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    The Kyokai just released a pic of Hattorizakura from yesterday and it looks like Asakayama oyakata was not prepared for the result
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    Day 8 (results, text-only results): Since only one of the leaders appears in the first ranking section, let's start with a yusho arasoi for a change: 8-0 Sw Mitakeumi 7-1 M6e Endo, M13w Asanoyama 6-2 O1w Takayasu, M6w Chiyotairyu, M13e Tochiozan And now... 3-3-2 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 3-1-4 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 5-3 Goeido O1 Takayasu 6-2 O2 Tochinoshin 5-2-1 For the first time since Natsu 2006 some tournament days have had to pass without any yokozuna dohyo-iri, after both Hakuho (right leg) and Kakuryu (right elbow) joined Kisenosato on the sidelines. Ozeki Tochinoshin was also forced to withdraw with a toe injury, so we're finishing the first week with just 2 of the top 6 rikishi. Both of these remaining high-rankers are kadoban ozeki, to boot, having missed/dropped out of the May tournament. Neither Goeido nor Takayasu have looked overly impressive thus far despite their positive records, though the depleted field should mean they're very likely to finish kachikoshi and defend their rank now. The star of the basho has been one of the sekiwake, however. Mitakeumi is 8-0 for the first time in makuuchi following today's hard-fought victory over Chiyonokuni and has another prime opportunity for a breakout tournament if he can avoid collapsing the way he did six months ago, when he fell from 7-0 to 7-5 and an eventual 8-7 finish. Fellow sekiwake Ichinojo has been fighting rather listlessly on most days and finds himself down at 3-5 after showing almost zero offensive intentions against clever Takakeisho, who just out-waited the giant until he was able to attack him off-center. Consequently the most likely rikishi to join Mitakeumi at sekiwake for September is komusubi Tamawashi for the moment, sporting an impressive 5-3 record with only ozeki Takayasu still to come as a sanyaku-ranked opponent tomorrow. Shohozan on the West side has had a significantly harder time in Nagoya and stands just one loss away from returning to the maegashira slots, having been able to defeat only Ichinojo so far. Somewhat surprisingly for a basho with so few wins taken up by the sanyaku, things don't look that great among the top maegashira either; only Takakeisho (5-3) and Chiyonokuni (4-4, with those two yokozuna fusen) have non-negative records in the first three ranks. Kaisei, Endo and Chiyotairyu do have better W-L's further down, but they'll still get a dose of the sanyaku during the second week, so it's anybody's guess if they will be able to maintain course for a promotion to sanyaku themselves. Endo figures into the yusho race regardless of his sanyaku ambitions, as does low-ranked Asanoyama who looks truly genki for perhaps the first time again after his 10-5 top division debut last September. He's not been getting tested against stiffer opposition yet, but it should not be long now - if he collects his kachikoshi tomorrow, a higher-ranked aite may await him by Day 11. 3-5 Ichinojo S Mitakeumi 8-0 5-3 Tamawashi K Shohozan 1-7 2-6 Shodai M1 Kotoshogiku 3-5 3-5 Ikioi M2 Chiyonokuni 4-4 2-6 Abi M3 Takakeisho 5-3 5-3 Kaisei M4 Kagayaki 3-5 3-5 Daishomaru M5 7-1 Endo M6 Chiyotairyu 6-2 4-4 Takarafuji M7 Daieisho 4-4 M8 5-3 Myogiryu M9 Yutakayama 5-3 M10 M11 Onosho 5-3 M12 6-2 Tochiozan M13 Asanoyama 7-1 Nagoya basho features two debutants in the top division, and neither has had it easy so far: Kotoeko and Meisei have only managed to collect two wins apiece, and it's looking almost certain that both will be taking a trip back to juryo for the next honbasho. All other rikishi may save themselves with a 3-4 second week, so the list of demotables could end up rather short this time. On first-week form the main candidates outside the two rookies are arguably sophomore Kyokutaisei, who has looked outclassed in the middle of the division, and veteran Yoshikaze, whose sumo has been completely devoid of any spark this basho, something rarely (if ever) seen from him before. On the flipside, it doesn't seem as though the promotion race in juryo will be producing an excess of contenders anyway. Takanoiwa has been pacing the field at 7-1 in his third tournament since returning from his injury issues, but everybody else already needs to post a 4-3 finish at minimum to end with a credible record. 39-year-old Aminishiki surprises once again and stands at 6-2 - you look at his sumo and you think "why don't his opponents know what's coming, and if they do, why doesn't anybody know how to defend against it?" but for now it's working again, and he could well reset his own oldest-return-to-makuuchi record yet again. Kotoyuki also looks significantly improved and may be another candidate to secure a makuuchi return (but we've seen him turn bad at a day's notice often enough), while youngster Takanosho has a chance to crown his slow 5-basho ascent through juryo with the ticket to the top division for the first time. M5 Yoshikaze 0-8 (2) ... (1) 3-5 Chiyoshoma M8 Kyokutaisei 1-7 (3) M9 (2) 3-5 Chiyomaru M10 Nishikigi 4-4 (1) (2) 3-5 Aoiyama M11 (2) 4-4 Sadanoumi M12 Arawashi 3-5 (3) M13 (5) 2-6 Kotoeko M14 Okinoumi 4-4 (3) (3) 4-4 Ishiura M15 Ryuden 4-4 (3) (3) 5-3 Hokutofuji M16 Meisei 2-6 (6) (6) 2-6 Takekaze J1 Akiseyama 1-7 (7) (5) 4-4 Daiamami J2 Takagenji 3-5 (6) (4) 5-3 Kotoyuki J3 Takanoiwa 7-1 (2) (4) 6-2 Takanosho J4 Aminishiki 6-2 (4) (6) 4-4 Daishoho J5 Hidenoumi 4-4 (6) (7) 4-4 Seiro J6 Kyokushuho 5-3 (6) (7) 4-4 Tsurugisho J7 Azumaryu 4-4 (7) (~) 4-4 Shimanoumi J8 Yago 5-3 (7) J9 J10 Terutsuyoshi 5-3 (~) (~) 5-3 Chiyonoo J11 Mitoryu 5-3 (~) The juryo ranks include two newcomers as well, and their fortunes have come together rather differently through Day 8. Chiyonoumi has seemed completely at home, fighting well even in his losses, but Churanoumi's sumo has been looking just a bit short of juryo quality against nearly every opponent, and if you don't catch any lucky breaks either, that means a 1-7 record like he's sporting right now. He'll need to run the table through week two to avoid getting demoted, and it sure doesn't look like that's going to happen. Kizenryu, the sole juryo returnee in Nagoya, unfortunately won't be picking up that elusive KK in his 9th attempt either in all likelihood. Veteran Homarefuji also finds himself in great danger, and in fact it's the second time running as he started off Natsu basho 2-9 and needed three late wins and a load of banzuke luck just to stick around for this basho. At 3-5 (and one of those wins a fusensho, to boot) it's looking pretty bad for him. All other lower juryo rikishi appear on course to maintain their spots, with the possible exception of Tokushoryu whose 2-6 record might even flatter him a bit, based on the low quality of his performances...the needed 3-4 finish isn't quite a given for him, although I suspect that he'll unleash his veteran powers and do enough to stay in the end. Definitely headed down is Sokokurai whose full kyujo due to a persistent