Elsie A. Dotson

What’s next for Jemele Hill?: 100 influential Black women in sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.

Unbothered is not just the name of Jemele Hill’s award-winning podcast—it’s the essence of who she is.

From the outside looking in, Hill seemed to be living a sports journalist’s dream in 2018. She was young, successful, and Black, a woman holding her own in a male-dominated world as anchor of ESPN’s highest-rated show, SportsCenter.

“Most people aren’t aware that I had a successful journalism career before coming to ESPN. It was not some place that I dreamed of working,” she says. “I was a writer at heart; being a sportswriter for Sports Illustrated was the pinnacle of jobs for me. The TV thing just kind of happened.”

With her casual style,

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Convention Center revenues nearing pre-pandemic level

Mar. 16—The Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter are on track to meet or exceed revenue goals for the year, the center’s general manager told Owensboro city commissioners Tuesday night.

The message from general manager Jamie Scheffer was that convention center and Sportscenter operations are returning largely to normal after events were disrupted and canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, we were decimated by the pandemic,” Scheffer said. This year, however, “we are seeing record-breaking rebound, with financials and events coming back. It’s almost a return back to pre-pandemic levels.”

For the year, convention center revenues are about $235,000 above projections, while revenue at the Sportscenter is $41,175 above projections, Scheffer said.

“Right now, we are forecasting at both buildings to beat budget by $443,000,” he said.

Scheffer said the facilities are projected to host 278 events this year, with attendance exceeding 150,000 visitors. For the fiscal

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6 bets that look smart heading into the first weekend of March Madness

  • March Madness is one of the most popular sports betting events of the year.

  • Even if you’ve already filled out your bracket, there’s still plenty of tournament action to get in on.

  • Take a look below at our six best bets for the first round of the tournament.

There are few days on the gambling calendar better than the opening rounds of March Madness.

With wall-to-wall games from noon until midnight, there’s no shortage of action to bet on. The American Gaming Association, in a recent report, predicted that this year’s March Madness will yield $3.1 billion in bets, both legal and illegal.

So in case you’re in need of something else to cheer for aside from your bracket — which, let’s face it, will almost certainly get busted — let’s run through some of our favorite bets heading into the first round of the tournament.

No. 16 Georgia State

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Sportsbook calls for investigation into Bucs bets placed before Tom Brady’s return

Tom Brady’s return to the Buccaneers not only hijacked the end of Selection Sunday, but it drastically altered NFL forecast for the upcoming season. Sports books around the country immediately altered Tampa Bay’s 2023 Super Bowl odds, though now it appears some Bucs bets are under further examination.

Westgate SuperBook vice president Jay Kornegay believes that some sizable bets placed on Tampa Bay to win the Super Bowl before Brady announced he was coming out of retirement were made with inside information, according to Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kornegay has reportedly called for an investigation into those wagers.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that they knew he was coming back when they placed those wagers on Thursday,” Kornegay said. “And these were not casual bettors. They would be categorized as educated bettors. It wasn’t a guy with a Tom Brady jersey at the counter.

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