SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

SUMMER BASHO

MAY 20, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted a win following a rare ...

MAY 19, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

BY KYODO

Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The joint leaders sit at ...

MAY 18, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin stayed undefeated Saturday to remain joint leaders of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Pre-tournament favorite Kakuryu took another step at Ryogoku Kokugikan toward his sixth top-level ...

MAY 17, 2019

Title chase down to two unbeatens

BY KYODO

Sekiwake Tochinoshin survived a trial of endurance on Friday to remain in a tie with yokozuna Kakuryu after both men collected wins on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo ...

MAY 16, 2019

Trio tied for lead at Summer Basho

BY KYODO

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin each won on Day 5 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday to retain their share of the lead. Kakuryu overcame a spirited but short-lived ...

MAY 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Cancellations

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sumo tournaments are rarely canceled. The last time one didn't go ahead was 2011, when the Japan Sumo Association called off the March Basho in the wake of a match-fixing scandal. Had ...

MAY 19, 2019

Sumo 101: Tachiai

BY JOHN GUNNING

One of the first words every new sumo fan learns is tachiai. Combining the characters for "stand" and "meet," it is the term for the initial charge that gets all sumo ...

MAY 18, 2019

Sumo 101: Endorsements

BY JOHN GUNNING

One of the unique aspects of sumo's attire is a lack of associated wearable merchandise. While manufacturers are able to sell an endless array of baseball or football jerseys, caps, and ...