Goeido stays ahead of pack with 9-1 record

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

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 ...