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  1. 5 points
    Day 14 (results, text-only results): Yusho arasoi: 13-1 Sw Mitakeumi 12-2 --- 11-3 M9w Yutakayama, M13w Asanoyama 3-3-8 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 3-1-10 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 9-5 Goeido O1 Takayasu 9-5 O2 Tochinoshin 5-2-7 And it is done. Pursuer Asanoyama kept up some pressure on the leader by storming through opponent Endo's semi-henka in the middle of the makuuchi proceedings, but Mitakeumi was unfazed and calmly waited for his opportunity before he marched Tochiozan out of the dohyo to clinch his first-ever top division title. Yutakayama's victory over ozeki Tochiozan was too little too late afterwards (though still impressive). Congrats to the champion! This marks 2018 as the first year since 2000 with more than one yusho won by rikishi ranked below ozeki. With perhaps more to come in Aki or Kyushu? Goeido was felled by KK-seeking sekiwake Ichinojo today, so the Mongolian giant is still in position to defend his rank, which few people probably expected back when he was 3-6. That would be bad news for Tamawashi who'd be stuck at komusubi after all, although with just 8 or 9 wins it would hardly be a major injustice. Day 14 saw him defeated by a very spirited Chiyotairyu. The bad news for Chiyotairyu is that he's out of the running for a komusubi slot himself anyway. He was going to be behind today's winner of the Ikioi-Takakeisho duel, in any case, and Takakeisho's victory in that matchup ensured that Chiyotairyu is also behind the loser, and then it became all academic with Ichinojo's 7th shiroboshi. Kaisei fell out of the race the old-fashioned way, with a loss of his own to rejuvenated Myogiryu. 7-7 Ichinojo S Mitakeumi 13-1 8-6 Tamawashi K Shohozan 3-11 (x) M1 8-6 Ikioi M2 M3 Takakeisho 9-5 (x) 8-6 Kaisei M4 M5 (x) 8-6 Endo M6 Chiyotairyu 9-5 (x) M7 M8 M9 Yutakayama 11-3 They've made the unusual decision to cancel one of the senshuraku high-ranker matchups, so it won't be the expeced sekiwake meeting between Ichinojo and Mitakeumi after all, but rather Mitakeumi against no-longer-pursuer Yutakayama and Ichinojo against Endo. It was a defensible decision at the moment of scheduling, IMHO, though it's been made to look a bit pointless by the Day 14 proceedings now. The participants of the two revised matches will be part of the traditional sanyaku soroibumi, along with ozeki Goeido and Takayasu who will conclude the basho with a more or less exciting 10th-win playoff. Takakeisho is the presumed frontrunner for the available komusubi slot, needing only a win of his own (vs. Asanoyama) or an Ikioi loss (vs. Kaisei). I've kept Yutakayama listed as a candidate as he could still do it purely by the numbers if he defeats Mitakeumi and the higher-ranked duo lose, but it would be highly unusual to give the promotion to somebody from that far below. Okinoumi was successful in the crucial demotion matchup with Arawashi today, so he won't be sent to juryo now, while Arawashi is in line to be dropped. He will have to win on Day 15 and hope for favourable results elsewhere to perhaps be allowed to stick around anyway. Ryuden achieved his kachikoshi against Sadanoumi, leaving nothing to chance or an unkind banzuke committee. Chiyoshoma is also secure in his top division slot after defeating Nishikigi, while Ishiura (loss to Daieisho) still has work to do on the final Sunday. Yoshikaze found a beatable opponent in Meisei at last, and although the numbers still call for another win, his very high position on the banzuke may favour him over Arawashi and Ishiura even if he ends the