Spring title far from decided

Mar 21, 2014

Spring title far from decided

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament took a twist on Friday when both yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho suffered defeats, throwing the door wide open in the title race with just two days remaining. Hakuho and promotion-chasing ozeki Kakuryu moved into a two-way tie for the ...

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Mar 20, 2014

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Ozeki Kakuryu took one giant leap forward in his quest for yokozuna promotion on Thursday, sending yokozuna Harumafuji to his first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title, took over as the sole leader as he ...

Two-man title chase continues

Mar 19, 2014

Two-man title chase continues

Harumafuji knocked the daylights out of Kisenosato while fellow yokozuna Hakuho ran roughshod over sekiwake Goeido as the undefeated pair remained in a two-way tie for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Harumafuji and Hakuho lead with 11-0 marks while ...

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Mar 17, 2014

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Promotion-chasing Kakuryu kept front-running yokozuna duo Hakuho and Harumafuji in his sights with an eighth win against Takayasu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kakuryu stood his ground as Takayasu attempted a throw after getting a firm grip on the belt, and ...

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Mar 16, 2014

Endo halts Osunaarashi's unbeaten run

Rising star Endo turned the tables on Osunaarashi at the last second to send his opponent to a first defeat, leaving yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji in a two-way tie for the lead as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked ...

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Mar 15, 2014

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Eleventh-ranked Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi kept pace with the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Harumafuji with a seventh consecutive win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, outsmarted 14th-ranked Masunoyama (4-3) after the tachiai and sent him to ...

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Mar 10, 2014

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Rising star Endo took a beating from Harumafuji in his first matchup against a yokozuna on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Both Harumafuji, who missed the entire New Year meet through injury, and Endo were in meditation mode ...

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 ...

| Dec 2, 2013

Little-man sumo pays off for Harumafuji

by Mark Buckton

It was without doubt one of the most disappointing yokozuna-yokozuna bouts in recent years. When Harumafuji’s disappointing hit-and-run technique against fellow Mongolian Hakuho on Nov. 24 gave him the championship after an action-packed 15 days, few were that impressed. Instead, rather that his sixth ...