Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Sep 16, 2015

Kisenosato remains in three-way tie for lead

Japanese hopeful Kisenosato beat Bulgarian grappler Aoiyama to post a fourth win and retain his share of the lead, while Kakuryu rebounded from Tuesday’s shock defeat at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. It was a close call, but after both Kisenosato and ...

Sep 3, 2015

Wakanosato announces retirement

Former sekiwake Wakanosato announced Thursday that he plans to retire. The 39-year-old, whose real name is Shinobu Kogawa, had previously spoken of his intention to hang up his mawashi if he dropped into the makushita division, something his 4-11 record in July’s Nagoya Grand ...

Sumo stable master arrested for allegedly assaulting assistant

Sep 3, 2015

Sumo stable master arrested for allegedly assaulting assistant

Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested sumo stable master Kumagatani, 45, on suspicion of assaulting a male assistant. The suspect, whose real name is Kazuyuki Yamamura, was head of the Miyagino stable, where the roster includes current yokozuna grand champion Hakuho. Yamamura is currently a ...

JP Tower to host sumo exhibition bouts on Aug. 29

Aug 17, 2015

JP Tower to host sumo exhibition bouts on Aug. 29

A glitzy skyscraper in front of JR Tokyo Station is set for an unlikely installation at its atrium — a genuine sumo ring. Wrestlers will take part in exhibition bouts in the ring at the KITTE shopping area in JP Tower on Aug. 29, ...

Canadian sumo wrestler Henderson set for Japanese debut

Jul 11, 2015

Canadian sumo wrestler Henderson set for Japanese debut

Canadian Brodik Henderson is hoping his prowess in the remote world of U.S. amateur sumo wrestling will translate into a professional career in the heartland of the ancient sport. The 20-year-old native of Victoria, British Columbia, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 360 pounds, will ...

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Jan 29, 2015

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Hakuho returned to his corner for a third time to grab another fistful of salt, his face a picture of concentration, his eyes narrowed and focused as the crowd in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena bristled with anticipation. He turned, tossed the granules high ...