Hakuho puts finishing touches on 43rd career title

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 24, 2019

Hakuho puts finishing touches on 43rd career title

Yokozuna Hakuho finished his championship run at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday with a victory over ozeki Takakeisho at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. In a bout that was preceded by a long staring contest before the start, Hakuho quickly gained the advantage and forced ...

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 23, 2019

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho won a record-extending 43rd championship and his first as a naturalized Japanese citizen on Saturday, taking out the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a day to spare. The 34-year-old from Mongolia, who acquired Japanese citizenship in September and withdrew from that month's tourney ...

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 21, 2019

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a win over Endo on Thursday as new komusubi Asanoyama suffered his third loss and fell two wins off the pace. Hakuho (11-1) blasted Endo (5-7) with his right forearm and issued a ...

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 ...