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Hoshoryu (left) defeats Gonoyama by push out at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 16, 2023
Hoshoryu beats rank-and-file Gonoyama to stay unbeaten
Ozeki Hoshoryu continued his perfect start to the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament by pushing out No. 4 maegashira Gonoyama on Thursday.
No. 2 maegashira wrestler Meisei (right) beat ozeki Takakeisho on Wednesday in Fukuoka.
Nov 15, 2023
Local favorite Meisei upsets yokozuna-hopeful Takakeisho
Meisei, a native of Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Kyushu, picked up his first win of the 15-day meet.
Takakeisho (left) wins his opening-day bout on Sunday in Fukuoka. The Hyogo Prefecture native is nearing a promotion to yokozuna.
Nov 15, 2023
Top wrestlers' hot starts set stage for dramatic Kyushu tourney
The opening three days of action at the Fukuoka International Center has seen the six highest-ranked wrestlers that are taking part go a combined 17-1.
Ozeki Takakeisho (left) battles Shodai on Day 2 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka on Monday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 13, 2023
Sumo: Takakeisho stays on track with tough Day 2 win over Shodai
Takekeisho improved to 2-0 after a tough bout against Shodai.
Ozeki Hoshoryu is a match for anyone in sumo despite his occasional bouts with inconsistency.
Nov 10, 2023
Young ozeki duo may be ready to step into spotlight at Kyushu Basho
Kirishima and Hoshoryu have generated much of the excitement in Japan’s national sport over the past 12 months.
Gonoyama (right) faces Daieisho at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 22
SUMO / Inside Sumo
Nov 1, 2023
The risers — and fallers — in the latest sumo rankings
The sumo rankings ahead of the upcoming Kyushu Basho produced its share of winners and losers.
Ukrainian sumo wrestler Aonishiki (left) competes in a preliminary bout for unranked wrestlers during the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 12.
Oct 27, 2023
Ukrainian wrestler aims to make impact in Japan's world of sumo
Aonishiki, real name Danylo Yavhusishin, stepped on the hallowed dohyō at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan for the first time in September.
Without the World Games, the Sumo World Championships remain amateur sumo's top-level international competition.
Oct 18, 2023
Sumo's Olympic dream requires fresh approach
A new variant of the sport wouldn't replace the professional or amateur versions, but would instead create a new path to participation and fandom.
U.S. wrestlers (from left) Christina Griffin, Madison Guinn, Etan Perez and Kellyann Ball celebrate after winning bronze in the women's team competition at the Sumo World Championships in the western Tokyo city of Tachikawa on Sunday.
Oct 11, 2023
American women make history at Sumo World Championships in Tokyo
The achievement by the U.S. team, two of whom are new to the sport, ended a 22-year wait for American women to reach the podium at the worlds.
Hakuoho's (left) impressive performance at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament saw him nearly win the Emperor's Cup in his top-division debut.
Oct 4, 2023
JSA on right track with new rules to increase pro sumo participation
Revisions to the tsukedashi system will see more spots reserved for top amateur performers in the third and fourth divisions.
Two Japan Sumo Association officials have been sanctioned.
Oct 1, 2023
Sumo association officials punished over harassment claims
The association will suspend Tetsuji Miyata, its administrative affairs chief, for one month, and demote the head of the office in charge of accounting.
Takakeisho's (right) henka against Atamifuji in Sunday's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament title playoff drew significant ire from sumo fans.
Sep 27, 2023
Frustrating September tournament contained silver linings
The worst possible outcome for a playoff has set up an even more intriguing storyline for the final grand tournament of the year in November.
Takakeisho (center) celebrates after winning the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday.
Sep 25, 2023
Takakeisho says feeling of responsibility helped him win title
Takakeisho became the second ozeki to lift the cup straight after missing the entirety of the previous meet.
Takakeisho defeated Atamifuji (right) in the title match on Day 15 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sunday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 24, 2023
Takakeisho beats Atamifuji in playoff for fourth title
Had he prevailed, Atamifuji would have become the third-youngest Emperor's Cup winner since sumo adopted its current format in 1958.
Atamifuji resisting the attack of Abi (right) on Day 14 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Saturday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 24, 2023
Upstart Atamifuji regains outright lead on penultimate day
Contesting just his second makuuchi division tournament as a No. 15 maegashira, the 21-year-old from Shizuoka Prefecture became the sole leader at 11-3.
Takakeisho (right) takes on Atamifuji during the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Friday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 22, 2023
Takakeisho overpowers Atamifuji to take share of lead
Takakeisho inched closer to his fourth Emperor's Cup by forcing out the upstart No. 15 maegashira.
Atamifuji is declared the winner following his bout against Mitakeumi at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Day 6 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Inside Sumo
Sep 21, 2023
Eyes on Atamifuji for possible record at autumn sumo tournament
The 21-year-old wrestler enters Day 12 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament having won 10 of his first 11 bouts.
Atamifuji (front) defeats Tobizaru during Day 11 of the Autumn Basho at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 20, 2023
Leader Atamifuji opens two-win gap as Takayasu beaten
Takayasu, who seemed to have hurt his leg in Tuesday's loss to Atamifuji, showed little resistance in a damaging defeat to sekiwake Daieisho.
Takakeisho (right) slaps down Ura to win their Day 10 rematch at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Tuesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 19, 2023
Low-ranked Atamifuji beats Takayasu to take outright lead
Former ozeki Takayasu, who is aiming for his first Emperor's Cup after several near misses, appeared to land awkwardly and limped off the dohyō.
Former ozeki Takayasu defeated Kotoeko to secure a winning record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Monday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 18, 2023
Former ozeki Takayasu secures winning record on Day 9 at Autumn Basho
No. 7 maegashira Takayasu and No. 15 Atamifuji won to secure winning records after nine days of action at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, with No. 16 Tsurugisho in pursuit with two defeats as they seek their maiden Emperor's Cup.


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