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Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 25, 2020

Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

by John Gunning

In 1991, though most people didn't realize it at the time, the Oshima stablemaster made a decision that would dramatically alter the course of sumo over the next several decades. The former ozeki brought six young men from Mongolia into his stable and began a ...

Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

Sumo Jan 24, 2020

Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

by John Gunning

Since Takamiyama first blazed a trail to Japan in 1964, 30 other Americans have followed the giant Hawaiian into professional sumo. Akebono and Musashimaru reached the pinnacle of the sport, earning promotion to yokozuna and lifting multiple Emperor's Cups, while Konishiki was a title-winning ozeki ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Shodai and Tokushoryu each retained their leading records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Goeido suffered an eighth loss and faces a demotion from the sport's second-highest rank. Goeido (4-8) was beaten by new sekiwake Asanoyama (7-5) in the day's ...

Hanakaze's longevity moves into fifth decade

Sumo Jan 23, 2020

Hanakaze's longevity moves into fifth decade

by John Gunning

In March 1986, while Mike Ditka, Walter Payton and William "The Refrigerator" Perry and the rest of the Chicago Bears were still celebrating their Super Bowl XX mauling of the New England Patriots two-plus months earlier, in Osaka a young man named Daisaku Yamaguchi ...

Kitazakura known best for talent, attitude outside ring

Sumo Jan 22, 2020

Kitazakura known best for talent, attitude outside ring

by John Gunning

Rikishi who are famous for something other than results in the ring usually achieve that status through some notable aspect of their personality. But whether it's a comedian-like demeanor or exaggerated gestures before fights, wrestlers normally have just one trait for which they are known. Not ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Rank-and-filers Shodai and Tokushoryu maintained their joint lead with one-loss records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while ozeki Goeido staved off demotion by avoiding an eighth defeat. Shodai (10-1), the No. 4 maegashira on the east, was put to the test ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...