What Caught My Eye: Free agency, Cornell wrestling, Yankees

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Why even bother?

NBA free agency dominated the sports world over the last few weeks, and as most of the big-name players have already signed with new team, the market has cooled off, for now. The NBA has become something straight out of an afternoon soap opera. The drama and reactions to players signing with a new team and others demanding trades has become larger than the season itself. Sports outlets have already begun looking ahead as far as 2022 free agency, signifying the media gold mine that is the off season. Why play the games when we can have free agency instead?

Dogu Diakomihalis

It seems like just yesterday that Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis was the center of the wrestling media attention after the controversial ending to his match with Zain Retherford, which cost him a spot on the world team. Despite the tough ending, Diakomihalis moved on quickly, competing at Yasar Dogu, one of the more important international tournaments, in Istanbul, Turkey, this past weekend. If you hadn’t realized that this kid is something special after the two national championships and his freakish athleticism, the gold medal at Dogu certainly should seal the deal. He is showing the world the future of American wrestling and doing so with the same passion and charisma that we have come to know and love.

Second-half kick-start

With the All-Star break behind them, the Yankees have kicked off the second half of the season and have a prime opportunity to assert their dominance in the division and in all of baseball. In the next month, the team has run-ins with the Red Sox and the Orioles, along with a few non-divisional opponents. The focus is this week’s series with Tampa Bay, a prime opportunity for the Yankees to take a commanding lead in the division. This team is scary, and the first few weeks of the second half only further cement the Yankees as a serious threat for a World Series crown.

Hear Mark Shelley regularly with Nick Karski on Between the Lines, from 5 to 6 p.m., on ESPN Ithaca at 107.1 FM/1160 AM. Did we miss something? Contact us at MarkS@VizellaMedia.com.

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