New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday showed. The 25-year-old rising star earned promotion to sumo's third-highest rank after going ...

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 easily defeats Tamawashi to stay on top

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 17, 2019

Hakuho easily defeats Tamawashi to stay on top

Hakuho remained alone at the top of the leaderboard after beating Tamawashi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Having started the second week of the meet as outright leader, Hakuho made sure it stayed that way by forcing out the No. 4 maegashira ...

Hakuho maintains advantage

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 16, 2019

Hakuho maintains advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho maintained his sole lead by beating rank-and-filer Takarafuji on Saturday, the seventh day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian-born yokozuna defeated No. 3 maegashira Takarafuji (3-4) to improve to 6-1 in the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Takarafuji fought aggressively ...

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 ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...