tournament at 1-14. We do still need to determine how many juryo rikishi will be making the trek up - Aminishiki won for the third day in a row and now has the chance to clinch a promotable record tomorrow. Daishoho earned kachikoshi today, his 7th in a row already, and is theoretically also still in the race for a lucky promotion, what with the possibility of up to 5 maegashira ending their basho with demotable scores. In practice it's probably more likely that they'd spare one of the would-be demotees, but we'll see if it matters at all. The remaining outside candidates all lost, which meant outright makekoshi for J2-ranked Daiamami and Takagenji, while Hidenoumi dropped to 7-7. The juryo yusho race also moved on to the final day after both leader Takanoiwa and pursuer Takanosho were again victorious. M5 Yoshikaze 1-13 (1) ... (o) 4-10 Chiyoshoma M8 ... M12 Arawashi 4-10 (~) M13 (x) 3-11 Kotoeko M14 Okinoumi 7-7 (o) (1) 6-8 Ishiura M15 Ryuden 8-6 (o) M16 Meisei 5-9 (x) J1 (x) 6-8 Daiamami J2 Takagenji 6-8 (x) (o) 10-4 Kotoyuki J3 Takanoiwa 13-1 (o) (o) 12-2 Takanosho J4 Aminishiki 9-5 (1) (~) 8-6 Daishoho J5 Hidenoumi 7-7 (x) The relevant demotion matchups: Ishiura is going against Chiyomaru (M10e 5-9, lost four of the last five), Arawashi faces Daieisho (M7w 6-8), and Yoshikaze has a tough upper-rank match with komusubi Shohozan. Kudos to the schedulers for their work in juryo, where they're deftly mixing-and-matching those who still have a lot riding on their sensuraku result: It's Takanoiwa vs. Kyokushuho (J6w 7-7), Takanosho vs. Tsurugisho (J7e 7-7), and Aminishiki vs. Mitoryu (J11w 7-7). And for good measure the remaining two 7-7 rikishi have been paired up as well, that's J5w Hidenoumi vs. J10w Terutsuyoshi. Sad news for Kiribayama today; his fairly decisive kuroboshi in juryo against Chiyonoumi sent him to makekoshi, so no sekitori debut for the young Mongolian. That outcome has further opened up the lines for possible low-ranker promotions, however, so a lot of rikishi will be on the edge for senshuraku. The Kizenryu last ditch survival quest moved on for another day, this time with victory over Seiro. Homarefuji and Churanoumi both lost, and their MKs are now getting large enough that they might even drop below the Ms1-Ms5 promotion zone for Aki, where they'd need a 7-0 or at least two tournaments to return to juryo. Enho finished his repromotion campaign at 5-2 after he was defeated in short order by Daiseido today. (x) kyujo Sokokurai J10 J11 J12 (~) 5-9 Kizenryu J13 (x) 3-11 Homarefuji J14 Churanoumi 4-10 (x) (o) 7-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 3-3 Gokushindo Ms2 Enho 5-2 (o) Ms3 Kiribayama 3-4 (x) Ms4 3-3 Jokoryu Ms5 Akua 4-2 Ms6 Irodori 4-2 Ms7 Toyonoshima 4-2 As expected they're playing off Gokushindo and Jokoryu for one kachikoshi. Gokushindo would certainly be promoted at 4-3, while the case would be less clear-cut for Jokoryu - victories for Akua and Kizenryu could well lead to just three exchanges, with Kizenryu sticking in juryo and Jokoryu left out. Anyway, Akua serves as the required filler for the juryo torikumi and meets Churanoumi with his juryo return on the line. (I'm not quite sure why they didn't put him against Kizenryu, but the dwindling number of available opponents for all the Kise-beya rikishi may be playing a role here. Kizenryu meets J7w Azumaryu 5-9 now.) Irodori may still have a small chance to get promoted if he wins his final match against Tamaki, and Kizenryu and Akua both lose. Toyonoshima is probably out of contention even with 5 wins + Irodori loss, as they would likely promote Akua at 4-3 instead. (Barring any sekitori retirements.)
