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Hakuho relieved to finish difficult year on winning note

After a scandal surrounding the national sport ironically drew more attention to the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, tournament champion Hakuho said Monday he was pleased to provide some positive headlines. Speaking to reporters at the traditional morning-after news conference, Hakuho, who won an unprecedented 40th title in the Nov. 12-26 tournament ...

Hakuho stays win ahead of two challengers

/ Nov 24, 2017

Hakuho stays win ahead of two challengers

Yokozuna Hakuho maintained his lead in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after surviving a close bout against Takarafuji on Friday. Hakuho (12-1), the lone yokozuna competing at the 15-day meet, twice came close to tasting defeat. After the initial charge, Hakuho tried to shove his ...

Injured Takayasu withdraws from Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

/ Nov 24, 2017

Injured Takayasu withdraws from Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Ozeki Takayasu has pulled out of the ongoing Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with three days remaining because of a thigh injury, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Friday. The 27-year-old wrestler at sumo's second-highest rank becomes the eighth wrestler in the top makuuchi division to withdraw from ...

Hakuho back on track with quick victory

/ Nov 23, 2017

Hakuho back on track with quick victory

Yokozuna Hakuho made up for his previous day's defeat by beating Mitakeumi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while the two ozeki lost to lower-ranked wrestlers. Hakuho (11-1), the only yokozuna remaining in the 15-day meet, ushered sekiwake Mitakeumi (7-5) out of the ...

Hakuho still two wins up; Kisenosato out

/ Nov 21, 2017

Hakuho still two wins up; Kisenosato out

Lone yokozuna Hakuho outlasted fellow Mongolian Ichinojo to maintain his two-win cushion at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. The only grand champion left in the 15-day tournament following Kisenosato's withdrawal earlier in the day, Hakuho (10-0) broke up a mid-ring stalemate and kicked ...

Hakuho stays perfect at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

/ Nov 20, 2017

Hakuho stays perfect at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho stayed unbeaten at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday to remain on course for a record-extending 40th career championship. Hakuho (9-0) faced fourth-ranked maegashira Chiyonokuni (1-8) and he wrapped up their second career encounter in a heartbeat at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. The ...

Hakuho exhibits strength and poise against Hokutofuji

/ Nov 19, 2017

Hakuho exhibits strength and poise against Hokutofuji

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his spotless record after the eighth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, taking down Hokutofuji in a blink. Hakuho is still on track for a record 40th championship after defeating No. 3 maegashira Hokutofuji (6-2) in the 15-day event ...

Hakuho whips Tochiozan with display of brute strength

/ Nov 16, 2017

Hakuho whips Tochiozan with display of brute strength

Yokozuna Hakuho improved to 5-0 on Thursday, the fifth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking to extend his record for most career championships with his 40th, Hakuho showed more nerves than usual in dispatching winless No. 2 maegashira Tochiozan. The yokozuna gave the ...

Hakuho still perfect after fourth day of tournament

/ Nov 15, 2017

Hakuho still perfect after fourth day of tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho stayed unbeaten at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after manhandling Chiyotairyu, while a pair of ozeki also maintained spotless records to stay in a tie for the early lead in Fukuoka on Wednesday. Hakuho (4-0), who is gunning for his record 40th title, ...

Six wrestlers still unbeaten as competition heats up

/ Nov 14, 2017

Six wrestlers still unbeaten as competition heats up

The two yokozuna competing at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament had positive results on Tuesday, with Kisenosato and Hakuho winning convincingly, while Harumafuji was forced to pull out after the alleged assault of a fellow wrestler. Kisenosato (2-1) swept past No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu (1-2) ...