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Hakuho stays in control

May 19, 2014

Hakuho stays in control

Yokozuna Hakuho was all business on Monday, easily racking up his ninth win on the ninth day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. After watching two championship rivals barely stave off defeat in the previous two bouts, Hakuho was ...

Hakuho takes unbeaten run into second week of summer basho

May 18, 2014

Hakuho takes unbeaten run into second week of summer basho

Undefeated yokozuna Hakuho outmaneuvered would-be challenger Yoshikaze in a sumo clinic to win his eighth match at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Hakuho improved to 8-0 while ozeki Kisenosato and rank-and-filer Ikioi are one off the pace at 7-1. Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu ...

Kakuryu loses again

May 17, 2014

Kakuryu loses again

Disaster struck for yokozuna debutant Kakuryu after he was sent out to a second defeat at the hands of newly promoted komusubi Chiyootori on the seventh day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho, meanwhile, rolled to 7-0 with another ironclad performance ...

Harumafuji handed second defeat

May 16, 2014

Harumafuji handed second defeat

Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a shock second defeat at the hands of Toyonoshima Friday while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu both came through unscathed on the sixth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho improved to 6-0. Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu is one off the ...

Kakuryu returns to winning form

May 15, 2014

Kakuryu returns to winning form

Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu rebounded from a first defeat with a demolition of Takekaze on Thursday to remain one off the pace at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title and first in two meets, is in sole possession ...

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

May 14, 2014

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

Popular maegashira Endo sentenced Kakuryu to a shock first defeat on his debut as yokozuna with a riveting performance at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Endo (3-1) wasted no time in putting Kakuryu on his back foot with a flurry of neck ...

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

May 13, 2014

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

Kakuryu continued his perfect start to his debut at yokozuna with a routine win against Chiyotairyu on Tuesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. The Mongolian got stuck in at the charge in the day’s finale and No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu was ...

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

May 12, 2014

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu used his quick reflexes to dispose of giant-killer Yoshikaze while Harumafuji escaped a second consecutive defeat by the skin of his teeth with a close win over Aoiyama at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Although the nerves were ...

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

May 11, 2014

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu hit the dirt running with a mash-up of Aoiyama while veteran yokozuna Harumafuji was sent retreating for a first-day loss to Yoshikaze on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kakuryu was never in trouble as ...

Apr 24, 2014

New yokozuna Kakuryu on east side

Newly promoted Mongolian-born yokozuna Kakuryu took his place on the east side as the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday released the rankings for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu, whose birth name is Mangaljalav Anand, starts the May 11-25 basho in Tokyo as sumo’s ...

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

Mar 26, 2014

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

The Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday formally promoted Mongolian-born ozeki Kakuryu to sumo’s highest rank in a unanimous vote to become the 71st yokozuna. His promotion was confirmed after the rankings for the summer basho in May were decided followed by a meeting of ...