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Mitakeumi improves to 7-0, maintains lead

/ Jul 14, 2018

Mitakeumi improves to 7-0, maintains lead

Sekiwake Mitakeumi stayed unbeaten Saturday to hold onto the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Fighting in his ninth-straight tournament among the three sanyaku rankings beneath yokozuna, Mitakeumi kept a breakthrough top-level title in his sights by beating veteran Kotoshogiku on Day 7 ...

Kakuryu stays tied for lead with victory over Tamawashi

/ Mar 13, 2018

Kakuryu stays tied for lead with victory over Tamawashi

Yokozuna Kakuryu picked up another victory on Tuesday to remain undefeated on the third day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu (3-0) got the better of the initial charge against top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-1), shoving his fellow Mongolian into a backwards slide and ...

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

/ Jan 19, 2018

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a tough battle to retain his share of the lead on Friday, the sixth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On a day when the back story threatened to overshadow the action, Kakuryu (6-0) and former ozeki Kotoshogiku provided the ...

Goeido stays ahead of pack with 9-1 record

/ Sep 19, 2017

Goeido stays ahead of pack with 9-1 record

Ozeki Goeido remains the act to beat after he improved to 9-1 on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido has been an extremely tricky opponent so far in the 15-day event at Ryogoku Kokugikan, feinting and dodging his way ...

Kotoshogiku maintains perfect record

/ Sep 13, 2017

Kotoshogiku maintains perfect record

Former ozeki Kotoshogiku cruised to his fourth win on Wednesday, the fourth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. With three yokozuna and one ozeki having pulled out of the competition, the fourth day of the 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan dawned without a single ...

Kotoshogiku outmuscles Harumafuji

/ Sep 12, 2017

Kotoshogiku outmuscles Harumafuji

Harumafuji's plea for a timeout went unanswered at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. As a result, top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku beat him in the most unexpected fashion. Harumafuji (2-1), the only yokozuna competing in the tournament, never put up a fight on the third ...

Leader Terunofuji bolsters title hopes

/ Mar 25, 2017

Leader Terunofuji bolsters title hopes

Injury-hit yokozuna Kisenosato took to the ring but was powerless to prevent his second defeat in two days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, when ozeki Terunofuji took the sole lead with one day remaining. Kisenosato's participation at Edion Arena Osaka was doubtful ...

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 ...

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

/ Jan 10, 2017

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato remained in the lead along with a pair of yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, looking to win his first grand sumo tournament since last May, stayed perfect in the 15-day event at Tokyo's ...

The top sports stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became the ...

Japanese ozeki set sights on becoming yokozuna in 2017

Dec 27, 2016

Japanese ozeki set sights on becoming yokozuna in 2017

Three Japanese ozeki were in contention for promotion to yokozuna in 2016, raising hopes that a homegrown wrestler may reach sumo's top rank for the first time in nearly two decades. While Kotoshogiku, Kisenosato and Goeido could not manage to become the first Japan-born yokozuna ...