What caught my eye: Soccer shootouts and rehab ready


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Was there ever any doubt that the U.S. Women’s National Team would make the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup? If you answered yes, you need to watch more soccer. The women have been out for a leisurely stroll through France while other teams are fighting off the onslaught of shots and superior footwork from the U.S. side. With new faces in the lineup for this edition of the tournament, some, including myself, questioned if this team could live up to the performance of the 2015 squad. I will admit, I was dead wrong to question any of this team’s abilities. The 2019 team is looking just as good if not better than the team that lifted our nation’s third World Cup four years ago.

Remember the last time we saw Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton take an at-bat for the Yankees? I know, it feels like ages, and that’s coming from an Astros fan. Two of the most exciting long-ball hitters in Major League Baseball are so close to stepping back on the field - well, at least a big-league field. Stanton and Judge have both been rehabbing with AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre, and soon it will be time to feel that old excitement when they step back into the box at Yankee Stadium. All we can do is pray that they stay healthy.

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College baseball. It often gets overlooked as an attractive sport to watch. That changes when the best of the best travel to Omaha for the College World Series. The Regionals and the Super-Regionals were filled with crazy plays and wild endings, and now that everything is on the line, we can only expect more action-packed baseball. Major League Baseball is played until October. Change the channel to ESPN and watch young men play their hearts out for the right to be National Champions. I promise, you’ll thank me later.

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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