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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 ...

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Mar 15, 2014

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Eleventh-ranked Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi kept pace with the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Harumafuji with a seventh consecutive win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, outsmarted 14th-ranked Masunoyama (4-3) after the tachiai and sent him to ...

Egyptian maegashira tied for lead

Mar 14, 2014

Egyptian maegashira tied for lead

Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi remained one of three wrestlers with perfect records on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, was joined at the top of the leaderboard by the Mongolian yokozuna duo of Harumafuji and ...

Endo snaps losing skid with win over ozeki Kisenosato

Mar 13, 2014

Endo snaps losing skid with win over ozeki Kisenosato

Endo got the biggest win of his young career, beating ozeki Kisenosato Thursday to emerge from a dark tunnel after four straight days of defeats against the top echelon at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Undefeated yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji are still in ...

Kakuryu prevails against Kotooshu

Mar 12, 2014

Kakuryu prevails against Kotooshu

Kakuryu got his yokozuna bid back on track after the previous day’s defeat with a comfortable win against former ozeki Kotooshu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji, meanwhile, were in demolition mode to feature among five wrestlers, including ...

Kakuryu beaten by Okinoumi

Mar 11, 2014

Kakuryu beaten by Okinoumi

Ozeki Kakuryu’s yokozuna bid took a dent on Tuesday as he was handed a first defeat at the hands of rank-and-filer Okinoumi on the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, feted his 29th birthday in style with a demolition ...

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Mar 10, 2014

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Rising star Endo took a beating from Harumafuji in his first matchup against a yokozuna on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Both Harumafuji, who missed the entire New Year meet through injury, and Endo were in meditation mode ...

Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Mar 9, 2014

Kakuryu opens promotion bid with hard-fought win

Ozeki Kakuryu got on the war path in his first yokozuna promotion bid, dispatching rising star Endo on the opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. It was far from pretty as the ozeki nearly found himself on the losing end, ...

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

Mar 8, 2014

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

When the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday, a number of compelling storylines are likely to spice things up over the two-week haul at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. Ozeki Kakuryu makes his maiden run at sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna, Harumafuji returns after ...

| Feb 28, 2014

Another nail in the coffin of amateur sumo

by Mark Buckton

Sumo currently exists in two forms around the world. Most famous, of course, is the Tokyo-based professional sport led by yokozuna Hakuho, et al. However, the amateur version, often termed “amasumo” in abbreviated form, is of interest to many in nations that lack direct ...