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Hakuho remains in dominant form

Jan 20, 2014

Hakuho remains in dominant form

While yokozuna Hakuho continues to cruise, ozeki Kisenosato had salt rubbed in his wounds on Monday, when he suffered an embarrassing fourth loss on the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his promotion bid to yokozuna effectively ended, ...

Kisenosato’s promotion bid suffers devastating blow

Jan 19, 2014

Kisenosato’s promotion bid suffers devastating blow

Kisenosato’s slim hopes of promotion to yokozuna were all but shattered Sunday as komusubi Tochiozan sentenced the ozeki to his third defeat of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Sole leader Hakuho, meanwhile, took another step toward his 28th career Emperor’s Cup, seeing off ...

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

Jan 18, 2014

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

by Dave Hueston

Ozeki Kisenosato kept his slim hopes for promotion alive, overpowering Aminishiki while undefeated yokozuna Hakuho continued to wreak havoc with a demolition of Toyohibiki on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho, who is gunning for his 28th ...

Jan 17, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back; Hakuho continues march

Ozeki Kisenosato got back in the winner’s column a day after suffering his second defeat in his bid at yokozuna promotion, while yokozuna Hakuho continued to steamroll with his sixth win in a row at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho, ...

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Jan 16, 2014

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Kisenosato’s fresh bid for promotion to yokozuna suffered a major blow on Thursday with a second loss, while Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho moved into sole possession of the lead with a perfect 5-0 record at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Aiming for promotion to ...

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Jan 16, 2014

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu has obtained Japanese nationality, it was learned on Thursday. The 30-year-old Kotooshu, whose real name is Kaloyan Mahlyanov, is the first European wrestler to become a naturalized Japanese. As a result, he has cleared the first hurdle toward becoming a sumo ...

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Jan 15, 2014

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato huffed and puffed his way past Okinoumi to stay one win off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, the tournament favorite in the injury-enforced absence of fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, remained perfect and tied for the ...

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Jan 14, 2014

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Ozeki Kisenosato took a big step forward in his second bid at yokozuna promotion with a manhandling of Chiyotairyu to remain one off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, remained in destruction mode as he dispensed ...

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Jan 13, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato rebounded from his loss the previous day, tossing down Myogiryu for his first win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. On the celebration of Coming of Age Day, Kisenosato had yet to find his sea legs, but he ...

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Jan 12, 2014

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Ozeki Kisenosato’s second bid at yokozuna promotion crash landed before it even got off the runway after a lopsided defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kisenosato, who beat both yokozuna and finished with an impressive 13-2 ...

Jan 10, 2014

Harumafuji out of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji has pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament getting under way Sunday due to an injury to his left ankle, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday. According to his stablemaster Isegahama, Harumafuji has hurt ligaments in his ankle, but the ...