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Yokozuna debutant Asashoryu’s hopes for his third consecutive championship title took a major blow Monday when he was tossed to his third loss in a meeting with the lowly Kotonowaka at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai, however, got back on the winning track by burying his opponent in a hailstorm of slaps and thrusts on the ninth day of action at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

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