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 ...

Yokozuna secure winning records on Day 8

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 14, 2019

Yokozuna secure winning records on Day 8

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu each clinched a winning record on Sunday and remained the only undefeated wrestlers at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho dodged a bullet against No. 3 maegashira Shodai (4-4) in the final bout on Day 8 of the 15-day meet ...

Asanoyama takes lead after judges reverse decision

Sumo / Basho Reports May 24, 2019

Asanoyama takes lead after judges reverse decision

Rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama seized the sole lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday with a controversial win over sekiwake Tochinoshin, as Kakuryu dropped off the pace by losing to ozeki Takayasu. Yokozuna Kakuryu, who is aiming for a sixth top-level championship, dropped to ...

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2019

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu earned his third straight win on Tuesday and gained some breathing room as all three ozeki were defeated on Day 3 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna survived a scare against top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2), when the former ozeki's elbow ...