March 18, 2013
Yokozuna Hakuho walked away from the action at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on March 18 in Osaka with his ninth win and only two wrestlers--ozeki Kotoshogiku and rank-and-filer Okinoumi--remain with a glimmer of hope with two losses.
March 17, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho bulldozed his way one step closer to his 23rd career title as he won his eighth straight bout on March 17 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, after watching rival Harumafuji collapse to his third defeat.
March 15, 2013
Yokozuna Hakuho flipped rising star Chiyotairyu to the dirt in their first-ever face-off to hold onto the sole lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on March 15, with sekiwake Baruto and several rank-and-file wrestlers trailing one loss behind.
March 14, 2013
Hakuho outclassed his fifth opponent at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on March 14 as junior yokozuna Harumafuji snapped out of his slump and ozeki Kakuryu and sekiwake Baruto remained just one loss back.
March 13, 2013
Unbeaten yokozuna Hakuho assumed the sole lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on March 13 as sekiwake Baruto faltered and rival Harumafuji hit the self-destruct button for the second time in as many days.
March 12, 2013
Defending champion Harumafuji's winning streak came to an abrupt end on March 12 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka's Prefectural Gymnasium, leaving Mongolian rival Hakuho and Estonian sekiwake Baruto in the lead with unbeaten records after the first three days.
March 11, 2013
Sumo's Mongolian alpha males dominated the ring for a second day on March 11 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, with yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji claiming convincing wins and Kakuryu emerging as the only ozeki still unbeaten as all three of his peers fizzled in upsets.
March 10, 2013
All six of the top wrestlers won their opening bouts at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on March 10, with Mongolia's yokozuna duo leading the way in what could be a very exciting--and a fairly closely matched--race for dominance at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.
January 28, 2013
Sumo wrestler Takamisakari, nicknamed “RoboCop” for his jerky pre-bout ritual that helped him overcome fear while drawing applause from the crowds for more than 10 years, retired from the ring on Jan. 27.
January 27, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji dominated nemesis Hakuho on Jan. 27 to finish the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record, his first at the sport's highest rank.
January 26, 2013
Yokozuna Harumafuji won his fifth career title and his first at sumo's highest rank on the penultimate day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
January 25, 2013
Unbeaten yokozuna Harumafuji scratched one potential threat off his list on Jan. 25 at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, as sekiwake Baruto also saw his last chance to return to his former ozeki rank slip through his grasp with a disappointing loss.
January 24, 2013
Undefeated Harumafuji took a step closer to his first championship of 2013 by whipping ozeki Kotoshogiku on Jan. 24, while rival Hakuho tumbled out of the ring for his second loss.
January 23, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna duo Harumafuji, who is unbeaten, and Hakuho, with just one loss, made it safely through their first bouts with ozeki opponents at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 23 to maintain their one-two formation at the top.
January 22, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji's star continued to shine at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 22 as he grabbed his 10th straight win and maintained a one-win margin over rival Hakuho, who is looking more and more like the only wrestler able to stand in his way.
January 21, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji devastated sekiwake Goeido to remain unbeaten after nine days at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 21, while Hakuho, one loss back, cruised to victory over the once-formidable Baruto.
January 21, 2013
With his handsome face and unrivaled strength, the legendary yokozuna Taiho was a natural hero for the early years of sumo broadcasts on TVs across the nation.
January 20, 2013
Unbeaten yokozuna Harumafuji sent another victim sprawling to defeat on Jan. 20 at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament to hold onto his one-win advantage over Mongolian rival Hakuho, who also won with ease.
January 19, 2013
Former sumo grand champion Taiho, whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan's ancient sport, has died at age 72.
January 19, 2013
Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji added one more win to his unbeaten streak at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 19 as nemesis Hakuho continued to trail just one loss behind.