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  1. 5 points
    Clearly? Really? If it were an issue, the papers would have been full of it. It wasn't and they weren't. As usual, we are the ones full of it. It was a rarity and as such, treated as a rarity, with varied opinions on how Kounosuke handled it. Nothing was clear. Everyone was confused. You're sending him out to pasture for that? Come on, man.
  2. 3 points
    Day 8 03.1s M15w Daishoho (2-6) yorikiri M13e Chiyomaru (5-3) 02.7s M12w Takanosho (4-4) yorikiri M15e Daishomaru (3-5) 19.7s M11e Ishiura (4-4) mitokorozeme M14w Nishikigi (2-6) 00.6s M11w Chiyotairyu (5-3) hatakikomi M10e Shimanoumi (3-5) 02.2s M14e Terutsuyoshi (4-4) oshidashi M10w Shodai (5-3) 05.5s M13w Kagayaki (6-2) yorikiri M9e Kotoshogiku (2-6) 07.3s M7e Tsurugisho (5-3) oshidashi M8w Sadanoumi (5-3) 01.8s M7w Kotoeko (3-5) tsukiotoshi M6e Onosho (4-4) 18.9s M9w Yutakayama (5-3) hatakikomi M6w Enho (4-4) 00.9s M8e Shohozan (5-3) tsukiotoshi M5w Ryuden (3-5) 06.6s M4w Kotoyuki (4-4) oshidashi M2e Myogiryu (3-5) 03.6s M1e Daieisho (5-3) oshidashi M1w Okinoumi (2-6) 18.3s K1w Endo (4-4) oshidashi K2e Hokutofuji (4-4) 03.7s K2w Asanoyama (6-2) oshidashi K1e Abi (4-4) 16.5s S1e Mitakeumi (4-4) yorikiri M5e Aoiyama (4-4) 04.2s O2e Takakeisho (5-3) oshidashi M2w Meisei (4-4) -------- M3e Takarafuji (4-4) fusen O1w Takayasu (3-5) 05.5s Y1w Hakuho (7-1) yorikiri M4e Tamawashi (4-4)
  3. 2 points
    Day 9 16.6s J2e Tochiozan (6-3) oshidashi M15e Daishomaru (3-6) 03.5s M14e Terutsuyoshi (5-4) oshidashi M11e Ishiura (4-5) 03.1s M10w Shodai (6-3) yorikiri M15w Daishoho (2-7) 15.2s M13w Kagayaki (7-2) oshidashi M10e Shimanoumi (3-6) 02.9s M12w Takanosho (5-4) yorikiri M9w Yutakayama (5-4) 02.6s M8w Sadanoumi (6-3) okuritaoshi M11w Chiyotairyu (5-4) 10.4s M7w Kotoeko (4-5) yorikiri M14w Nishikigi (2-7) 02.6s M13e Chiyomaru (6-3) tsukidashi M7e Tsurugisho (5-4) 08.0s M6w Enho (5-4) hikkake M9e Kotoshogiku (2-7) 11.7s M8e Shohozan (6-3) uwatenage M6e Onosho (4-5) 03.2s M5e Aoiyama (5-4) katasukashi M3e Takarafuji (4-5) 03.2s M2w Meisei (5-4) tsukiotoshi M2e Myogiryu (3-6) 04.6s K2w Asanoyama (7-2) hatakikomi M1e Daieisho (5-4) 14.3s M1w Okinoumi (3-6) uwatenage K1w Endo (4-5) 03.1s K1e Abi (5-4) tsukidashi M5w Ryuden (3-6) 04.5s S1e Mitakeumi (5-4) yorikiri M4e Tamawashi (4-5) 12.4s O2e Takakeisho (6-3) tsukiotoshi K2e Hokutofuji (4-5) 02.7s Y1w Hakuho (8-1) hikiotoshi M4w Kotoyuki (4-5)
  4. 2 points
    Day 9 (results, text-only results) 8-1 Yw Hakuho 7-2 K2w Asanoyama, M13w Kagayaki 6-3 O2e Takakeisho, M8e Shohozan, M8w Sadanoumi, M10w Shodai, M13e Chiyomaru No changes atop the yusho race, where leader Hakuho didn't see much of a challenge by Kotoyuki in his first yokozuna match in over three years. Both pursuers kept up the pace, with Asanoyama overcoming a majorly bad head-to-head history against Daieisho, while the 5-3 group was just about cut in half and shrunk from 9 to 5 contenders. Ozeki Takakeisho prevailed in a spirited matchup with komusubi Hokutofuji and took a big step