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  1. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I wonder if he thinks that Hakuho should be demoted from ozeki now after missing two straight tournaments.
  2. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    After the mess caused in one of Harumafuji's matches a little while ago, I really don't think it's a particularly good idea for a shimpan to interrupt a bout based on an inconclusive step-out. I have no idea if any of them actually noticed Tochinoshin's foot outside in real time, but if they did then it was the right call to let the match continue.
  3. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Day 11 (results, text-only results): 11-0 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho kyujo kyujo Kisenosato Y2 9-2 Takayasu O Goeido 8-3 Having shown strong yotsu-zumo already yesterday, albeit only against outclassed Chiyomaru, yokozuna Kakuryu went one better and did it again against powerful komusubi Ichinojo today to secure his first-ever 11-0 record and more importantly remain in the lead for the yusho. Pursuer Kaisei had the day off after his opponent Takakeisho withdrew from the tournament and stays one win behind, while third place is now down to ozeki Takayasu only after Ichinojo's loss. Takayasu for his part enjoyed a rather messy victory over defending champion Tochinoshin which arguably didn't do this anticipated bout justice. Fellow ozeki Goeido is kachikoshi after today, showing strong sumo in defeating Shodai for a change. However, trailing Kakuryu by three wins it looks like his role has already been reduced to that of spoiler at most, and it remains to be seen how much effort he's going to put into his last four bouts. One who can't afford to slack off is sekiwake Mitakeumi who's in a major spot of bother after dropping his fourth straight match today, three of them having come against maegashira opponents. They're sparing him Kaisei tomorrow and have put him against the default choice Shodai for his last maegashira match instead, but with Kakuryu/Takayasu/Goeido to come afterwards and at least two wins needed there, his first makekoshi in 8 tournaments is now a very real possibility, potentially even with a drop straight to the M ranks. Top-ranked maegashira Endo and Tamawashi had identical results for only the third time after Days 1 and 5, as they improved to 6-5 by defeating Takarafuji and Kotoshogiku respectively. The latter joined his withdrawn M3 counterpart Takakeisho in falling to makekoshi; it's Kotoshogiku's 5th MK in 7 tournaments since he lost his ozeki position, and barring a strong finish (probably 3-1 required) he will find himself out of the joi-jin roundrobin for the first time in 9 years next time. 5-6 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 7-4 8-3 Ichinojo K Chiyotairyu 2-9 (x) 6-5 Endo M1 Tamawashi 6-5 M2 (x) 3-8 Kotoshogiku M3 Takakeisho 3-8 (x) 6-5 Shohozan M4 Shodai 5-6 5-6 Chiyomaru M5 10-1 Kaisei M6 6-5 Abi M7 M8 (x) 6-5 Okinoumi M9 M10 M11 Yutakayama 8-3 Two matchups between sanyaku-rankers again tomorrow, this time it'll be Kakuryu-Tochinoshin and Goeido-Ichinojo. Takayasu will hope to maintain his yusho chances against Chiyomaru, and Kaisei meets sanyaku-chasing Endo. The endangered trio at M14/15 only managed one shiroboshi between them today - that one went to Sokokurai in a close (and mono-ii'ed) decision against Okinoumi, but he seemed to hurt his foot or ankle in the finish to the match, so his chances of hanging on to his top division spot might actually be worse now... Myogiryu is in big trouble after losing for the third consecutive day, this time to Asanoyama, and Nishikigi has a lot of work to do as well after Daieisho defeated him rather easily today. (But Nishikigi can at least harbour some hopes of survival at 6-9, while Myogiryu is almost assuredly too low for that and will need all three numerically prescribed wins.) Meanwhile it's now definitely curtains for both Kotoyuki and and Hidenoumi after another loss has left both of them impossible to keep in the maegashira ranks. Ryuden on the other hand ought to be safe thanks to today's victory over rather hapless-looking Yoshikaze, and Aoiyama in the last maegashira spot secured his kachikoshi and will definitely move up. The disaster day for the juryo frontrunners was already touched upon earlier, and while Takekaze's promotion hopes weren't materially affected