foot injury will be sending him to makushita or intai, ending a six-year sekitori career (not counting the two-year layoff). The top 5 makushita ranks started off the tournament in depleted fashion with juryo-demoted Asabenkei kyujo right away, and highly regarded Murata also had to drop out in the meantime with an apparent knee injury, having gone winless before. Hakuyozan, who didn't receive the same banzuke luck courtesy as Homarefuji, has been making a strong case for an immediate return and finds himself kachikoshi already. Enho also appears in good shape and will likely need to add just one more victory to his 3-1 tally to secure a return to juryo as well. The rest of the top 5 ranks look somewhat iffy. We could be in for some additional promotions from lower than usual, with Ms6w Irodori perhaps able to take advantage of the promotion zoners' weak results, while 9-year makuuchi veteran Toyohibiki has a shot at securing the promotion via yusho as he attempts to battle back from his untimely arrhythmia problems that caused his demotion from juryo back in January. (1) 4-4 Shimanoumi J8 (3) 2-6 Tokushoryu J9 Gagamaru 3-5 (2) (x) kyujo Sokokurai J10 Terutsuyoshi 5-3 (1) (1) 5-3 Chiyonoo J11 Mitoryu 5-3 (1) (2) 5-3 Wakatakakage J12 Chiyonoumi 5-3 (2) (5) 2-6 Kizenryu J13 Tobizaru 5-3 (2) (5) 3-5 Homarefuji J14 Churanoumi 1-7 (7) 4-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 Murata 0-4 (x) 2-3 Gokushindo Ms2 Enho 3-1 1-3 Ichiyamamoto Ms3 Kiribayama 2-2 (x) kyujo Asabenkei Ms4 Wakamotoharu 1-3 3-1 Jokoryu Ms5 Akua 2-2 (x) kyujo Terunofuji Ms6 Irodori 3-1 ... Ms14 Toyohibiki 4-0 Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck
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    STOP THE PRESSES Hattorizakura just won.
  8. 15 points
    Day 6, in case anyone is still awake..
  9. 15 points
    Day 5 -late due to problems- the next week starting tomorrow-the videos are bound to be late due to more problems - work issues, food, travel and compartmentalization
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    Hakuhou and Kisenosato went for degeiko to Kokonoe beya a few hours ago. And lo and behold, they faced each other!! 10 bouts, 8-2 in Hakuhou's favor. During some sekitori bouts, Hakuhou suddenly called out to Kisenosato. After the others finished their bouts, the two entered the ring. A hush fell on the room. You could hear a pin drop (no you couldn't, since a pin dropping on clay or sand or whatever can't be heard, even with Bluetooth..). Hakuhou went all out from the onset, with sharp tachiai and fierce tsuki/oshi, yori. and throws- in short, he brought out his whole arsenal, overwhelming the ailing Kisenosato. Kisenosato did receive Hakuhou's fierce attacks and struggled to do his own sumo. Going by the numbers, it wasn't good for Kisenosato but he said "It felt like it was It was a wake-up call for me.." It was the first time they trained against each other since before last year's Haru Basho and it seems he understood the full meaning of training against someone meaningful. "Kisenosato has very little experience getting through the whole basho as a Yokozuna.. I'd like him to feel that more and experience it. I hope he can overcome whatever crisis he is going through. Only someone who becomes a Yokozuna can understand his state of mind," sympathized Hakuhou.
  15. 12 points
    Hattorizakura had completed one beautiful piece of art: a 1-111-1 record with day 1. He can go for 2-121-2 next and aim for 2-222-2 on the way to finish his career with a 3-333-3. A 5-555-5 would be the ultimate piece of art though.
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    Hiya, fresh off the press: the Nagoya Superbanzuke Ranking. Pandaazuma continues to play in a league of his own, but his points score dwindled a bit. The most breaking news is ScreechingOwl's promotion to Superbanzuke Yokozuna. He is the 15th Yokozuna in Superbanzuke history. Congrats, Douglas, I knew you would make it!! ScreechingOwl made his Ozeki debut just two basho ago! Of course, after winning the Green Mawashi in May, he also achieved a new points record. Flohru, Gurowake, Susanoo (demoted from Yokozuna), and Taka (promoted from Komusubi) fill the Ozeki ranks. For the Danish mastermind, it's a return to a career-high rank (the other three Ozeki have been Yokozuna before). Gonzaburow continues the "repeat at a career high" exercise. He first achieved that rank in Aki 2012, and repeated that feat five times in the following six basho. After falling behind a bit (never lower than M9) he returned to the career high M1 in Kyushu 2017, and repeated on this rank in Hatsu Basho, And in Haru Basho, And in Natsu Basho. And in Nagoya Basho... Kaiomitsuki seems eager to emulate Gonzaburow. The French frontrunner now sits on a career-high M2 for the third basho in a row. This time, Kaiomitsuki achieved a new points record, eclipsing 3500 points. andonishiki returns to a career-high M2, a rank he held twice before (Natsu '17, Haru '18). New points record for him. Metzinowaka is one of only nine players who were listed on every Superbanzuke since its inception more than 16 years ago. After all these years, he now improved to a new career high at M3. He also straddled 3000 points for the first time ever. It's a kind of good news/bad news scenario for Chankoyama. While she missed out on her career high rank (M8) at M10, she achieved a new points record. A similar scenario materialized for Terarno. He drops from a career-high M10 to M11, but moving over 2000 points for the first time ever should be some consolation. The same goes for Achiyama. With M11, he was two ranks short of his former career high, but also crosses the 2000 points mark for the first time. In Juryo, we have new career highs for Suwihito (J2), Gawasukotto (J5), Andrasoyamawaka (J8), Junboko (J8), and Hironoyama (J11). All these news are true, until someone points me to the inescapbale scoring error
  20. 11 points
    Eleven shikona changes in total, including shin-Juryo Churanoumi which the Kyokai announced rather haphazardly along with his promotion. He has also changed the given name - Kizaki Shinji > Churanoumi Yoshihisa. Two changes in Sadogatake-beya. Kotokumazoe is now Kotoozutsu, the second kanji there is rare but notable, being part of the 18th Yokozuna's shikona. Given name change as well - Kotokumazoe Ginjiro > Kotoozutsu Kunihiro. Elsewhere, it's taken a while but Kotokojima has also taken a proper shikona and a new given name too. Kotokojima Ken > Kotonoumi Kenta. Three changes in recently established Futagoyama-beya. Hayashi has switched to using his (real) given name as his shikona, and has therefore taken a different given name for his shikona. Hayashi Maikeru > Maikeru Shuki. Meanwhile, Soma is now Kotakiyama, and finally Yabuoka is now Raiga - the second kanji there is from the shisho. In Shikoroyama-beya, the older Nagaya brother gets his first proper shikona. Nagaya Kaito > Tetsujin Isao. Takanohana-beya's Hara gets the traditional first kanji from the shisho, while the third kanji is part of his (real) given name. The middle kanji is also used in his new given name, with a different reading. Interesting to me, although I have no idea how common that kind of thing is. Hara Hiroki > Takamasaki Shosuke. Miyagino-beya's Nakano is now Takemaru. Perhaps it will give the traditional change of luck as he seeks the first kachi-koshi of his short career. He has only ever been one win short, with five 3-4 records so far. Asahiyama-beya's Hironaka is the first not to get an Asahi- shikona, instead he is honoured with the second kanji from the shisho. Hironaka Ryu > Hayatonishiki Yuki. Finally, Kokonoe-beya's Kinoshita is now Chiyotaiyo as he joins the banzuke for the first time. I thought it might be helpful to actually include the given name changes on the list. J14w Kizaki Shinji > Churanoumi Yoshihisa (美ノ海 義久) Sd53w Hayashi Maikeru > Maikeru Shuki (舞蹴 修樹) Sd56w Kotokumazoe Ginjiro > Kotoozutsu Kunihiro (琴砲 国太) Sd89e Kotokojima Ken > Kotonoumi Kenta (琴ノ海 絢太) Jd29w Nagaya Kaito > Tetsujin Isao (錣迅 功) Jd87e Soma > Kotakiyama (小滝山) Jd97e Hara Hiroki > Takamasaki Shosuke (貴正樹 正輔) Jd104e Yabuoka > Raiga (雷雅) Jk8w Nakano > Takemaru (竹丸) Jk19e Hironaka Ryu > Hayatonishiki Yuki (勇錦 佑紀) Jk29e Kinoshita > Chiyotaiyo (千代太陽)
  21. 10 points
    Not as low as they used to be.
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    I think he has improved on his smile a lot recently o
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    Ozeki Tochinoshin trained with Tochiouzan at home and was 7-9. He managed to get his favorite grip only once in all the matches, and after managing that zero times yesterday against Goueidou, maybe there is reason for concern. "AAAAHHH.." he was heard shouting. "Difficult..Yesterday i was hopeless against Goueidou. I'm sad because I can't win. Am I just weak or is Tochiouzan in very good shape?" he asked himself. "Still, if I keep thinking it's bad it's bad it's bad I will start feeling bad.. That is the number one bad thing. I have to go about my business feeling strong.." he summed. Smoke on the Water with his new Deep Purple mawashi and heavy metal face
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    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/04/sumo/hot-reception-awaits-competitors-nagoya/#.Wz0WPnNCQwB Nagoya preview by @John Gunning with some very interesting information (as usual) Thx John!
  25. 9 points
    Today was Takakaze's 39th birthday o ooo with Amakaze and Yago posing as 39 o o
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    Mental problem. Let's not forget for a second how many times he was on the verge of becoming a Yokozuna but then kicked the milk bucket, without the excuse of an injury. The man is complicated, as you could easily see by his reactions when he got the promotion and on various other occasions , smiling a really creepy smile to himself while sitting ringside, or staring blankly into space-he seems to be getting some guidance to try to overcome his mental problems from various sources who use different methods. Now, add the injury. I am told that this kind of injury is pretty permanent and one can never really return to his former physical condition, surgery or no surgery. But this is Kisenosato. The fact that he announced his kyujo a day before the deadline and not at the last minute is to me a key factor. He even used ex-Mainoumi's suggestion almost word for word. ("I would like some more time etc..').Then I saw his face, now I'm a believer. He'll be back in Tokyo and surprise everyone. (By getting a kachikoshi? By winning the yusho? By dropping out after day 3 and retiring? Anything will be a surprise..). I am going for the good surprise.
  27. 9 points
    Tochinoshin started training at the heya’s Nagoya lodgings today. He lent his chest to some lower rankers for about 20 times. The oyakata who were there kept calling him "Ozeki!!" which embarrassed him somewhat. He seemed relaxed. "I'll be training tomorrow as well," he said, as he made his way to the rikishi-kai which was held later. At the lodgings, he has asked to remain in the same "big room" with Aoiyama, Tochiouzan and heya coach Hatachiyama Oyakata, foregoing a private room he is entitled to as an Ozeki. "Nothing's changed. I will be aiming for the yusho as I am now ranked at where one is expected to show good results," he said. With all the festivities surrounding his promotion, his weight dropped to 160 kilos at some point. He has managed to bring it back up to 170 kilos. "I intend to do serious keiko and add some power. I hope to add 2-3 kilos more," he said.
  28. 8 points
    After watching 10 bashos, I thought I approximately understand all the main terms and can join here to learn more. So, hello to all...
