Tosanoumi upset Kaio at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, dashing any hope the ozeki wrestler had for promotion to sumo's highest rank. \nNo. 2 maegashira Tosanoumi sidestepped Kaio at the faceoff and then swatted the struggling ozeki down to improve to 2-2. \nKaio, who needed at least 13 wins in this tournament to get consideration for promotion to grand champion, was handed his third straight loss and fell to an unseemly 1-3. \nTouted as a candidate for promotion to yokozuna before the start of the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kaio is now struggling just to survive another day. \nElsewhere, Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu remained in the driver's seat at a perfect 4-0 when he dispatched top maegashira Tochinonada in the day's final bout. \nAsashoryu won five of six tournaments last year and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Lower-ranked wrestlers Asasekiryu and Tamakasuga also stand at 4-0. Tochinonada has a 2-2 record. \nMongolian Hakuho, who upset Kaio on Tuesday, won his third straight bout since losing to Asashoryu on the opening day. \nKomusubi Hakuho used a barrage of arm thrusts before getting a grip of Tamanoshima's belt and lifting the winless No. 3 maegashira out to improve to 3-1. \nWakanosato, who is bidding for promotion to ozeki, was handed his second straight loss when he touched the dirt surface with his hand after forcing fellow sekiwake Tochiazuma to the edge. \nTochiazuma picked up his third win against a sole loss while Wakanosato fell to 2-2. \nOzeki Chiyotaikai improved to 3-1 when he used his trademark arm thrusts to send No. 2 maegashira Kotonowaka out over the straw ridge for his second loss against two wins. \nBulgarian Kotooshu continued to impress with a hard-fought win over seventh-ranked maegashira Hayateumi. \nKotooshu, a No. 4 maegashira, got a hold of Hayateumi's belt after the faceoff and spun the smaller wrestler around several times before using a well-timed leg kick to upend his opponent and improve to 3-1. Hayateumi stands at 2-2. \nNo. 6 maegashira Kaiho improved to 2-2 after he prevailed in a slap-fest against third-ranked maegashira Kokkai, who has yet to post a win. \nEarlier, Russian Roho needed two bouts to improve to 2-2. \nIn the first bout against Kotonowaka, the ringside judges ruled that both wrestlers went over the raised ring at the same time. \nRoho made no mistake when he swatted the ninth-ranked maegashira down after the faceoff. Kotonowaka dropped to 1-3. Mongolian Asasekiryu, at 4-0 , muscled out Kotoshogiku, who dropped to 2-2.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen