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  1. ryafuji

    Sumo obituaries

    Professional wrestler Kazuo Sakurada who died on January 12 aged 71 was formerly a rikishi with the Tatsunami stable who reached makushita 13. His final shikona is given as Midorimine at Sumo Reference and "Suiran" on Wikipedia (maybe someone who can read kanji could explain the completely different readings here).
  2. This thread is supposed to be for articles written by forum members like John Gunning, or otherwise interesting articles by journalists. It's not really meant for routine basho reports.
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    Basho highlights videos - Hatsu 2020

    Were the last two matches shown out of sequence? I thought Kakuryu’s fusensho would have occurred before Takakeisho’s match as it is considered inauspicious to end the day with a default.
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    Long Kachikoshi Streaks - Hatsu 2020

    1. Kotoshoho MK 2. Abi MK 3. Kotonowaka KK 4. Roga KK 5. Terunofuji KK 6. Yamatoarashi MK 7. Amakaze KK 8. Suzuki KK 9. Daikisho KK 10. Kotosusumu MK 11. Ayakaze MK 12. Yutakayama KK 13. Akua MK TB :15
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    Updates on Wakatakakage's injury?

    Generally there's not too much news around about juryo rikishi as the press tends to just focus on the makuuchi guys as far as I can tell. The diagnosis for his ankle injury was 1 month recovery time, and he skipped the winter jungyo so hopefully he's fit to enter by now.
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    Hakuho Applying for Japanese Citizenship

    Yes he was - I think one of his tsukebito blurted it out and he wasn't allowed to step onto the dohyo. I even heard that his parents had come especially to see him fight one last time. Edit: More on this here.
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    Trivia bits

    Last tournament Azumaryu, Kaisei, Ikioi and Kiribayama took part in a 4 way playoff for the juryo yusho, and all four earned promotion to makuuchi next tournament. If I've done my query right this is only the third time this has happened and the first since 1978. (There have been 16 tournaments in which four or more rikishi have taken part in a juryo yusho playoff.)
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Hatsu 2020

    Curious that Hakuho’s heya training partners are two of the lightest men in makuuchi - not really representative of most of the opponents he will face.
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    Strange yearly prizes

    You haven't explained who are giving out these prizes.
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    Strange yearly prizes

    Is this for real? Who are "they"?
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    I believe Irodori's full shikona is Irodori Takateru, not Yutaka. (See his Kyokai profile here.)
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2019

    Absolute record is Hamanishiki who returned to juryo in 07.2011 having last been ranked there in 11.2004 - that's a 39 tournament gap. (Annoying I archived the Banzuke Topics for July 2011 but not the accompanying tables.)
  13. It's a request for John Gunning to write an article on Kotooshu.
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    Recap of the decade?

    Yeah, I make it 31 yusho for Hakuho this decade, not 29.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    Misled by the "Asashio 10-5 S" immediately above, I guess. He did get sekiwake next time
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Er, there was a link. If you click on it you see: Tomokaze had surgery mid month and is doing rehab in the hospital at the moment. Oguruma-oyakata now says: "It will surely take half a year" http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20191124/sum19112416360011-n1.html
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Kotoshogiku looks very near the end. I may be wrong but I have a hunch that he would retire rather than fall to juryo.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    What a sorry bunch of ozeki (and ex-ozeki) we have. Seemingly always injured. Worst ever?
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    Trivia bits

    Sorry, accidental omission - as chishafuwaka says, March 1989. Only the second time a rikishi has ever withdrawn and still managed to win the yusho - the first was Wajima in Kyushu 1973.
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    Trivia bits

    Wakatakakage is the first makuuchi rikishi since Kitanoumi in 1983 to have to withdraw on Day 5 having previously been undefeated: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query_bout.aspx?show_form=0&day=5&m=on&kimarite=74&wins1=4&winsopt1=1&onlyl1=on This got me thinking, who has had even longer winning streaks ended in this unfortunate way? Day 6: Natsu 2005 Kaio pulled out having been 5-0. Before him, Kashiwado had been 5-0 when he pulled out on Day 6 of Haru 1963. Day 7: Haguroyama withdrew from Natsu 1952 on 6-0 - interestingly he returned to the tournament later and won 1 more bout, ending up on 7-3-5 (must be very rare for a Yokozuna to re-enter a tournament; I can only think of Takanohana in his retirement basho). Tamanishiki also withdrew on 6-0 in Hatsu 1937. Day 12: The "glass Yokozuna" Kashiwado again - pulled out on 11-0 in Natsu 1964. Day 13: Wakanohana had been 12-0 at Aki 1956 but pulled out with a fever. Attempted to re-enter on Day 15 but withdrew again before his scheduled match so actually finished 12-2-1. Day 15: The ultimate record - Chiyonofuji couldn't fight on the final day of Haru 1989 due to a shoulder dislocation having gone 14-0. Of course this one wasn't so bad for him as he won the tournament anyway.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    What injury is he carrying?
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    We're talking about people's livelihoods here.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    And where will he be on the banzuke when he comes back? I think it's time to seriously consider some sort of protected ranking system.