Shodai among trio tied for top spot

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2020

Shodai among trio tied for top spot

Shodai headlines a group of three men tied for the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament after besting fellow rank-and-filer Hokutofuji on Thursday in a battle to remain undefeated. Coming off a day of rest, No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (4-1) had no response ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu each fell to their second defeats at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, leaving the title open for sekiwake Asanoyama and a pair of rank-and-filers who share the lead. Hakuho was unceremoniously slapped down by his opponent, Myogiryu (1-2), ...

Endo completes sweep of yokozuna

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 13, 2020

Endo completes sweep of yokozuna

Fan-favorite No. 1 maegashira Endo brought Ryogoku Kokugikan to its feet on Monday with a stunning upset of yokozuna Hakuho on the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament's second day. It was the second yokozuna scalp for Endo at the 15-day tourney. Coming off a ...

Yokozuna duo experience mixed fortunes on Day 1

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 12, 2020

Yokozuna duo experience mixed fortunes on Day 1

Hakuho started his pursuit for a record-extending 44th career championship on a winning note on Sunday, while fellow yokozuna Kakuryu suffered a shocking defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho seized komusubi Daieisho's belt with his right hand following ...

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday showed. The 25-year-old rising star earned promotion to sumo's third-highest rank after going ...