  2. 4 points
    True enlightenment is reached when you realize that Frankenstein is the name the *actual* monster and that Frankenstein's creation was not a monster. (At least, originally. What bad movies did with the character is something else entirely)
  3. 3 points
    Just discovered - while checking out the rules - that we have now commenced the 11th year of this game. I really started it as a little tongue-in-cheek - I never expected it to last this long. This is mainly due to Klaus (Jakusotsu) looking after the game during each basho. Many thanks to Jakusotsu for looking after this game for the past fortnight. Many, many omedetous to Sakura for her 'Three-peat' with yushos. I don't think that has ever happened before with this game. Jakusotsu (Y1E 4-11) Y1 Kuroimori (Y1W 6-9) Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Y2 YO Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Gernobono (O1E 5-10) O1 chishafuwaku (S1E 6-9) S1 shimodahito (S1W 1-13-1) Ryoshishokunin (K1E 5-8-2) K1 orandashoho (K1W 4-10-1)Andonishiki (M1E 6-8-1) M1 Tenshinhan (M1W 6-9) Atenzan (M2E Kosho) M2 Profomisakari (M2W 3-12)WAKATAKE (M3E 0-15) M3 Jejima (M3W 5-10) The Kyokai (M4E 0-15) M4 Mae-zumo Umizoi (mz 4-10-1) KK line: 5-10 OQ line: 7-8 Yusho: Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Jun-Yusho: Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Shukunsho: Gurowake, Sakura, chishafuwaku, Tenshinhan Kantosho: Gurowake, Sakura Ginosho: chishafuwaku
  4. 3 points
    Day 14 14.1s M15w Ryuden (8-6) yorikiri M12e Sadanoumi (7-7) 05.5s M14w Okinoumi (7-7) yorikiri M12w Arawashi (4-10) 07.7s M16e Hokutofuji (10-4) tsukiotoshi M10e Chiyomaru (5-9) 04.1s M8e Chiyoshoma (4-10) abisetaoshi M10w Nishikigi (6-8) 02.5s M11e Aoiyama (8-6) hatakikomi M8w Kyokutaisei (5-9) 05.8s M11w Onosho (9-5) hikiotoshi M7e Takarafuji (6-8) 02.6s M7w Daieisho (6-8) hatakikomi M15e Ishiura (6-8) 03.2s M13w Asanoyama (11-3) oshidashi M6e Endo (8-6) 01.7s M5e Daishomaru (5-9) oshidashi M14e Kotoeko (3-11) 07.5s M5w Yoshikaze (1-13) yoritaoshi M16w Meisei (5-9) 04.2s M9e Myogiryu (9-5) sukuinage M4e Kaisei (8-6) 07.7s M3w Takakeisho (9-5) oshidashi M2e Ikioi (8-6) 05.1s M3e Abi (5-9) tsukidashi M1e Shodai (5-9) 06.4s M6w Chiyotairyu (9-5) yorikiri K1e Tamawashi (8-6) 09.3s M4w Kagayaki (6-8) oshidashi K1w Shohozan (3-11) 08.3s S1w Mitakeumi (13-1) yorikiri M13e Tochiozan (9-5) 08.6s S1e Ichinojo (7-7) hikiotoshi O1e Goeido (9-5) 03.3s M9w Yutakayama (11-3) oshidashi O1w Takayasu (9-5)
  5. 2 points
    YES! Jokoryu won! Akua and Iridori lost. 3 Juryo going down. Jokoryu is back in Juryo!!!!!!
  6. 2 points
    An Ozeki that can get 10 wins in 95% of tournaments usually is called a Yokozuna. Might take a while in some cases (Kisenosato, Musashimaru), but that's what'll happen if they keep at it.
  7. 2 points
    13-1: Mitakeumi 11-3: Asanoyama, Yutakayama 10-4: Hokotofuji 9-5: Onosho, Takakeisho This is the current basho but it is also the future. Get used to seeing something like this at the top of the leaderboard over the next few years (hopefully Shodai can sort him self out and join these guys)
  8. 2 points
    Yoshikaze's shisho Oguruma oyakata gave us some insight as to Yoshikaze's condition since he was in the announcer's box for day 14. Yoshikaze does have an injury which he asked Oguruma not to disclose, and has kept telling Oguruma he will gambarize to the end. As Yoshikaze won, the NHK announcer made the comment that the crowd was cheering as if Yoshikaze had won the yusho. After the match he mentioned how touched he was by the crowds cheering for him no matter how bleak it looked for him, and he was also grateful to Oguruma and the okami san for their encouragement.
  9. 2 points
    Just ran into this thread. To clarify, apparently the Futagodake-Mienoumi video linked above is heavily cut. According to Atsuo Tsubota's site (one of the more prominent places of info in the "old days"), the match did in fact go through the usual "first restart from same position, second restart from tachiai" progression, and lasted a total of 12 minutes 59 seconds before they abandoned it as a draw.
  10. 2 points
    Asian Sumo Championships Men's lightweight champion: Munkhbayar Galbadrakh (Mongolia) Men's middleweight champion: Miwa Hayato (Japan, Nittaidai grad, runner-up at the 2017 All-Japan tournament) Men's heavyweight champion: Seira Shiroyama (Toyo 3rd-year, 2017 Kokutai champion and 2-time high school yokozuna) Men's openweight champion: Tomohiro Saigo (Nichidai grad, 2016 Kokutai champion and 2017 amateur yokozuna) The openweight winner is incorrectly listed on-screen as a competitor from Hong Kong. And, not to belabour a negative point, but so many of the competitors look clueless. The toughest amateur competitions in the world are by far the Japanese national ones, just vastly more depth to the competition in those.