towards kachikoshi today. Mitakeumi also performed well against Tamawashi to notch his 12th straight win against this aite, improving his ozeki run extension chances. Abi also moved up to 5-4 against Ryuden and can increasingly hope to retain his sanyaku slot again, while Endo was sent to 4-5 by Okinoumi. Daieisho's promotion chances took a hit against Asanoyama, but he's still on course to KK. 0-1-8 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 8-1 0-2-7 Goeido O1 Takayasu 3-5-1 6-3 Takakeisho O2 5-4 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 2-3-4 5-4 Abi K1 Endo 4-5 4-5 Hokutofuji K2 Asanoyama 7-2 5-4 Daieisho M1 Okinoumi 3-6 3-6 Myogiryu M2 Meisei 5-4 4-5 Takarafuji M3 4-5 Tamawashi M4 Kotoyuki 4-5 5-4 Aoiyama M5 Ryuden 3-6 4-5 Onosho M6 Enho 5-4 5-4 Tsurugisho M7 Kotoeko 4-5 6-3 Shohozan M8 Sadanoumi 6-3 M9 Yutakayama 5-4 M10 Shodai 6-3 M11 Chiyotairyu 5-4 (x) M12 M13 Kagayaki 7-2 Kotoeko, Chiyomaru and Kagayaki are the first demotion candidates to be out of the woods following today's victories over Nishikigi, Tsurugisho and Shimanoumi respectively. It's getting rather dicey now for Nishikigi with six straight losses - he's lucky that he's still as high as M14w after back-to-back 6-9's only dropped him by 3 ranks combined, and that same 6-9 record should be the absolute minimum he'll need to survive yet again. Some two years ago it was almost absurd how many close calls he had in avoiding demotions; it remains to be seen if he'll make it similarly suspenseful again. Daishoho has arguably looked the worst of everybody in low makuuchi, making his 2-7 record well deserved. Today's schedule added a loss to Shodai to that tally. Fellow low-ranker Daishomaru also lost but gave a good account of himself against visiting juryo Tochiozan. (However, that bout may have said more about how much Tochiozan has deteriorated...) Azumaryu moved into the prime position of the juryo promotion queue with victory over Daiamami, profiting from Ikioi's loss against Kotonowaka. The J5 contending pair Kaisei and Kiribayama were both defeated and their task has become a bit harder now at 6-3. M3 Tomokaze 0-3-6 (~) ... M7 Kotoeko 4-5 (o) M8 (2) 2-7 Kotoshogiku M9 (2) 3-6 Shimanoumi M10 (1) 4-5 Ishiura M11 Chiyotairyu 5-4 (1) (x) kyujo Ichinojo M12 Takanosho 5-4 (1) (o) 6-3 Chiyomaru M13 Kagayaki 7-2 (o) (2) 5-4 Terutsuyoshi M14 Nishikigi 2-7 (5) (4) 3-6 Daishomaru M15 Daishoho 2-7 (6) (4) 4-1-4 Wakatakakage M16 --- (2) 6-3 Azumaryu J1 Tokushoryu 3-6 (5) (3) 6-3 Tochiozan J2 Yago 1-8 (x) (2) 7-2 Ikioi J3 Chiyoshoma 4-5 (5) (5) 5-4 Hidenoumi J4 Daiamami 2-7 (x) (4) 6-3 Kaisei J5 Kiribayama 6-3 (4) J6 (5) 6-3 Kyokutaisei J7 Kotonowaka 7-2 (4) J8 Toyonoshima 5-4 (~) J9 Mitoryu 7-2 (5) J10 Kizakiumi 8-1 (5) Hapless duo Yago and Takagenji were matched up today and proceeded to have something resembling a standard yotsu battle, eventually won by the less mobility-deficient rikishi, i.e. Takagenji. As the only other close-to-safety candidate Daiamami was defeated as well, there are no newly safe rikishi