by today's loss, it was rather worse news for Sadanoumi who had to watch the competition close in. Most importantly, Kyokutaisei finally managed to beat a top division opponent (Daiamami) after he'd previously lost two such matchups in January and two more this month, and at 6-5 he just needs to finish 2-2 to secure his makuuchi debut. Kyokushuho and Meisei stretched their winning streaks to four and are very much in the mix now as well. M5 Onosho kyujo (?) ... M9 Ryuden 4-7 (o) M10 (1) 4-7 Tochiozan M11 M12 Kotoyuki 0-10-1 (x) M13 M14 Nishikigi 4-7 (3) (2) 5-6 Sokokurai M15 Myogiryu 4-7 (3) M16 Hidenoumi 2-9 (x) (o) 8-3 Aoiyama M17 --- (2) 6-5 Kyokutaisei J1 Takekaze 8-3 (o) (4) 5-6 Aminishiki J2 Kyokushuho 6-5 (3) (3) 6-5 Meisei J3 Azumaryu 3-8 (x) (2) 8-3 Sadanoumi J4 (3) 7-4 Gagamaru J5 Terunofuji 6-5 (4) J6 Takanosho 7-4 (4) J7 (4) 8-3 Kotoeko J8 (x) 6-5 Seiro J9 Daishoho 7-4 (~) J10 Mitoryu 8-3 (~) With Takakeisho's departure there's now no need for any maegashira-juryo pairings, and as already mentioned there are a whole bunch of Day 12 matchups among the better-performing juryo rikishi, so the promotion race will likely be reconfigured significantly again. On the makuuchi side the schedule features Sokokurai against Ryuden (if he can compete...), Nishikigi versus Kagayaki, and Myogiryu meeting Chiyoshoma. It was a foregone conclusion following his withdrawal from the competition, but Takayoshitoshi is now "officially" on the way back to makushita, and so is Enho after falling to makekoshi against Shimanoumi. It was the third win in a row for the Kise-beya rikishi and his chances of staying in juryo look promising now. Takagenji and Yago were successful as well and also need just one more successful day to survive. Terutsuyoshi improved his record to 4-7 but remains the most troubled candidate among those who aren't already certain to go down. Amakaze found himself defeated for the fourth straight day against Takagenji, Tsurugisho even for the fifth against Terutsuyoshi, and their outlook is increasingly bleak. They still "only" need to finish the basho 2-2, but based on what they've shown throughout the tournament that's going to be a big ask, especially for Amakaze whose losses have largely been very one-sided. With two juryo slots now guaranteed to be available we can congratulate 22-year-old Hakuyozan on his upcoming sekitori debut. (He's turning 23 between basho so it's an excellent birthday gift to himself, to boot.) For good measure he also won his bout against Murata today to remain unbeaten and maintain his chance to be the first top-ranked makushita yusho winner since 2013. The race for slot #2 is wide open and while Wakatakakage is still the frontrunner courtesy of his Ms1 ranking, he didn't help himself today by losing to his main competitor Asabenkei. Tochihiryu defeated Ms7w Kitaharima and earned his kachikoshi, while Dewahayate fell to a henka by Chiyonoumi and now definitely needs to win his final bout to have any chance of promotion. Last not least, Akua sent Gokushindo to MK to maintain his own kachikoshi hopes, although a promotion appears to be out of reach this basho, and Tenkaiho also went makekoshi against Ms7e Kizaki. Whew, lots of action for one day. (2) 2-9 Amakaze J7 Tsurugisho 2-9 (2) J8 Homarefuji 4-7 (1) J9 (1) 5-6 Takagenji J10 (1) 5-6 Yago J11 Shimanoumi 5-6 (1) (3) 4-7 Terutsuyoshi J12 Takanoiwa 5-6 (2) (2) 5-6 Tobizaru J13 (x) 3-6-2 Takayoshitoshi J14 Enho 3-8 (x) (o) 6-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 Wakatakakage 4-2 3-3 Dewahayate Ms2 4-2 Tochihiryu Ms3 Asabenkei 5-1 (x) 2-4 Gokushindo Ms4 Tenkaiho 2-4 (x) 4-2 Chiyonoumi Ms5 Akua 3-3 ... (x) 5-1 Murata Ms13 It's looking likely that one juryo guy (or possibly two) will end up accompanying the J14 duo, but even so there's a chance that there will be an excess of makushitans with credible promotion records this basho, so nobody outside of Hakuyozan should feel safe yet. As there's now a need to fill in a spot in the schedule down here due to Takakeisho's exit, one contender will be getting his 7th bout early; it's Dewahayate who has been drafted into action against Tobizaru for tomorrow. Dewahayate previously beat Akiseyama in juryo back on Day 3. We still have 9 guys battling against demotion and 4 of them have been paired up for Day 12: It's Yago against Tsurugisho, and a crucial matchup between Takanoiwa and Amakaze, who both are two wins short of safety.
