Tipsheet: Epstein bails on Cubs, ponders next career move | Jeff Gordon

Tom Verducci, “One thing you must understand about Epstein, and why his creative alarm clock goes off after about 10 years in one place, is that he is intense about being a collaborative builder. He is the most important baseball figure of this young century. It is not just because he is smart. It is because he is driven and because he delivered championships. He is not the architect of theory but of best practices that won actual titles. He knows what he does not know, and not only surrounds himself with front office talent but also empowers them to contribute and fill in the gaps. The game you see today is the game Epstein helped birth, though he never saw it going this far down the rabbit hole of analytics that it has lost much of its soul in a relentless, clinical pursuit of efficiency. The job

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Jeff Jacobs: ‘A lot of challenges’ ahead for Sacred Heart and the college basketball community

FAIRFIELD — Mask on his face, heart on his sleeve, Anthony Latina walked off the practice court late Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, we started an hour late, one guy tweaked his ankle, it looked like we hadn’t practiced in 14 days and we were dragging a little at the end,” the Sacred Heart basketball coach said.

You could almost see the smile on Latina’s face underneath that mask.

“And it was great to see each other and be together, get our legs under us and have that camaraderie,” he said.

Game 1 — COVID willing — is at No. 24 Rutgers on Nov 25.

“As a coach, you do feel pressure to win,” Latina said. “But this year you feel a different type of pressure. We’ve got to make this work. I remember I was talking with UMass Lowell about game time (Dec. 4) and all that. I’m like, ‘If we

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NASA is partnering with 17 US space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, to develop new tech ‘for the moon and beyond’

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos are posing for a picture: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. John Locher/AP and Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. John Locher/AP and Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and startup Rocket Lab are among 17 companies partnering with NASA to develop new technologies for space missions to “the moon and beyond.”
  • NASA announced 20 partnerships total on Monday, all of which are unfunded. The chosen space companies will gain access to NASA’s testing facilities and expertise.
  • “Space technology development doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Jim Reuter, the associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said.
  • The space industry is booming, and expected to grow by more than $1 trillion in the next 10 years.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

NASA has picked 17 US companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, to develop new tech for space missions,

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin venture fleshes out plans for 2023 cargo delivery to the moon

Blue Origin landers
An artist’s conception shows the human landing system that’s being developed by Blue Origin and its industry partners in the foreground, and Blue Origin’s Blue Moon cargo lander in the far background. (Blue Origin Illustration)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is working on a landing system that could put astronauts on the moon by as early as 2024 — but it’s also keeping its options open to deliver a ton of cargo to the lunar surface a year before that.

Blue Origin’s chief scientist, Steve Squyres, outlined the current state of plans for an Amazon-like cargo delivery to the moon today during a virtual symposium presented by the University of Washington’s Space Policy and Research Center.

The idea isn’t exactly new: Blue Origin floated its Blue Moon cargo lander concept with the Trump administration in early 2017, even before President Donald Trump formally took office. And a

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Jeff Jacobs: Career sidetracked by COVID, resilient Nick Newell continues to inspire

He was born without a left hand. Nick Newell doesn’t need any more lessons in perseverance. He has fought for more than a decade through the unforgiving world of mixed martial arts. He doesn’t need lessons in resilience.

COVID-19 doesn’t care. The weak, the strong, the old, the young, the vulnerable, the seemingly invulnerable, COVID cuts through our health, our wealth, our well-being in every way possible.

So there was the Milford native all set to fight Zach Zane on March 13 on the Bellator 241 card at Mohegan Sun when all hell broke loose in our nation. That was the week COVID became our reality. That was the day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

There was no Newell-Zane I.

Nine days before his Bellator 250 lightweight fight Oct. 29 against Zane at Mohegan Sun, Newell tested negative for COVID. After arriving at the Uncasville casino that Saturday,

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BC coach Jeff Hafley suspended Tuesday practice so the players can vote on election day.

Voting is a priority with the Boston College football program.

BC coach Jeff Hafley reconfigured his game week schedule for Saturday’s rivalry clash with Syracuse at the Carrier Dome so that coaches, players and staff members were free to vote on Election Day.

Hafley had the team on the practice field on Monday, normally an off day, and left Tuesday open so that everyone could access polling booths. This was especially beneficial for players who have to go home to vote.

There are activists’ sentiments expressed throughout the program and many players are involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Hafley suspended training camp for a day in response to the Jacob Blake shooting by police in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 23.

“We talked about the importance of voting,” said Hafley.  “I actually brought up the day we didn’t practice and voting is such a big step.”

Hafley credited Director

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Harvard Business School Professor Jeff Bussgang On The Future Of Education

As we continue to embark on the new normal, 2020 has brought us an entirely new way that students learn. From Kindergarten to MBAs, students are immersed in distance learning, and the one unifying factor is that technology connects the classroom. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella furthered this point in his quarterly earnings call, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.”

With parents spending their days muting and unmuting Zoom meetings for their grade-schoolers, we’re not fully streamlined in the processes that make remote learning seamless; however, there are many tools and platforms that empower the next generation to continue to build community and garner more applicable skills for the classroom and beyond.

To gather more insights into this digital transformation within the education sector, I went Live on LinkedIn to interview Harvard Business School Lecturer Jeff Bussgang on the platforms he is bullish on for the

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Boston College football coach Jeff Hafley wasn’t concerned when the Eagles were blown out two weeks ago, and here’s why

At 4-2, the Eagles are both a success and still a work in progress in their first season under Hafley. Now they’re staring down the same Clemson team that decimated the team they just beat. As it is almost every year, BC’s matchup with Clemson will be their most daunting task of the season.

Here are some game-week observations.

▪ The Eagles clean up problem areas quickly: Yes, Jurkovec is hitting the downfield targets he was missing earlier in the season. And yes, the tackling issues that led to long runs for Virginia Tech were drilled out of existence by the time they faced Georgia Tech. But one play exemplified how quickly BC is learning from its mistakes.

Two weeks ago against the Hokies, the Eagles lined up for what was supposed to be a relatively simple handoff from Jurkovec to Bailey in the backfield. Tight end Hunter Long was

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49ers RB Jeff Wilson, Jr. enjoying career day against Patriots

Raheem Mostert is on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Tevin Coleman is on injured reserve with a knee issue and the San Francisco 49ers are still finding ways to gash the New England Patriots defense on the ground.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is without his top two running backs, but the team’s offensive mastermind designed a game plan to take control of Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots with a multi-faceted rushing attack.

Fourth-string running back Jeff Wilson, Jr. made a surprise start and set a career high with 92 rushing yards in the first half, including 16 yards on a touchdown run that gave the 49ers a three-score lead with less than a minute to go before halftime.

Wilson bumped that total up to 112 yards with a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but suffered an ankle injury while being tackled into the end zone that

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