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Harumafuji captures title at Nagoya Basho

Harumafuji defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and seize his eighth career championship. Harumafuji entered the tournament finale needing a win to avoid a three-way championship playoff after No. 10 maegashira Takanoiwa and ozeki Kisenosato each improved to 12-3 in their bouts. ...

Terunofuji shocks yokozuna Hakuho

Jul 21, 2016

Terunofuji shocks yokozuna Hakuho

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Thursday crashed to shock defeat against relegation-threatened ozeki Terunofuji to surrender his share of the lead heading into the final stretch of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho’s third defeat of the tournament, along with a loss for komusubi Takayasu, ...

Kisenosato defeats Ikioi

Jul 20, 2016

Kisenosato defeats Ikioi

Kisenosato got his yokozuna promotion campaign back on track with a well-earned win over maegashira Ikioi on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Mugged by Shohozan on Tuesday, Kisenosato bounced back at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, but the Tagonoura ozeki had ...

Maegashira Shohozan earns upset victory over ozeki Kisenosato

Jul 19, 2016

Maegashira Shohozan earns upset victory over ozeki Kisenosato

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato suffered an embarrassing loss on Tuesday, when the 10th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament finished with five wrestlers tied for the lead. Shohozan tricked Kisenosato on the tachiai. Shohozan, who typically aims for a belt hold with his left, ...

Kisenosato improves to 6-1 by beating Tochinoshin

Jul 16, 2016

Kisenosato improves to 6-1 by beating Tochinoshin

Ozeki Kisenosato remained in contention for an elusive first title and possible promotion to yokozuna as he wrapped up the first week of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a resounding win over struggling sekiwake Tochinoshin on Saturday. A day after dodging a bullet ...

Hakuho bounces back, regains share of lead

Jul 15, 2016

Hakuho bounces back, regains share of lead

Normal service resumed at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday as Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho rebounded from a shock first defeat to get his bid for a record-extending 38th career championship back on track. Hakuho, whose winning streak stretching back to the second day ...

Kisenosato stays with lead pack

Jul 13, 2016

Kisenosato stays with lead pack

Yokozuna hopeful Kisenosato produced another clinical win to retain his share of the early lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Kisenosato was in total control at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, the ozeki using his left hand and then his right to get ...

Kakuryu, Harumafuji suffer first losses at Nagoya Basho

Jul 12, 2016

Kakuryu, Harumafuji suffer first losses at Nagoya Basho

A pair of yokozuna were culled from the leading group on Tuesday, the third day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Losses by Kakuryu and fellow Mongolian Harumafuji, left their compatriot Hakuho as the only yokozuna to survive the first three days with a ...

Stars shine on second day of Nagoya Basho

Jul 11, 2016

Stars shine on second day of Nagoya Basho

Despite the heat and pressure of a possible promotion to yokozuna in the balance, ozeki Kisenosato was cool as a cucumber on Monday, winning his second straight match at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato joined all three yokozuna and injury-hit fellow ozeki Terunofuji ...

Spotlight on promotion-chasing Kisenosato

Jul 8, 2016

Spotlight on promotion-chasing Kisenosato

Ozeki Kisenosato takes center stage as he launches his latest bid for an elusive first championship title, and with it, promotion to yokozuna at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament starting on Sunday. Kisenosato will be attempting to become the first Japanese-born wrestler in 18 ...