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Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Jan 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who completed an impressive win in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, could earn promotion to yokozuna in March’s Spring tournament. Sumo elder Isegahama, who heads the Japan Sumo Association’s judging department, indicated the ozeki, who became the first Japanese-champion ...

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Jan 23, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Ozeki Kotoshogiku came roaring back to move within one win of becoming the first Japanese-born champion in a decade at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Handed a stunning first loss at the meet by longtime friend Toyonoshima on Friday, Kotoshogiku barged ...

Tournament title still up for grabs

Jan 22, 2016

Tournament title still up for grabs

Toyonoshima sentenced ozeki and longtime friend Kotoshogiku to his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, blowing the title race open in the process. Toyonoshima, a seventh-ranked maegashira, drew Kotoshogiku in after the charge and sent him flying with a ...

Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Jan 21, 2016

Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Ozeki Kotoshogiku floored Harumafuji on Thursday to complete a clean sweep of yokozuna and retain sole possession of the lead heading into the final straight at the New Year Grand Tournament. Kotoshogiku (12-0), whose sensational form here has put him in position to become ...

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Jan 20, 2016

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Kotoshogiku stole the show at the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, when he defeated Hakuho in a clash of unbeaten wrestlers. Seeking to be the first Japanese wrestler to win a tournament in 10 years, Kotoshogiku improved to 11-0 by knocking ...

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Jan 19, 2016

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Kotoshogiku took a step toward ending a 10-year stretch without a Japanese champion on Tuesday with a win over yokozuna Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The ozeki’s victory added intrigue to Wednesday’s matchup against yokozuna Hakuho, who has beaten Kotoshogiku 46 ...

Kotoshogiku keeps Japan's hopes alive at New Year basho

Jan 18, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps Japan's hopes alive at New Year basho

Ozeki Kotoshogiku remained on course to become Japan’s first champion in a decade with a convincing ninth straight win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. The Fukuoka-born grappler was never in danger of seeing his unbeaten start come to an end, ...

Kotoshogiku keeps share of lead

Jan 17, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps share of lead

Kotoshogiku beat rival ozeki Kisenosato for the 32nd time on Sunday to maintain his share of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead with a perfect 8-0 record as the duo faced each other for the 58th time. In the day’s final bout at ...

Hakuho beats back Ichinojo

Jan 16, 2016

Hakuho beats back Ichinojo

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho recorded a routine victory over No. 3 maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday, maintaining his perfect record alongside ozeki Kotoshogiku on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking his record-extending 36th career title, Hakuho was solid in downing his ...

Hakuho stays tied for New Year lead

Jan 15, 2016

Hakuho stays tied for New Year lead

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho put on another sumo clinic to beat Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin on Friday and preserve his unbeaten record six days into the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 36th career title, was never in danger in the third-from last ...

Yokozuna Hakuho still unbeaten

Jan 14, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho still unbeaten

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho remained on track for a record-extending 36th career title with a routine victory over second-ranked maegashira Aoiyama at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho, aiming for a first win in three tournaments, wasted little time in getting hold ...