  11. 1 point
    Interesting match between Mitoryu and Aminishiki. How do you play mind games and tricks on somebody who is clueless? Mitoryu won.
  12. 1 point
    July 2018 Jakusotsu (Y1E 4-11) Y1 Kuroimori (Y1W 6-9) Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Y2 YO Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Gernobono (O1E 5-10) O1 chishafuwaku (S1E 6-9) S1 shimodahito (S1W 1-13-1) Ryoshishokunin (K1E 5-8-2) K1 orandashoho (K1W 4-10-1)Andonishiki (M1E 6-8-1) M1 Tenshinhan (M1W 6-9) Atenzan (M2E Kosho) M2 Profomisakari (M2W 3-12)WAKATAKE (M3E 0-15) M3 Jejima (M3W 5-10) The Kyokai (M4E 0-15) M4 Mae-zumo Umizoi (mz 4-10-1) KK line: 5-10 OQ line: 7-8 Yusho: Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Jun-Yusho: Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Shukunsho: Gurowake, Sakura, chishafuwaku, Tenshinhan Kantosho: Gurowake, Sakura Ginosho: chishafuwaku ************************************************************************ New banzuke for September 2018 Sakura (YO-W 10-5) Y1 Gurowake (Y2E 10-5) Kuroimori (Y1W 6-9) Y2 YO Jakusotsu (Y1E 4-11) Gernobono (O1E 5-10) O1 chishafuwaku (S1E 6-9) S1 Ryoshishokunin (K1E 5-8-2) Andonishiki (M1E 6-8-1) K1 Tenshinhan (M1W 6-9) orandashoho (K1W 4-10-1) M1 Jejima (M3W 5-10) Atenzan (M2E Kosho) M2 shimodahito (S1W 1-13-1)Profomisakari (M2W 3-12) M3 WAKATAKE (M3E 0-15) The Kyokai (M4E 0-15) M4 Umizoi (mz 4-10-1) Comments: Yokozunas Sakura and Gurowake are to be commended on upholding the rank of Yokozuna. We hope to see these two battling for the yusho again in September. Yokozuna Kuroimori did not quite manage to get the OQ line - and it is hoped that he will strive just that little extra bit harder in Septemeber. Yokozuna Jakusotsu ended up MK. It is strongly hoped (nay, strongly insisted) that he regains his form of old, and comes back with good GKA sumo in September. Sekiwake chishafuwaku will be considered for promotion to Ozeki with a yusho in September. Just in case I forget again... The current way for calculating the KK line is to take the average score of players that have entered picks for at least ten days of the basho - but excludes the score of 'The Kyokai' and any mae-zumo players, and then round it to the nearest whole number. The OQ line is calculated by doing the above, and then multiplying by 1.3333, and again rounded to the nearest whole number.
  13. 1 point
    I’m fairly sure that the best coaches advise the athletes under their tutelage to work on their weaknesses. I think it’s pretty much the norm across the sports world. Working only on strengths is what amateurs do. I’m not buying this claim that sumo is different. I often read about rikishi working on certain skills. Kisenosato has been trying post-injury to develop his areas of vulnerability and one reason Tochinoshin lost so many bouts in keiko before Nagoya was because he was evidently trying new things. Goeido hammered him, by doing what he can already do – hard and fast tachiai. Smart, determined athletes know not to rest on their laurels but to constantly look for areas to improve.
  14. 1 point
    You could always enter GTB and bet two points on it.
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  16. 1 point
    Tochinoshin M1e 4-11 M6w 9-6 M3w 14-1 Y S1w 10-5 S1e 13-2 J Mitakeumi S1e 9-6 S1e 8-7 S1e 7-8 K1e 9-6 S1w 13-2/14-1 Y If Mitakeumi gets 12+ wins next basho, it will be hard not to promote him, even with 11, if he gets no. 14 tomorrow. 33 straight wins from sanyaku is what they say and he is in sanyaku permanently since 2017.03. He became komusubi for he first time, dropped to M1w, had a strong comeback and never looked back since then. Yes, no meetups with yokozuna this basho, but his other bouts show he is ready. His main problem were the maegashira he lost to, but this basho he handled them easily, like a Y/O should do. His skills improve rapidly, especially his belt sumo. And i think this is the key. The more "complete" he gets, the closer the top-end of the bazuke gets. This man has 4 MK (one due to injury) since entering makuuchi, opposed to 13 KK. Over his career it is 17-4 in favor of the KK. He IS the future. Barring injury, ozeki in november, yokozuna latest early 2020.
