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Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

May 14, 2014

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

Popular maegashira Endo sentenced Kakuryu to a shock first defeat on his debut as yokozuna with a riveting performance at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Endo (3-1) wasted no time in putting Kakuryu on his back foot with a flurry of neck ...

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

May 13, 2014

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

Kakuryu continued his perfect start to his debut at yokozuna with a routine win against Chiyotairyu on Tuesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. The Mongolian got stuck in at the charge in the day’s finale and No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu was ...

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

May 12, 2014

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu used his quick reflexes to dispose of giant-killer Yoshikaze while Harumafuji escaped a second consecutive defeat by the skin of his teeth with a close win over Aoiyama at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Although the nerves were ...

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

May 11, 2014

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu hit the dirt running with a mash-up of Aoiyama while veteran yokozuna Harumafuji was sent retreating for a first-day loss to Yoshikaze on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kakuryu was never in trouble as ...

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Mar 22, 2014

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Ozeki Kakuryu put himself in the driver’s seat for his first title and promotion to yokozuna on Saturday, when he defeated Hakuho to take the sole lead with a 13-1 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian ozeki entered the penultimate day ...

Spring title far from decided

Mar 21, 2014

Spring title far from decided

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament took a twist on Friday when both yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho suffered defeats, throwing the door wide open in the title race with just two days remaining. Hakuho and promotion-chasing ozeki Kakuryu moved into a two-way tie for the ...

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Mar 20, 2014

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Ozeki Kakuryu took one giant leap forward in his quest for yokozuna promotion on Thursday, sending yokozuna Harumafuji to his first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title, took over as the sole leader as he ...

Two-man title chase continues

Mar 19, 2014

Two-man title chase continues

Harumafuji knocked the daylights out of Kisenosato while fellow yokozuna Hakuho ran roughshod over sekiwake Goeido as the undefeated pair remained in a two-way tie for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Harumafuji and Hakuho lead with 11-0 marks while ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

Mar 18, 2014

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

The three-way race for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament title remained intact on Tuesday as each yokozuna improved to 10-0 and ozeki Kakuryu moved to 9-1 on the 10th day of competition at Bodymaker Colosseum. Yokozuna Hakuho needed just 2.2 seconds to earn his ...

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Mar 17, 2014

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Promotion-chasing Kakuryu kept front-running yokozuna duo Hakuho and Harumafuji in his sights with an eighth win against Takayasu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kakuryu stood his ground as Takayasu attempted a throw after getting a firm grip on the belt, and ...

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Mar 16, 2014

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Rising star Endo turned the tables on Osunaarashi at the last second to send his opponent to a first defeat, leaving yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji in a two-way tie for the lead as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked ...