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Mar 2, 2017

Kotooshu to establish own stable

Former Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu will leave the Sadogatake stable and establish his own stable in April, a Japan Sumo Association source said Wednesday. The JSA executive board looks set to approve the move this month. Kotooshu (now sumo elder Naruto) would be the first ...

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Feb 27, 2017

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Kisenosato will start life as sumo’s 72nd yokozuna on the west side as the Japan Sumo Association on Monday released the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, after winning the New Year Basho with a 14-1 mark last month, became the first ...

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Jan 31, 2017

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Former Mongolian-born komusubi Tokitenku died Tuesday of malignant lymphoma, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 37. Tokitenku, who only retired last August and became sumo elder Magaki, competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the fourth highest rank of komusubi, and ...

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

Jan 27, 2017

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

New yokozuna Kisenosato performed his first ring-entry ceremony on Friday before a large crowd of around 18,000 at Meiji Shrine. “I’m relieved it ended without trouble,” the 30-year-old said after making his ceremonial debut as yokozuna. “I came with a sense of gratitude and ...

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

/ Jan 22, 2017

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

Ozeki Kisenosato came one step closer to becoming yokozuna as he twisted down hard-shoving Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday, the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The win was the icing on the cake for Kisenosato (14-1), who had secured his ...

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

/ Jan 21, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

Ozeki Kisenosato dispatched maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday and then cashed in on a slip-up by yokozuna Hakuho to capture his long-awaited first championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. After a near false start by No. 13 maegashira Ichinojo, Kisenosato (13-1) allowed his ...

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

/ Jan 19, 2017

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

Ozeki Kisenosato took another major step toward his first championship title with a win over Ikioi Thursday, keeping him in sole possession of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Looking to finally shed his tag as a nearly man after coming ...

Ozeki Kisenosato tops Endo to keep slim lead

/ Jan 18, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato tops Endo to keep slim lead

Perennial bridesmaid Kisenosato dug himself out of a hole to maintain a one-win advantage, while Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to withdraw from the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, the 11th day of the 15-day basho. Ozeki Kisenosato (10-1) stayed on course ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

/ Jan 18, 2017

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to pull out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament when the Mongolian withdrew Wednesday due to a right leg injury. The 31-year-old Kakuryu, who won the Kyushu title in November, has struggled at this tournament and lost his ...