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Monday, Jan. 29, 2007

Asa critical of match-fixing reports

Kyodo News

Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu angrily denied Saturday a recent weekly magazine report that he is fixing matches. "It's very disturbing the report was about something that could never, ever happen," said Asashoryu, who won his 20th career title at the recently concluded New Year Grand Sumo tournament in Tokyo.

"I'll sue them if they write nonsense like that." Asashoryu made comments for the first time on the report in the Feb. 3 edition of the Shukan Gendai weekly magazine. In the report, a sumo wrestler was quoted as saying Asashoryu pays money to other wrestlers without hesitation, so he can win titles anytime.

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