here today. Yago and Daiamami will have company on the watchlist for tomorrow after Sokokurai (looking good against Kaisei) and Akua (very entertaining back-and-forth with Kyokushuho) improved their records to just one win away from survival. Conversely it's now getting very late for Gagamaru who fell to makekoshi with his 6th straight loss and can't afford any more of 'em. Second-most endangered Akiseyama had a bit of a surprising win over fellow veteran Toyonoshima, but much work remains to be done. He did for now catch up with Wakamotoharu who picked up his 5th loss in a row, today against Hidenoumi in the day's juryo match with the largest rank difference. The first makushita promotion zone kachikoshi has been achieved, and it's been done by quite possibly the least likely pre-basho candidate in 33-year-old Mongolian Sakigake, five years removed from his last juryo stint and at his highest rank in over three years. I don't have the data handy right now, but he could well be on course for one of the longest-time-coming juryo returns ever if he does make it. Another 3-1 kachikoshi candidate was unable to come through, however, as Chiyonokuni was defeated by Ms7w Shiba in their KK decider. Only one pair of top 5-ranked rikishi were matched up for this round of bouts, with Asagyokusei prevailing over Churanoumi. Chiyonoo avoided makekoshi for now, sending last basho's demotee Seiro to MK instead, while Daiseido has exited the promotion race with his fourth loss. J2 Yago 1-8 (1) J3 J4 Daiamami 2-7 (1) J5 (2) 2-7 Takagenji J6 Ichiyamamoto 0-2-7 (4) J7 (2) 3-6 Kyokushuho J8 (1) 4-5 Sokokurai J9 (2) 4-5 Tobizaru J10 (3) 3-6 Kaisho J11 Wakamotoharu 2-7 (4) (1) 6-3 Akua J12 Gagamaru 1-8 (6) (2) 5-4 Kotoshoho J13 Hoshoryu 5-4 (2) (4) 4-5 Akiseyama J14 Irodori 5-4 (3) 2-3 Churanoumi Ms1 Chiyootori 3-2 3-2 Asagyokusei Ms2 Chiyonokuni 3-2 4-1 Sakigake Ms3 3-1 Tsukahara Ms4 Daiseido 1-4 (x) 2-3 Chiyonoo Ms5 ... Ms10 Terunofuji 5-0 Ms11 5-0 Midorifuji Ms12 The mess with Takayasu's late withdrawal back on Day 8 has resulted in an extremely unusual bit of scheduling - Tsukahara, who was in line for a juryo visit on Day 9 before the schedule had to be revised, will now be getting that match tomorrow. It's customary that a makushita rikishi going to juryo on the second day of a two-day match block (e.g. Day 9/10) will have already had a regular makushita bout on the first day, but that's not the case with Tsukahara. In all the match data going back to 1989 I can only find two other cases like that: Back in 1996, a Day 2 visit without a corresponding Day 1 match, and another Day 9/10 case from 2003. (Neither case offers any real clue as to how these situations came about...) In any case, in order to accommodate Tsukahara's emergency juryo appearance they've also had to give a juryo bout to Churanoumi. It's been more than two years since we last saw two simultaneous visiting rikishi on any day before the 7th round of matches (Days 13 to 15). On a final note, Gagamaru's potentially career-ending match will be against