Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

General 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

Sumo 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 ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 24, 2016

Yokozuna Kakuryu back atop standings

Yokozuna Kakuryu got back on the winning track on Thursday, the 12th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he regained his sole lead with an 11-1 record. A day after suffering his only loss of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the ...

Goeido, Hakuho remain unbeaten in Kyushu

Sumo Nov 16, 2016

Goeido, Hakuho remain unbeaten in Kyushu

Ozeki Goeido continued on course for a possible promotion to yokozuna with an easy win Wednesday, keeping him among four wrestlers with perfect records after four days at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido carried the day against 23-year-old komusubi Mitakeumi with a terrific opening ...

Okinoumi, Goeido remain unbeaten

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 16, 2016

Okinoumi, Goeido remain unbeaten

Top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi added ozeki Kotoshogiku to his list of major scalps on Friday. As a result, he remained unbeaten and tied for the lead on the sixth day of action at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Okinoumi looked to be heading to his first defeat ...

Kisenosato limbers up for fourth yokozuna bid

Sumo Aug 29, 2016

Kisenosato limbers up for fourth yokozuna bid

Ozeki Kisenosato will be hoping the fourth time will be the charm that lands him promotion to yokozuna. The 30-year-old ozeki enters the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament knowing his first career title will mean promotion to sumo's most exalted rank. This will be the ...

Sumo Jul 16, 2016

Ailing ozeki pulls out of tournament

Ozeki Kotoshogiku has withdrawn from the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament due to injury, his stablemaster Sadogatake said on Saturday. Kotoshogiku, who became the first Japanese-born wrestler in a decade to win a championship title with triumph at the New Year Basho in January, has been ...

Hakuho bounces back, regains share of lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 15, 2016

Hakuho bounces back, regains share of lead

Normal service resumed at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday as Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho rebounded from a shock first defeat to get his bid for a record-extending 38th career championship back on track. Hakuho, whose winning streak stretching back to the second day of ...

Kisenosato overpowers rival ozeki Kotoshogiku

Sumo / Basho Reports May 17, 2016

Kisenosato overpowers rival ozeki Kotoshogiku

Kisenosato crushed out fellow ozeki Kotoshogiku to stay in a share of the lead and on track for a first championship title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also improved to 10-0, while compatriot Harumafuji kept his title hopes alive ...

Hakuho wins easily on fourth day of basho

Sumo May 11, 2016

Hakuho wins easily on fourth day of basho

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho cemented his place among the early pacesetters with a routine win over Shodai at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Spring champion Hakuho, who with 36 career titles is the most successful wrestler in sumo history, shares the lead at 4-0 ...

Kisenosato continues hunt for elusive title

Sumo May 7, 2016

Kisenosato continues hunt for elusive title

After ending an eight-month barren stretch with a record-extending 37th career championship in March, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho looks to be the slight favorite going into the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway in Tokyo on Sunday. But Kisenosato will have other ideas as the ozeki ...