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      Enho has so far won eight times, by a diferent technique every time, and I'm wondering what the record is for different kimarite in a single tournament. He's tied for top spot with Ishiura and Chiyomaru in the juryo yusho race (sucks for Chiyomaru that Ishiura and Enho cannot fight each other because they are from the same heya). My man Nishigiki is clinging to Juryo status by his fingernails, still needs to win 3 of the last 4 to be sure of staying on the right side of the sekitori line.

      Kakuryu has bowed to the inevitable and retired after missing 5 consecutive bashos.

      Tochinoshin has looked really slow on the tachiai. He could well fall out of the top division this year.

      Takayasu at 9-2 has a one-bout lead on Teru, Asano and Tobizaru. Additionally, Teru is two wins away from regaining his Ozeki rank which he lost three and a half years ago. My money is he wil get those two but not win the basho - I think Asanoyama might actually be the favourite here given Terunofuji's crap knees and occasional mental lapses and Takayasu's habit of choking in the stretch.

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        Day 14 is over. Takayasu has dropped his last two and now trails Terunofuji by one. The latter beat Asanoyama today, in one of the most titanic, heart-stopping yotsu battles you'll ever see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKwB...vnNyU&index=64. Ozeki rank now in the bag, yusho now depends, as it did in November, on the result of a last day match-up with Takakeisho and a possible 3-way playoff thereafter. (If Takakeisho beats Teru, they will both be 11-4; meanwhile the other two guys at 10-4, Takayasu and Aoiyama, are facing off against each other, meaning there will necessarily be three with eleven wins).

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          Terunofuji yusho. The man is a beast.

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            He certainly is

            Tremendously happy for him

            And with Kakyru's retirement, Teru now is second only to Hakuho in number of yusho (though 40+ behind)

            Worried about his knee(s), though

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              You have to figure more opponents are going to start moving sideways and in circles against him to take advantage of the weak knees eventually, kind of the way Tobizaru did to Kaisei today.

              You may see Teru go easy in his first basho as Ozeki - just go for the 8 wins in order not to put too much strain on the knees rather than immediately try to go on a yokozuna run (cool though that would be). I am desperate to get to the November basho but I am getting worried that Japan's slow vaxx roll-out means they might not be open for tourism by then.

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                I'm afraid that it doesn't look terribly promising

                Perhaps if you could get a governmental invitation of some kind for work

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                  Terunofuji starting this basho where he left off - no knees but absolutely devastating anyway. barring injury, he has to be the favourite.

                  No fans for the first three days due to Tokyo emergency protocols, and as a result the sumo broadcasts are trying something different: moving crane shots! Not sure they will continue once the fans come back on Thursday, but it's fun to watch right now.

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                    Fans indeed back on Day Four notwithstanding rising COVID numbers

                    Terunofji continues to dominate with a simple win over the previously unbeaten Mitakeumi

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                      Terunofuji 10-0 they should just give him the Yokozuna rope already. Shodai and Asanaoyama being their usual inconsistent selves; the former, being kadoban, is flirting with demotion. Takakeisho in good form at 8-2, but absent an injury hard to see how Terunofuji loses this.

                      Chiyonokuni out injured on day 3 - have not heard about how serious it is, v. disappointing after he was finally back up in the upper maegashira.

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                        Please don't post your jinxes again until the yusho is over.

                        Jeez.

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                          He's not going to lose this. The shimpan just wanted to keep it close for a couple more days.

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                            TNF 12-1, Endo and Takakeisho at 10-3 and there is no goddamn way this one isn't over tomorrow.

                            Asaonyama broke COVID protocols, and lied about it. not only is he out of the tournament, the sumo federation seems to be seriously considering some Abi-like penalties, which means we're going to be down an Ozeki. (Abi, meanwhile, went 7-0 in his first basho since suspension and clinched the Makushita yusho today).

                            (technically, a three-basho suspension wouldn't be that bad for Asanoyama. he'd still be Ozeki going into next baso. He'd fall to Sekiwake in the second basho. Then down to about megashira 13 or so in the third. That means in the following basho, on his return, he would still be in juryo and therefore in the ranks of the paid sekitori. That might not be seen as punishment enough: one could imagine therefore a 5- or 6-basho suspension. Or they could retire him, which seems extreme, but this is sumo.)

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                              His repeated visits to hostess bars was rather mindless (as well as defiant) and I can definitely see them throwing the book at him

                              They are going to make TNF wait for the rope, too

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                                I don't think anyone has ever gone from Ozeki to Yokozuna in one tournament. i think you need both consecutive wins to be *as* an Ozeki.

                                But seriously, who;s going to beat him in July? Nobody else looks anywhere near enough in form


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                                  Certainly doesn't look likely

                                  I do wonder about how many things in Japan (broadly, not just in sports/sumo) are going to change once the Olympics are over.

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                                    Closer than it should have been, as Takakeisho takes it to a playoff, but the best man wins.

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                                      And Ura wins the juryo yusho, which means he will be back for the first time in over 4 years (having gone through not one but two blown ACLs). Weird how neither of the most in-form rikishi has any knees to speak of. Wonder if the constant threat of retirement-by-even-the-slightest-knee-knack makes them more agile and better wrestlers.

                                      Dream ending for Nagoya basho: Day 15: Hakuho v. Terunofuji for the yusho. Downside: I would not have a clue who to cheer for. Hakuho because you want him to go out on a win? Or Terunofuji because what a way to ascend to Yokzuna status?

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