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 ...

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Jan 16, 2014

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Kisenosato’s fresh bid for promotion to yokozuna suffered a major blow on Thursday with a second loss, while Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho moved into sole possession of the lead with a perfect 5-0 record at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Aiming for promotion to ...

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Jan 15, 2014

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato huffed and puffed his way past Okinoumi to stay one win off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, the tournament favorite in the injury-enforced absence of fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, remained perfect and tied for the ...

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Jan 13, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato rebounded from his loss the previous day, tossing down Myogiryu for his first win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. On the celebration of Coming of Age Day, Kisenosato had yet to find his sea legs, but he ...

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 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 ...

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 ...