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Kakuryu and Kisenosato set to make comebacks at New Year Basho

Jan 11, 2018

Kakuryu and Kisenosato set to make comebacks at New Year Basho

Two of the three yokozuna, Kakuryu and Kisenosato, said Thursday they will make their comebacks at the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament after both top-ranking wrestlers missed all or part of the last four meets due to injuries. Kakuryu waited to make the announcement ...

Hakuho poised to tie another record at New Year tourney

Dec 26, 2017

Hakuho poised to tie another record at New Year tourney

Yokozuna Hakuho will take the next step in his career achievement calendar next month when he steps into the ring to start the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 14. As king of the mountain in the latest rankings as announced by the Japan ...

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

| Nov 30, 2017

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

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It was plain from both Harumafuji's words and body language at Wednesday's news conference announcing his retirement that he was going under duress and felt harshly treated. Still, the yokozuna understood that given his position, no other outcome was possible once it became clear he ...

Harumafuji had with no choice but to retire

| Nov 29, 2017

Harumafuji had with no choice but to retire

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Yokozuna Harumafuji announced his intention to retire at a press conference on Wednesday. The decision is the result of a scandal involving the violent beating of a junior wrestler, and now means the careers of the last two yokozuna to retire end under a cloud. The ...

Hakuho relieved to finish difficult year on winning note

/ Nov 27, 2017

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 ...

Aminishiki steals show at Kyushu Basho

/ Nov 26, 2017

Aminishiki steals show at Kyushu Basho

A day after yokozuna Hakuho wrapped up the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament championship, 13th-ranked Aminshiki provided the final day's drama on Sunday. Back in the elite makuuchi division for the first time in a year since he ruptured his left Achilles tendon on May 9, ...

Hakuho secures 40th career title

/ Nov 25, 2017

Hakuho secures 40th career title

Yokozuna Hakuho clinched the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament championship, the 40th title of his illustrious career, on Saturday. Hakuho began the penultimate day of the 15-day event at Fukuoka Kokusai Center one win ahead of No. 3 maegashira Hokutofuji and No. 12 Okinoumi, but neither ...

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 ...

Young rikishi offer new hope for sumo

Nov 23, 2017

Young rikishi offer new hope for sumo

With Harumafuji's assault scandal seeing sumo's name dragged through the mud once again, a new generation of young wrestlers are looking to lift Japan's ancient national sport out of the muck. One such wrestler is 24-year-old up-and-comer Daiamami, a 14th-ranked maegashira who is the only ...