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Yokozuna Terunofuji takes part in a training session in Tokyo earlier this month.
Jan 11, 2024
Yokozuna Terunofuji confirmed for New Year meet
The 32-year-old lone grand champion won his eighth Emperor's Cup in May last year with a 14-1 record in his last complete tournament.
Wakatakakage competes at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in November. In sumo, early-arriving fans get to see some of the drama unfold in the lower tiers of the sport.
SUMO / Inside Sumo
Jan 10, 2024
For sumo fans, the drama doesn’t end with the top tier of wrestlers
Starting Sunday in Tokyo, myriad storylines are set to play out in sumo's lower ranks.
Yokozuna Terunofuji (left) practices at the Tokitsukaze sumo stable in Tokyo on Monday, ahead of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Jan 9, 2024
Terunofuji takes part in practice bouts ahead of New Year meet
The 32-year-old contested 14 straight practice bouts, winning 13 and losing one, before calling it a day.
Terunofuji claimed his eighth Emperor's Cup at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan with a commanding 14-1 performance in May, but it was the only time he completed a 15-day tournament all year.
Jan 5, 2024
Sumo world awaits new yokozuna as Terunofuji's retirement looms
Severe back pain and other health issues rendered the 32-year-old a nonstarter for four of last year's six grand tournaments.
Wrestlers with the Shikoroyama stable after a training session in Tokyo late last month.
Jan 3, 2024
Opportunities abound for sumo's governing body as centenary nears
Much progress has been made in Japan’s national sport in recent years, but there's still work to be done to better cater to foreign fans.
Onosato (left) and Nishonoseki stablemaster display the rankings list on Monday for the upcoming New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, during which the highly touted Onosato will make his top-division debut.
Dec 28, 2023
Who will grab the spotlight at sumo's first tourney of 2024?
Ozeki Kirishima has his sights set on the ultimate promotion, while debutant Onosato is looking to impress in his highly anticipated debut.
Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.
Ozeki Kirishima speaks during a news conference at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Monday.
Dec 26, 2023
Kirishima ready for first yokozuna promotion bid
The 27-year-old won his second top-division title at the last tournament of 2023 in November with a 13-2 record.
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama (right) with wrestler Abi in Nagoya in June 2019
Dec 18, 2023
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama dies at 60
Shikoroyama made his professional sumo debut from the Izutsu stable, then headed by his father, in 1979.
Kirishima has had injury woes of his own since earning promotion to ozeki following the May meet, but with 11 wins or better in four of six tournaments this year, and two Emperor’s Cup wins since March, his stock is rising quickly.
Nov 29, 2023
Kirishima takes Emperor’s Cup and yokozuna hopes from Takakeisho
As Takakeisho heads back to the starting line, Kirishima steps into the spotlight and will feature in most sumo-related content in the near term.
Ozeki Kirishima celebrates after winning the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka on Sunday.
Nov 27, 2023
Kirishima achieves goal by honoring stablemaster with title
The 27-year-old from Mongolia is on the path for promotion to sumo's highest rank.
Kirishima capped his season Sunday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with his second Emperor's Cup.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 26, 2023
Kirishima beats Takakeisho to claim second Emperor's Cup
Kirishima defeated fellow ozeki Takakeisho in the final bout of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Kirishima (right) will take the solo lead into the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after his win over Atamifuji (left) on Saturday in Fukuoka.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 25, 2023
Kirishima beats Atamifuji to take solo lead into final day
The 27-year-old Kirishima, who won his first top-division title in Osaka in March, can seal the deal with a victory Sunday.
Kirishima (right) battles Daieisho during the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka on Friday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 24, 2023
Kirishima and Atamifuji remain tied for lead with two days to go
Joint leaders ozeki Kirishima and No. 8 maegashira Atamifuji both won on Friday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Atamifuji (left) defeats Hoshoryu on Day 12 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 23, 2023
Atamifuji upsets Hoshoryu to grab share of lead on Day 12 in Fukuoka
Young rank-and-filer Atamifuji retained a share of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament lead with a sensational win against ozeki Hoshoryu on Thursday.
Kotonowaka pushes Takakeisho out of the ring to keep pace with the leaders at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday in Fukuoka.
Nov 22, 2023
Kotonowaka beats Takakeisho to remain among leaders
The sekiwake improved to 9-2, leaving him in a three-way tie with ozeki Kirishima and No. 8 maegashira Atamifuji at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
Takakeisho (seated, left) following his loss to Asanoyama on Sunday in Fukuoka.
Nov 22, 2023
Takakeisho falters as sumo’s wait for next superstar continues
The good news for Takakeisho is that slip-ups elsewhere mean he remains in the title race.
Ichiyamamoto (right) charges Tamawashi during their bout on Day 9 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka on Monday
Nov 20, 2023
Ichiyamamoto maintains outright lead at Kyushu Basho
Ichiyamamoto secured a quick victory thanks to his explosive opening hit to remain in first place after Day 9 in Fukuoka.
Takakeisho (right) battles Asanoyama at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Sunday. Asanoyama beat Takakeisho to drop the yokozuna aspirant to 5-3.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 19, 2023
Asanoyama stuns Takakeisho in return from injury
The current No. 1 maegashira, who sat out the first seven days with a calf problem, inflicted one of several Day 8 upsets in Fukuoka.
Ura (behind) hands the previously undefeated Kotonowaka his first loss on Saturday in Fukuoka during the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 18, 2023
Takakeisho and Kotonowaka beaten on day of upsets in Kyushu
The first week of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center wrapped up with Kotonowaka, ozeki Hoshoryu and No. 14 Ichiyamamoto tied at 6-1.


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