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Kisenosato suffers upset on Summer Basho opening day

/ May 14, 2017

Kisenosato suffers upset on Summer Basho opening day

Yokozuna Kisenosato's bid for a third consecutive championship title took an early blow with a shock defeat to komusubi Yoshikaze on Sunday, the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu also suffered an upset, but the other two yokozuna — Hakuho and Harumafuji ...

Kisenosato ready to begin bid for third straight title

May 12, 2017

Kisenosato ready to begin bid for third straight title

Yokozuna Kisenosato will be looking to shake off recent injury concerns and win his third straight title at the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament as the head-to-heads for the event's first two days were announced Friday. Should he make a similarly risk-free performance as at ...

Kisenosato heads into Summer Basho as top-ranked fighter

/ May 1, 2017

Kisenosato heads into Summer Basho as top-ranked fighter

Having waited years to reach sumo's pinnacle, Kisenosato enters the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament looking for his second championship as yokozuna and his third in a row. The 30-year-old enters the May 14-28 tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan holding the top east slot among the ...

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama dies at 79

May 1, 2017

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama dies at 79

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama, who served as head of the Japan Sumo Association in the 1990s, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on April 27, his family said Monday. He was 79. Sadanoyama, whose real name is Shinmatsu Ichikawa, was promoted to sumo's highest rank ...

Sumo chiefs reveal Kisenosato has chest muscle damage

Apr 3, 2017

Sumo chiefs reveal Kisenosato has chest muscle damage

Yokozuna Kisenosato has been diagnosed with damage to his left chest muscle in addition to the earlier-announced left upper arm injury, the Japan Sumo Association said as it made public his medical certificate Monday. The document, dated March 27, said a monthlong recovery will be ...

Apr 1, 2017

Ex-ozeki Kotooshu opens own stable

Former Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu established his new own stable on Saturday, making him sumo's first European-born stablemaster. The 34-year-old, who has been coaching at Sadogatake stable as sumo elder Naruto since his retirement in March 2014, won a single championship in May 2008 and occupied ...

Kisenosato facing month of treatment on injury

Mar 29, 2017

Kisenosato facing month of treatment on injury

Yokozuna Kisenosato, who came from behind to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday despite injury, was diagnosed with muscle damage in his left upper arm and needs one month of treatment, a Japan Sumo Association source said Wednesday. Kisenosato, who also won the ...

Kisenosato vows to keep improving after Spring victory

Mar 27, 2017

Kisenosato vows to keep improving after Spring victory

Yokozuna Kisenosato said Monday the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will leave an everlasting memory, but he remains humble as he realizes his personal growth as a sumo wrestler will stop the moment he allows himself to rest on his laurels. Speaking at a press conference ...

Leader Terunofuji bolsters title hopes

/ Mar 25, 2017

Leader Terunofuji bolsters title hopes

Injury-hit yokozuna Kisenosato took to the ring but was powerless to prevent his second defeat in two days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, when ozeki Terunofuji took the sole lead with one day remaining. Kisenosato's participation at Edion Arena Osaka was doubtful ...

Title chase heats up as Kisenosato suffers first loss

/ Mar 24, 2017

Title chase heats up as Kisenosato suffers first loss

Yokozuna Harumafuji sent Kisenosato tumbling down the ring to his first defeat as yokozuna — and left him with an injury — on Friday, the 13th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where ozeki Terunofuji now shares the lead also with one defeat. Harumafuji ...