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Perfect yokozuna Kakuryu takes sole possession of lead

/ Jan 21, 2018

Perfect yokozuna Kakuryu takes sole possession of lead

A stylish win made yokozuna Kakuryu the sole leader on Sunday, the eighth day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Tied with undefeated sekiwake Mitakeumi at the start of the day, Kakuryu went into the day's finale at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan only needing ...

Kakuryu, Mitakeumi share lead with 7-0 records

/ Jan 20, 2018

Kakuryu, Mitakeumi share lead with 7-0 records

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Mitakeumi remained unbeaten at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The tourney's seventh day opened with four wrestlers atop the elite makuuchi division with perfect records. Mitakeumi earned a safe but uninspired victory to improve to 7-0, while Kakuryu ...

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

/ Jan 19, 2018

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a tough battle to retain his share of the lead on Friday, the sixth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On a day when the back story threatened to overshadow the action, Kakuryu (6-0) and former ozeki Kotoshogiku provided the ...

Kisenosato exits New Year Basho citing injuries

/ Jan 19, 2018

Kisenosato exits New Year Basho citing injuries

Struggling yokozuna Kisenosato withdrew from his fifth consecutive tournament on Friday, a day after suffering a demoralizing fourth defeat at the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Although he pulled out citing injury, with just one tournament of perfect attendance in six meets at sumo's ...

Hakuho pulls out of current basho

/ Jan 18, 2018

Hakuho pulls out of current basho

Hakuho, one of three yokozuna competing in the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, has withdrawn due to toe injuries, the Japan Sumo Association said Thursday. The Mongolian injured his left big toe during a loss to rank-and-file maegashira wrestler Yoshikaze on Wednesday, his second ...

Hakuho, Kisenosato upset for second straight day

/ Jan 17, 2018

Hakuho, Kisenosato upset for second straight day

Yokozuna duo Hakuho and Kisenosato were both ousted for the second consecutive day, falling to their respective opponents in defeats at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. There were shocks all around as first Kisenosato, the sole Japanese yokozuna, was dismissed to a ...

Hokutofuji upsets Hakuho

/ Jan 16, 2018

Hokutofuji upsets Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho on Tuesday suffered his first defeat of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, succumbing to top-ranked maegashira Hokutofuji in the biggest upset of the meet so far. Fellow yokozuna Kakuryu continued his injury comeback in strong fashion, staying unbeaten on Day 3 of ...

Fans flock to basho despite recent scandals

/ Jan 15, 2018

Fans flock to basho despite recent scandals

Fans attending the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament expressed their displeasure with the sport's recent scandals despite snapping up the last available tickets on Sunday. A line for the opening day's available tickets began forming at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan early in ...