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Nine tied for early lead

May 12, 2015

Nine tied for early lead

Yokozuna Hakuho shot down Tochinoshin to keep his eyes firmly on the prize on the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Rival yokozuna Harumafuji and ozeki Kisenosato were among a pack of nine sharing the early lead at 3-0, while ...

May 11, 2015

Hakuho bounces back in style on second day

Hakuho shrugged off his defeat to Ichinojo on opening day to get in the winner’s column with a convincing victory against Takarafuji at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Ozeki hopeful Terunofuji also bounced back from a first-day loss to get on track ...

Hakuho suffers loss on tourney's first day

May 10, 2015

Hakuho suffers loss on tourney's first day

Yokozuna Hakuho was sent to a shock defeat at the hands of big man Ichinojo on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. What should have been routine for the grand champion quickly turned to sudden death with Ichinojo, a ...

Injured yokozuna Kakuryu to miss entire Summer Basho

May 7, 2015

Injured yokozuna Kakuryu to miss entire Summer Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu will sit out the entire Summer Grand Sumo Tournament getting under way in Tokyo on Sunday as his injured left shoulder has yet to fully heal, his stablemaster Izutsu said Thursday. “This means an absence for two full tournaments in a ...

Hakuho captures 34th Emperor's Cup

Mar 22, 2015

Hakuho captures 34th Emperor's Cup

Yokozuna Hakuho won his 34th career championship on the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, continuing his voyage into uncharted territory on Sunday. Hakuho, who drained himself ragged in an all-out battle against rival yokozuna Harumafuji (10-5) in the finale to stave ...

Terunofuji takes title bid to final day

Mar 21, 2015

Terunofuji takes title bid to final day

Yokozuna Hakuho and sekiwake Terunofuji both won Saturday to take the title race down to the final day at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who suffered his first defeat of the 15-day basho against Terunofuji on Friday, rebounded to beat ozeki Kisenosato and ...

Terunofuji puts end to Hakuho's perfect run

Mar 20, 2015

Terunofuji puts end to Hakuho's perfect run

Terunofuji sentenced Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho to a shock first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to keep his title hopes alive with two days of the 15-day basho remaining. Hakuho could have sewn up a 34th career championship with two days ...

Hakuho still unbeaten

Mar 19, 2015

Hakuho still unbeaten

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho knocked ozeki Kotoshogiku out of the park to move within one win of his 34th career title at the Spring Sumo Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. With New York Yankees great Derek Jeter watching from the ringside seats and clearly enjoying ...

Hakuho edges closer to 34th Emperor's Cup

Mar 18, 2015

Hakuho edges closer to 34th Emperor's Cup

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho capitalized on a slip-up by his closest challenger, Terunofuji, on Wednesday to move two wins clear with four days remaining at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka. Hakuho, undefeated now in 35 bouts since the 2014 Kyushu basho, improved his ...

Hakuho triumphs again

Mar 17, 2015

Hakuho triumphs again

Yokozuna Hakuho walloped rank-and-filer Takekaze to remain undefeated as he continued to close in on his 34th career Emperor’s Cup at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. But a lone star of hope in the form of sekiwake Terunofuji stayed alive in the ...

Hakuho takes further step toward spring title

Mar 16, 2015

Hakuho takes further step toward spring title

Yokozuna Hakuho demolished Aoiyama in a sumo clinic to remain steady on course for his sixth consecutive championship at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. With rival yokozuna Harumafuji suffering a fatal third defeat at the hands of Toyonoshima, Hakuho improved to 9-0 ...

Hakuho steams ahead as Harumafuji falters

Mar 15, 2015

Hakuho steams ahead as Harumafuji falters

Yokozuna Hakuho remained on the proverbial war path toward his sixth consecutive championship, moving into sole possession of the lead with an unblemished mark as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off on Sunday. While rival yokozuna Harumafuji fell to ...