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Sumo 101: The Emperor's Cup

Sep 12, 2018

Sumo 101: The Emperor's Cup

by John Gunning

"To the victor go the spoils" is a phrase that could have been coined for sumo. In a sport already top heavy in terms of privilege and salary, the outright winner of each tournament gets virtually all of the prizes on offer. While (usually) a couple ...

Kisenosato keeps comeback on track with impressive Day 2 win

/ Sep 10, 2018

Kisenosato keeps comeback on track with impressive Day 2 win

Yokozuna Kisenosato continued his comeback from injury in winning fashion Monday with a hard-fought victory over komusubi Takakeisho at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Returning after missing a record eight-straight meets, Kisenosato withstood an opening onslaught from the quick and powerful up-and-comer to secure an ...

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

Sep 8, 2018

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament gets underway on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Like most recent meets this one seems wide open and you could make a solid case for five or even six wrestlers being potential winners at the end of the two ...

Yokozuna stay unbeaten at Nagoya Basho

/ Jul 10, 2018

Yokozuna stay unbeaten at Nagoya Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho, along with newly promoted ozeki Tochinoshin, each continued their winning streak on Tuesday, the third day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Kakuryu (3-0) easily dispatched top-ranked east maegashira Shodai (1-2), while Hakuho (3-0) flipped the west No. 1 Kotoshogiku ...

Big names shine on second day of Nagoya Basho

/ Jul 9, 2018

Big names shine on second day of Nagoya Basho

Newly promoted ozeki Tochinoshin rolled to another victory on Monday, the second day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna duo Hakuho and Kakuryu also remained unbeaten at the 15-day meet at Dolphins Arena. Tochinoshin (2-0), who aims to become the first wrestler since Hakuho in ...

Kakuryu favored in Nagoya

Jul 7, 2018

Kakuryu favored in Nagoya

Even without rival yokozuna Kisenosato in the mix, Kakuryu is going to be hard pressed to extend his championship streak to three at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that kicks off Sunday at Dolphins Arena. The 32-year-old Kakuryu will still have his hands full with ...

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

| Jun 13, 2018

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

by John Gunning

Tochinoshin's promotion to ozeki comes with many perks. Most are connected to his life as an active wrestler, such as a boost in salary and parking privileges. One that kicks in after retirement, though, is an automatic three-year grace period before he has to acquire ...

Kakuryu and Tochinoshin tied with two days left in meet

/ May 25, 2018

Kakuryu and Tochinoshin tied with two days left in meet

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu grabbed a share of the lead Friday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament after sekiwake Tochinoshin suffered his first loss. Kakuryu (12-1) dispatched sekiwake Ichinojo (7-6) in Day 13's final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, using good technique to overcome a 65-kg weight ...