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CHICAGO — Two months after resigning from his role as Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein was hired Thursday as a consultant for Major League Baseball in on-field matters. In his new role, Epstein will work in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office with analytics experts on potential rules changes that MLB is exploring. “It is an honor to assist the efforts by Major League Baseball and the ...

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LOS ANGELES — Shortly after being named Saturday’s starting quarterback by default, the affable Jared Goff was asked if he was irked by all the mystery. “No,” he said tersely. That was it. No expression. No explanation. No expounding. Just, no. Which, given Goff’s competitive nature, probably means yes. Hell hath no fury like a quarterback scorned, and so it is reasonable to expect Goff to ...

Curacao has reopened the country’s borders to American travelers from every U.S. state and waived the previously required 14-day visitor quarantine, government officials said this week. Curacao had previously limited inbound travel to residents of the New York tri-state area and Florida upon the launch of its phased reopening in October. The Curacao Tourist Board; the Ministry of Public ...

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PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz will hire the next coach. It makes sense. After all, he fired the last one. Jeffrey Lurie made this plain Monday, when he ushered Pederson out the door and patted him on the back with a hand wearing the only Super Bowl ring Lurie's ever owned. Then again, considering Pederson won him that ring and not Wentz, maybe that hand performed more of a stabbing motion. To be ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — Young astronauts and aspiring space explorers now have a new forum to discover planets and delve into galaxies at Planet Play, the latest addition to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Immersion and interactivity are key for the new play area, which is geared toward visitors ages 2-12. “It’s at least 70 percent physical here ... You can climb, you can use digital ...

The NBA and the NBPA, the union that represents the league’s players, have agreed to a new set of health and safety protocols over the next two weeks to help the league navigate through a wave of game postponements because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. The NBA has postponed four games since Sunday due to the increased positive tests and contact tracing. The league is ...

The NHL will lose more than a billion dollars by staging the 2020-21 season in largely empty arenas, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, but owners and players are intent on playing a 56-game schedule to provide diversion for fans and keep hockey on the sports map. The delayed and shortened season, scheduled to begin Wednesday, already has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dallas ...

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