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Kotoshogiku says Japanese sumo wrestlers not greedy enough

Feb 16, 2016

Kotoshogiku says Japanese sumo wrestlers not greedy enough

Japan’s giant sumo wrestlers lack the mean streak needed to repel the flood of foreigners who have dominated the roly-poly sport in recent years, according to the country’s first homegrown champion in a decade. Kotoshogiku, who last month ended an excruciating wait for a ...

Feb 2, 2016

Terunofuji to enter Spring Basho

Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March. The 24-year-old completed a physical ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hakkaku, Takanohana keep seats on JSA board

Japan Sumo Association chairman Hakkaku and former yokozuna Takanohana retained their posts as JSA directors on Friday. With 11 sumo elders running for 10 director positions on the board of directors, the odd man out was Takashima who reached the rank of sekiwake under ...

Jan 28, 2016

Eleven stable masters declare candidacies for JSA board

Eleven stable masters filed their candidacies on Thursday for the Japan Sumo Association’s board member election as they vie for 10 seats available at Friday’s vote. Having been unseated despite serving as the JSA’s No. 2 in the last biennial event, former board member ...

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 ...