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Hakuho speaks about controversial remarks

Yokozuna Hakuho broke his silence Monday to explain himself for the first time since criticizing ringside judges for calling a do-over in his bout against ozeki Kisenosato at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in January. Speaking at a press conference at the Miyagino stable’s dormitory in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, ...

Hakuho to receive top honor in Mongolia

Feb 11, 2015

Hakuho to receive top honor in Mongolia

Yokozuna Hakuho, who became the all-time record holder of the most championships after winning his 33rd career Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Sumo Tournament, revealed on Wednesday he will be feted with the equivalent of Japan’s People’s Honor Award in his homeland of ...

Feb 7, 2015

Ex-ozeki Kotomitsuki has hair-cutting ceremony

Former ozeki Kotomitsuki, who was expelled from the world of sumo for betting on baseball games in 2010, had his hair-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Kotomitsuki, whose real name is Keiji Tamiya, was banished in July 2010 and sued the Japan Sumo Association in a ...

Fellow wrestlers react to Hakuho criticisms

Feb 2, 2015

Fellow wrestlers react to Hakuho criticisms

A week after Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho criticized a decision from ringside judges, wrestlers from the elite makuuchi division weighed in on the comments that appeared to throw cold water on his monumental achievement at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who became the ...

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Jan 29, 2015

Hakuho leads sumo's Mongolian invasion

Hakuho returned to his corner for a third time to grab another fistful of salt, his face a picture of concentration, his eyes narrowed and focused as the crowd in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena bristled with anticipation. He turned, tossed the granules high ...

Record-setter Hakuho seeks next challenge

Jan 26, 2015

Record-setter Hakuho seeks next challenge

A day after wrapping up his historic 33rd championship with a perfect record, yokozuna Hakuho said he wants to venture into a new world, while being reminded that in this one, even champions must mind their manners. In a press conference on Monday, the ...

Hakuho finishes New Year basho with perfect record

Jan 25, 2015

Hakuho finishes New Year basho with perfect record

Yokozuna Hakuho decked out his crowning achievement with the final jewel, wrapping up a monumental tournament by finishing the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with his 11th-career zensho-yusho on Sunday. Hakuho, who secured sole ownership of the all-time record with his 33rd career Emperor’s ...

Hakuho collects 800th victory in top division

Jan 24, 2015

Hakuho collects 800th victory in top division

A day after becoming the sole owner of the all-time record by clinching his 33rd Emperor’s Cup, Hakuho basked in the sunlight with another stellar performance Saturday as he aims to complete his tour de force with a perfect mark. In the first tournament ...

Hakuho closing in on historic title

Jan 22, 2015

Hakuho closing in on historic title

Yokozuna Hakuho remained on course for a historic 33rd career championship with a solid win over Kotoshogiku on Thursday, the 12th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian, who is now level with the legendary Taiho in career championships, improved to ...

Yokozuna Hakuho extends lead

Jan 21, 2015

Yokozuna Hakuho extends lead

Hakuho took one giant step toward an unprecedented mark with a demolition of demotion-threatened Goeido, while rival yokozuna Harumafuji and Kakuryu both went tumbling on the 11th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, who is bidding to become the ...

Hakuho overpowers Aoiyama

Jan 20, 2015

Hakuho overpowers Aoiyama

Yokozuna Hakuho produced another classy performance with a clinical disposal of sekiwake Aoiyama as he moved ever closer to taking sole ownership of the all-time championship record at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Hakuho, who is seeking his 33rd career championship ...