Kyokushuho tomorrow. ----- Juryo yusho race: 8-1 J10w Kizakiumi 7-2 J3e Ikioi, J7w Kotonowaka, J9w Mitoryu 6-3 J1e Azumaryu, J2e Tochiozan, J5e Kaisei, J5w Kiribayama, J7e Kyokutaisei, J12e Akua Wash my mouth out with soap, so much for Ikioi's frontrunner status. It almost looked as though he underestimated Kotonowaka a bit, although that doesn't detract from the youngster's success here. Kizakiumi appears to have Hoshoryu's number and defeated him for the fourth time in four meetings, so this might have been a most welcome matchup for him, with kachikoshi and the yusho lead on the line no less. Besides Kotonowaka only one more 6-2 rikishi was successful on Day 9; Mitoryu is 7-2 for the second time in his two years in juryo. (The previous one ended with him unable to complete the basho...) Kaisei, Kiribayama and Kyokutaisei all had to yield to their opponents and suffered a setback not only in the yusho competition but also for their promotion hopes. Tomorrow's matches for the contending rikishi: J10w Kizakiumi (8-1) - J7e Kyokutaisei (6-3) J3e Ikioi (7-2) - J4w Daiamami (2-7) J7w Kotonowaka (7-2) - J14w Irodori (5-4) J9w Mitoryu (7-2) - J13w Hoshoryu (5-4) J2e Tochiozan (6-3) - J5w Kiribayama (6-3) J1e Azumaryu (6-3) - J5e Kaisei (6-3) J12e Akua (6-3) - J10e Tobizaru (4-5)
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  6. 1 point
    The bout between Takakeisho and Hokutofuji was definitely an all out, full contact affair, with Takakeisho's bloody nose being prime evidence. I was happy to see that Takakeisho finally brought back his sideways swipe, something that had been missing in the first half of this tournament. The way he set it up, however, may not be something he will want to do on a regular basis. The two Saitama Sakai alums really locked horns. When there was a brief separation, the shorter Takakeisho decided to deliver a vicious left hand slap, which I felt on the other side of the planet. Hokutofuji was understandably taken aback, and it appeared that he attempted a retaliatory headbutt. However, that proved to be a bad decision, since pushing forward with the headbutt left him vulnerable to the deflection or swipe that Takakeisho had used so effectively in the past. ... And fly off the ring Hokutofuji did. That's how I saw it go down, anyway.
  7. 1 point
    Just for the record: two players submitted their day nine entry in Sekitoto based on the (revised) first version of the torikumi. Andrasoyamawaka picked Takayasu but at least has a regular result with 17-13-1 while Dan Koloff (picking Tsukahara) produced a complete blank at 0-31. In Turn The Tide, Okamnoitamashi managed to (illegally) pick 4-4 Mitakeumi, resulting in a kinboshi. Should he remain in the lead for the shukun-sho, I'll have to virtually deduct one point. Dunno if anything else was affected...
  8. 1 point
    It's one thing to spur on the slackers like Konosuke does (which still tends to annoy me), but stopping a perfect tachiai like Tsurugisho's and Chiyomaru's by calling matta is ridiculous, to say the least.
