Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

Jan 12, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

Ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Hakuho were forced to work hard for their wins Thursday to remain in a five-way lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On the fifth day of the 15-day tourney, Kisenosato survived the powerful shoves of Mitakeumi (3-2), who ...

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Jan 9, 2017

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Yokozuna Harumafuji became the first big name to fall at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, suffering an upset second-day loss to No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi. A day after knocking off ozeki Goeido, Mitakeumi got the better of a sloppy bout with ...

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Jan 8, 2017

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Sumo’s three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kakuryu, who won his third career title in the most recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, ...

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Jan 7, 2017

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho are gearing up for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday, looking to maintain the nation’s place atop the sport after a year of promising performances from Japanese wrestlers. A third career title in November seems to have ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Nov 26, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu secures title

Kakuryu capitalized on a slip-up by fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to clinch his third career championship with a day to spare at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Harumafuji crashed to his third defeat at the hands of Hakuho in the day’s penultimate ...

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Nov 25, 2016

Kakuryu outmuscles rival Hakuho

Kakuryu claimed yokozuna bragging rights and closed in on the title by defeating fellow Mongolian Hakuho at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. After an early exchange of slaps and thrusts, Kakuryu seized control and got both arms around Hakuho before bellying him ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Nov 24, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Yokozuna Kakuryu got back on the winning track on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he regained his sole lead with an 11-1 record. A day after suffering his only loss of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, ...

Kakuryu suffers first loss as race heats up

Nov 23, 2016

Kakuryu suffers first loss as race heats up

Yokozuna Kakuryu crashed to his first defeat on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after handing yokozuna Hakuho his second defeat, ozeki Kisenosato turned the affair at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on it’s ear with his 31st career win ...

Goeido outmuscles Aoiyama, now 5-0

Nov 17, 2016

Goeido outmuscles Aoiyama, now 5-0

Yokozuna hopeful Goeido kept his eyes on the prize and muscled out winless No. 1 maegashira Aoiyama on Thursday to preserve his share of the lead a third of the way through the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. After chants of “Goeido” reverberated around Fukuoka ...

Goeido, Hakuho remain unbeaten in Kyushu

Nov 16, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho remain unbeaten in Kyushu

Ozeki Goeido continued on course for a possible promotion to yokozuna with an easy win Wednesday, keeping him among four wrestlers with perfect records after four days at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido carried the day against 23-year-old komusubi Mitakeumi with a terrific ...

Goeido, Hakuho win on first day of Kyushu tourney

Nov 13, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho win on first day of Kyushu tourney

Ozeki Goeido had a small scare during his bout with Tochiozan on Sunday but got off to a winning start on the opening day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, while yokozuna Hakuho showed a strong comeback after missing the September meet due to ...

Goeido in hunt for yokozuna promotion

Oct 31, 2016

Goeido in hunt for yokozuna promotion

Goeido, who has been mostly mediocre during his time at the second-highest rank of ozeki, will have the unlikely chance of reaching the exalted rank of yokozuna at the Nov. 13-27 Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Two years on from appearing as ozeki for the ...