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Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Jan 11, 2017

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Kisenosato momentarily appeared to have suffered his first loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament as the referee erroneously declared his opponent the winner of their bout Wednesday, but the decision was soon corrected to give the ozeki a 4-0 record. The only ...

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Jan 10, 2017

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato remained in the lead along with a pair of yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, looking to win his first grand sumo tournament since last May, stayed perfect in the 15-day event at ...

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Jan 9, 2017

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Yokozuna Harumafuji became the first big name to fall at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, suffering an upset second-day loss to No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi. A day after knocking off ozeki Goeido, Mitakeumi got the better of a sloppy bout with ...

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Jan 8, 2017

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Sumo’s three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kakuryu, who won his third career title in the most recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, ...

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Jan 7, 2017

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho are gearing up for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday, looking to maintain the nation’s place atop the sport after a year of promising performances from Japanese wrestlers. A third career title in November seems to have ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Nov 27, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Yokozuna Kakuryu added the icing to his cake with a win on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after clinching his third career grand tournament title, Kakuryu backed fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to the straw bales in the ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Nov 26, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Kakuryu capitalized on a slip-up by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to clinch his third career championship with a day to spare at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Harumafuji crashed to his third defeat at the hands of Hakuho in the day’s penultimate ...

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Nov 25, 2016

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Kakuryu claimed yokozuna bragging rights and closed in on the title by defeating fellow Mongolian Hakuho at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. After an early exchange of slaps and thrusts, Kakuryu seized control and got both arms around Hakuho before bellying him ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Nov 24, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Yokozuna Kakuryu got back on the winning track on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he regained his sole lead with an 11-1 record. A day after suffering his only loss of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, ...

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

| Nov 22, 2016

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

Returning yokozuna Hakuho saw his title hopes dented after nemesis Kisenosato sentenced him to a second defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. The result saw Hakuho (8-2), who missed the last tournament through injury, fall two wins behind sole leader and ...

Free-falling Goeido slumps to third defeat

Nov 21, 2016

Free-falling Goeido slumps to third defeat

Ozeki Goeido’s dream of reaching the highest rank of yokozuna fell back to the drawing board after he suffered his third defeat Monday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where yokozuna Kakuryu remained perfect. Goeido (6-3), whose chance was hit severely with his loss ...