  4. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Juryo yusho race: 8-3 Takekaze, Sadanoumi, Kotoeko, Mitoryu, Akiseyama 7-4 Gagamaru, Takanosho, Daishoho 6-5 Kyokutaisei, Kyokushuho, Meisei, Terunofuji, Seiro Now we're talking. Day 11 presented the juryo division at its very best, i.e. with all leaders losing. Sadanoumi fell victim to a henka by Kotoeko, Mitoryu was unceremoniously pushed back and out by 65 kg lighter Tobizaru, and Takekaze found no point of attack on Gagamaru's bulk. That wipeout has allowed newly KK Kotoeko and Akiseyama to rejoin the lead, and we can probably set the most likely yusho score at 11-4 now. Takanosho was the only pursuer not to win today (semi-henka by Kyokushuho) and has to be content staying in group two for now. We're entering the hot phase of the yusho race here now and the schedulers are facilitating it for Day 12 with lots of direct meetings among that baker's dozen of contenders: J13w Akiseyama (8-3) - J9w Daishoho (7-4) J4e Sadanoumi (8-3) - J5w Terunofuji (6-5) J3e Meisei (6-5) - J5e Gagamaru (7-4) J8e Kotoeko (8-3) - J2w Kyokushuho (6-5) J1e Kyokutaisei (6-5) - J6w Takanosho (7-4) The remaining three will be facing these opponents: J12e Terutsuyoshi (4-7) - J10w Mitoryu (8-3) J2e Aminishiki (5-6) - J9e Seiro (6-5) J6e Chiyonoo (4-7) - J1w Takekaze (8-3) The five leaders are from different stables and none of them has met more than 2 of the others yet, so there's plenty of potential to match them up on the final three days. Of course, it's anybody's guess how many of them will still be leading tomorrow... Lower division yusho races (Day 11 results and links to video where available - OAO for now, Abema hopefully later): 6-0 Ms1e Hakuyozan (Takadagawa) 5-1 Ms13e Murata (Takasago) 5-1 Ms25e Ryusei (Kagamiyama) 6-0 Ms53e Higonojo (Kise) 5-1 Sd1e Nankairiki (Kise) 6-0 Sd26w Hisanotora (Dewanoumi) 6-0 Sd32e Wakanofuji (Nishonoseki) 5-1 Sd47w Onokura (Miyagino) 6-0 Sd66e Ohata (Tokitsukaze) 5-1 Sd94w Dewaizumi (Dewanoumi) 6-0 Sd100Td Kizakiumi (Kise) 5-1 Jd20w Ariake (Isenoumi) 6-0 Jd42w Tsukahara (Kasugano) 5-1 Jd47w Iko (Tamanoi) 6-0 Jd78e Yoshoyama (Tokitsukaze) 5-1 Jd81w Kotomanabe (Sadogatake) 5-1 Jk1w Kayatoiwa (Minato) 6-0 Jk18e Naya (Otake) Unfortunately it looks like One And Only didn't cover what was by far the most spectacular of the 9 bouts - Wakanofuji and Onokura tossed each other off the dohyo in synchronous fashion in their initial matchup, necessitating a rematch, which then finished similarly closely and required another mono-ii to decide. (If you have Abema access, it's at 3:25:30 and 3:28:30.) Anyway, the first four matches of the various divisional tourneys were arguably all won by the big favourites, and none of them had to work very hard for it either. That leaves us with Naya as the sole unbeaten rikishi in jonokuchi - likely bad news for some low-ranked 5-1 sacrificial lamb in jonidan on Day 13 - and just two remaining contenders in jonidan. Should be a very anticipated decider between Tsukahara and Yoshoyama there. The wide open sandanme race sees four candidates still standing, which means the eventual winner will have to prevail on both Day 13 and Day 15. It's a rather strange collection of rikishi at 6-0. Hisanotora, one of the survivors of the old Tagonoura-beya, recently turned 29, has previously spent 10 tournaments in makushita and gone as high as Ms25, though his last kachikoshi in the division is now almost three years in the past. Wakanofuji is barely any younger at 28 but has never even been to makushita - in fact, today's 6th win has clinched the debut for him. He has been in the upper half of sandanme almost exclusively for the last four years. The complete opposite is Ohata