  29. 8 points
    Day 1 01.3s J1e Takekaze (1-0) hatakikomi M16w Meisei (0-1) 04.1s M16e Hokutofuji (1-0) oshidashi M15w Ryuden (0-1) 04.5s M14w Okinoumi (1-0) tsukidashi M15e Ishiura (0-1) 18.0s M13w Asanoyama (1-0) tsukiotoshi M14e Kotoeko (0-1) 03.4s M13e Tochiozan (1-0) yorikiri M12w Arawashi (0-1) 02.4s M11w Onosho (1-0) oshidashi M12e Sadanoumi (0-1) 08.5s M10w Nishikigi (1-0) yorikiri M11e Aoiyama (0-1) 01.8s M10e Chiyomaru (1-0) hikiotoshi M9w Yutakayama (0-1) 06.4s M9e Myogiryu (1-0) oshidashi M8w Kyokutaisei (0-1) 02.4s M7w Daieisho (1-0) hatakikomi M8e Chiyoshoma (0-1) 08.5s M6w Chiyotairyu (1-0) oshidashi M7e Takarafuji (0-1) 07.8s M6e Endo (1-0) yorikiri M5w Yoshikaze (0-1) 06.8s M4w Kagayaki (1-0) oshitaoshi M5e Daishomaru (0-1) 04.9s M4e Kaisei (1-0) oshidashi M3w Takakeisho (0-1) 04.1s S1w Mitakeumi (1-0) oshidashi M3e Abi (0-1) 03.0s M2w Chiyonokuni (1-0) okuridashi S1e Ichinojo (0-1) 05.2s O2w Tochinoshin (1-0) yorikiri M2e Ikioi (0-1) 16.9s O1w Takayasu (1-0) tsukiotoshi M1w Kotoshogiku (0-1) 10.0s M1e Shodai (1-0) okuridashi O1e Goeido (0-1) 08.9s Y1w Hakuho (1-0) sukuinage K1e Tamawashi (0-1) 05.1s Y1e Kakuryu (1-0) tsukidashi K1w Shohozan (0-1)
  30. 8 points
    http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/ Makuuchi Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho Kisenosato Y2 --- Goeido O1 Takayasu --- O2 Tochinoshin Ichinojo S Mitakeumi Tamawashi K Shohozan Shodai M1 Kotoshogiku Ikioi M2 Chiyonokuni Abi M3 Takakeisho Kaisei M4 Kagayaki Daishomaru M5 Yoshikaze Endo M6 Chiyotairyu Takarafuji M7 Daieisho Chiyoshoma M8 Kyokutaisei Myogiryu M9 Yutakayama Chiyomaru M10 Nishikigi Aoiyama M11 Onosho Sadanoumi M12 Arawashi Tochiozan M13 Asanoyama Kotoeko M14 Okinoumi Ishiura M15 Ryuden Hokutofuji M16 Meisei
  31. 8 points
    Kintamayama is only one person. I hope.
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    I extract the mochi-kyuukin data from the Nikkan banzuke ( together with the kensho data). I post them here each basho for those presently in makuuchi - in 1000 yen For Nagoya 7732 Hakuho 1366 Kakuryu 1228 Kisenosato 828 Kotoshogiku 790 Goeido 744 Yoshikaze 686 Tochiozan 638 Takayasu 632 Tochinoshin 554 Okinoumi 552 Ikioi 544 Ichinojo 498 Shohozan 470 Endo 466 Tamawashi 454 Takarafuji 438 Hokutofuji 418 Takakeisho 412 Myogiryu 400 Mitakeumi 396 Arawashi 380 Chiyotairyu 340 Aoiyama 340 Chiyonokuni 338 Shodai 312 Kaisei 312 Onosho 300 Abi 288 Sadanoumi 272 Daishomaru 268 Daieisho 266 Kagayaki 262 Chiyoshoma 260 Chiyomaru 258 Asanoyama 258 Ryuden 256 Yutakayama 254 Nishikigi 250 Kyokutaisei 246 Ishiura 240 Kotoeko 240 Meisei
  34. 8 points
    It's sunday and I had a bit of time at 3 in the morning I put some videos of the lower divisions and some Juryo and Makuuchi bouts in the database.
  35. 8 points
    Sandanme 42 and ex- Asashouryuu's nephew Houshouryuu had a rare opportunity to face Yokozuna Hakuhou for three bouts when he came for degeiko at Miyagino beya yesterday. 3 bouts, lost them all. Before that he had 38 bouts, against Ishiura among others, and won 22. "I am very happy to be able to have faced the Yokozuna," he said later. "I'm looking forward to seeing how he does this basho. The rest is up to him.." said Hakuhou even later.
