Kenny Omega returns to AEW in stunning fashion – 71Bait

Kenny Omega returned to AEW last Saturday full gear. Accompanied by a full house singing along to Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son,” Omega and the Young Bucks stormed back onto the stage in a clear manner. This performance was followed by a spectacular trio match against the extremely talented triumvirate of Pac, Fénix and Penta. … Read more

UFC Legend Randy Couture on Respecting Charles Oliveira, Enjoying ‘MVP’ Movie – 71Bait

Welcome to The weekly takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Each week, this column provides insight and information on the most notable stories in the fighting world. Randy Couture helped lay the foundation for UFC to reach new heights as a global entity. As a UFC Hall of Famer, Couture keeps this current generation … Read more

Manu Ginóbili vs. Tim Hardaway: Battle of Signature Moves – 71Bait

The killer crossover and the europstep are two of the best signature moves of all time. Tim Hardaway perfected the crossover during his time with RUN TMC Warriors. While Manu Ginóbili dominated teams at the eurostep in San Antonio for years. As the two former All-Stars are inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on … Read more

American Ballet Theater is headed by a black woman for the first time – 71Bait

In the series, Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx shine a spotlight on the diverse journeys of black women in sports – from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives and more. Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sport. Founded by Lucia Chase, the women-founded American Ballet Theater is one of the most respected dance companies … Read more

Auburn’s Allen Greene’s retirement leaves the Tigers with another leadership gap – 71Bait

The inevitable became imminent Friday when Auburn’s Allen Greene resigned from his post – a move unheard of for an athletic director secure in his role, but Greene was never truly secure in that role. Nearing the end of a contract due to expire in January 2023, Greene’s tenure was rocky and the ground beneath … Read more

Jon Anik discusses the fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 – 71Bait

Welcome to The weekly takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Each week, this column provides insight and information on the most notable stories in the fighting world. On the eve of what may be the biggest knockout in UFC history, Kamaru Usman was about to dominate Leon Edwards. In the final stretch of his … Read more

Cincinnati Bengals Tailgates: Meet the superfans behind the Jackpot Joey brand – 71Bait

If you happen to find yourself in the parking lot of a Bengals tailgate this fall, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a catchy tune about a guy named Jackpot Joey mixed in with the usual “Who Dey?” chants: He has a pink CartierCigar smoking protégéHas diamonds in his chainsAnd ice flows through his veinsHe’s … Read more

Kentucky AD has a targeted message for John Calipari, Mark Stoops – 71Bait

Mitch Barnhart has done a fine job as a college administrator for two decades while functioning as a near-recluse. He’s the dean of athletic directors for the Southeastern Conference, he’s served as chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee, he’s built a top 10 division for all sports in Kentucky — many on resumes … Read more

Patrício ‘Pitbull’ Freire looks to cement his place as Bellator ‘King’ – 71Bait

Welcome to The weekly takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Each week, this column provides insight and information on the most notable stories in the fighting world. Patrício “Pitbull” Freire has no plans to retire. And, he assured, when it’s finally time to end his legendary career, it won’t be because of AJ McKee. … Read more

Deshaun Watson suspension shows amazing weakness from Roger Goodell – 71Bait

Perhaps NFL commissioner Roger Goodell envisions his own legacy as a great businessman. He had a product the country was addicted to and managed to squeeze more money ($100 billion in media deals over the next decade) out of content-hungry networks than others in his position could have. He brought in a lot of money … Read more