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Jan 7, 2014

Harumafuji slowed by ankle pain

With just a handful of days remaining before the start of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, yokozuna Harumafuji remained unable to go all out on Tuesday due to pain in his left ankle. The Mongolian, who ended 2013 on a high ...

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Jan 4, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Yokozuna Hakuho got back into the trenches Saturday, kicking off his training for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament following a relaxing vacation in Okinawa. Donning a brand-new, sparkling white training mawashi, Hakuho, who enters his eighth year at sumo’s highest rank, held ...

Dec 24, 2013

Kisenosato getting shot at top rank

Ozeki Kisenosato will take another crack at breaking into sumo’s exalted yokozuna ranks starting Jan. 12, when the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament kicks off. The rankings for the upcoming basho at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, released Tuesday by the Japan Sumo Association, have Kisenosato ...

Dec 11, 2013

Kotooshu not optimistic about 'quick recovery'

Kotooshu, who has been demoted to sumo’s third-highest rank of sekiwake for next month’s New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, said Wednesday that his return to fitness from a dislocated shoulder is not progressing as quickly as he would like. The Bulgarian said he is ...

| Dec 2, 2013

Little-man sumo pays off for Harumafuji

by Mark Buckton

It was without doubt one of the most disappointing yokozuna-yokozuna bouts in recent years. When Harumafuji’s disappointing hit-and-run technique against fellow Mongolian Hakuho on Nov. 24 gave him the championship after an action-packed 15 days, few were that impressed. Instead, rather that his sixth ...

Kisenosato primed for yokozuna promotion bid

Nov 25, 2013

Kisenosato primed for yokozuna promotion bid

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council confirmed Monday that ozeki Kisenosato will get his second shot at promotion to sumo’s highest rank at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in January. Hitoshi Uchiyama, who heads the JSA’s advisory council, said he expects the ...

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Nov 24, 2013

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Yokozuna Harumafuji beat rival Hakuho in what turned out to be an anticlimactic finale between wrestlers tied at 13-1 to win his sixth career title at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Harumafuji (14-1) bolted quickly to the left of Hakuho and moved ...

Harumafuji suffers first defeat at Kyushu Basho

Nov 22, 2013

Harumafuji suffers first defeat at Kyushu Basho

Hakuho capitalized on a slip-up by co-leader and fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji on Friday to take sole possession of the lead with two days left at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Harumafuji saw his unbeaten record end when he was taken out by ozeki ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Nov 21, 2013

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Let the real fireworks begin. Undefeated yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on trajectory for an explosive finale Thursday, while ozeki Kisenosato won the first battle of wrestlers two off the pace with a wrecking-ball act of Chiyotairyu to keep himself in the hunt ...

Two-man hunt for title

Nov 20, 2013

Two-man hunt for title

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on a championship collision course Wednesday as the unbeaten co-leaders both scored their 11th wins at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho brought the day’s action to a close at Fukuoka Kokusai Center with an imperious performance against ...