at just 21 years of age, whose entire career isn't four years long yet and who is definitely somebody to watch for the future. Briefly in makushita last year, he's coming off four straight makekoshi at the moment. And finally of course Kizakiumi, the high school and college star freshly turned professional. He's certainly at least of high-makushita caliber already even without any professional-grade training and he should be the favourite here among the four contenders, but we've seen enough makushita division yusho deciders in which near-juryo quality rikishi were upset by much lower-ranked guys, so even with that assumed skill difference it's not like the next (up to) two matches will be a walkover for Kizakiumi. And speaking of makushita, this one's now also going to a straight Day 13 decider after top-ranked Hakuyozan dispatched of Murata, who will have to spend a little more time in the unsalaried ranks. Hakuyozan's opponent will be Higonojo who rushed Ryusei off the dohyo after a brief thrusting duel. Ryusei has missed out on his third makushita yusho decider in the last couple of years (won Nagoya 2016, lost Nagoya 2017), while 33-year-old Higonojo has the opportunity to become the third-oldest makushita yusho winner in the six-basho era (behind Oiwato and Jumonji).
  5. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    Why, do you think that goes on regularly in many other stables these days? I could be supremely naive, but my impression is that violence orchestrated or perpetrated by the shisho himself is the one thing that has been largely flushed out of Ozumo after the Tokitaizan scandal. Not necessarily because these guys have come to realize that it's a bad thing to beat deshi, but at the very least because the leadership has impressed on them that this stuff is an absolute PR disaster waiting to happen. I know we've had such cases even after Tokitaizan (Kasugano-Tochinoshin, Shibatayama-Daiyubu), but those seemed to be one-time events in the heat of the moment, nothing close to what the rumour mill has claimed about decades past. And I don't think it's a coincidence that basically all the more recent news about rikishi quitting (and then sometimes suing) over violence issues have involved intra-rikishi violence only. So basically, "Takanohana doesn't beat anybody up himself" doesn't strike me as a particularly laudable achievement on its own - that's the absolute minimum any sumo fan should be able to expect of these guys in this day and age. And it's even less laudable with all the recent smoke out of his heya that seems to indicate that he's either lost control of his deshi or has developed a bunch of guys with serious self-control defects. Have the anti-Takanohana fires been stoked by Hakkaku et al.? I bet they have. But none of them made Takayoshitoshi go berzerk in the shitaku-beya, that's all on him and his shisho. Even if Takanohana-beya isn't worse than other stables, it sure doesn't come across as any better either, and that's decidedly less than what Takanohana has publicly claimed to stand for. Who needs a revolutionary that doesn't do anything markedly different than the incumbents? Edit: Not to mention that, if it's true that Takanohana uses a more "gentle" (for lack of a better word) approach in coaching, it's easily possible to spin the story such that this approach will get blamed as the reason for the various bits of assholery by his deshi, i.e. they needed a firm hand in their development and didn't get it, and now they're all spoiled brats. I personally wouldn't subscribe to that line of thinking (IMHO being a jerk is usually an inherent character trait, not nurtured), but it's out there if anybody decides to push it.
