Despite some suggestions that he should turn pro, standout Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will return to Columbus for at least one more year.

But Elliott won't look the same in 2015. The NCAA in a recent ruling outlawed jersey styles like the one Elliott preferred, a crop-top esque look that revealed his impressive abs.


Elliott has told reporters he liked the look of the rolled-up jersey, but he wore it like that for more practical purposes.

“I don’t like how long the jerseys are,” Elliott said. “I don’t want people to be able to grab onto me.”

Here's the NCAA's official rule change:

"Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue."

Elliott wasn't happy about the ruling and he made light of it by retweeting some humorous messages on Twitter:




It appears as though we'll find out if Elliott's jersey fashion did affect opponents' tackling. Whatever the reason for his elusiveness, Elliott emerged as a star over the course of the 2014 season. As a sophomore Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. And he saved his best performance for last, racking up 246 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State's championship game victory over Oregon.

It's a horrible pun, but it's true: The Left Shark crazy has officially jumped the shark.

After striking down the attempts of others to cash in on the Internet craze that is Left Shark, Katy Perry has churned out an opportunistic product of her own.

You -- yes, you -- can now own your very own Left Shark onesize, courtesy of Katy Perry's online store.

This iconic item covers you top to bottom and is available for the low introductory price of $130 -- an absolute bargain if you're an heir to the Hilton fortune or a member of Forbes' recently published list of billionaires.

Easily the best feature of this onesie is that, according to the pictures, you can zip up your head-hole to completely envelop your body in Left Shark.

That's right -- it doubles as a body bag.

It wasn't hard to see something on this order coming down the pike, considering that Katy Perry's legal team filed a trademark to Left Shark just five days after her Super Bowl performance. Her representatives went so far as to send cease-and-desist letters to people selling Left Shark products online.

Still, it's a bit sickening to imagine how many people will leap at this opportunity.

Perry will be roaring all the way to the bank.


From the Super Bowl performance:

An enormous statue and a personal museum aren't enough for Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 30-year-old Real Madrid striker apparently needs a wax sculpture of himself, and he needs that sculpture to look as pristine as he does.

Specifically, Ronaldo is concerned with the silky locks of his wax figurine. A member of Madrid's wax museum, where Ronaldo's figure has been on display, told a local radio station about the unusual work that goes into maintaining the sculpture's look.


"Cristiano told us to be sure his figure was perfect," Gonzalo Presa told Cadena Ser Catalunya. "He sent his own hairstylist to brush his figure once a month. Cristiano's hair is natural. It is not a wig and it comes from India."

Talk about vanity. Among American athletes perhaps only Alex Rodriguez, who reportedly has a painting of himself as a centaur, can match Ronaldo's inflated sense of self.

Of course, a hairstylist for a wax figurine is something you can afford if you earn $80 million per year.

It must be nice to be friends with LeBron James.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has demonstrated his generosity in a number of ways, and the most recent beneficiary of the King's hospitality is Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho, one of the leaders of Brazil's 2002 World Cup championship, posted a photo to his Twitter page of one of James' signature watches from his collaboration with Audemars Piguet.


The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph comes with an 18-karat pink gold case, black ceramic and diamond set push pieces and a hand-stitched gray crocodile strap. James' signature is printed in blue on the sapphire crystal in the back of the watch. All told, the watch retails for around $60,000.

"Anytime I do anything or have a partnership with anyone that has my name on it, I like to have a lot of personal trace in it," James said when the partnership with Audemars Piguet was announced.

Only 600 of these watches were produced, so it's a big deal that James gave one to Ronaldinho. James has expressed his love for soccer before, and he was even at the World Cup final in Brazil. Perhaps this is an early birthday present for the 2005 Ballon d'Or winner, who will turn 35 on March 21.

Ronaldinho has made quite an impression on James and another NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who met the man nicknamed "Gaúcho" in 2013, told reporters that Ronaldinho was his kids' favorite soccer player.

In what may come as a surprise to many readers of Sports Illustrated, the cover boy for the magazine's 2015 MLB preview issue will be topless.

Sort of.

Giancarlo Stanton, the 25-year-old Miami Marlins slugger who signed a $325 million extension during the offseason, appears on the cover in body paint meant to resemble his uniform. And it looks extremely accurate:


The Sports Illustrated artists included all the minor elements, like Stanton's sleeve and the buttons on his jersey. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process:

You've got to hand it to the designers for nailing all the details here because normally the models wearing body paint don't, er, have as much clothing.



Stanton is quite comfortable without his shirt, as he appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" in 2013.


Things are looking good for Stanton, who was in contention for last season's NL MVP award until he was beaned by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers in September. Despite missing the final 17 games of the season, Stanton still led the league with 37 home runs.

Stanton reported to training camp this week feeling 100 percent healthy and told reporters that he doesn't expect the injury to affect his play.

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutcheon has a reputation as one of the more stylish individuals in Major League Baseball. That might lead some to think that he has a well-developed stylistic palate and a natural inclination to certain looks and designers. The reality, though, is much more every-man: everything McCutcheon wears gets approval from his wife before he leaves the house. McCutcheon dishes on that and more in an exclusive interview.

