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Four yokozuna vying for title at Spring Basho

Mar 11, 2017

Four yokozuna vying for title at Spring Basho

Late bloomer Kisenosato will be hoping to get off on the right foot when he faces rank-and-file wrestler Takekaze in his debut as yokozuna on the first day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. All four yokozuna — one Japanese and three Mongolian ...

Kisenosato has stitches above eye after training clash

Mar 6, 2017

Kisenosato has stitches above eye after training clash

Newly promoted yokozuna Kisenosato sustained a cut above his left eye during a training session on Monday, though he made clear it was not serious after returning from the hospital with stitches. Kisenosato, who became the first Japanese-born yokozuna in 19 years when he reached ...

Mar 2, 2017

Kotooshu to establish own stable

Former Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu will leave the Sadogatake stable and establish his own stable in April, a Japan Sumo Association source said Wednesday. The JSA executive board looks set to approve the move this month. Kotooshu (now sumo elder Naruto) would be the first European-born ...

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Feb 27, 2017

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Kisenosato will start life as sumo's 72nd yokozuna on the west side as the Japan Sumo Association on Monday released the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, after winning the New Year Basho with a 14-1 mark last month, became the first Japanese-born ...

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Jan 31, 2017

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Former Mongolian-born komusubi Tokitenku died Tuesday of malignant lymphoma, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 37. Tokitenku, who only retired last August and became sumo elder Magaki, competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the fourth highest rank of komusubi, and won ...

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

Jan 27, 2017

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

New yokozuna Kisenosato performed his first ring-entry ceremony on Friday before a large crowd of around 18,000 at Meiji Shrine. "I'm relieved it ended without trouble," the 30-year-old said after making his ceremonial debut as yokozuna. "I came with a sense of gratitude and wanted ...

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

/ Jan 22, 2017

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

Ozeki Kisenosato came one step closer to becoming yokozuna as he twisted down hard-shoving Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday, the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The win was the icing on the cake for Kisenosato (14-1), who had secured his maiden ...

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

/ Jan 21, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

Ozeki Kisenosato dispatched maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday and then cashed in on a slip-up by yokozuna Hakuho to capture his long-awaited first championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. After a near false start by No. 13 maegashira Ichinojo, Kisenosato (13-1) allowed his opponent ...

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

/ Jan 19, 2017

Kisenosato remains in control of title chase

Ozeki Kisenosato took another major step toward his first championship title with a win over Ikioi Thursday, keeping him in sole possession of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Looking to finally shed his tag as a nearly man after coming so ...