  36. 8 points
    Coincidentally the duct tape holding up my Kisenosato poster expired, dropping him on the kitchen floor.
  37. 8 points
    Very, very excellent article by Mr. Gunning.. Love it.
  38. 8 points
    Yokozuna Kisenosato trained at the Tagonoura lodgings for two hours, doing the fundamentals-shiko, suriashi, teppo and rubber tube pulling. Then he lent his chest to the lower rankers on the outside dohyo. "I was able to do serious keiko upon arriving in Nagoya. My ring sense is also pretty good. What's left is to show results. Last year I didn't show anything good so i want to show some healthy sumo," he said. Will he enter Nagoya? "All i can do is train diligently," he said, stopping short of declaring he is entering Nagoya.
  39. 8 points
    Ex pro-wrestler Shinjiro Ootani came to visit Akebono. "The pro-wrestling world and the fans love the Yokozuna and hope he gets well soon," he said. "I will get well soon!! Please convey this to the fans," promised Akebono.
  40. 7 points
    This is the first time in history that two Sekitori (i.e. Chiyonokuni and Shodai) get two fusen wins each in the same basho.
  41. 7 points
    As is well known, the top 16 ranks in ozumo are essentially their own round-robin tournament, so there's a limited number of wins and possible kachikoshi to go around up there. Ideally, you've got 8 KK and 8 MK on average. In reality, the presence of the yokozuna and maybe one high-performing ozeki (in normal times anyway) leads to the wins being concentrated among fewer rikishi, so 7 KK / 9 MK is probably a more realistic split. And in those just 7 KK, there's room for: yokozuna-quality rikishi, who don't have to worry about making KK at all and should get 10+ wins in nearly all tournaments ozeki-quality rikishi, who should easily get KK in most tournaments (let's say at least 80% of the time), with an average of maybe 9 to 9.5 wins and an occasional tournament where they do much better than that sekiwake-quality rikishi, who should be good enough to KK at least half the time an occasional fluky KK performance by somebody of less than sekiwake-quality People can declare that the above standard isn't actually "ozeki-quality" in their view, but it doesn't change the fact that such rikishi exist (in significant numbers in the long run), and that they need to be ranked somewhere. And from time to time you'll get somebody like Goeido who falls right in between the ozeki and sekiwake standards. That's unavoidable, too. One can tinker with the promotion and demotion rules as much as one wants, it's not going to change the fact that the wins and losses are going to be distributed in some specific way. Neither making it harder nor making it easier to become ozeki (or to stop being one) will create better-performing rikishi. Given that, the rules for the ozeki rank are necessarily arbitrary and should be set such that they serve the greater good of ozumo. And I daresay they do exactly that; ozumo needs more permanent standard bearers than just the few yokozuna-quality rikishi, and that requires an ozeki rank that's hard to gain (to maintain an image of exclusivity) and hard to lose (so that its holders are actually around long enough to connect to the audience). (On a side note, IMHO demanding more than 8 wins regularly from ozeki would only create more collusion among them than we've already seen. If you think the back-scratching was bad in the past, prepare yourself for obviously incapacitated ozeki going 4-11 all the time, rather than leaving the basho, just so everybody else at the rank can have a 9-6 or 10-5 at their expense, to be "returned" later.)
  42. 7 points
    Interview: Q: What is the status of your injury? A: Last night I iced it for hours and the pain resided a bit, but this morning the toe was swollen more than yesterday. It is very painful and I cant step on it. Q: The moment you were injured? A: When i was thrown I felt my knee snap and when I fell, hurt my right toe. Q:Diagnosis? A: I had an MRI and there are no broken bones. The ligament seems to be a bit strained. Q: With all Yokozuna out, your responsibility as a new Ozeki was high.. A : I wanted to do sumo but this is inexcusable. It's regrettable, but I don't want to do "strange" sumo and in my current condition, I can't exert any power. Q: Is there any chance you may return this basho? A: I will return to Tokyo and get checked out in a hospital there as well, but in any case I will be icing the injury for 2-3 days and if it does get better, I would like to re-enter.
