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SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Haru Basho and we’ve has a very sudden and very extensive shift on the leaderboard. If you’ll remember, yesterday at this time we had two undefeated rikishi, no one-loss rikishi, and seven two-loss rikishi. Now we have one sole undefeated leader—yokozuna Kakuryu—followed by a single one-loss rikishi—M6 Kaisei—followed by just […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 10)

It’s Day 10 of the Haru Basho, and our undefeated co-leaders—yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei—now have a two-win cushion between them and the group of seven 7–2 rikishi who most closely trail them. Yesterday, the only remaining one-loss rikishi—M16 Daiamami—lost for the second time, creating that gap and giving the leaders some breathing room. Still, […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 9)

Week 2 of the Osaka Basho kicks off with two rikishi still as yet unbeaten. Yokozuna Kakuryu has been putting in a stronger performance than I anticipated he would be able to, what with the lingering injuries to his right fingers. But those haven’t seemed to bother him since about Day 3, and he has […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 Nakabi [the Middle Day] (Day 8)

It’s nakabi [the middle day] of the Haru Basho—Day 8 of 15. Both our undefeated rikishi, yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei, won yesterday and maintain their one-win lead over M13 Daishomaru, and M16 Daiamami. With the exception of Kakuryu, that’s a BUNCH of unexpected names. The action in Osaka is certainly living up to the […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 7)

It’s Day 7 of the Haru Basho and only two rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Kakuryu and M6 Kaisei. Both of them looked strong in notching their sixth wins yesterday, though after the match, Kaisei was rubbing the back of his leg like his hamstring was sore. Directly behind them are a group of five rikishi with […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 6)

Welcome to Day 6 of the Haru Basho—sumo’s Spring Tournament being held in the city of Osaka. We’re heading into the middle weekend with a relatively short leaderboard. Only three rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Kakuryu, M4 Shohozan, and M6 Kaisei. Of course, there are seven rikishi still only one win off the pace, so we’re set […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 5)

Day 5 of the Haru Basho and the situation continues to be fluid in Osaka. Yokozuna Kakuryu and a group of four others remain unbeaten, while komusubi Ichinojo suffered his first loss, and BOTH ozeki already have two losses apiece. Also, last basho’s winner, shin-sekiwake Tochinoshin, also suffered his second loss on Wednesday . . […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 4)

Here we are, Day 4 of the Haru Basho, and already only a two of the sanyaku rikishi remains unbeaten—yokozuna Kakuryu and komusubi Ichinojo. What’s more, there are only five other unbeaten rikishi in the whole division—M4 Shohozan, M6 Kaisei, M10 Chiyonokuni, M14 Ikioi, and M17 Aoiyama. That really encourages the kind of “what if” […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Haru Basho and I think I’m going to just quit making any predictions at all. Yesterday saw yokozuna Kakuryu continue to look strong, with ozeki Goeido following suit. On the other hand, both ozeki Takayasu and sekiwake Tochinoshin looked out of sorts and lost their Day 2 matches. One thing […]

SUMO: Haru Basho 2018 (Day 2)

It’s Day 2 in Osaka, and we’ve already got some interesting turns of event. With only one yokozuna participating in the Haru Basho, and that being Kakuryu (who has only managed to complete two tournaments in the past fourteen months), all eyes were on the ozeki to lead the charge. However, on Day 1 BOTH […]