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Hakuho holds off Okinoumi

Nov 14, 2015

Hakuho holds off Okinoumi

Unbeaten Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho remains the sole leader as the first week of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament wrapped up on Saturday. The yokozuna twice looked to be heading for his first loss of the tournament as winless No. 2 maegashira Okinoumi put up ...

Hakuho alone at top

Nov 13, 2015

Hakuho alone at top

Yokozuna Hakuho took the sole lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, improving to 6-0, while the three other wrestlers who started the day at 5-0 fell one by one. Before a full house at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakuho maintained his career ...

Nov 12, 2015

Hakuho still unbeaten

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho defeated Aoiyama on Thursday to extend his unbeaten start to five matches in his comeback from a knee injury at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho improved to 5-0 to stay tied for the lead with ozeki Kotoshogiku and maegashira pair ...

Nov 11, 2015

Hakuho wins grudge match

It wasn’t classy, but Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho got some payback against Yoshikaze on Wednesday, defeating the komusubi upstart to preserve his share of the lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho used a frowned-upon side-step maneuver at the charge to mug Yoshikaze (2-2) ...

Hakuho stays perfect

Nov 10, 2015

Hakuho stays perfect

Yokozuna Hakuho and local favorite Kotoshogiku maintained their perfect records on Tuesday, the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Egyptian giant Osunaarashi thrilled the crowd by making Hakuho work overtime. Despite being backed up onto the straw bales, Osunaarashi gripped the straw ...

Kakuryu bounces back in Kyushu

Nov 9, 2015

Kakuryu bounces back in Kyushu

Autumn champion Kakuryu bounced back from a shock opening defeat to take out No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. On a day of contrasting fortunes for the three Mongolian yokozuna, championship favorite Hakuho also came through with a ...

Hakuho victorious on opening day

Nov 8, 2015

Hakuho victorious on opening day

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho marked his return to the raised ring in style with a comfortable win over komusubi Tochinoshin on Sunday, the first day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. But fellow Mongolian yokozuna, and Autumn tournament winner, Kakuryu failed to follow suit and ...

Kakuryu pulls ahead of pack

Sep 26, 2015

Kakuryu pulls ahead of pack

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu capitalized on a slip-up by Terunofuji on Saturday to grab the sole lead going into the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu (12-2) watched from ringside as injury-hit Terunofuji was forced out to a third straight defeat at ...

Terunofuji loses again;  title still up for grabs

Sep 25, 2015

Terunofuji loses again; title still up for grabs

Kisenosato condemned overnight leader and fellow ozeki Terunofuji to his second consecutive defeat on Friday to throw the title race open with two days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Kakuryu took full advantage of Terunofuji’s loss in the day’s last bout ...

Terunofuji handed first tourney defeat

Sep 24, 2015

Terunofuji handed first tourney defeat

Sekiwake Tochiozan upset the form chart by dealing rampant ozeki Terunofuji his first defeat at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Tochiozan, who entered the day having lost all five of his career matches to the larger 23-year-old Mongolian, was put on the ...

Terunofuji edges closer to taking Autumn Basho

Sep 23, 2015

Terunofuji edges closer to taking Autumn Basho

Unbeaten Mongolian ozeki Terunofuji put on another sumo clinic to dismantle ozeki Kotoshogiku and maintain his slender lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. The summer champion proved to be an immovable object as Kotoshogiku (8-3) repeatedly tried to belly him toward ...