  6. Trivia bits

    Randomly spotted in Senkoho's query: 5 in just 73 bouts
  7. Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Haru 2018

    Day 11 MK day in LKS: Sidelined Takayoshitoshi is now officially makekoshi at 3-6-2, while fellow J14 Enho collected his 8th loss. And a few ranks down we have former maegashira Tenkaiho 2-4 after today, ending his recent resurgence. With 11, 9 and 14 players correctly picking these results there are a lot of points going newly onto the scoreboard. Again the all-around pessimists won out, as all 9 players who bet against Enho also scored on the other two slots. That left just 7 points for the other half of the field, and only Jejima managed to pick up 2 of them. 5 other players tallied one point, 3 leave the day completely empty-handed. The sole bright spot of the day was provided by hopeful Tomokaze, who succeeded in picking up his 5th straight KK, is still free of makekoshi in his short career and will now be appearing on our next ballot. The 4 perfect leaders were cut in half...err, their number was: Day 11: 8/17 Decisions, TB 3-14 Pos Player Pts TB 1 Bumpkin 8 7 2 Tsuchinoninjin 8 10 3 Asashosakari 7 9 4 Ryoshishokunin 7 10 5 Mmikasazuma 7 11 5 Sakura 7 11 7 WAKATAKE 6 12 8 Holleshoryu 6 14 9 Tenshinhan 5 9 10 Rocks 5 10 11 Jejima 5 13 11 Suwihuto 5 13 13 chishafuwaku 4 13 13 Pandaazuma 4 13 15 Tsubame 3 12 16 kuroimori 3 13 16 Profomisakari 3 13 18 ryafuji 2 11 That's probably one of the most spread-out scoreboards we've had in LKS, certainly considering we're not even halfway through the 17 slots. The higher-value tiebreaker picks look like they'll be falling soon.
  8. Games Talk Haru 2018

    Speaking of pre-basho efforts - I look at my Bench squad every day and wonder how it all has gone so badly wrong.
  9. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    And that is new in sumo, all this beating. Takanohana probably invented it.. No, he's directly responsible for it existing in sumo. I'll tag in for Jakusotsu - I think the point is that it puts the lie to all of Takanohana's "I want to make sumo safe and enjoyable for everyone to participate in" talk from several years ago (when he first got onto the board of directors). Apparently his stable is being run to the same Lord of the Flies standards as most have been throughout history. Of course there's a potential debate to be had on whether or not Ozumo can actually "work" without all that stuff, but it's been Takanohana's implied public position that it can. Considering that, it's far from a good look that one of his more prized deshi seemingly thinks nothing of smacking around a junior in front of plenty of unrelated witnesses.
  10. Persistence Watch - 2018 edition

    Day 9/10: Welp, Hattorizakura went against career 2-17 rookie Houn and it once again demonstrated that he just doesn't have any offense to speak of. Even if your opponent lets you, you can only stalemate him in the middle of the ring for so long... Satoiazuma and Sekizukayama met head-to-head, with the former sending the latter to makekoshi. Also 1-4 after losses are Sawanofuji and Chiyotaiko now, while Hayasaka joined Satoiazuma in avoiding that fate for the moment; they're 2-3. Nakano has that record as well, but after a loss. The other 2-2 trio Kotoimagawa, Matsuoka and Koreyasu were all successful and will receive two kachikoshi opportunities.
  11. Wakaichiro from Texas

    That was pretty bad sumo. As he tries to get to Hokuyozan's back, Wakaichiro briefly has both feet off the ground, which is never a good idea. Bad luck for him that Hokuyozan managed to capitalize on that unstable moment immediately with that two-handed pull on his upper body, but he's only got himself to blame for getting into that position to begin with.
  12. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think that would depend on the character of the individual shimpan in each group. Some of them might well be inclined to stick firmly to their first impression if there's no way to double-check, and I suspect that first impression is usually that somebody won, regardless of the actual events that transpired. So if nobody clearly contradicts the shimpan who sat closest to the action, I could well imagine that no/limited video replay might mean fewer rematches.
