Hakuho wins title with frowned-upon move

Mar 27, 2016

Hakuho wins title with frowned-upon move

It was not pretty, but Hakuho defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to capture a record-extending 36th career championship title with a 14-1 record on Sunday, the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Entering the day in control of his own fate with ...

Yokozuna Hakuho remains on target for title

Mar 26, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho remains on target for title

Yokozuna Hakuho will enter the final day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in control of his own fate after improving to 13-1 on Saturday. Hakuho, whose sole loss came on the first day of action at Edion Arena Osaka, defeated ozeki Kotoshogiku ...

Kisenosato remains in control

Mar 21, 2016

Kisenosato remains in control

Kisenosato won the 59th edition of sumo’s longest-running top-flight rivalry in the blink of an eye Monday as he maintained his perfect record on the ninth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, in sole possession of the lead at the turning point ...

Kisenosato still perfect

Mar 18, 2016

Kisenosato still perfect

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato stayed in pole position for his first career championship by maintaining his perfect record on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, long looked upon as the top Japanese hope to rise to the highest rank of ...

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Mar 15, 2016

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, pursuing a second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna, improved to 3-0 on Tuesday, the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Against an opponent he had routinely beaten in the past, Kotoshogiku needed two tries to overcome No. 2 maegashira ...

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Mar 14, 2016

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Ozeki Kotoshogiku’s drive for his second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna continued at full speed Monday, beating Yoshikaze on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku struggled with his balance on the tachiai under pressure from Yoshikaze (1-1). ...

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 ...

Harumafuji suffers second-day loss

Jan 11, 2016

Harumafuji suffers second-day loss

Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a setback on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, falling to No. 1 maegashira Shohozan. Harumafuji, looking to add to his Kyushu basho title in November, was overturned at the edge of the ring. The ...

Harumafuji starts basho with win

Jan 10, 2016

Harumafuji starts basho with win

Harumafuji, the winner of November’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, opened the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a textbook victory on Sunday. The Mongolian, who has been inconsistent since his promotion to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, quickly got one ...