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SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Kyushu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho maintains a two-win lead over his nearest competition. Hakuho is 10–0, while the number of 8–2 rikishi has dropped to two—M3 Hokutofuji and M12 Okinoumi. The tournament isn’t quite at the point where Hakuho’s victory is assured, but we have arrived at the juncture where […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 10)

It’s Day 10 of the Kyushu Basho, and there’s a significant change on the leaderboard. Oh, not at the very top. Yokozuna Hakuho still is all alone there with a perfect 9–0 record. The change is that ALL of the rikishi who were immediately behind Hakuho lost yesterday, creating a two-win gap between him and […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 9)

It’s Day 9 of the Kyushu Basho, the start of Week 2, and yokozuna Hakuho sits alone atop the leaderboard with a perfect 8–0 record. That makes him the first to reach kachi-koshi [majority of wins] and in fine form for what lies ahead. Directly behind him with 7–1 records are a trio of rank-and-file […]

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

It’s nakabi [the middle day] of the Kyushu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho remains undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Five rikishi are one loss behind him, but they are ALL rank-and-file Maegashira rikishi—M3 Hokutofuji, M4 Ichinojo, M5 Arawashi, M12 Okinoumi, and M13 Aminishiki.  Hakuho notched an important win yesterday, not only for this tournament but […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 7)

It’s Day 7 of the Kyushu Basho and we’re down to just a single combatant atop the leaderboard with an undefeated record—yokozuna Hakuho! Unfortunately, I’m quite pressed for time today, so I can’t give a thorough assessment of yesterday’s action or what dramatic situations it creates. But I can point out the best of today’s […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 6)

It’s Day 6 and the leaderboard looks like this: Three rikishi are undefeated (yokozuna Hakuho, ozeki Goeido, and M13 Aminishiki) with seven rikishi one win off the pace (ozeki Takayasu, sekiwake Mitakeumi, M3 Hokutofuji, M4 Ichinojo, M5 Arawashi, M12 Okinoumi, and M15 Nishikigi). The first number is surprisingly small leading into middle weekend, and the […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 5)

It’s Day 5 of the Kyushu Basho and the first bit of news today is that we have another rikishi going kyujo [absent due to injury]. As of today, sekiwake Terunofuji has withdrawn from the Kyushu Basho. This was the tournament after he was demoted from the rank of ozeki, so if he could have […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 4)

As Day 4 of the Kyushu Basho dawns, we have a few more details about the Harumafuji situation, though still there is more unknown than known. The incident took place on October 26th at a social gathering of Mongolian rikishi after a jungyo [exhibition tour] stop in Tottori. There was a disagreement between Harumafuji and […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Kyushu Basho, and things are hardly going according to plan. Although yokozuna Hakuho has come back strong from his absence in the previous tournament, yokozuna Kisenosato (who also was kyujo [absent due to injury] in September) looks much less stable and is only 1–1 in his first two matches. What’s […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 2)

It’s Day 2 of the Kyushu basho and the drama has already begun. Two of the three competing yokozuna lost their opening matches, as did two of the three sekiwake. Harumafuji lost for the second straight time in a row to 21-year-old komusubi Onosho, who is only participating in his fourth tournament at the Makuuchi […]