Two-Minute Drill: Nunes Recaptures Gold, Liverpool Down City

Jonathan Grant | July 31st, 2022

1st Down: Amanda Nunes set out to do something very few fighters do: recapture the title she lost. She said she was going to do it, and on Saturday night she fulfilled that promise, pummeling a resilient Julianna Pena for five rounds to take a lopsided decision victory and become the double champion once again. Nunes, who was submitted by Pena in shocking fashion last December in the second round, won 50-45, 50-44, and 50-43 on the scorecards after knocking down her opponent three times and then using her wrestling to cruise to a decisive win at UFC 277. It was only the third time that a challenger regained their belt. Earlier on, Brandon Moreno won the flyweight interim title by knocking out Kai Kara-France.

2nd Down: Tim Anderson will not be partaking in some games in the near future for the Chicago White Sox. The shortstop didn’t appreciate a call made by the umpire on Friday night, leading to him being thrown out for arguing balls and strikes. He then proceeded to bump the ump’s hat with his helmet, leading MLB to suspend him for three games on Saturday. Anderson is going to appeal the suspension, but it’s very difficult to see how he could possibly win this one. It would be his second suspension of the season if it is indeed upheld.

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3rd Down: The Community Shield is supposed to be a quasi-exhibition game to kick off the English soccer season. It was anything but that on Saturday as Liverpool took on Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester in an amazing affair. The Reds, defending FA and League Cup winners, ended up defeating Manchester, the Premier League champs, 3-1 in a thrilling encounter that both teams clearly wanted to win. Liverpool got a first-half goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold only to see City equalize through Julian Alvarez with 20 minutes to go. Mo Salah restored Liverpool’s lead with a penalty before Darwin Nunez sealed it late on with a calm finish.

4th Down: Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the host of two races on Saturday, with both Indycar and NASCAR taking to the track in a big doubleheader. First up, Alexander Rossi won for the first time since 2019, earning his eighth series victory by holding off Christian Lungaardd and Will Power. In the ‘night cap,’ AJ Allmendinger on the Xfinity Series race, rallying to beat Alex Bowman and Justin Allgaier. Allmendinger now has 13 wins in the series, nine of which have come on road courses.

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