Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Jan 18, 2017

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to pull out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament when the Mongolian withdrew Wednesday due to a right leg injury. The 31-year-old Kakuryu, who won the Kyushu title in November, has struggled at this tournament and lost his ...

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 ...

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Jan 10, 2017

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato remained in the lead along with a pair of yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, looking to win his first grand sumo tournament since last May, stayed perfect in the 15-day event at ...

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 caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Nov 27, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu caps Kyushu title with final-day win

Yokozuna Kakuryu added the icing to his cake with a win on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after clinching his third career grand tournament title, Kakuryu backed fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji to the straw bales in the ...

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 ...

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

| Nov 22, 2016

Kisenosato hands Hakuho second loss

Returning yokozuna Hakuho saw his title hopes dented after nemesis Kisenosato sentenced him to a second defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. The result saw Hakuho (8-2), who missed the last tournament through injury, fall two wins behind sole leader and ...

Narrow defeat harms Goeido's promotion push

Nov 20, 2016

Narrow defeat harms Goeido's promotion push

Ozeki Goeido’s chance of getting promoted to yokozuna was dealt a blow on Sunday, in a narrow loss to sekiwake Okinoumi for his second defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. After a false start, Goeido’s tame charge was sharply countered by Okinoumi (2-6), ...