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SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 14)

It’s Day 14 of the Natsu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho remains undefeated atop the leaderboard. Indeed, with Harumafuji’s loss yesterday, his closest competition are a trio of rikishi with 11–2 records—yokozuna Harumafuji, ozeki Terunofuji, and sekiwake Takayasu. Everyone else is now mathematically eliminated from the yusho [tournament championship] race. Hakuho is now guaranteed at least […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 13)

It’s Friday, the 13th day of the Natsu Basho. (The second Friday is ALWAYS the 13th day of a tournament . . . that’s just how things pan out.) Yokozuna Hakuho remains alone atop the leaderboard, still with a perfect 12–0 record. Directly behind him is yokozuna Harumafuji, who got a walk-over win yesterday when […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 12)

Day 12 of the Natsu Basho sees another interesting shift in the leaderboard. Yokozuna Harumafuji’s inadvertent step in his match against komusubi Mitakeumi yesterday means that now yokozuna Hakuho is the only rikishi with a 12–0 record, and sits alone in the lead for the yusho [tournament championship] race. Harumafuji is now one win behind […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 11)

We’re two-thirds of the way through the Natsu Basho, and Day 11 dawns with two rikishi still atop the leaderboard. Yokozuna Hakuho and yokozuna Harumafuji have perfect 10–0 records and continue to look as strong as ever. However, with Takayasu’s loss yesterday, there is now a two-win cushion between them and their five nearest competitors. […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 10)

As we begin Day 10 of the Natsu Basho, nothing has changed at the top of the leaderboard. The two yokozuna, Hakuho and Harumafuji, still lead with perfect 9–0 records, and sekiwake Takayasu is still the lone competitor just a single loss behind. But there were a handful of notable changes to the yusho [tournament […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 9)

Day 9 of the Natsu Basho, and we enter the final week. The undefeated leaders remain yokozuna Harumafuji and yokozuna Hakuho, both of whom looked very strong on Sunday. One win behind them is ozek– . . . I mean sekiwake Takayasu, who only needs three more wins to all but insure his promotion. Next […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 Nakabi [The Middle Day] (Day 8)

Welcome to Day 8, nakabi [the middle day] of the 2017 Natsu Basho. After a wild start with a bunch of fresh faces in the mix, the midway leaders are very familiar. Only two unbeaten rikishi remain—yokozuna Harumafuji and yokozuna Hakuho—with only sekiwake Takayasu trailing with just a single loss. Nine rikishi are in the […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 7)

We’ve reached the middle weekend of the 2017 Natsu Basho [Summer Grand Tournament], and a clear leaderboard has coallesced. At the very top, still undefeated we have a very familiar pair—yokozuna Harumafuji and yokozuna Hakuho. Trailing with only one loss are sekiwake Takayasu and two rank-and-file rikiishi—M13 Daishomaru and M14 Onosho, who is fighting in […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 6)

It’s Day 6 of the Natsu Basho and things are starting to heat up. (Appropriate for the Summer Tournament, eh?) Yokozuna Harumafuji, yokozuna Hakuho, sekiwake Takayasu remain unbeaten. Also looking strong are ozeki Terunofuji, ozeki Goeido, sekiwake Tamawashi, and komusubi Mitakeumi. The action today is all about setting the rikishi up for a high-pressure weekend […]

SUMO: Natsu Basho 2017 (Day 5)

It’s Day 5 of the 2017 Natsu Basho and things are plenty exciting in Tokyo. The tournament is completely sold out for all fifteen days, so if you’re in Tokyo and wanting to attend, your only hope is the hundred-or-so tickets that they sell the morning of the event . . . so you’d have […]