2018 Natsu Basho.

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  1. Swami

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    Yokozuna Kisenosato remains undecided about competing in Summer Basho
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    Yokozuna Kisenosato skipped morning practice and has yet to decide whether he feels fit enough to compete in the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Thursday.

    Tagonoura said he and Kisenosato, who has missed all or part of the last six meets due to a left chest muscle injury, planned to make a decision before the Japan Sumo Association’s body in charge of fixing the bout schedule meets Friday morning.

    “He said he would like time to think after going to the hospital. The way he has been training I would have to say it’s doubtful,” Tagonoura said.

    The 31-year yokozuna withdrew from the Spring Basho in March, missing all 15 days.

    The Summer Basho begins on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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    Oh brother! Well if Kisenosato is iffy, then he should certainly not enter the Natsu basho. No point in entering and leaving a third of the way through with an aggravation of his injuries. I don't know how long he can go on missing these tourneys. Kakuryu sat out a few and has been doing well in 2018 so I guess if I were Kisenosato I would follow his path back if he thinks his injuries are ever to heal properly. If not, retire with some dignity.
     
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    It really will be so sad if Kisenosato has to retire after such an unfortunate injury, but he has to either make a comeback or retire - simple as that.

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    Kisenosato to miss 7th straight meet
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    Kisenosato will pull out of the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, extending his streak of missed events to a yokozuna-record-equaling seven meets, his stablemaster said Friday.

    The 31-year-old Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo's highest rank, has missed all or part of the last six meets due to a left chest muscle injury.

    He is one of three wrestlers who sit atop the latest banzuke. Mongolians Kakuryu and Hakuho fill the other two yokozuna spots.

    Kisenosato will equal Takanohana's record of consecutive tournaments missed by a grand champion since the six-event annual system was established in 1958. The decision not to compete in the May 13-27 meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan also puts his career in serious jeopardy.

    Stablemaster Tagonoura said the decision to pull out was reached after a telephone conversation with the wrestler Friday morning. Kisenosato has been told by doctors he should refrain from intense exercise for a month, he said.

    "I think he knew the withdrawal was inevitable. But (as a yokozuna) it was hard for him to admit it and say so," Tagonoura said.

    "The next basho will be a very important one. He has fought with determination in all of his tournaments. He said he will reconsider his training methods and fight for his life (in the July meet)," he said.

    Tagonoura said he had to help the wrestler make the difficult decision as he has a strong sense of responsibility and was hoping to return to the ring this weekend despite delayed preparations.

    Kisenosato has only completed one full tournament since his promotion to yokozuna rank in January 2017. He missed all 15 days of the spring meet in March and returned to action midway through the month-long regional spring exhibition tour last month.

    Former yokozuna Takanohana, who missed seven full tournaments in 2001 and 2002, wished Kisenosato speedy recovery and, speaking from experience, said rushing his comeback can only have negative consequences.

    "He should take his time to heal. As long as he's fighting he should be in top shape. The key is not to rush," said Takanohana, who made an impressive comeback to the dohyo with a 12-3 record at the autumn basho in September 2002.

    "His age will play a role in his (recovery). He just has to stay active," he said.

    Meanwhile, Kisenosato's stablemate ozeki Takayasu will also miss the opening day of the summer tournament Sunday due to an injury to his left upper arm. He said he sustained the injury during training on Monday but is hoping he will be able to compete.

    "I decided to play it safe because I can't compete in my 100 percent form. I still want to join the tournament if I recover in time," Takayasu said.

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    No Takayasu for the first day? That must be a rough stable with it's two top rikishi being out. I hope he's back for day 2.

    Sad to hear that Kisenosato is pulling out of this tourney. Now he's tied for most missed meets so I guess it all comes down to the July tourney for him. It's got to be rough dedicating all your adult life in the sport and to be injured badly just when you get to the zenith point. I hope he returns healthy in July.

    I looked at the matches for Sunday, http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoMain/torikumi/1/1/. I'm looking forward to the Kakuryu vs Endo match.
     
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    I think Kisenosato will get one last chance to comeback, if that doesn't work, he'll have to retire.

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    No upsets to report on day 1, all the top-rankers won without any difficulty.

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    Glad to see Kakuryu winning. I favour him over Hakaho. Good matches between Kotoshogiku vs. Shodai and Tochinoshin vs. Shohozan.
     
