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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 ...

Jul 7, 2016

Aminishiki won't wrestle in Nagoya Basho

Veteran maegashira Aminishiki will sit out the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament starting this weekend after failing to recover from a serious foot injury, his stablemaster Isegahama said on Thursday. Thirteenth-ranked Aminishiki, at 37 the oldest active sumo wrestler, pulled out on the third day ...

Hakuho seeking milestone 1,000th win at upcoming basho

Jun 27, 2016

Hakuho seeking milestone 1,000th win at upcoming basho

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho will be looking to become only the third wrestler in sumo history to post 1,000 career wins when the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament gets under way next month. Hakuho, who retained his east yokozuna slot on Monday when the Japan Sumo ...

Native son Shodai encourages kids in quake-hit Kumamoto

Jun 9, 2016

Native son Shodai encourages kids in quake-hit Kumamoto

Kumamoto-born wrestler Shodai and members of his Sakaigawa stable visited the quake-struck prefecture on Thursday, making donations and wrestling with elementary school children to do their part in a bid for the region’s recovery. Rank-and-file maegashira Shodai, who is from the city of Uto, ...

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Jun 3, 2016

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Egypt’s Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from Africa to turn pro in Japan, became a tourism ambassador for his native country on Thursday, in a campaign to encourage Japanese to visit a destination avoided by many travelers following political upheaval. “I want to contribute ...

Hakuho bags perfect mark

May 22, 2016

Hakuho bags perfect mark

With a record-extending 37th career title already in the bag, Hakuho put the icing on the cake on Sunday, defeating fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu to finish with a spotless 15-0 record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who clinched his second straight Emperor’s ...

Legend Hakuho captures 37th Emperor's Cup

May 21, 2016

Legend Hakuho captures 37th Emperor's Cup

Yokozuna Hakuho increased his record total of grand sumo tournament championships to 37 on Saturday, when he won the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a day to spare. A day after dodging a bullet to see off previously unbeaten ozeki Kisenosato, the Mongolian ...