Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sumo Mar 23, 2020

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Following news of his impending promotion to ozeki, Asanoyama said Monday he had accomplished one of his career goals. A Japan Sumo Association advisory board recommended the 26-year-old sekiwake for promotion following his 11-4 finish at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, making his ...

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2020

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho seized a record-extending 44th top-level championship Sunday after outlasting fellow yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolian-born titans came into Day 15 tied for the lead at 12-2, setting up a tantalizing winner-take-all battle in the final bout of the ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Spring Basho Sumo's two highest-ranked grapplers will fight it out on Sunday for the championship of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. For the first time since July, Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu will both be competing for the title on the final day after wrapping ...

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 18, 2020

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Yokozuna Hakuho bounced back from his first loss and collected his 10th win of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday to remain in a two-way tie for the lead with rank-and-filer Aoiyama. The Mongolian-born yokozuna charged out of the gates in the final bout ...

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 17, 2020

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Hakuho fell into a two-way tie for the lead Tuesday following his first defeat of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, while fears about the possible cancellation of the meet subsided after a fever-stricken wrestler tested negative for the coronavirus. The yokozuna was put to the ...

Hakuho collects ninth straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 16, 2020

Hakuho collects ninth straight win

Yokozuna Hakuho remains the only undefeated wrestler after capturing his ninth straight win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, though the meet's continuation was called into question after a fever-stricken wrestler was compelled to undergo a test for the new coronavirus. Hakuho had ...

Hakuho strengthens bid for title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 14, 2020

Hakuho strengthens bid for title

Hakuho will start the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with the outright lead after handing Mitakeumi his first loss on Saturday. The yokozuna improved to a perfect 7-0 as he manhandled the No. 3 maegashira in the final bout of Day 7 ...

Kakuryu suffers second loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 13, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second loss

Hakuho maintained his pursuit of a record-extending 44th Emperor's Cup by beating Yutakayama and improving to a perfect 6-0 Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. But the sailing was less smooth for fellow yokozuna Kakuryu, who dropped to 4-2 after losing to No. 2 ...

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 12, 2020

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Hakuho scraped out a victory to remain perfect in a four-way tie for the lead on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his 35th birthday, the yokozuna (5-0) took on January's surprise champion, No. 2 maegashira Tokushoryu at ...