  17. 1 point
    Either Kazuma or Kazuki, the latter being 1 year older and currently in his final year at high school
  18. 1 point
    And besides, the only thing Houston is known for is having a problem.
  19. 1 point
    The Kyokai has confirmed the full schedule for this jungyo - 24 events in total. October 3rd - Ota ward, Tokyo October 4th - Ota, Gunma October 5th - Ashikaga, Tochigi October 6th - Saitama, Saitama October 7th - Chiba, Chiba October 8th - Minamiashigara, Kanagawa October 9th - Higashiizu, Shizuoka October 10th - Kofu, Yamanashi October 11th - Kasugai, Aichi October 12th - Yokkaichi, Mie October 13th - Toyota, Aichi October 14th - Kanazawa, Ishikawa October 16th - Izumisano, Osaka October 17th - Kyoto, Kyoto October 18th - Ikeda, Osaka October 19th - Kurayoshi, Tottori October 20th - Soja, Okayama October 21st - Takamatsu, Kagawa October 23rd - Anan, Tokushima October 24th - Kochi, Kochi October 25th - Matsuyama, Ehime October 26th - Kure, Hiroshima October 27th - Hiroshima, Hiroshima October 28th - Shunan, Yamaguchi
  20. 1 point
    Quick male juniors rundown from the stream, for those who don't want to search through it (and the results given on-screen aren't all correct) Japan won junior men's team gold, with a trio of Daisuke Saito (Saitama Sakae third-year), Hidetora Hanada (Wakayama Commercial High School second-year), and something Kawabuchi (Kanazawa Gakuin High). They beat Mongolia 2-1 in the final (Kawabuchi lost the third match), although the stream incorrectly lists Mongolia as finishing 1st. Two of the members of the Mongolian team I recognize from high school sumo in Japan: Temulin? (best 16 at the 2017 interhigh and best 8 at the 2018 Kanazawa tournament) and Daraibaatoru (best 4 at the Kochi tournament). As for individual competition, Hanada won the openweight and Saito won heavyweight. At middleweight, a Russian (who looks Mongolian) defeated a Japanese competitor (Yuki Daesei?), although the stream incorrectly lists the winner as the Japanese representative. Lightweight was won by a Hungarian given as Richard Vegh. Perhaps predictably, many of the competitors outside the Mongolian and Japanese teams looked pretty clueless.
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  22. 1 point
    The game is finished. The decision was made with the last Torikumi. It says that on Senshuraku are no more bouts from Aojima's list. Five bouts did not take place and were X bouts. Seven players voted X picks for these bouts, Asojima, Tsubane and Flohru each two. So we have the following Final Result Table: Rk Player Pts TB 1 Asojima 12 124 2 Tsubame 9 65 3 Raeucherlax 9 94 4 Benihana 9 109 5 Wakatake 8 77 6 Gurowake 8 86 7 Flohru 8 91 8 Holleshoryu 8 91 9 Terarno 8 92 10 Chisaiyama 8 96 11 Tenshinhan 8 103 12 Chishafuwaku 8 108 13 Sakura 7 79 14 Tochinofuji 7 86 15 ScreechingOwl 7 88 16 Kuroimori 6 60 17 Inhashi 6 69 18 Susanoo 6 88 19 Mmikasazuma 5 56 20 Shimodahito 5 58 21 Shatsume 5 73 22 Fujisan 5 79 23 Profomisakari 4 53 24 Pandaazuma 4 57 25 Chankomafuji 4 60 As we see we have finally a very clear winner: Great Congratulations, A s o j i m a ! Tsubame jumped with his two X points to place 2 before Raeucherlax and Benihana. The places nearly the red lamp are as yesterday. It’s a pity! But it is a game! Let us you all invite for a fine 21 game in September Profomisakari
  23. 1 point
