Sumo: Kisenosato Returns, Starts Kyushu Tourney With Loss

Sumo: Kisenosato returns, starts Kyushu tourney with loss

Yokozuna Kisenosato's comeback got off to a losing start as he fell to Tamawashi on Sunday, the first day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Kisenosato, returning to competition after missing all or part of the past three meets, was charged out of the ring by the No. 1 maegashira as the 15-day meet at Fukuoka Kokusai Center kicked off.

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato To Make Comeback At Kyushu Tourney

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato to make comeback at Kyushu tourney

Yokozuna Kisenosato confirmed Thursday he will compete at the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after missing all or part of the last three meets.

A day after fellow yokozuna Kakuryu announced his withdrawal from the 15-day event which gets under way Sunday at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the injury-plagued Kisenosato said he will do his best and hopes his best is good enough.

Sumo: Hakuho Receives Special Award For His All-time Wins Record

Sumo: Hakuho receives special award for his all-time wins record

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Yokozuna Hakuho received a special award from an advisory body of the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday, commemorating the record of all-time wins of 1,050 he set in July.

The Yokozuna Deliberation Council handed the Mongolian wrestler a work of Japanese artistic calligraphy for surpassing former yokozuna Chiyonofuji's 1,045 and former ozeki Kaio's 1,047 wins during the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament en route to setting the record and capturing his 39th title.

Sumo: Wrestlers Doing Little Big Things For Tokyo 2020 Success

Sumo: Wrestlers doing little big things for Tokyo 2020 success

Rikishi in Japan are coming up big -- literally and figuratively -- doing little things to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and, though not part of the Olympic program, the ancient national sport of sumo.

On Wednesday, 70 wrestlers of sumo's top two divisions, including all four yokozuna, took part in the Ozumo Beyond 2020 Basho, a government-funded project aimed at both first-time spectators and hardcore fans. It was the second-straight year for the event at Ryogoku Kokugikan

Sumo: Harumafuji Savors Sweet Taste Of Victory Sake After Big Win

Sumo: Harumafuji savors sweet taste of victory sake after big win

Yokozuna Harumafuji, who won his ninth career title at the just-ended Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, let his guard down to media after a hard-fought playoff bout against ozeki Goeido, allowing his dramatic come-from-behind victory to finally sink in.

"How delicious the sake tastes after you win," said Harumafuji in the traditional morning-after press conference on Monday.

Sumo: Goeido Moves 2 Wins Clear Of Field At Autumn Sumo

Sumo: Goeido moves 2 wins clear of field at Autumn sumo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ozeki Goeido capitalized on a slip-up by his closest rival to move two wins clear at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.

After Chiyotairyu crashed to a third defeat, Goeido (10-1) took full advantage in the day's penultimate bout, getting both hands on the front of Mitakeumi's (5-6) belt and surging forward to force him over the straw bales.

Sumo: Ozeki Goeido Remains Alone At The Top In Tokyo

Sumo: Ozeki Goeido remains alone at the top in Tokyo

Ozeki Goeido remains the act to beat after he improved to 9-1 on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Goeido has been an extremely tricky opponent so far in the 15-day event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, feinting and dodging his way to several of the victories he badly needed here. After suffering a losing record in July in Nagoya, Goeido entered this tournament needing eight wins to secure his ozeki status.

Sumo: Goeido Takes Sole Lead At Autumn Meet, Holds On To Ozeki Rank

Sumo: Goeido takes sole lead at Autumn meet, holds on to ozeki rank

Ozeki Goeido won his eighth straight bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday to take sole lead and secure his status in sumo's second-highest rank.

Goeido (8-1), who would have faced demotion with a losing record in the 15-day event, appeared uncharacteristically cautious against No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama (0-2 with seven rest days due to injury) but thrust the Bulgarian down after sidestepping his charge at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Sumo: Onosho Upsets Harumafuji, Remains Perfect At Autumn Tourney

Sumo: Onosho upsets Harumafuji, remains perfect at Autumn tourney

Up-and-coming Onosho upset Harumafuji in his first match against a yokozuna on Thursday, becoming the only wrestler with a perfect 5-0 record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 21-year-old No. 3 maegashira dodged the Mongolian grand champion's forceful shoves and got him off balance before slapping him down into a forward somersault on the raised dohyo ring on the fifth day of the 15-day tourney at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Sumo: Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku Surges To 4th Win In Tokyo

Sumo: Former ozeki Kotoshogiku surges to 4th win in Tokyo

Former ozeki Kotoshogiku cruised to his fourth win on Wednesday, the fourth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

With three yokozuna and one ozeki having pulled out of the competition, the fourth day of the 15-day tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan dawned without a single member of sumo's top four ranks holding an unbeaten 3-0 record. It was the first time that had happened since January 2017.

Sumo: Ozeki Takayasu, Maegashira Ura Withdraw From Autumn Tourney

Sumo: Ozeki Takayasu, maegashira Ura withdraw from Autumn tourney

Ozeki Takayasu withdrew from the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, joining the mounting casualty list of top makuuchi division wrestlers.

The 27-year-old at sumo's second-highest rank injured his right thigh in Monday's loss against komusubi Tamawashi and has decided to pull out of the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan, forfeiting his third-day bout against Hokutofuji.

Sumo: Harumafuji 2-0 At Autumn Tourney, Mixed Fates For 3 Ozeki

Sumo: Harumafuji 2-0 at Autumn tourney, mixed fates for 3 ozeki

Harumafuji, the lone yokozuna competing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, won for the second day in a row Monday, but the fates of the three ozeki were mixed, Goeido being the only one able to claim victory.

Terunofuji, who along with Goeido is a "kadoban" ozeki threatened with demotion with a losing record, and Takayasu, looking for his first championship, both lost to lower-ranked grapplers on the second day of the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Sumo: Lone Yokozuna Harumafuji Starts Autumn Tourney With Victory

Sumo: Lone yokozuna Harumafuji starts Autumn tourney with victory

Harumafuji got off to a winning start as the only yokozuna standing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a convincing win against komusubi Tochiozan on Sunday.

With grand champions Hakuho -- the winner of the Summer tourney in July -- Kisenosato and Kakuryu all missing from this basho due to injuries, Harumafuji has been singlehandedly left to uphold the reputation of sumo's highest rank.