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    Natsu Day 1: Heavyweights off to strong starts in Summer tourney
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    Sumo's big guns all opened with wins on Sunday, the first day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu, Hakuho, Goeido and both sekiwake wrestlers.opened with a win.

    Kakuryu, looking to win back-to-back championships for the first time in his career, earned an easy win against popular komusubi Endo at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Fellow yokozuna Hakuho also opened with a win, as did ozeki Goeido and both sekiwake wrestlers.

    In the day's final bout, Endo, wrestling in one of the sport's elite ranks for the first time in his career, came in very low against the Mongolian yokozuna, who held his ground and eventually yanked the komusubi off balance and down to the sandy surface.

    Hakuho, returning after sitting out the entire spring tourney with a toe injury, won a fierce confrontation with top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi. After Tamawashi repulsed Hakuho's charge with some nasty shoves to his throat, the two Mongolians gave each other menacing looks from a distance.

    The follow through of his effort to throw off the yokozuna, however, left Tamawashi with his back to the straw, as the two stared each other down. Hakuho, looking for his 41st career championship, ended the stalemate with a couple of well-timed lunges that finally propelled his compatriot from the ring.

    Ozeki Goeido showed his skill in an easy opening win over No. 1 maegashira Kaisei. As the Brazilian steamrolled forward, the ozeki seized a left-handed belt hold. Goeido used that in concert with Kaisei's forward motion to get around his opponent and force him from the ring.

    Georgian sekiwake Tochinoshin overpowered smaller and quicker No. 2 maegashira Shohozan. The maegashira, who favors a hit and run game, went for belt holds against the powerful sekiwake, who won his maiden championship in January.

    But despite coming into the tournament with fitness issues, Tochinoshin was able to lift Shohozan off his feet and deposit him kicking and struggling on the wrong side of the straw.

    Mitakeumi, whose long run at sekiwake came to a halt in March, opened his account as a komusubi by shoving out No. 3 maegashira Daieisho.

    Mongolian mountain Ichinojo, fighting as a sekiwake for the first time since July 2015, easily shoved out up-and-coming 24-year-old No. 2 maegashira Abi.

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    Natsu Day 2: Hakuho survives scare on second day of Summer Basho
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    Yokozuna Hakuho and sumo’s elite remained atop the competition after earning back-to-back wins on Monday, the second day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

    Hakuho (2-0), who sat out the Spring tourney with a toe injury, survived a slight scare against Mitakeumi (1-1) and remained on track to add a 41st title his record championship haul.

    The recently demoted komusubi had the Mongolian stalwart on the ropes during a vigorous chase around the ring. But Hakuho wrested the crafty komusubi around and shoved his opponent down to a first defeat at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

    In the day’s penultimate bout, yokozuna Kakuryu (2-0), looking to win back-to-back championships for the first time in his career, quickly dispatched Tamawashi (0-2) after a hard slap knocked the No. 1 maegashira off balance and allowed the yokozuna to twist him down by the arm.

    The two Mongolian winners are the only yokozuna competing here after Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank, once again pulled out due to a left chest muscle injury.

    In other matches, ozeki Goeido (2-0) needed little time to beat Shohozan (0-2), using his brute force to shove the No. 2 maegashira cleanly from the ring and earn a second win.

    Mongolian tank Ichinojo (2-0) defeated top-ranked maegashira Kaisei (0-2) to remain undefeated after locking briefly with the 204-kg Brazilian, who earned the Fighting Spirit Prize for an impressive 12 wins in March.

    The sekiwake, one of only three wrestlers to beat Kaisei at the spring tourney, improved to eight wins in 10 career bouts with the Brazilian after breaking the lull and charging him from the ring.

    Sekiwake Tochinoshin (2-0) braved a flurry of slaps from Abi (0-2) before lifting the No. 2 maegashira up by his belt and depositing him on the wrong side of the straw. The Georgian is looking to improve on his 10-5 March finish on the heels of his maiden makuuchi division championship in January.

    Komusubi Endo (1-1), the only elite-ranked wrestler to lose on the first day, fought back a spirited onslaught from Yutakayama (0-2) to pick up his first win.

    The komusubi drove his opponent to the edge of the ring before pulling him down by the arm as the No. 3 maegashira attempted a final shove.

