NAGOYA, Japan (AP) _ American champion Konishiki dropped to 9-5 with a loss to grand champion Chiyonofuji on the second-to-last day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Chiyonofuji, who weighs 277 pounds, moved in too fast for the 526-pound Ameican to use his favorite tactic, powerful hand thrusts. Chiyonofuji quickly locked onto Konishiki’s belt, and, after repeated efforts to move his huge foe back, finally shook him off balance and managed to nudge the champion out.
Konishiki, a Samoan-American whose real name is Salevaa Fuauli Atisanoe, missed several days of practice with a sore left ankle and athlete’s foot.
In the juryo division, just below the highest division of makuuchi, 3rd- ranked American Chad Rowan, who wrestles under the sumo name of Akebono, ran 13th-ranked Yoshinobori (8-6) out to hold second place with a 10-4 record.
KYOTO, Japan (AP) - Japan beat the United States 15-4, 15-10, 3-15, 15-11 Saturday for its second victory in the men’s three-game volleyball series.
Craig Buck scored seven points for the United States and Satoshi Sensui led Japan with six points.
The third and final match will be in Tokyo on Sunday.
TOKYO (AP) - Three-time triple crown winner Hiromitsu Ochiai hit his 24th homer as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Yakult Swallows 9-7.
Elsewhere, Kaoru Okazaki went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI to lead the Yomiuri Giants over the Yokohama Taiyo Whales 8-2 and open an 8 1/2 game lead.
At Koshien Stadium, the Hanshin Tigers took a 3-2 victory over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
In the Pacific League, the Seibu Lions earned a 7-1 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The Lions moved to 9 1/2 games ahead of the Orix Braves, who hit six home runs to rout the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 15-2.
Also, the Kintetsu Buffaloes edged the Lotte Orions 6-5.