Hakuho stays on track for 43rd title

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 18, 2019

Hakuho stays on track for 43rd title

Yokozuna Hakuho retained his one-win buffer at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after beating No. 4 maegashira Kotoyuki on Monday. Targeting a record-extending 43rd makuuchi title at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakuho (8-1) delivered a hard left-handed slap to Kotoyuki (4-5), then darted to the side ...

Hakuho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 15, 2019

Hakuho moves ahead of the pack

Hakuho moved into the outright lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, defeating Meisei to improve to 5-1. In the final bout of Day 6 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the Mongolian-born yokozuna easily overpowered the No. 2 maegashira, who came into the match ...

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 13, 2019

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Hakuho flexed his yokozuna muscles on Wednesday to stay on the heels of a pair of rank-and-filers in the lead after four days of action at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian-born veteran was made to work overtime by top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi (1-3), who ...

Hakuho defeated on Day 2 as title race blown open

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 11, 2019

Hakuho defeated on Day 2 as title race blown open

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first loss of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, losing to rank-and-filer Daieisho in an undramatic end to Day 2 that leaves the title chase wide open. In the final bout of the day, Hakuho swept away a high shove ...

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

Sumo Nov 7, 2019

Emperor's Cup race looks wide open at Kyushu Basho

by John Gunning

Although he retired a quarter century ago and made just 18 appearances for Nagoya Grampus Eight, Gary Lineker remains one of the names most closely associated with Japanese soccer among foreign fans. The England international's strike rate here was well below a career average that ...

Kakuryu sits atop latest rankings

Sumo Oct 28, 2019

Kakuryu sits atop latest rankings

Kakuryu will go into next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as he searches for his seventh career championship, while Takakeisho returns at the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki, according to the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. Kakuryu ...

Injuries continue to impact sumo landscape

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Sep 25, 2019

Injuries continue to impact sumo landscape

by John Gunning

Sumo fans continue to be spoiled, with September serving up yet another incredible and dramatic tournament. What seemed early on like a Kakuryu procession to a second straight title turned into a battle royale, with any of three or four contenders looking like the most ...

Takakeisho's ozeki return spoiled by chest injury

Sumo Sep 23, 2019

Takakeisho's ozeki return spoiled by chest injury

Sekiwake Takakeisho's star-crossed journey to sumo's second-highest rank continued on Monday, when he was diagnosed with a chest muscle strain, his stablemaster said. According to stablemaster Chiganoura, Takakeisho suffered a strained left pectoral muscle on Sunday and will require six weeks of treatment. The news ...

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 22, 2019

Mitakeumi beats Takakeisho in playoff to earn second title

Mitakeumi defeated fellow sekiwake Takakeisho in a dramatic playoff on Sunday to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament and claim his second top-division championship while denying Takakeisho the same. The 26-year-old from Dewanoumi stable hoisted the Emperor's Cup for the second time in his five-year ...

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 21, 2019

Trio tied for lead entering final day

Three wrestlers head into the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament tied for the lead, with sekiwake duo Takakeisho and Mitakeumi winning on Saturday to set up a showdown with surprise rank-and-filer Okinoumi. The two wrestlers at sumo's third-highest rank will battle for ...

Title chase now wide open

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 20, 2019

Title chase now wide open

The race for the Emperor's Cup at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament was thrown wide open again when Takakeisho lost to ozeki Goeido on Friday and fell into a four-way tie for the lead with two days remaining. A day after securing promotion back to ...

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 19, 2019

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Takakeisho took the outright lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, beating Myogiryu to improve to 10-2 and secure promotion back to ozeki. The sekiwake, who is making his return from a knee injury, sits alone atop the standings after joint overnight leader ...