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    Good to see the crowd favourite Endo get his first win. No major upsets thus far. Mitakeumi fought hard against Hakuho. I'll be eager to see if Shohozan can pull off an upset tomorrow against Hakuho.

    Do you know if Takayasu out for the entire tourney or just day-to-day?
     
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    Initial thoughts were just for the first day, but perhaps he'd be better sitting out the whole tournament.

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    Natsu Day 3: Kakuryu and Hakuho roll to easy wins
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    Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho both earned easy victories to stay undefeated on Tuesday, the third day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

    In the day’s final bout at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kakuryu (3-0) defeated Kaisei (0-3) for his 13th career win over the top-ranked maegashira in as many matches.

    The yokozuna used his lightning speed and muscle to outwrestle the Brazilian, who boasts a 45-kg weight advantage. A well-timed slap allowed Kakuryu to get a solid hold on Kaisei’s belt and ease him backward from the ring.

    Hakuho (3-0), the only other yokozuna here, stayed perfect after easily defeating No. 2 maegashira Shohozan (0-3). The Mongolian yokozuna got the upper hand on the initial charge and quickly bulldozed the maegashira out of the ring.

    Endo (2-1) delivered a first loss to ozeki Goeido (2-1) to even their records.

    Tochinoshin (3-0) showcased his brute strength and tactical maneuvering in a collision with Tamawashi (0-3). The sekiwake attempted to steamroll his larger opoponent from the ring, but reversed tactics after the No. 1 maegashira held strong.

    Georgian Tochinoshin, who won his maiden championship in January, eventually prevailed after twisting Tamawashi around on the ropes and slapping him down to a third straight defeat.

    Sekiwake Ichinojo (3-0) narrowly earned a victory over Daieisho (0-3) after referees ruled that the No. 3 maegashira’s hands touched the ground before the Mongolian sekiwake was forced over the straw by his opponent’s falling charge.

    Mitakeumi (2-1) got the better of No. 2 Abi (0-3) in their first career bout when the recently demoted komusubi landed a winning shove after relentlessly chasing the hopping maegashira around the ring.

    Only four lower-ranked wrestlers remain undefeated after three days of action, including No. 4 Shodai, No. 5 Ikioi, No. 10 Okinoumi, and No. 12 Asanoyama.

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    Natsu Day 4: Hakuho remains unbeaten, Kakuryu suffers 1st loss
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    In the day's penultimate bout, No. 2 maegashira Shohozan (1-3) defeated yokozuna Kakuryu (3-1) in the biggest upset on the fourth day of the 15-day meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

    Kakuryu slapped his opponent's face throughout the match, but the maegashira landed a winning shove as the yokozuna lost his footing and crashed down.

    Kakuryu, who missed bouts in four straight meets last year, has demonstrated his confidence since returning to the ring in January. The Izutsu stable wrestler is aiming to win back-to-back championships for the first time in his career.

    Meanwhile, Hakuho (4-0) quickly dispatched Kaisei (0-4) for his 11th career win over the top-ranked Brazilian maegashira in as many bouts. The Mongolian joins three other wrestlers, including sekiwake Tochinoshin, at 4-0.

    Tochinoshin, January's champion, has been in winning form in his campaign to earn promotion to the sport's second highest rank of ozeki.

    He held on to the belt of former sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-2) and quickly pushed him out without giving his opponent room to breathe.

    The 30-year-old Georgian, who was 14-1 in January and 10-5 in March, is five short of winning 33 bouts in three meets, considered a pre-requisite for ozeki promotion.

    However, stablemaster Onomatsu, who is in charge of recommending promotion, has indicated Tochinoshin will need 10-plus wins to earn promotion.

    The other perfect record holders are sekiwake Ichinojo and No. 4 maegashira Shodai. Ichinojo forced No. 3 maegashira Yutakayama (0-4) backwards out of the ring, while Shodai defeated No. 5 Ikioi (3-1).

    Ozeki Goeido (2-2) suffered his second straight loss, falling to top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (1-3).

    No. 10 Okinoumi (3-1) was shoved out of the ring by No. 9 Daishomaru (3-1) for his first loss, while No. 12 Asanoyama (3-1) lost to No. 14 Sadanoumi (3-1).

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    Natsu Day 5: Yokozuna Hakuho powers to 5th straight win
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    Yokozuna Hakuho maintained his share of the lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with an easy win on Thursday and a perfect record after five days.

