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SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 14)

My stay in the hospital kept me from reporting on the middle of Week 2 of the Aki Basho … which is a real shame because this has continued to be a GREAT tournament. But I’m home now, and there’s A LOT going on today:
* If yokozuna Hakuho wins he secures both his 1,000th victory in the top division AND his 41st yusho [tournament championship]—both building on records he already owns. He’s facing ozeki Goeido, who continues to fight with surprising strength and focus.
* Ozeki Tochinoshin still needs one more win to reach kachi-koshi [majority of wins] and overcome his kadoban [threatened with ozeki demotion] status. Today he fights the long-armed Abi who is fighting to stave off his make-koshi [majority of losses].
* Yokozuna Kisenosato faces yokozuna Kakuryu and each has yokozuna pride on the line. Kisenosato is trying to show that he really does still have what it takes to match up against his fellow yokozuna. And Kakuryu has lost three matches in a row, so he wants to shake that off and show that he can still dig down deep when it really counts.
* Sekiwake Mitakeumi no longer has much chance of getting the ozeki promotion he was shooting for, but he DOES fight an ozeki today—Takayasu—and if he can win then he at least can say that he beat two out of the three ozeki this basho. Then he can go back to trying to put together three back-to-back-to-back tournaments that are good enough to earn a promotion to sumo’s second-highest rank.

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