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Yokozunas (grand champions) Akebono and Takanohana both won yesterday but ozeki (champion) Takanonami suffered an upset on the opening day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Akebono, or Chad Rowan from Hawaii, grabbed No 4 maegashira (senior wrestler) Dejima's belt and forced him out. Akebono won his 10th tournament title in a play-off with Takanohana in the last tournament in Tokyo in May. Takanohana threw down komusubi (junior champion) Oginishiki after fighting off his foe's arm throw attempts. Takanohana is seeking his 17th tournament title. Komusubi Tochiazuma, who went up six ranks because of an 11-4 record in the May tournament, held off Takanonami's pushing attempts at the ring's edge and twisted him down.

NAGOYA GRAND TOURNAMENT (Opening day of the 15 days): Yamato bt Daishi; Hamanoshima bt Gojoro; Kitakachidoki bt Terao; Kotoryu bt Rikio; Tochinonada bt Kyokushuzan; Mitoizumi bt Shikishima; Konishiki bt Mainoumi; Ganyu bt Asanowaka; Minatofuji bt Asanosho; Asahiyutaka bt Kotonowaka; Aogiyama bt Kotoinazuma; Takatoriki bt Musoyama; Tamakasuga bt Higonoumi; Tosanoumi bt Akinoshima; Wakanohana bt Tochinowaka; Musashimaru bt Kotonishiki; Tochiazuma bt Takanonami; Akebono bt Dejima; Takanohana bt Oginishiki.

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