    Final results: Both leaders had the right idea for Senshuraku, and due to tie-breakers (for getting Takarafuji right on day 13) Shin-Yokozuna Sakura wins her back-to-back-to-back yusho - outstanding! Personally I found this basho quite hard to predict (and will reflect deeply in my corner of yokozuna shame), but at least we managed to keep The Kyokai at bay for the first time since Aki 2016! Sakura (10-5) Gurowake (10-5) kuroimori (6-9) chishafuwaku (6-9) Tenshinhan (6-9) Andonishiki (6-8-1) Gernobono (5-10) Jejima (5-10) Ryoshishokunin (5-8-2) Jakusotsu (4-11) orandashoho (4-10-1) Umizoi (4-10-1) Profomisakari (3-12) shimodahito (1-13-1) WAKATAKE (0-15) The Kyokai (0-15) Atenzan (kosho) Takakeisho's aites: 1. Kaisei, 2. Kagayaki, 3. Mitakeumi, 4. Daishomaru, 5. Tamawashi (Takayasu), 6. Takayasu, 7. Goeido, 8. Ichinojo, 9. Yoshikaze, 10. Abi, 11. Endo, 12. Chiyotairyu, 13. Takarafuji, 14. Ikioi, 15. Asanoyama Yusho: Sakura (10-5) Shukunsho: Gurowake 3 Sakura 3 chishafuwaku 3 Tenshinhan 3 Kantosho: Gurowake 2 Sakura 2 Jejima 3 Gernobono 4 chishafuwaku 4 Andonishiki 4 Ginosho: chishafuwaku 6 Sakura 3 Jejima 3 Jakusotsu 2 Gurowake 2 Gernobono 1 shimodahito 1 orandashoho 1
  24. 1 point
    Wakaichiro won and got his KK, 4-3. Congrats to him!
  25. 1 point
    Day 13 (results, text-only results): Yusho arasoi: 12-1 Sw Mitakeumi 11-2 --- 10-3 M9w Yutakayama, M13w Asanoyama 3-3-7 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 3-1-9 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 9-4 Goeido O1 Takayasu 9-4 O2 Tochinoshin 5-2-6 Already-KK Takayasu probably surprised a few people with his high degree of motivation today, including opponent Endo whom he easily dismissed from the dohyo, and watching it live I was already expecting this day to be "the ozeki strike back" - but Mitakeumi was having none of that, not even after Goeido tried some tachiai shenanigans to break his concentration. So, the sekiwake remains two wins clear for the yusho with two days to go, and has assured himself at minimum a playoff appearance. The list of contenders was reduced from four to two with Goeido's departure from the race, along with the outcome of the pursuers' meeting between Yutakayama and Tochiozan. Yutakayama continued his excellent basho and won their match decisively. Asanoyama is the second remaining chaser after defeating Myogiryu in a very spirited bout by both. The duel for the second Aki basho sekiwake slot heated up courtesy of incumbent Ichinojo dropping to 6-7 against Chiyotairyu while komusubi Tamawashi secured his KK at Kaisei's expense. Ikioi lucked into a default win over elbow-injured Chiyonokuni, is kachikoshi now as well, and took over the lead in the sanyaku promotion race, as Takakeisho (against clever Takarafuji) joined Kaisei in the loss column today. Things remain wide open here, and the possibility of Ichinojo going 6-9 to drop straight to maegashira might get lower-ranked Endo and Chiyotairyu back into the mix, possibly even Yutakayama from way down. 6-7 Ichinojo S Mitakeumi 12-1 8-5 Tamawashi K Shohozan 3-10 (x) M1 8-5 Ikioi M2 Chiyonokuni 6-7 (x) M3 Takakeisho 8-5 8-5 Kaisei M4 M5 8-5 Endo M6 Chiyotairyu 8-5 M7 M8 (x) 8-5 Myogiryu M9 Yutakayama 10-3 The Day 14 matches were set prior to today's action as usual, and perhaps they might regret their matching-up decisions a bit now: Mitakeumi's final maegashira opponent has been determined as Tochiozan (M13e 9-4) who is no longer in the race, while Asanoyama (M13w 10-3) goes against Endo and the other 10-3 Yutakayama faces ozeki Takayasu. That being said, Tochiozan is certainly by far the most experienced of the three so perhaps he's the right choice anyway. Ichinojo's sekiwake survival will be at stake in the day's sanyaku matchup with Goeido, while Ikioi and Takakeisho are paired up among the komusubi hopefuls. If Ikioi wins he might well be securing his promotion right there. Okinoumi and Chiyoshoma appeared overmatched against higher-ranked opponents Kagayaki and Shodai today, and both continue to require one more win for safety. Kotoeko lost for the 10th time and is now certain to be headed back to juryo, joining Meisei who continues to dress up his record a bit, now with 3 wins in his last 4 bouts. Yoshikaze looked to be in somewhat better spirits than on most previous days, but it still wasn't to be and he dropped to 0-13 when Abi