hakuho pulls out of basho due to injuries

Yokozuna Hakuho said Thursday he will sit out the entire Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday as he is still nursing injuries. This is the fourth time for Hakuho to miss all or part of a tourney and the first since last year’s Autumn ...

Hakuho struggling to be fit for Autumn Basho

Sep 5, 2016

Hakuho struggling to be fit for Autumn Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho hinted Monday that he may not be able to take part in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday as his preparations for the event at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan have been hampered by injuries. “It’s not good to leave things half-baked,” the ...

Aug 29, 2016

Tokitenku accepts retirement due to cancer battle

Longtime maegashira Tokitenku said Monday that balancing cancer treatments and sumo wrestling proved to be too difficult. Three days after the Japan Sumo Association announced that the 36-year-old Mongolian-born wrestler had been accepted as a sumo elder, a tearful Tokitenku talked about his decision ...

Kisenosato limbers up for fourth yokozuna bid

Aug 29, 2016

Kisenosato limbers up for fourth yokozuna bid

Ozeki Kisenosato will be hoping the fourth time will be the charm that lands him promotion to yokozuna. The 30-year-old ozeki enters the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament knowing his first career title will mean promotion to sumo’s most exalted rank. This will be ...

Aug 26, 2016

Veteran maegashira Tokitenku announces retirement

Longtime maegashira Tokitenku, who has been battling malignant lymphoma, will retire and become a sumo elder, the Japan Sumo Association announced Friday. The 36-year-old Mongolian-born Tokitenku competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the rank of komusubi. On Thursday, the JSA recognized ...

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Aug 7, 2016

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo’s Kokonoe stable. Cattleya, the orchid loved by the iconic former yokozuna, were laid inside his coffin, as his former stablemate and ...

Aug 3, 2016

Chiyotaikai succeeds Chiyonofuji as stablemaster

Former ozeki Chiyotakai has succeeded the late Chiyonofuji as stablemaster Kokonoe, the Japan Sumo Association announced Wednesday. Chiyotaikai, who was known for his powerful thrusting, won three championships before retiring in 2010. He has been coaching at Kokonoe stable under the name of Sanoyama. ...

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Aug 1, 2016

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Tributes poured in from around the country Monday as mourning continued the day after Japan lost legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji, who died in a Tokyo hospital due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. The funeral and memorial service for the former yokozuna ...