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Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 5, 2018

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

by John Gunning

Takakeisho, winner of this year's Kyushu tournament, was pictured alongside his stablemaster on Nov. 26 holding up a large red sea bream and drinking sake from an outsized trophy at a celebratory event. While there was nothing noteworthy in the scene itself — such parties ...

Injury-plagued Kisenosato resumes training

Sumo Dec 3, 2018

Injury-plagued Kisenosato resumes training

Injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato, who has failed to start or complete nine of the past 10 tournaments, resumed training Monday for the first time since pulling out from last month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to be promoted to the ...

Injured yokozuna Kisenosato to miss start of upcoming regional tour

Sumo Nov 28, 2018

Injured yokozuna Kisenosato to miss start of upcoming regional tour

Injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato, who has failed to start or complete nine of the last 10 tournaments, will sit out the start of the winter regional tour which kicks off this weekend, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Wednesday. According to Tagonoura, Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in ...

Former stablemaster Takanohana, wife get divorced

Sumo Nov 27, 2018

Former stablemaster Takanohana, wife get divorced

Koji Hanada, who was yokozuna and stablemaster under the name Takanohana, has divorced former TV announcer Keiko Kono, sources said Monday. Hanada married Kono in 1995 after being promoted to yokozuna. The couple had three children. As Takanohana, the 46-year-old Hanada won 22 tournaments in the ...

Takakeisho reflects after first career championship

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 26, 2018

Takakeisho reflects after first career championship

A day after winning his first makuuchi division championship at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, up-and-coming komusubi Takakeisho said Monday he slept like a baby for the first time in a while. "I was able to fall asleep without thinking about anything for the first ...

Takakeisho off to winning start at new stable

Sumo Nov 25, 2018

Takakeisho off to winning start at new stable

Less than two months after suddenly moving to his new stable, Takakeisho gave the Chiganoura stable its first grand sumo tournament champion on Sunday. The 22-year-old had been forced to find a new home after his original stablemaster, controversial former yokozuna Takanohana, abruptly quit the ...

Sumo 101: Illegal moves

Sumo Nov 25, 2018

Sumo 101: Illegal moves

by John Gunning

Prior to their first live experience, many people are under the impression that sumo is a plodding sport in which two overweight men slowly try to force each other backward in a straight line. That illusion is always shattered within minutes of first sitting down ...

Takakeisho claims title on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 25, 2018

Takakeisho claims title on final day

Komusubi Takakeisho won his first career championship on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The 22-year-old Takakeisho, competing in just his 12th tournament in sumo's top flight, beat No. 3 maegashira Nishikigi (8-7), catching a lucky break to finish the tournament ...

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