  9. 1 point
    Day 9: Top 10 Oracle: 1. pandaazuma 569 2. Sakura 567 3. Choshu-yuki 565 4. Gansekiiwa 564 5. Golynohana 563 5. Tsuchinoninjin 563 7. Asashosakari 562 7. chishafuwaku 562 7. Frinkanohana 562 7. Ganzohnesushi 562 7. Ryoshishokunin 562 Kyushu Masters: All sumo gamers know that feeling. The basho starts splendidly, but at some time during the tournament things slowly begin to fall apart. Somehow one starts to suck in daily gaming, and while the pre-basho games had such a wonderful start, there is a slow, but steady decline. Over the last two days, things must have felt that way for Pandaazuma - he didn't know how to respond to all that unpredictable stuff in the daily scene, and while he dominated pre-basho gaming, he slowly moved down in all of them. Yay, mid-basho blues... So how can you turn around these things? More effort in daily games? Well, the Panda invented a new strategy, and that is simply improving one's standings in pre-basho games. You might retort that there is no way to deliberately improve your standings in pre-basho games during the basho - but for whatever reasons Pandaazuma can do this with a snip of his fingers. Early on, he was leading in Juryo Game and Oracle, for example. But a couple of shoddy days, and he found himself dropping to a four-way tie for 3rd in Juryo Game, and he even slipped down that slippery road of Oracle mediocrity down to 5th place. And his response? Simply getting back into the lead in both games! It's as simple as defying gravity! And so, the hope for mortal players to capitalize on the Panda's mini slump lasted for an entire day... 1. Pandaazuma 76.86 (leads in Juryo Game, Oracle, and UDH; 3rd in Odd Sumo) 2. Ganzohnesushi 72.12 (co-leads in Bench Sumo; 3rd in RotoSumo) 3. chishafuwaku 56.88 (leads in Odd Sumo; jun-yusho in GTB; tied for 2nd in Juryo Game) 4. ScreechingOwl 44.58 (leads in Quad and Toto; 2nd in Tippspiel) 5. DeRosa 44.50 (leads in Norizo Cup and Sumo Game) 6. Susanoo 44.32 (leads in OBG; 3rd in Hoshitori Game) 7. Taka 41.88 (2nd in RotoSumo; tied jun-yusho in Chaingang) 8. Konosato 38.25 (2nd in Hoshitori Game; tied for 2nd in TTT; 3rd in UDH) 9. Norizo 36.38 (leads in RotoSumo; 2nd in Quad) 10. Tsuchinoninjin 35.50 (leads in Hoshitori Game; 2nd in SCS) World Championship Standings: The Panda (309.14) added another 25 points to his tally as if this were nothing, and continues to astound an awestruck audience. Haidouzo (218.95) is improving his score ever so slightly. Ganzohnesushi (198.04) dipped below the 200 mark, but remains in 3rd place. chishafuwaku (183.32) continued to dance the 200 points limbo: ever since Day 3, he was above 200 on even days, and below on odd days. However, today he took quite a dive (-18 points) and has to stretch in order to stay in pattern for tomorrow. Norizo (177.99) stays firmly in fifth place. The GoGo duet of Gonzaburow (163.46) and Golynohana (162.55) continue to march in perfect synchrony - ever since day 4 they were separated by less than five points. DeRosa (157.58) defends eighth place in front of Andoreasu (154.16). Taka (146.35) added about seven points today, thus overtaking Kotononami (143.13) who lost about eight points today for the final spot among the Top 10. Currently uncharted Susanoo (142.77) and ScreechingOwl (136.33) are absolutely in contention for the Top 10 as well.
  10. 1 point
    Retirement would be way too harsh. He might've not seen this kind of tachiai in 20 years and was just trying his best to make something out of the situation. Everyone makes mistakes.
  11. 1 point
    I'm catching up to the weekend's bouts just now so apologies if I'm digging up an argument that should remain buried, but I just wanted to specify that during the post match replays, Mainoumi said that in his opinion Kounosuke was wrong to call the first matta, and he was also wrong to encourage the rikishi to smash together on the third try when they did the standing up tachiai again. So it may not really be a matter of the tachiai being disallowed, just Kounosuke being confused and failing to react in an appropriate way.
  12. 1 point
    For the record, Konosuke has been mixing up his wardrobe ever since he got promoted to sanyaku In January of this year.
  13. 1 point
    Far be it from me to insert myself as a newbie, but I feel like you guys reached "agree to disagree" quite a while ago and now we're way off topic.
  14. 0 points
    Unfortunately it looks like another injury setback for Masunoyama, he suffered a left leg (perhaps knee) injury at the end of his bout against Dewanojo yesterday, he tries to shake it off but eventually has to stop halfway down the hanamichi. Fusenpai today.