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 ...

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

New sekiwake Asanoyama took his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while yokozuna Kakuryu fell to his third defeat. Asanoyama fell down the leaderboard along with top-ranked maegashira Endo after getting brushed aside by komusubi Abi on Day 4 at ...

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 ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu pulls out of Kyushu Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 10, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu pulls out of Kyushu Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu pulled out of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a lumbar spine injury after hurting his back in practice on Sunday morning, according to his Michinoku stablemaster. The yokozuna's decision to pull out on the opening day of the 15-day tournament in Fukuoka ...

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

Sumo Nov 7, 2019

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

by John Gunning

Although he retired a quarter century ago and made just 18 appearances for Nagoya Grampus Eight, Gary Lineker remains one of the names most closely associated with Japanese soccer among foreign fans. The England international's strike rate here was well below a career average that ...

Kakuryu sits atop latest rankings

Sumo Oct 28, 2019

Kakuryu sits atop latest rankings

Kakuryu will go into next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as he searches for his seventh career championship, while Takakeisho returns at the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki, according to the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. Kakuryu ...

Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2019

Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Rank-and-filer Okinoumi earned his eighth straight win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday to remain undefeated and in sole control at the midpoint of the 15-day meet. The No. 8 maegashira is the first top-division man to secure a winning record at Tokyo's ...