Agreed Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein agreed Wednesday to a five-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. The 37-year-old Epstein would leave the Red Sox with a year remaining on his contract as general manager and take over what is expected to be an expanded role with the Cubs, who have gone 103 years without a World Series championship. With Epstein at the helm, the Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series title drought in 2004 and won the title again in 2007.

Declared Two doctors were negligent in their treatment of American basketball player Chauncey Hardy after he suffered fatal injuries, Romania’s health ministry said. Hardy died Sunday after he was punched in a bar in Giurgiu, where he played for a Romanian club. The 23-year-old Hardy, who played at Sacred Heart in Connecticut from 2006-2010, sustained severe head injuries and died after surgery in a Bucharest hospital. Health ministry official Raed Arafat said Hardy should have been transferred to Bucharest immediately.

Reviewed Golfer Steve Stricker still has the longest active cut streak on the PGA Tour. Stricker was considered to have missed the cut at the BMW Championship last month when he withdrew after the second round because of a neck injury. There was no cut at the tournament, although the tour said the streak ended because he did not get official money. The tour since has reviewed its records and determined that Stricker still gets credit for making the cut.

Revoked Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. had his license revoked and was barred from racing in New York for 10 years by the state Racing and Wagering Board. In its ruling, the board cited Dutrow’s long history of rules violations, including numerous medication violations. Dutrow won the Derby and the Preakness with Big Brown in 2008.

Announced Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Wright Waters says he will retire July 1. Waters became the Sun Belt commissioner in 1998 and under his leadership the conference began playing Division I-A football in 2001.


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