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 aiming to prove staying power at Spring Basho

Mar 11, 2016

Kotoshogiku aiming to prove staying power at Spring Basho

Ozeki Kotoshogiku will be out to prove his first Emperor’s Cup win in January was no fluke when the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday. To say that his championship win at the New Year Basho was a major surprise would be something ...

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

Feb 29, 2016

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association announced the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, and ozeki Kotoshogiku will aim to become the first homegrown yokozuna in 18 years when he returns to the prestigious east side. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku will be up for ...

Feb 2, 2016

Terunofuji to enter Spring Basho

Ozeki Terunofuji, who pulled out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken right collar bone and damaged meniscus in his left knee, said Tuesday he will return to the ring for the Spring Basho in March. The 24-year-old completed a physical ...

Mar 23, 2015

Exultant Hakuho brushes aside controversy over remarks

A night after extending his own record for career championships with his 34th, yokozuna Hakuho on Monday brushed aside talk concerning his apparent icy relationship with the judging committee that came in the wake of his critical remarks in January. Hakuho, 30, became only ...

Terunofuji takes title bid to final day

Mar 21, 2015

Terunofuji takes title bid to final day

Yokozuna Hakuho and sekiwake Terunofuji both won Saturday to take the title race down to the final day at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who suffered his first defeat of the 15-day basho against Terunofuji on Friday, rebounded to beat ozeki Kisenosato and ...

Terunofuji puts end to Hakuho's perfect run

Mar 20, 2015

Terunofuji puts end to Hakuho's perfect run

Terunofuji sentenced Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho to a shock first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to keep his title hopes alive with two days of the 15-day basho remaining. Hakuho could have sewn up a 34th career championship with two days ...

Jeter meets Hakuho, other sumo wrestlers

Mar 19, 2015

Jeter meets Hakuho, other sumo wrestlers

Retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter took the sumo world by storm on Thursday, when he took in the action at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament iand met some of the wrestlers afterward. In addition to posing with Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho, who has ...

Hakuho still unbeaten

Mar 19, 2015

Hakuho still unbeaten

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho knocked ozeki Kotoshogiku out of the park to move within one win of his 34th career title at the Spring Sumo Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. With New York Yankees great Derek Jeter watching from the ringside seats and clearly enjoying ...