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Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Aug 7, 2016

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo’s Kokonoe stable. Cattleya, the orchid loved by the iconic former yokozuna, were laid inside his coffin, as his former stablemate and ...

Aug 3, 2016

Chiyotaikai succeeds Chiyonofuji as stablemaster

Former ozeki Chiyotakai has succeeded the late Chiyonofuji as stablemaster Kokonoe, the Japan Sumo Association announced Wednesday. Chiyotaikai, who was known for his powerful thrusting, won three championships before retiring in 2010. He has been coaching at Kokonoe stable under the name of Sanoyama. ...

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Aug 1, 2016

Sumo wrestlers pay tribute to Chiyonofuji

Tributes poured in from around the country Monday as mourning continued the day after Japan lost legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji, who died in a Tokyo hospital due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. The funeral and memorial service for the former yokozuna ...

Sumo icon Chiyonofuji dies at 61

Jul 31, 2016

Sumo icon Chiyonofuji dies at 61

Former yokozuna and 31-time champion Chiyonofuji died Sunday in Tokyo due to pancreatic cancer, a sumo source said. He was 61. Chiyonofuji, whose real name was Mitsugu Akimoto, was the first sumo wrestler to receive the People’s Honor Award in 1989 and ranks third ...

Jul 26, 2016

Kisenosato keeps promotion bid alive

Ozeki Kisenosato may need to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September to earn promotion to the sports’s highest rank, members of the Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council said Monday. A day after the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament concluded with yokozuna ...

Harumafuji captures title at Nagoya Basho

Jul 24, 2016

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 ...

Victorious Harumafuji maintains tourney lead

Jul 23, 2016

Victorious Harumafuji maintains tourney lead

Harumafuji clung to the lead with a gutsy win over a determined opponent on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Looking to win his eighth grand sumo title, the Mongolian yokozuna faced a severe challenge by ozeki Goeido (7-7), who ...

Yokozuna Harumafuji pulls ahead of pack

Jul 22, 2016

Yokozuna Harumafuji pulls ahead of pack

Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji on Friday took a major step toward his eighth career title by seizing sole possession of the lead with two days remaining at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Harumafuji overpowered promotion-chasing ozeki and overnight co-leader Kisenosato in the day’s finale at ...

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 ...