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    The former sekitori through Day 10. new KK: Asabenkei, Jokoryu, Toyonoshima, Masunoyama new MK: Daiseido, Yamaguchi, Kagamio, Amuru Record Rank Shikona Heya Age Out 3-2 Ms2e Dewahayate Dewanoumi 29 10 1-4 Ms2w Daiseido Kise 25 2 3-2 Ms3e Tochihiryu Kasugano 30 1 4-1 Ms3w Asabenkei Takasago 29 9 2-3 Ms4w Tenkaiho Onoe 33 11 2-3 Ms5w Akua Tatsunami 27 1 intai Ms6e Osunaarashi Otake 26 1 3-2 Ms7w Kitaharima Yamahibiki 31 3 3-2 Ms8e Kizenryu Kise 32 1 1-4 Ms8w Yamaguchi Miyagino 28 1 0-5 Ms9e Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 33 1 4-1 Ms9w Jokoryu Kise 29 11 1-2-2 Ms10e Kagamio Kagamiyama 30 11 kyujo Ms10w Ura Kise 25 1 2-3 Ms14e Nionoumi Yamahibiki 31 28 2-3 Ms14w Satoyama Onoe 36 4 2-3 Ms15e Tokushinho Kise 33 14 2-3 Ms15w Oiwato Hakkaku 36 26 2-3 Ms18w Keitenkai Onomatsu 28 33 2-3 Ms21e Sakigake Shibatayama 31 19 1-4 Ms22e Asahisho Tomozuna 28 5 4-1 Ms23e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 30 6 1-4 Ms24w Amuru Onomatsu 34 7 2-3 Ms29w Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 36 24 3-2 Ms30e Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 26 28 3-2 Ms32w Takaryu Kise 26 16 4-1 Ms35w Toyonoshima Tokitsukaze 34 9 2-3 Ms49w Chiyootori Kokonoe 25 2 5-0 Ms53e Higonojo Kise 33 23 4-1 Ms56w Masunoyama Chiganoura 27 18 2-3 Sd13w Kotomisen Sadogatake 34 26 3-2 Sd33e Hitenryu Tatsunami 33 39 3-2 Sd35w Dairaido Takadagawa 37 69 2-3 Sd41e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 40 21 3-2 Sd42e Kaonishiki Azumazeki 39 39 kyujo Jd90w Masakaze Oguruma 34 32
  14. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Juryo yusho race: 8-2 Takekaze, Sadanoumi, Mitoryu 7-3 Takanosho, Kotoeko, Akiseyama 6-4 Gagamaru, Seiro, Daishoho Mitoryu had to survive a mini-scare against Tsurugisho but in the end he did win and moved up to kachikoshi. Sadanoumi and Takekaze were also successful as mentioned earlier, but Takanosho and Kotoeko had to yield (to Sadanoumi and Akiseyama respectively), and drop into the new 7-3 pursuers group alongside Akiseyama. Gagamaru and Seiro missed the opportunity to stay close in the race and have fallen to the third tier now. Tomorrow's intra-action and other bouts involving these top 9: J4e Sadanoumi (8-2) - J8e Kotoeko (7-3) J5e Gagamaru (6-4) - J1w Takekaze (8-2) J13e Tobizaru (4-6) - J10w Mitoryu (8-2) J12w Takanoiwa (5-5) - J9w Daishoho (6-4) J9e Seiro (6-4) - J11e Yago (4-6) J13w Akiseyama (7-3) - J8w Homarefuji (4-6) J6w Takanosho (7-3) - J2w Kyokushuho (5-5) Lower division yusho races: 5-0 Ms1e Hakuyozan (Takadagawa) 5-0 Ms13e Murata (Takasago) 5-0 Ms25e Ryusei (Kagamiyama) 5-0 Ms53e Higonojo (Kise) 5-0 Sd1e Nankairiki (Kise) 5-0 Sd26w Hisanotora (Dewanoumi) 5-0 Sd32e Wakanofuji (Nishonoseki) 5-0 Sd47w Onokura (Miyagino) 5-0 Sd66e Ohata (Tokitsukaze) 5-0 Sd94w Dewaizumi (Dewanoumi) 5-0 Sd100Td Kizakiumi (Kise) 5-0 Jd20w Ariake (Isenoumi) 5-0 Jd42w Tsukahara (Kasugano) 5-0 Jd47w Iko (Tamanoi) 5-0 Jd78e Yoshoyama (Tokitsukaze) 5-0 Jd81w Kotomanabe (Sadogatake) 5-0 Jk1w Kayatoiwa (Minato) 5-0 Jk18e Naya (Otake) Nothing new today, of course, since everybody already competed on Day 9. The Day 11 torikumi has delivered no surprises, it's just the expected 9 pairings down the rankings. (The previously missing video links to the Day 9 sandanme matches have been added, by the way, if you want to catch up on those.)
