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Monday, Sept. 25, 2006

Futeno withdraws on last day

Seventh-ranked maegashira Futeno on Sunday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo tournament on the final day of the meet because of a bruised left buttock.

Futeno sustained the injury in his win over Yoshikaze on Saturday but is expected to only need 10 days to make a full recovery.

The 26-year-old Futeno, who has a 9-5 record at the 15-day basho at Ryogokuu Kokugikan, forfeited Sunday's scheduled bout against komusubi Kisenosato.

"I don't want to make the injury any worse than it is so I will sit out and try and get ready for the next tournament," said Futeno.

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