SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

SPRING BASHO

MAR 25, 2019

Injury looms over Hakuho's triumph

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho said Monday he felt an "invisible weight" after suffering an arm injury in the final bout of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where he racked up a record-extending ...

MAR 24, 2019

Perfect Hakuho captures 42nd title

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his career championship haul to 42 on Sunday after winning the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a record 15th undefeated run. Needing a win against fellow Mongolian yokozuna ...

MAR 23, 2019

Ichinojo stays in hunt

KYODO

The race for the Emperor's Cup at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will go down to the final day with undefeated yokozuna Hakuho and fourth-ranked maegashira Ichinojo both winning on ...

MAR 22, 2019

Hakuho on course for title

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho inched toward a record-extending 42nd career championship with a win over ozeki Goeido on Friday, the 13th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The victory left Hakuho with a perfect record and a one-win lead over his Mongolian compatriot Ichinojo with two ...

MAR 21, 2019

Hakuho stays one win ahead of pack

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho defeated ozeki Tochinoshin on Wednesday to retain his lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with 12 straight wins. Hakuho faced little challenge from the struggling Tochinoshin (6-6), who ...

MAR 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win ...

MAR 20, 2019

Bow-twirling ceremony

BY JOHN GUNNING

Every day of a sumo tournament concludes with a bow-twirling ceremony, called yumitori-shiki in Japanese. A rikishi — normally from the makushita division — mounts the dohyo from the side of ...

MAR 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Instant replay

BY JOHN GUNNING

One of sumo's most distinctive sights is its ringside judges. Clad in black, the five men are all sumo elders as well as former wrestlers. They are the ultimate authority when it ...

MAR 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Retired stablemasters

BY JOHN GUNNING

As with most top-level athletic endeavors, 30 seems to be the age when many rikishi either hang up their mawashi or see a noticeable decline in skills and performance. Once the ...

MAR 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Consistent losers

BY JOHN GUNNING

Ted Williams famously said, "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer." While a 70 percent ...

MAR 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Could-have-beens

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sumo has no shortage of legends. From titanic yokozuna that dominated in the ring, to plucky underdogs that achieved far more than a lack of size would have seemed to allow, ...

MAR 18, 2019

Sumo 101: College graduates in sumo

BY JOHN GUNNING

New entrants into the world of sumo generally fall into three groups. Most are recent junior high school graduates with little to no previous sumo experience. That category has a fairly high ...