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SUMO: 2019 Haru Basho—Day 3

It’s Day 3 of the Osaka Basho and there haven’t been any really big surprises yet, though the sumo has been quite spirited. Yokozuna Kakuryu bounced back from his Day 1 loss with a solid victory over M1 Kaisei. Of course, Kaisei has never beaten Kakuryu in their lifetime series. In point of fact, despite […]

SUMO: 2019 Haru Basho (Day 2)

Here we go with Day 2 of the Haru Basho. Opening day was exciting, but didn’t bring us very many surprises. The biggest one being that once again yokozuna Kakuryu has started a tournament with a loss. Of course, it was against komusubi Mitakeumi, who has been on the verge of breaking into the sports […]

SUMO: 2019 Haru Basho (Day 1)

Welcome back, sumo fans! We made it through the long, cold February and have been rewarded with the second honbasho [grand tournament] of the year. The Haru Basho [Spring Tournament] is also often called the Osaka Basho because that’s the city where it’s held each year. In truth, it’s not really “spring” quite yet in […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho Senshuraku [Final Day]—Day 15

Here we are, senshuraku [the final day] of the 2019 Hatsu Basho. And what a long, strange tournament it’s been! Sekiwake Tamawashi retains the sole lead with a 12–2 record, with sekiwake Takakeisho one loss behind him, hoping for a little luck to get him into a playoff for the yusho [tournament championship]. Tamawashi’s name […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 14

It’s Day 14 of the Hatsu Basho. We’re in the final weekend and there is just one man atop the leaderboard with an 11–2 record—sekiwake Tamawashi. WHAT?!? That’s right, yokozuna Hakuho lost for the third day in a row on Friday, leaving him tied with sekiwake Takakeisho (who is the rikishi who beat him) for […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 13

Holy cats, what a difference a day makes! It’s Day 13 of the Hatsu Basho and we have a tie atop the leaderboard and a dog fight going into the final weekend. Yokozuna Hakuho and sekiwake Tamawashi are both 10–2, with three rikishi nipping at their heels with 9–3 records—sekiwake Takakeisho, M8 Kaisei, and M9 […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 12

Things are getting interesting as we enter the final four days of the Hatsu Basho. Yesterday, yokozuna Hakuho lost for the first time. However, since he had a two match lead over the nearest competition, he’s still alone atop the leaderboard with his 10–1 record. Immediately behind him at 9–2 is sekiwake Tamawashi, and a […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 11

We’ve finished two-thirds of the Hatsu Basho, and find ourselves in a very familiar position. Yokozuna Hakuho is the leader with a perfect 10–0 record. Less usual is the fact that even his closest competitors already have two losses, giving the yokozuna a cushion that he shows no sign of needing. Tied for second-place right […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 10

We’ve reached Day 10 of the Hatsu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho is still undefeated, and thus still alone atop the leaderboard. In fact, he’s gained an even greater advantage because two of his immediate competitors lost yesterday leaving just M15 Chiyonokuni in second place with an 8–1 record. Hakuho continues to look a little stronger […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 9

And so we move into Week 2 of the Hatsu Basho. Yokozuna Hakuho remains alone atop the leaderboard, having secured his eighth win yesterday. Three rikishi are one win off the pace with 7–1 records—M8 Kaisei, M13 Yago, and M15 Chiyonokuni. It was touching to see the Emperor and Empress yesterday, particularly knowing that it […]