escorted him out of the ring. The day also saw a revitalized Arawashi who had no trouble with Chiyomaru, as well as Ishiura executing some smart sumo in beating Kyokutaisei. Ryuden was successful against Daieisho, coming back from the brink of defeat, and should be safe by the numbers now, however... ...he's currently still in position to end up as the third-worst maegashira if things go completely against him on the final two days, and we do have three credible promotion candidates in juryo now after Kotoyuki earned win #9 against Chiyonoumi today. So, question mark for Ryuden for now. Aminishiki maintained his own hopes for yet another return to the top division; he is kachikoshi now with a shiroboshi over bottom-ranked debutant Churanoumi. Akiseyama, on the other hand, has fallen out of the race with makekoshi, ending his revival at 5 straight wins after the opening 0-7 series. Four rikishi remain in with a shout for possible lucky promotions if they can win their remaining two bouts, although it's now looking unlikely that enough spots will be opening up. M5 Yoshikaze 0-13 (2) ... (1) 3-10 Chiyoshoma M8 ... M12 Arawashi 4-9 (2) M13 (x) 3-10 Kotoeko M14 Okinoumi 6-7 (1) (1) 6-7 Ishiura M15 Ryuden 7-6 (?) M16 Meisei 5-8 (x) J1 Akiseyama 5-8 (x) (~) 6-7 Daiamami J2 Takagenji 6-7 (~) (o) 9-4 Kotoyuki J3 Takanoiwa 12-1 (o) (o) 11-2 Takanosho J4 Aminishiki 8-5 (2) (~) 7-6 Daishoho J5 Hidenoumi 7-6 (~) Okinoumi-Arawashi has been scheduled for tomorrow, which will either leave Okinoumi safe and Arawashi demotable, or both entering senshuraku on the bubble. Yoshikaze meets lowest-ranked Meisei. Churanoumi's loss against Aminishiki means that his last remaining survival hopes are now toast. Kizenryu can perhaps still make some magic happen after today's hard-fought win over Daishoho. (It would only be appropriate if he enjoyed some banzuke luck in juryo for once, considering his very first basho ended in one of the very few unusually large demotions we've seen over the past 20 years.) Not much action in high makushita as mentioned yesterday. Hakuyozan did secure the 7-0 yusho against recent sekitori Takayoshitoshi; he's the first one to win the title from the top rank since Oniarashi back in Hatsu 2013, and depending on how the banzuke shakes out he might find himself up at a single-digit rank for Aki, high enough to avoid major demotion headaches. (x) kyujo Sokokurai J10 J11 J12 (~) 4-9 Kizenryu J13 (x) 3-10 Homarefuji J14 Churanoumi 4-9 (x) (o) 7-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 3-3 Gokushindo Ms2 Enho 5-1 (o) Ms3 Kiribayama 3-3 Ms4 3-3 Jokoryu Ms5 Akua 4-2 Ms6 Irodori 4-2 Ms7 Toyonoshima 4-2 Chiyonokuni's Day 13 withdrawal demonstrates why it's always required to "reserve" at least two makushita rikishi for weekend fill-in duty even if there's no projected need for them. We're now back to an odd number of active sekitori for Days 14 and 15 (barring another kyujo), so at least one visitor will be going up each day. For Day 14 it's Kiribayama - after facing J12e Wakatakakage in his most recent match, he's meeting J12w Chiyonoumi (7-6) this time, with the winner clinching his kachikoshi. Could have been easier for the talented Mongolian... And again there's not much relevant makushita action for the day. Aside from Kiribayama, the schedule only includes Enho's final match (against ex-juryo Ms13e Daiseido), but that won't have any effect on the promotion race, of course. Given the already plentiful number of demotable juryo rikishi, my guess is that Akua will be making up the juryo numbers on senshuraku, while Gokushindo and Jokoryu will have their KK/MK decider against each other in makushita. Can Gokushindo break out of his year-long 6-1 -> 3-4 alternating pattern? Last not least, the final pairings for the two possible lucky contenders should be Irodori vs Ms9e Tamaki, and Toyonoshima vs Ms12w Shiba.