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Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Jan 10, 2017

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato remained in the lead along with a pair of yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, looking to win his first grand sumo tournament since last May, stayed perfect in the 15-day event at ...

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Jan 9, 2017

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Yokozuna Harumafuji became the first big name to fall at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, suffering an upset second-day loss to No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi. A day after knocking off ozeki Goeido, Mitakeumi got the better of a sloppy bout with ...

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Jan 8, 2017

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Sumo’s three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kakuryu, who won his third career title in the most recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, ...

Jan 8, 2017

Former yokozuna Kitanofuji resting following heart surgery

Former yokozuna Kitanofuji will not appear as an analyst during the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament following heart surgery late last year, broadcaster NHK revealed Sunday. The 74-year-old Kitanofuji, who won 10 grand sumo tournament championships during his career before training a pair of ...

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Jan 7, 2017

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho are gearing up for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday, looking to maintain the nation’s place atop the sport after a year of promising performances from Japanese wrestlers. A third career title in November seems to have ...

Japanese ozeki set sights on becoming yokozuna in 2017

Dec 27, 2016

Japanese ozeki set sights on becoming yokozuna in 2017

Three Japanese ozeki were in contention for promotion to yokozuna in 2016, raising hopes that a homegrown wrestler may reach sumo’s top rank for the first time in nearly two decades. While Kotoshogiku, Kisenosato and Goeido could not manage to become the first Japan-born ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Nov 27, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Yokozuna Kakuryu added the icing to his cake with a win on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after clinching his third career grand tournament title, Kakuryu backed fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to the straw bales in the ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Nov 26, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Kakuryu capitalized on a slip-up by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to clinch his third career championship with a day to spare at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Harumafuji crashed to his third defeat at the hands of Hakuho in the day’s penultimate ...

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Nov 25, 2016

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Kakuryu claimed yokozuna bragging rights and closed in on the title by defeating fellow Mongolian Hakuho at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. After an early exchange of slaps and thrusts, Kakuryu seized control and got both arms around Hakuho before bellying him ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Nov 24, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Yokozuna Kakuryu got back on the winning track on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he regained his sole lead with an 11-1 record. A day after suffering his only loss of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, ...

Kakuryu suffers first loss as race heats up

Nov 23, 2016

Kakuryu suffers first loss as race heats up

Yokozuna Kakuryu crashed to his first defeat on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after handing yokozuna Hakuho his second defeat, ozeki Kisenosato turned the affair at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on it’s ear with his 31st career win ...