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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006

Baruto pulls out of tournament

Estonian top-ranked maegashira Baruto pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday after injuring his left knee in a bout the previous day.

Baruto took a nasty fall in a loss to sekiwake Miyabiyama and limped back to the locker room on the 10th day of the 15-day tournament, with his score falling to 4-6.

"My knee has swollen up. I'm through for this tourney," Baruto said.

"I have to change my sumo -- to move forward aggressively." Baruto, who forfeited his scheduled match against ozeki Kotooshu on Wednesday because of the withdrawal, missed the Kyushu meet last year because of acute appendicitis.

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