  43. 7 points
    We found the culprit. He jinxed Hakuho! Prepare the forks! Heat up the tar! Gather feathers!
  44. 7 points
    Ura had devoted himself to rehab, but to be prudent till complete recovery, he opted for another basho kyujo. The oyakata: "It (his condition) is fairly good, but it has to be perfect, so he thought. And the fear has to disappear. But I think he can do sumo." He has not been at the keiko ground yet and carefully piles up training. The heya gets many phone calls expressing the hope for his return: "It's nice that there is this expectation, but I'm sorry, I don't want to let him suffer that same injury again. Regardless how much he drops down the banzuke, it's all the same. He has to do forward going sumo." Comeback in perfect condition at the Aki basho. http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2018/07/08/0011426331.shtml
  45. 7 points
    Sekiwake Ichinojou went for degeiko at the Tokitsukaze lodgings in Nagoya where he faced Yutakayama and Shoudai, going 7-2 and winning 6 straight at one point. The over 220 kilo giant was seen trying out an HNH (moving to the left at the tachiai and grabbing his opponent's mawashi with a left overarm grip, patented by Harumafuji who semi-legitimized that quasi-henka..). He wants to follow Tochinoshin's footsteps and become Ozeki soon, but to do that, he first needs to get double digit wins. "I'm going about my business thinking of various things. My condition isn't bad.." he said.
  46. 7 points
    Ozeki Tochinoshin went for degeiko to Sakaigawa where he faced his nemesis Goueidou. 11 bouts, lost them all.. He just could not grab Goueidou's mawashi. "It's really sad. He turned me into a toy, " he lamented. Still, his Oyakata said: "He is not in bad shape. It's just that Goueidou is his weak spot.." Goueidou did his low tachiai again. "If we go chest to chest he'll beat me. I'm aware of that and able to do the sumo I want to. I'm in good shape," added Goueidou. He seems to be over the left ankle injury that caused him to pull out of Natsu Basho. Toyboy:
  47. 7 points
    To be fair, the clock for Harumafuji would have still been ticking if it wasn't smashed by a karaoke remote.
  48. 7 points
    Ozeki Tochinoshin went for degeiko to Dewanoumi beya, where he faced Mitakeumi, Tochiouzan and Aoiyama, going 17-4. At one point when facing Tochiouzan he felt pain in his injured right wrist and was grimacing visibly, but he went on for 9 more bouts so maybe it wasn't that serious. He has been training for six days now and his speed and power are gradually improving. "The content is getting better day by day. The right wrist? Fine!" he commented later, sweating profusely.
  49. 7 points
    Two alma mater kesho-mawashi for shin-Juryo Chiyonoumi. On the left is the traditional type for Nihon Taiiku university, on the right from Sukumo High School in his native Kochi prefecture.
  50. 7 points
    Kisenosato had 12 bouts against Takayasu yesterday, winning 10-2, but injuring his right elbow, although it doesn't seem serious. His arm got caught in Takayasu's hold as he threw him. Still, he continued to train so maybe nothing there. He did repeatedly stretch his elbow for a while, but continued till the final butsugari geiko. today, he participated in the Nishonoseki rengo keiko held at Naruto beya, facing Ryuuden for some bouts. It's the first time since before last basho that he trained with a sekitori other than his heyamate Takayasu. He purposely chose an opponent that he has no chance of facing next basho, but only managed a 5-4 record. The bouts he won he won by somehow winning by oshidashi, but two of his his losses were after giving up a morozashi and getting easily pushed out. He only managed to say " Well.. well.." when asked about the low number of bouts and about his condition and got into a car and left. "He has a lot of issues. In all aspects," said his Oyakata, raising a big question mark over his entering Nagoya basho. He couldn't use his favorite left grip today. "Well, his opponent thought about that." answered the Oyakata. "I really can't give you an answer after today's content, "summed Tagonoura Oyakata.