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Friday, March 16, 2007

Asashoryu reels off 3rd straight victory in Osaka tournament

OSAKA (AP) Yokozuna Asashoryu defeated Mongolian compatriot Ama on Thursday to post his third straight win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Asashoryu, who lost his first two bouts of the 15-day tournament, grabbed Ama by the belt and forced the komusubi to the edge before shoving him out with an arm thrust to the neck.

Asashoryu improved to 3-2 while Ama fell to 2-3.

Ozeki Tochiazuma leads at 5-0.

In an earlier bout, Tochiazuma moved into sole possession of the lead when he dodged to his side at the faceoff and swatted down Miyabiyama to stay undefeated.

Miyabiyama put up little resistance and dropped to 2-3.

Mongolian ozeki Hakuho won his fourth straight bout when he got both hands on the belt of Asasekiryu and threw the No. 2 maegashira down at the edge of the ring.

Hakuho, who lost on the opening day, improved to 4-1 while Asasekiryu was handed his fourth loss against a lone win.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai forced Kotoshogiku up against the straw ridge with his trademark arm thrusts and then swatted the sekiwake down to move to 4-1.

Kotoshogiku couldn't stop the onslaught and dropped to 1-4.

Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu locked arms with Futeno and toppled the fourth-ranked maegashira at the edge of the ring to post his third win against a pair of losses.

Futeno stands at 1-4.

Ozeki Kaio got a hold of Toyonoshima's arm and forced the top maegashira out to pick up his second win against three losses.

Toyonoshima, who was handed his first loss of the tournament against Asashoryu on Wednesday, dropped to 3-2.

Sekiwake Kotomitsuki kept pace when he twisted down Mongolian Tokitenku to pick up his fourth win against a lone loss.

Tokitenku, a komusubi, dropped to 2-3.

Top maegashira Kisenosato forced out fourth-ranked maegashira Takekaze to improve to 3-2.

Takekaze fell to 2-3.

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