Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Mar 17, 2014

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Promotion-chasing Kakuryu kept front-running yokozuna duo Hakuho and Harumafuji in his sights with an eighth win against Takayasu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kakuryu stood his ground as Takayasu attempted a throw after getting a firm grip on the belt, and ...

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Mar 16, 2014

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Rising star Endo turned the tables on Osunaarashi at the last second to send his opponent to a first defeat, leaving yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji in a two-way tie for the lead as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked ...

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Mar 15, 2014

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Eleventh-ranked Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi kept pace with the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Harumafuji with a seventh consecutive win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, outsmarted 14th-ranked Masunoyama (4-3) after the tachiai and sent him to ...

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Mar 10, 2014

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Rising star Endo took a beating from Harumafuji in his first matchup against a yokozuna on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Both Harumafuji, who missed the entire New Year meet through injury, and Endo were in meditation mode ...

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

Mar 8, 2014

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

When the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday, a number of compelling storylines are likely to spice things up over the two-week haul at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. Ozeki Kakuryu makes his maiden run at sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna, Harumafuji returns after ...

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Jan 25, 2014

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Kakuryu set up a final-day showdown against yokozuna Hakuho for the biggest prize of his career after a walloping of fallen ozeki Kisenosato on the 14th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. But Kakuryu, who controlled the bout from start ...

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Jan 24, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho condemned ozeki Kisenosato to a sixth defeat with a vicious eruption on Friday, putting an exclamation on his would-be rival’s utter implosion on the 13th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Bulgarian Kotooshu, meanwhile, was also dumped to a sixth ...

Jan 23, 2014

Kakuryu stays in contention for title

Yokozuna Hakuho rallied to keep his slate clean with a 12th win and remained on a collision course with compatriot and ozeki Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho got more than he bargained for against Goeido in the last ...

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Jan 22, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho stayed firmly on track for a 28th Emperor’s Cup with a routine defeat of Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu on Wednesday, staying one win clear heading down the stretch at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho has looked invincible at this tournament ...

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Jan 21, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho stays on target for 28th career title

Yokozuna Hakuho dispensed with sumo old-timer Kyokutenho to keep his clean slate, while ozeki Kakuryu stayed hot in pursuit one behind with a smackdown of Goeido at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Hakuho improved to 10-0, moving a step closer toward ...

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 ...