  15. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    Day 10 (results, text-only results): 10-0 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho kyujo kyujo Kisenosato Y2 8-2 Takayasu O Goeido 7-3 A much better showing for yokozuna Kakuryu today, including actual work on opponent Chiyomaru's mawashi, so perhaps his pre-basho finger/hand issues have abated. Kaisei-Ichinojo in the other yusho-relevant bout unsurprisingly turned into the Big Lean after a brief flurry of offense, but it was the komusubi who eventually walked away with the shiroboshi, handing Kaisei his first loss of the tournament. The big pursuers group was greatly demolished by today's action, with only ozeki Takayasu joining Ichinojo in getting his kachikoshi while the other 5 (ex-)contenders fell to 7-3. It's still not out of the question, but with every day that passes with another Kakuryu victory it's becoming less likely that the yusho line will still drop to 12-3. Both ozeki made short work of their opponents today, but while Takyasu showed strong sumo against Shodai it was a massive henka that helped Goeido beat sekiwake Tochinoshin. I wonder if he'd have pulled that anywhere except in front of his home crowd? Things didn't go any better for the other sekiwake across the aisle as Mitakeumi dropped to 5-5 in a frantic match with Shohozan. With the top three still to come (plus Chiyomaru and perhaps Kaisei), he seriously has to be concerned about his KK chances now. The M1 pair is even at 5-5 again after Endo easily prevailed over Arawashi and Tamawashi was blasted off the dohyo by the dominant version of Chiyotairyu, so their race for the possible sanyaku promotion remains heated. The M3's Kotoshogiku and Takakeisho both fell to 3-7 today, however, and are unlikely to play a role now. 5-5 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 7-3 8-2 Ichinojo K Chiyotairyu 2-8 (x) 5-5 Endo M1 Tamawashi 5-5 M2 3-7 Kotoshogiku M3 Takakeisho 3-7 6-4 Shohozan M4 Shodai 5-5 4-6 Chiyomaru M5 9-1 Kaisei M6 6-4 Abi M7 M8 Daieisho 5-5 (x) 6-4 Okinoumi M9 M10 M11 Yutakayama 7-3 M12 (x) 7-3 Daishomaru M13 Day 11 finally gives us two intra-sanyaku bouts after the depleted high ranks meant that the first 10 days' torikumi had to make do with just one. While West komusubi Chiyotairyu was done with his 6 sanyaku matchups by Day 9, Ichinojo on the East side still has 3 to go at this late date (that hasn't happened too often of late). Anyway, he's starting off his personal crunch time against leader Kakuryu in what's surely anticipated as the day's highlight bout, although the other sanyaku pairing of ozeki Takayasu against sekiwake Tochinoshin also looks very promising. Chiyoshoma, Ishiura and Asanoyama should be greenlighted (greenlit?) for another top division appearance in May after today's schedule saw fairly convincing victories for all of them. Tochiozan also finally had a good performance again and won for the first time in five days. Kotoyuki had arguably his best shot at his first win of the basho as his aite was Sokokurai whom he'd beaten the last five times, but it wasn't to be, and he's now demotable by the numbers. Hidenoumi (losing to Asanoyama) joins him in this predicament after today, and while both may still be able to save themselves, it's not like either has looked capable of reeling off five straight wins now, so juryo it'll be for them in Natsu. After today's results it looks like the remaining suspense will come courtesy of Nishikigi, Sokokurai and Myogiyu who all need a 3-2 finish to be safe. Visiting Takekaze rolled back the years and beat maegashira Aoiyama in decisive fashion today, clinching