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Friday, Nov. 14, 2003

Musashimaru tumbles to third loss

Winners   Losers
Yotsukasa 3-2   Dejima 3-2
Takanowaka 3-2   Otsukasa 1-4
Kotonowaka 4-1   Tamarikido 2-3
Toyozakura 2-3   Tochisakae 1-4
Jumonji 3-2   Tamakasuga 2-3
Kakizoe 2-3   Takekaze 2-3
Buyuzan 1-4   Wakatoba 2-3
Kotoryu 2-3   Shimotori 3-2
Hokutoriki 5-0   Kasuganishiki 2-3
Tosanoumi 3-2   Tokitsuumi 2-3
Toki 2-3   Kinkaiyama 3-2
Kyokushuzan 5-0   Kotomitsuki 1-4
Tochinonada 4-1   Takanonami 1-4
Wakanosato 2-3   Iwakiyama 0-5
Musoyama 3-2   Takamisakari 2-3
Kaio 4-1   Asasekiryu 0-5
Tochiazuma 5-0   Miyabiyama 3-2
Chiyotaikai 4-1   Kyokutenho 1-4
Tamanoshima 4-1   Musashimaru 2-3
Asashoryu 4-1   Aminishiki 1-4
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FUKUOKA (AP) Grand champion Musashimaru was handed a costly defeat Thursday while resurgent Mongolian Kyokushuzan maintained his share of the lead on the fifth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Fighting in the penultimate bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Musashimaru forced No. 3 maegashira Tamanoshima back to the edge and looked set for the win but was spun around at the last minute and thrown to his third loss in the 15-day tournament. Tamanoshima improved to 4-1.

Musashimaru has missed all or parts of the last six tournaments due to an injured left wrist. While he looked sharper in Thursday's bout, his third loss could fuel calls for his retirement.

Yokozuna Asashoryu, who won the Autumn tournament and is gunning for his fifth title, defeated No. 3 maegashira Aminishiki to remain one win back of the three leaders at 4-1. Aminishiki dropped to 1-4.

Kyokushuzan is tied for the lead at 5-0 along with ozeki Tochiazuma and rank-and-filer Hokutoriki.

Tochiazuma picked up his fifth win when he forced Miyabiyama back to the edge and then pulled the No. 4 maegashira down, sending him to his second loss of the tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu forces down No. 3 maegashira Aminishiki for his fourth win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Thursday.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai bounced back from Wednesday's loss and improved to 4-1 when he spun Mongolian Kyokutenho down after the face-off. Kyokutenho fell to 1-4.

In other major bouts, Wakanosato, who is bidding for promotion to ozeki in this tournament, bounced back from three straight losses and improved to 2-3 when he sent winless komusubi Iwakiyama tumbling to the dirt surface with a textbook arm throw.

Ozeki Musoyama, who needs a winning record in this tournament to avoid demotion, posted his third straight win when he deployed a powerful arm thrust to send fan-favorite Takamisakari out over the edge.

Musoyama picked up his third win against two losses while komusubi Takamisakari fell to 2-3.

Kyokushuzan, a No. 5 maegashira, continued his impressive showing when he slapped top maegashira Kotomitsuki down after the face-off to improve to 5-0. Kotomitsuki fell to 1-4.



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