After the 'headbutt' scandal, Joshua Franco defeats Andrew Moloney in a trilogy fight to put an end to their feud.

On Saturday night in Oklahoma, Joshua Franco put an end to any uncertainties by winning the pivotal third fight against Andrew Moloney - cruelly, with the help of an instant replay.
On the scorecards, the judges seemed to favor @JoshuaFranco_'s harsher blows | @trboxing | pic.twitter.com/y0wydIIusL -- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) August 15, 2021 Their previous fight was called off early because Franco damaged his eye socket due to what the referee thought was an unintentional headbutt.
The referee's judgment was maintained after an instant review, but Moloney was furious that his legal blows had caused the damage and that he had been wrongfully denied a victory.
As it became evident that Franco had slipped, instant replay was used again on Saturday night, and it properly overturned the referee's decision to award Moloney a knock-down.
Franco was able to successfully defend his WBA super-flyweight title in a unanimous decision, putting an stop to this contentious rivalry.
In their first meeting, he had won the belt from Moloney.
FRANCO RETAINS TITLE After an action-packed 12 rounds against @[email protected], @JoshuaFranco_ maintained his WBA world title. pic.twitter.com/UZ3RtQucbn -- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) August 15, 2021 After a scary moment in the seventh round of Saturday's fight, where Franco was on the canvas, only to see the instant replay help him
"I had to switch it up on him," the winning American stated.
He assumed I was going to put constant pressure on him.
That didn't work, so I had to alter things up and use my boxing skills instead.
"I had a lot of fun with my rhythm, my jab, and my feet."
I'm at ease in there, and that's exactly what I did.
"We just reminded each other, all that talking is part of the game, part of building the fight up," Franco said, drawing a line under the contentious rivalry.
"He'll be world champion once more."
He's a formidable opponent.
He deserves nothing but respect.
"I'll have to use this as incentive to come back stronger," the vanquished Australian stated.
It'll be a long journey back."




I hate that I can't label Marvel's Shang-Chi a must-see.

I hate that I can't label Marvel's Shang-Chi a must-see.

Like Black Panther before it, Shang-Chi lays its groundwork in the best elements of a Marvel movie and then elevates them with specificity all its own. It's hard to recommend Shang-Chi as a must-see when seeing it may, preposterously, be a life-or-death decision. Chapek indicated Shang-Chi would head to Disney Plus right after its 45-day window in theaters, setting it up to be available to stream there in mid-October. Plus, Disney Plus doesn't specify how many people watch its titles. But, if you can do it safely, Shang-Chi is a movie worth going back to a theater to see.

Chelsea is in negotiations with Atletico Madrid's Saul about a loan deal, while Manchester United is also intrigued, according to reports.

Chelsea is in negotiations with Atletico Madrid's Saul about a loan deal, while Manchester United is also intrigued, according to reports.

Luis Garcia discusses Angel Correa's quick start for Atletico Madrid in LaLiga as Luis Suarez returns to fitness. (1:00)Chelsea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over the signing of Saul Niguez on a season-long loan with an option to buy, sources have told ESPN. Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel isn't pushing hard for the move as he is happy with his squad. Saul Niguez has been a key player during Diego Simeone's reign at Atletico Madrid. He started just 22 LaLiga games, often featuring on the left-hand side, and sources told ESPN that his performance over the last 18 months had not met expectations.

Your questions answered in a special mailbag - Football Weekly

Your questions answered in a special mailbag - Football Weekly

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. On the podcast today: the panel answer a host of your questions. Should the World Cup really be held in Qatar? And where would Manchester United finish in the table if the Football Weekly panellists were in charge? Plus: Jonathan Wilson puts together his TV detective XI, flat chat and an update on the whereabouts of Barry’s Carabao Cup Box.

Tuesday's lesson: Vic Fangio and Brandon Staley's system of 'playing gap and a half' - The Athletic

Tuesday's lesson: Vic Fangio and Brandon Staley's system of 'playing gap and a half' - The Athletic

Last season, led by then-defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, the Rams finished the season as the fourth-best team in defensive DVOA, Football Outsider’s metric for efficiency. They did so by focusing their resources more on stopping the pass than the run, playing a ton of two-deep safety defenses with light boxes. Despite routinely not loading up the box with eight defenders, the Rams still finished third in defensive DVOA against the run. What Staley (now head coach of the Chargers ) is doing isn’t exactly new — a lot of it came from Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, and Fangio was influenced by many coaches before him. The way Fangio and Staley apply and adapt these principles to the modern game is what makes their defenses effective.

In a legal dispute with Disney, Marvel's Elizabeth Olsen compliments Scarlett Johansson.

In a legal dispute with Disney, Marvel's Elizabeth Olsen compliments Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over Black Widow has received support from fellow actor Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Olsen (who is currently starring in Marvel’s WandaVision series on Disney+) said that Johansson was “so tough” and “when I read [about the legal action] I was like, ‘good for you Scarlett’”. She added that “when it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. Disney denies it breached the agreement with Johansson, saying that her contract did not guarantee an “exclusive theatrical release”. Olsen’s fellow actor Jason Sudeikis, co-creator and star of streaming series Ted Lasso, also expressed his admiration for Johansson in the same interview, saying “it is appropriately bad-ass and on brand”.