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Jan 17, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back; Hakuho continues march

Ozeki Kisenosato got back in the winner’s column a day after suffering his second defeat in his bid at yokozuna promotion, while yokozuna Hakuho continued to steamroll with his sixth win in a row at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho, ...

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 ...

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Jan 16, 2014

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu has obtained Japanese nationality, it was learned on Thursday. The 30-year-old Kotooshu, whose real name is Kaloyan Mahlyanov, is the first European wrestler to become a naturalized Japanese. As a result, he has cleared the first hurdle toward becoming a sumo ...

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 impresses on third day of New Year basho

Jan 14, 2014

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Ozeki Kisenosato took a big step forward in his second bid at yokozuna promotion with a manhandling of Chiyotairyu to remain one off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, remained in destruction mode as he dispensed ...

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 ...

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Jan 12, 2014

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Ozeki Kisenosato’s second bid at yokozuna promotion crash landed before it even got off the runway after a lopsided defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kisenosato, who beat both yokozuna and finished with an impressive 13-2 ...

Jan 10, 2014

Harumafuji out of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji has pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament getting under way Sunday due to an injury to his left ankle, the Japan Sumo Association said Friday. According to his stablemaster Isegahama, Harumafuji has hurt ligaments in his ankle, but the ...

Jan 9, 2014

Yokozuna Harumafuji status in doubt ahead of New Year basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji could likely miss the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to a niggling injury to his left ankle, his stablemaster Isegahama hinted Thursday. “This is serious,” said Isegahama. “If he risks fighting and tears the ligament there’ll be no recourse. Most importantly, ...

Jan 7, 2014

Harumafuji slowed by ankle pain

With just a handful of days remaining before the start of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, yokozuna Harumafuji remained unable to go all out on Tuesday due to pain in his left ankle. The Mongolian, who ended 2013 on a high ...

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 ...