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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 Japanese-born wrestler to be promoted to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

Jan 17, 2017

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

Kisenosato kept his cool and reclaimed the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead on Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day basho. A day after suffering his first loss, Kisenosato (9-1) was tested again by rival ozeki Terunofuji (4-6), who was strong if not ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Jan 16, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Ozeki Kisenosato surrendered his lead at the top of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also fell for his second straight defeat on Monday, the tourney’s ninth day. Ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-6), who will be demoted from the second-highest rank should ...

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

Jan 15, 2017

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning upset, handing ozeki Kisenosato the sole lead on Sunday as the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament passed the halfway mark after eight days. Hakuho, looking to extend his record career championship haul to 38, entered the day along with ...