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Monday, Sept. 18, 2006

Asa overwhelms winless Tamakasuga

Yokozuna Asashoryu put on a sumo clinic to defeat Tamakasuga to stay in a share of the lead with two rank-and-filers at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.

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Mongolian Yokozuna Asashoryu pushes maegashira No. 4 Tamakasuga out of the ring on the eighth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

Asashoryu, who is seeking his 18th career Emperor's Cup, improved his record to 7-1 to stay even with No. 6 maegashira Ama and top-ranked maegashira Roho as the 15-day meet enters the second week.

In the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tamakasuga, a No. 4 maegashira, never had a chance as the yokozuna rolled ahead with a snappy barrage of thrusts after the faceoff and sent his opponent out to his eighth straight loss.

Mongolian ozeki Hakuho, who is hanging on by a thread in his hope for yokozuna promotion, bounced back from a defeat a day earlier with a win over Estonian top-ranked maegashira Baruto.

Hakuho (5-3) got a turbo jump off the line and hit the top maegashira with a series of thrusts before sending him over the edge. Ozeki Tochiazuma (4-4) charged forward like a bull to dump down Dejima (1-7).

In a battle of European wrestlers, ozeki Kotooshu was thrown down with a beltless arm throw by Kokkai (4-4) after he appeared to have his komusubi rival wrapped up and sent to a third defeat.

In a meeting of Mongolians, Ama stood firm against Kyokutenho before getting inside for a solid belt grip and grinding out his opponent to stay in the lead. Kyokutenho slipped to 3-5.



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