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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hakuho tops Ama to stay tied for lead

The Associated Press

Mongolian Hakuho defeated compatriot Ama on Monday to remain tied for the lead with Miyabiyama and Chiyotaikai at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Ozeki Kaio shoves No. 4 maegashira Takekaze out of the ring on Monday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

After a prolonged faceoff at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Ama dodged to his side in an attempt to fool Hakuho, who is making his ozeki debut.

But Hakuho read his opponent perfectly, got a hand on the back of Ama's belt and ushered the scrappy komusubi out of the ring to improve to 8-1. Ama continues to struggle in his komusubi debut and fell to 1-8.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai bounced back from Sunday's loss to Asasekiryu, forcing out veteran Wakanosato with a series of arms thrusts.

Chiyotaikai improved to 8-1 while second-ranked Wakanosato fell to an unflattering 2-7.

With grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia sitting out the tournament with an injured elbow, the race for the Emperor's Cup is wide open.

Sekiwake Miyabiyama kept pace and improved to 8-1 when he deployed a barrage of arm thrusts to send fourth-ranked maegashira Tokitenku over the straw ridge. Tokitenku dropped to 3-6.

Ozeki Kaio posted his seventh straight win when he used an arm throw to send winless fourth-ranked Takekaze sprawling to the dirt surface. Kaio stands at 7-2 along with three others.

Bulgarian Kotooshu (6-3) notched an easy win when Russian Roho (3-6) stumbled at the faceoff and fell to the dirt surface in a matter of seconds.

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