Yokozuna Hakuho apologizes for reckless act after warning

Mar 21, 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho apologizes for reckless act after warning

Yokozuna Hakuho has been warned over a full-blooded shove that sent a defeated opponent flying from the ring, causing serious injury to a ringside judge. Sumo elder Isegahama, the director of the Japan Sumo Association’s judges division, said Monday that he issued a verbal ...

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 ...

Unbeaten Kisenosato alone atop standings

Mar 20, 2016

Unbeaten Kisenosato alone atop standings

Kisenosato continued to steal the spotlight on Sunday, when he won a battle of unbeatens to take the sole lead after eight days of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The veteran ozeki, seeking his first grand tournament championship, entered the day at Edion ...

Kisenosato moves to 7-0

Mar 19, 2016

Kisenosato moves to 7-0

Ozeki Kisenosato maintained his perfect record with a convincing win over No. 2 maegashira Okinoumi on Saturday, staying in the lead alongside No. 4 maegashira Ikioi after the seventh day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking his first career championship, Kisenosato (7-0) had ...

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 ...

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku's unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Mar 17, 2016

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku's unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Kotoshogiku’s quest to reach the ultimate rank of yokozuna took a hit with shock first defeat at the hands of second-ranked maegashira Okinoumi on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking back-to-back championships that would likely see him promoted to ...

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 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 ...