SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

SPRING BASHO

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 19, 2019

Hakuho improves to 10-0 at Spring Grand Sumo Tournament

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho improved to a perfect 10-0 Tuesday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but a pair of wrestlers remain just one win behind the all-time championship record holder on ...

MAR 18, 2019

Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho earned his ninth straight win on Monday and remained the only undefeated wrestler at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In the final bout at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho took ...

MAR 17, 2019

Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho dodged a bullet from rank-and-filer Tochiozan on Sunday to claim his eighth straight win and take sole possession of the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, seeking ...

MAR 16, 2019

Title chase heats up in Osaka

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho continued his march toward a record-extending 42nd championship at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, improving to a perfect 7-0 by beating Shodai. After a pair of tougher-than-expected ...

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 ...

MAR 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Brothers in sumo

BY JOHN GUNNING

Normally, brothers in sumo can't fight one another. The only way siblings can meet on the dohyo is in a playoff for the championship. That has happened just once; in November 1995 ...

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 ...

MAR 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Nicknames

BY JOHN GUNNING

All sumo wrestlers have a shikona (ring name). A few, like Endo or Takayasu, use their family name. Most, however, have ring names with elements referring to their stable or place of ...