It was a simple concept: Use a player to market a brand. When Nike created the original Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, it started a revolution for player-product gear.

Kanye West has his own branded sneakers now (Adidas), but the Jordan Brand still reigns supreme. Last weekend, Air Jordan had a chance to celebrate its 30-year anniversary in Michael Jordan's birth city. Across the street from Madison Square Garden on Seventh Avenue, the Jordan Brand unveiled its "NBA All-Star Week Consumer Experience" at Pearl Pavilion.

The experience effectively acted as a portable Air Jordan museum. Long time Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr.'s photos donned the walls. Iooss, whom Jordan specifically requested to shoot photos during his career, came into the experience and wrote captions on the photos.

In terms of artifacts, the museum hosted every Air Jordan sneaker and a "Hall of Greatness," featuring the game-worn shoes from Jordan's defining moments. Many of the sneakers, jerseys and accessories came from the Michael Jordan Building in Beaverton, Ore. Memorabilia from Jordan's partnership with Warner Bros. (e.g. Space Jam gear) was also provided.

For fans, the interactive experience includes a 360-degree slam dunk camera around an undersized hoops. Fans can throw down and watch their dunk from all angles. Fans could also test new Air Jordan models and go through drills to emulate the footwork of Jordan Brand players. Visitors can take their picture under the text "I'm Not Michael I am Jordan."

Perhaps the crown jewel of the event was the LED half-court simulator walled with 876 screens. Fans had the opportunity to choose one of three shots: Jordan's game-winning shot for North Carolina over Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA championship game, Jordan's 1998 game-winning jumper in Game 6 of the NBA Finals (a Jordan employee works as a mock defender and falls back like Byron Russell) and a free shot, symbolizing "The Next Shot" in 2015.

Of course, along with the attractions, the experience boasted a shop with the newest Jordan products. The latest Jordans, including products launched over All-Star Weekend, were present.

Iooss, Carmelo Anthony and Jordan's friends and colleagues Tinker Hatfield and Howard "H" White were among those to stop by the experience.

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He makes limited public appearances and hasn't fought in 33 years, but a new endorsement deal with Under Armour attests to the sustained legacy of the world's most famous boxer, Muhammad Ali.

Under Armour and Ali on Wednesday announced a partnership in which the Baltimore-based company will produce lifestyle and training apparel inspired by the cultural icon.

Both Ali and Under Armour posted a 15-second promotional video to their Twitter accounts:



Ali is a heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist whose personality transcended boxing. He was an outsize personality who was never afraid to voice his opinion and famously refused to serve in the Vietnam War. In 1984 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome and while he lives a mostly private life, he is still idolized by many. He's got 477,000 followers and Twitter and is considered one of the most recognizable athletes ever.

"He's an iconic hero from the past and a true innovator," said Glenn Silbert, vice president of men's, outdoors and team sports for Under Armour. "We wondered what Ali would have been like if he had a brand like ours when he was getting started and how great it could have been. That has been the mentality of our design team throughout this process."

According to ESPN, the partnership is officially between Under Armour and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which bought Ali's estate and licensing rights in 2013. ABG owns the trademarks to a slew of phrases related to Ali, including, "Float Like A Butterfly Sting Like A Bee," "The Greatest Of All Time" and "Rumble In The Jungle."

Under Armour will launch Ali's apparel line in March and training line in November.

"Under Armour is irreverent, disruptive, they pivot quickly and they're explosive," said Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer of ABG. "Those words also speak to Ali and how he changed the game."

Under Armour has been selective in how many athletes it signs for endorsement deals with Tom Brady and Stephen Curry being among the notable choices. It also has taken an innovative approach toward the women's market with campaigns featuring Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theatre and supermodel Gisele.

Craig Sager announced his likely return to the broadcasting game in the only way he could -- with a loud, ridiculous suit only he could pull off.

As part of the TNT broadcast of last weekend's NBA All-Star Game, Sager said that he is almost ready to end a hiatus from sideline reporting that began last April, when he started treatments to battle leukemia. Sager set March 1 as his hopeful date of return to broadcasting, with hopes of participating full-time from that point.

"I think I’m on my road back, and I’m looking forward to being back there healthy in March, April, looking forward to the playoffs," Sager told Inside the NBA.

Of course, the message could have easily been missed by anyone too distracted by the crazy outfit he wore for the segment:

Sager also conducted an interview with Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who made sure Sager knew his presence was a welcome sight.

"Let me start off my saying: We miss you," Anthony told Sager. "The game hasn’t been the same, the sideline hasn’t been the same without seeing you out there. You’re in my family’s prayers, you’re in my prayers, so we hope to see you back out here soon."

Sager has received an outpouring support from across the NBA, highlighting well-wishes and gifts from coaches including San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra. He also singled out Nets center Kevin Garnett as “the first one to send flowers.”

Hannah Davis says the controversy surrounding her cover shot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is silly. "There are far more scandalous pictures in the magazine if you open it up," Davis said. "It's a girl in a bikini, and I think it's empowering."

Scandalous. Empowering. Whatever the case, it generates conversation, such as the one we had on The Rundown, a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame.

What's your favorite SI Swimsuit Issue cover? Leave a comment below, and check back for more segments of The Rundown.

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