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Friday, Sept. 15, 2006

Asashoryu retains share of lead with 5-0 mark at Autumn basho

The Associated Press

Grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia remained tied for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday while compatriot Hakuho stayed one win off the pace.

Asashoryu, who is bidding for his 18th Emperor's Cup, spun Tokitenku around after the faceoff at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan and hauled the No. 2 maegashira down to improve to 5-0 and stay tied with compatriot Ama. Tokitenku fell to 2-3.

Hakuho posted his fourth straight win when he got both arms around Kokkai and hoisted the komusubi out with a left-hand grip on the belt.

Hakuho, who is gunning for promotion to grand champion, improved to 4-1 while Kokkai fell to 3-2.

In an earlier bout, Mongolian Ama, a sixth-ranked maegashira, muscled out Asasekiryu to improve to 5-0. No. 9 Asasekiryu fell to 1-4.

Ozeki Tochiazuma forced out komusubi Kisenosato to pick up his second win against three losses.

Russian Roho, a top maegashira, was handed his first loss of the 15-day tourney when he was shoved out by Tochinonada to fall to 4-1. Tochinonada, a fifth-ranked maegashira, improved to 3-2.

Estonian Baruto had his hands full with Iwakiyama but eventually prevailed when he got a grip on the bulky No. 5 maegashira's belt and shoved him out to improve to 3-2. Iwakiyama dropped to 2-3.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai used his trademark arm thrusts to send winless No. 2 maegashira Tamanoshima backpedaling out of the ring. Chiyotaikai improved to 4-1.

Ozeki Kotooshu posted a hard-fought win over Miyabiyama to pick up his fourth victory against one loss.

Bulgarian Kotooshu absorbed a series of blows to the upper body before getting a grip on Miyabiyama's belt and bulldozing the sekiwake out over the edge.

Miyabiyama has struggled to find his form and was handed his third loss against a pair of wins.

Sekiwake Kotomitsuki stayed one win off the pace with a win over Tamakasuga.



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