Grand champion Asashoryu remained tied for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament yesterday after a gritty win over sixth-ranked maegashira Kakizoe. \nMongolian Asashoryu exchanged a series of slaps to the head with Kakizoe in the finale at Ryogoku Kokugikan before swatting his opponent down to improve to 9-2. Kakizoe fell to 6-5. \nAsashoryu, who is gunning for his fifth straight Emperor's Cup, is tied for the lead along with Dejima and ozeki Kaio, who both posted wins earlier. \nFifth-ranked maegashira Dejima kept up his impressive run in the 15-day tourney when he traded arm thrusts with Chiyotaikai before shoving the ozeki wrestler out to improve to 9-2. \nChiyotaikai, who has struggled in this tournament, dropped to an unimpressive 6-5 and will now be content just for a winning record. \nOzeki Kaio remained in contention when he got a hand on the neck of Miyabiyama and shoved the sekiwake out after being pushed back at the faceoff. \nKaio picked up his ninth win against a pair of losses while handing Miyabiyama his sixth loss. \nSekiwake Wakanosato stayed in the hunt when he grabbed hold of Kokkai and flung the top maegashira down to pick up his eighth win against three losses. \nTop maegashira Kokkai was handed his third loss in the last four days and fell to 5-6. \nMongolian Kyokushuzan, who led the tournament for much of the first week, was handed his third straight loss and fell to 8-3.
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