Hakuho Tosses Down Toyonoshima

HakuhoMongolian grand champion Hakuho brushed aside Toyonoshima in convincing fashion on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Hakuho met Toyonoshima for the first time since beating him in a playoff on the final day of the Kyushu meet last November after the pair finished with 14-1 records in regulation.

Court Rejects Kotomitsuki Request

KotomitsukiThe Tokyo District Court has rejected a request by sacked Ozeki-rank sumo wrestler Kotomitsuki that he be reinstated, Japan Sumo Association (JSA) sources have revealed.

The court's decision was reported at a JSA board meeting in December last year, according to the sources.

Hakuho Lying Start At New Year

HakuhoMongolian grand champion Hakuho kicked off his campaign with a bang Sunday, handily disposing of countryman Kakuryu on the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Hakuho made short work of Kakuryu, grabbing a wayward right arm after the face-off before shoving the komusubi over the ridge in a matter of seconds at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Hakuho Ready For 2011

Hakuho championAfter a phenomenal 2010, sumo's lone grand champion is aiming to achieve even loftier heights in the Year of the Rabbit.

Hakuho came just six shy of matching yokozuna legend Futabayama's all- time wins streak of 69 and the word on the street is he's ready to do it all over -- this time playing for keeps.

Hakuho Top Sumo Earner

HakuhoWith Japan’s flagging economy still in need of a transfusion, Kyodo News took a look at how Japanese sports figures fared on the pay scale in their respective fields in 2010.

Grand champion Hakuho, whose 63-bout winning streak is the second longest in sumo history, was the runaway leader in the ancient sport for the fourth consecutive year.

Sentoryu Gets His Revenge

Sentoryu gets his revengeFormer maegashira Sentoryu avenged a defeat that 15 years ago sent him to sumo's lower divisions, when he knocked out ex-sekiwake Wakashoyo in the first round of their bout in Tokyo on Saturday night.

A clearly out-of-shape Wakashoyo was totally overwhelmed from the opening bell, being sent to the canvas three times inside the first minute and nine seconds of the final bout of Survivor--Round 6 at Face Shinjuku.

Hakuho Wins Japan Award

Yokozuna HakuhoYokozuna Hakuho was named the winner of this year’s Japan Professional Sports Award on Tuesday for putting together the second-longest winning streak in sumo history.

The Mongolian-born Hakuho, the only wrestler who currently holds sumo’s highest rank, won 63 straight bouts until last month’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, where he was felled by Kisenosato on the second day.

Hakuho Goes For 6 Straight Titles

Hakuho goes for 6 straight titlesGrand champion Hakuho will be gunning to become only the third man in history to win six straight titles as the lone yokozuna takes up his prestigious east position for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, as the Japan Sumo Association announced the sumo rankings on Tuesday.

Tosanoumi Retires From Sumo

Tosanoumi ToshioFormer sekiwake Tosanoumi announced his retirement from sumo on Wednesday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The 38-year-old Tosanoumi hangs up his mawashi with 11 kinboshi — victories over yokozuna by lower-ranked wrestlers — in his career, the fourth highest number of all time.

Sumo Debating Big-screen Displays

Ryogoku KokugikanThe Japan Sumo Association is debating whether to install two large displays at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena in Tokyo to attract more spectators, it has been learned.

The screens were suggested at the association's Nov. 21 board of directors meeting as a way to bring more spectators to the sport, which has been struggling to fill seats.

Kotomitsuki Fans Submit Petition

Kotomitsuki fans submit petitionAn advocacy group for former ozeki Kotomitsuki, who was fired and received a lifetime ban from sumo for betting on pro baseball, submitted a petition on Tuesday to the Japan Sumo Association requesting his reinstatement to the national sport.

Hakuho Wins 5th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho wins Emperor's CupHakuho captured his fifth consecutive title on Sunday, defeating rank-and-filer Toyonoshima in a playoff on the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

The Mongolian grand champion, who rebounded from the devastation of failing to tie yokozuna great Futabayama’s all-time wins streak of 69 bouts, was cooler than ice in his final match of the year after both wrestlers ended regulation with 14-1 records at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Hakuho's Winning Ends

Hakuho wining endsYokozuna Hakuho saw his record-chasing streak end at 63 bouts after a stunning defeat to Kisenosato at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Having gone undefeated the past four tournaments, Hakuho was widely expected to match and surpass Futabayama's record of 69 set from 1936-1939.