Title chase now wide open

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 20, 2019

Title chase now wide open

The race for the Emperor's Cup at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament was thrown wide open again when Takakeisho lost to ozeki Goeido on Friday and fell into a four-way tie for the lead with two days remaining. A day after securing promotion back to ...

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 19, 2019

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Takakeisho took the outright lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, beating Myogiryu to improve to 10-2 and secure promotion back to ozeki. The sekiwake, who is making his return from a knee injury, sits alone atop the standings after joint overnight leader ...

Kakuryu notches third straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 10, 2019

Kakuryu notches third straight win

Yokozuna Kakuryu retained his spotless record with a third straight win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, while ozeki Goeido suffered his first loss and dropped down the leaderboard. All the sport's elite in competition at Ryogoku Kokugikan prevailed on Day 3 of ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...

Yokozuna secure winning records on Day 8

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 14, 2019

Yokozuna secure winning records on Day 8

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu each clinched a winning record on Sunday and remained the only undefeated wrestlers at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho dodged a bullet against No. 3 maegashira Shodai (4-4) in the final bout on Day 8 of the 15-day meet ...

Asanoyama captures first title

Sumo / Basho Reports May 25, 2019

Asanoyama captures first title

Rank-and-filer Asanoyama clinched his maiden championship on Saturday by beating ozeki Goeido with one day remaining at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. In addition to the Emperor's Cup, the No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama will receive a trophy from U.S. President Donald Trump, who will attend ...

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2019

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu earned his third straight win on Tuesday and gained some breathing room as all three ozeki were defeated on Day 3 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna survived a scare against top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2), when the former ozeki's elbow ...

Favorites cruise on Day 2 of tourney

Sumo / Basho Reports May 13, 2019

Favorites cruise on Day 2 of tourney

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu stayed unbeaten Monday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, cruising to victory over rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji. Kakuryu, seeking his sixth top-division title, improved to 2-0 by quickly pushing out the winless No. 1 maegashira in the final bout on Day 2 at ...

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

Sumo May 9, 2019

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

by John Gunning

Gambling on sumo, like most sports in Japan, is illegal. The Japan Sumo Association also takes a tough line with any of its members involved in such activities, even kicking an ozeki (Kotomitsuki) and stablemaster (Otake) out of the sport completely in 2010 over their ...

Hakuho on course for title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2019

Hakuho on course for title

Yokozuna Hakuho inched toward a record-extending 42nd career championship with a win over ozeki Goeido on Friday, the 13th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The victory left Hakuho with a perfect record and a one-win lead over his Mongolian compatriot Ichinojo with two ...

Hakuho stays one win ahead of pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2019

Hakuho stays one win ahead of pack

Yokozuna Hakuho defeated ozeki Tochinoshin on Wednesday to retain his lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with 12 straight wins. Hakuho faced little challenge from the struggling Tochinoshin (6-6), who has only beaten the 41-time top-division champion once in 28 matchups. Hakuho hemmed up Tochinoshin ...

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win behind the Mongolian yokozuna, who aims to hold onto the lead for a record-extending ...