his kachikoshi and the likely return to makuuchi in the process. Fellow J1 Kyokutaisei strangely didn't really seem to know how to deal with Terunofuji despite all and sundry putting down the blueprint for it since Day 1, and so he drops to 5-5. Sadanoumi and Takanosho met in a matchup of yusho co-leaders, and veteran Sadanoumi added to his recent strong showings with another emphatic victory to be KK and remain a strong contender for promotion, now "officially" the #2 behind Takekaze. Kyokushuho and Meisei have quietly played themselves back into contention with 3-day winning streaks. M5 Onosho kyujo (?) ... M9 Ryuden 3-7 (1) (o) 4-6 Chiyoshima M10 (1) 4-6 Tochiozan M11 (o) 5-5 Ishiura M12 Kotoyuki 0-9-1 (~) M13 Asanoyama 6-4 (o) M14 Nishikigi 4-6 (3) (3) 4-6 Sokokurai M15 Myogiryu 4-6 (3) M16 Hidenoumi 2-8 (~) (1) 7-3 Aoiyama M17 --- (3) 5-5 Kyokutaisei J1 Takekaze 8-2 (o) (5) 4-6 Aminishiki J2 Kyokushuho 5-5 (4) (4) 5-5 Meisei J3 Azumaryu 3-7 (~) (2) 8-2 Sadanoumi J4 Tokushoryu 3-7 (x) (4) 6-4 Gagamaru J5 Terunofuji 5-5 (5) (x) 4-6 Chiyonoo J6 Takanosho 7-3 (4) J7 (5) 7-3 Kotoeko J8 (~) 6-4 Seiro J9 Daishoho 6-4 (~) J10 Mitoryu 8-2 (5) Kyokutaisei makes his third makuuchi appearance of the basho tomorrow, and if he wants to earn promotion it would be a good idea to finally win one of them; the opponent will be Daiamami. As for our demotion candidates: Myogiryu stays in the early part of the torikumi and faces Asanoyama, but Nishikigi and Sokokurai will have to contend against higher-ranked (and largely well-performing) Daieisho and Okinoumi. Tobizaru prevailed over Enho in the miniature (sorry) bout that opened today's juryo torikumi, and the latter now stands just one loss away from a trip back to makushita. Small soldier #3 Terutsuyoshi scored about an 8.5 on the Satoyama Submarining Scale before making an ill-advised attempt to lift (!) big Yago and was promptly rewarded with a kuroboshi. The third demotee matchup of the day saw Shimanoumi weather about two seconds worth of offense from Takagenji before securing an easy victory, and bout #4 had Homarefuji beating Takanoiwa in a meeting of silver mawashi. Further Day 11 action ended with losses for Amakaze and Tsurugisho (who had Mitoryu back near the tawara actually), while Akiseyama was successful (in a so very Akiseyama bout) and should be safe for more juryo in May now. Congrats! Of course, the question is: Is juryo ready for more Akiseyama? Not much activity on the makushita side as nearly everybody had already been on the dohyo on Day 11 (or 10 in Wakatakakage's case), but Tenkaiho did manage to avoid the makekoshi, sending last basho's sekitori Yamaguchi to 1-4 instead. (2) 2-8 Amakaze J7 Tsurugisho 2-8 (2) J8 Homarefuji 4-6 (1) J9 (2) 4-6 Takagenji J10 (2) 4-6 Yago J11 Shimanoumi 4-6 (2) (4) 3-7 Terutsuyoshi J12 Takanoiwa 5-5 (2) (3) 4-6 Tobizaru J13 Akiseyama 7-3 (o) (5) 3-6-1 Takayoshitoshi J14 Enho 3-7 (5) 5-0 Hakuyozan Ms1 Wakatakakage 4-1 3-2 Dewahayate Ms2 3-2 Tochihiryu Ms3 Asabenkei 4-1 2-3 Gokushindo Ms4 Tenkaiho 2-3 3-2 Chiyonoumi Ms5 Akua 2-3 ... 5-0 Murata Ms13 Three more head-to-head meetings of juryo rikishi at risk are on the slate for tomorrow with Enho-Shimanoumi, Terutsuyoshi-Tsurugisho and Amakaze-Takagenji. And in makushita it's the yusho pre-decider between Hakuyozan and Murata. Intra-top 5 action will take place between Wakatakakage and Asabenkei (4-1), Dewahayate and Chiyonoumi (3-2), as well as Gokushindo and Akua (2-3). Tochihiryu and Tenkaiho will also be competing, against opponents from below Ms5, so as usual the promotion race should be quite a bit clearer once Day 11 has concluded.