    Hakuho slipped past winless No. 3 maegashira Daieisho on the charge, grabbed the right side of his belt and threw him in one fluid motion. The Mongolian grand champion remains tied for the lead with sekiwake Tochinoshin and No. 4 maegashira Shodai.

    Yokozuna Kakuryu (4-1), who slipped up the day before and suffered his first loss at the 15-day event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, got back on track. However, the yokozuna, who has been a powerhouse this year after an injury-plagued 2017, looked less than convincing.

    Kakuryu, looking to win back-to-back championships for the first time in his career, got the better of his bout against No. 2 maegashira Abi (1-4), but was unable to finish the 24-year-old off. The match ended when Abi, under pressure, slipped to the sandy surface and down to defeat.

    Ichinojo, wrestling as a sekiwake for the first time since July 2015, started the day at 4-0, but suffered his first loss, beaten in an entertaining bout by popular komusubi Endo.

    Endo rebounded off the mountainous Mongolian on his opening charge, dove in for a second helping and got a coveted underarm belt hold. The 225-kilogram Ichinojo, however, used his 73-kg advantage to keep his feet despite being forced back to the straw. Ichinojo seized a belt hold and countered but his failure to throw Endo, gave the Japanese an opening and he took advantage, forcing the Mongolian from the ring.

    Tochinoshin followed his sekiwake partner to the ring and used his long arms and impressive upper body strength to hold off 204-kg Brazilian Kaisei. The Georgian forced Kaisei to the straw and levered him out to a fifth defeat.

    Shodai, who wrestled as a sekiwake in January 2017, is looking to regain some traction in his career. Shodai absorbed his opponent's charge, and got both arms under those of the No. 6 maegashira. Shodai locked up Chiyoshoma's torso and steered him out.

    On Friday, Shodai will aim for his sixth straight win but will need to get past Kaisei for the first time. The have fought five times in their career and the Japanese wrestler has yet to win.

    Goeido, the sole ozeki competing here following the withdrawal of Takayasu, was headed for a slapping stalemate with Yutakayama (0-5), but a well-timed lunge spun the surprised No. 3 maegashira around and he was easily shoved out.

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    Natsu Day 6: Grand champion Hakuho suffers shock defeat
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    Yokozuna Hakuho relinquished his perfect record Friday in a shock loss to second-ranked maegashira Abi on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

    With Hakuho apparently looking for a belt hold, the 24-year-old Abi drove his head and shoulder into the all-time championship record-holder's chest, driving him backward out of the ring in just 2.9 seconds.

    The surprise result leaves New Year Grand Tournament winner Tochinoshin as the only unbeaten wrestler in the ongoing 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

    Sekiwake Tochinoshin himself came within an inch of his first loss before turning the tables against No. 3 Yutakayama. The powerful Georgian struggled to gain his footing from the outset and was driven back by his stocky opponent to the edge of the ring. Tochinoshin planted one foot on the straw, however, before throwing Yutakayama down and denying him a first win.

    Grand champion Kakuryu (5-1) quickly slapped down No. 3 maegashira Daeisho, who never looked a threat to cause an upset that would have given him his first win of the meet.

    Ozeki Goeido continued his forgettable tournament, dropping to 3-3 with a loss to No. 4 Chiyotairyu. The pair shoved and slapped each other after the opening clash, but it was the lower-ranked wrestler who secured the win by pushdown to improve to 4-2.

    Giant sekiwake Ichinojo (4-2) tasted defeat for the second straight day, losing to No. 1 Tamawashi. As the two Mongolians collided, Tamawashi (2-4) gained the stronger leverage to push out his 225-kilogram opponent.

    Second-ranked maegashira Shodai lost his unbeaten record at the hands of No. 1 Kaisei. The pair tried driving each other back after the opening clash, but it was the 204-kg Brazilian who had the momentum, quickly bulldozing former sekiwake Shodai over the straw.

    Kaisei, who remained in contention until late at March's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, got his first win of the current meet and remained unbeaten in six bouts against Shodai.

    In the komusubi clash, Mitakeumi (4-2) prevailed over Endo (3-3) in a brief but entertaining bout. After a flurry of blows in the center of the ring, the former sekiwake got a hand to his opponent's belt and threw him to the ground.

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    YES! A great win for Abi today. The cushions were flying when Hakuho lost. Abi has had a great rise in the top ranks since his January promotion. Here's hoping he has a good day with Goeido on Saturday.

    Tochinoshin is still on fire. Let's see if he can keep it going next week and possibly get his Ozeki rank.

    Goeido needs to get his sumo together. 3-3 isn't good. I miss Takayasu is this basho.

    The past three days have had great sumo matches all around.
     
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    In terms of brute strength, Tochinoshin is one of the top four or five in the top division. I hope he can get ozeki promotion.

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    Natsu Day 7: Yokozuna stay near Tochinoshin
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    Both yokozuna remained a win off the pace Saturday with routine victories on Day 7 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

    Grand champion Hakuho (6-1) bounced back from his shock loss to second-ranked maegashira Abi the previous day at Ryogoku Kokugikan, quickly forcing out No. 4 maegashira Chiyotairyu (4-3) by the belt.

    Fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu (6-1) had to work a little harder for his win, wheeling away from No. 3 Yutakayama (0-7) before thrusting him down.

    Georgian-born sekiwake Tochinoshin remained the only wrestler with a perfect record, moving to 7-0 with a default win over komusubi Endo (3-4), who withdrew from the tournament earlier in the day with an injured right arm.

    Endo, who was promoted to the lowest of the three "sanyaku" ranks beneath yokozuna following the Spring Grand Tournament, suffered the injury in his loss to fellow komusubi Mitakeumi on Day 6.

    A day after his stunning win over Hakuho, Abi (3-4) claimed another high-profile victim, making short work of ozeki Goeido (3-4).

    Anticipating his opponent's charge, Abi quickly adjusted his position before redirecting Goeido's momentum to send him to the clay.

    No. 2 Shohozan pulled off an impressive win against giant sekiwake Ichinojo (4-3) despite an 84-kilogram weight disadvantage. As the pair locked up in the center of the ring, Shohozan got a grip on his much taller opponent's belt before upending him with a turning throw.

    Mitakeumi (4-3) provided little resistance to No. 1 maegashira Kaisei (2-5), trying in vain to push back the 204-km Brazilian before being hoisted over the straw by his belt.

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    Natsu Day 8: Tochinoshin remains unbeaten midway through Summer tourney
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    Ozeki aspirant Tochinoshin improved to 8-0 on Sunday as the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament reached its midpoint.

    The Georgian, who could be promoted to the rank of ozeki with 10 wins here, won a battle of muscle over mass to hang onto his sole lead ahead of the Mongolian yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Kakuryu. No. 11 maegashira Chiyonokuni was also a win back after eight days at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

    Tochinoshin moved a mountain to earn his eighth win, holding off fellow sekiwake Ichinojo after starting off on the back foot against the 225-kilogram Mongolian. Surrendering an underarm belt hold at the start, Tochinoshin dug in and stalled his opponent's progress at mid-ring.

    With a long stalemate appearing in the cards, Tochinoshin rewrote the script. Although his attempt at an overarm throw failed to topple Ichinojo, it broke the stalemate.

    As Ichinojo struggled to keep his feet, Tochinoshin slipped both arms under his opponent's for a double "moro zashi" hold on the back of the sekiwake's belt. Firmly in control, Tochinoshin forced Ichinojo back to the straw and eventually rocked and hoisted him backward over the straw bales to a fourth defeat.

    Hakuho, eyeing his 41st career grand tournament championship, had to battle from start to finish to overcome Yutakayama. The winless No. 3 maegashira held his own in a contest of slaps and shoves with the yokozuna.

    With his right hand on the yokozuna's throat and the thumb on his windpipe, Yutakayama drove Hakuho back. The maegashira then lowered his head like a battering ram and lunged forward. But the technique that had failed to drive out Tochinoshin on Friday, fared even worse against Hakuho. The yokozuna dodged the blow and his furious counterattack drove Yutakayama from the ring.

    Kakuryu, on the other hand, easily stayed one win off the pace, grabbing No. 4 maegashira Chiyotairyu's belt on the opening charge and flinging him to the sandy surface.

    Earlier, Chiyonokuni improved to 7-1 by slapping down dynamic No. 13 maegashira Ishiura (2-6).

    Ozeki Goeido suffered his fifth loss, shoved out by No. 3 maegashira Daieisho (2-6) and increasing the chances that he will finish with fewer than eight wins here and have to fight to maintain his ozeki status in July's grand tournament.

    Swami
     
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