When a Farewell Season Was Wiped Out, the Outfield Became a Diner

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The long goodbye to McCoy Stadium began in August 2018, when the Class AAA Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League announced the franchise would be moving 50 minutes up Route 146 to Worcester, Mass., starting with the 2021 season. The news added even more weight to the team’s 2020 season, which was also the 50th anniversary …

Why Morehouse and Clemson Made Different Football Choices

Jeffries, the professor at Ohio State, said college athletes could soon consider their place as cogs in a machine — much the same way a handful of W.N.B.A., N.B.A. and Major League Baseball players have chosen not to return as their leagues plot restarts during the pandemic. And perhaps the Arizona players are a start. “These are kids that play …

The Yankees’ 2 Goals: Avoid the Coronavirus, and Win the World Series

While praising the breadth of the protocols, Cashman and Boone acknowledged a level of unpredictability in the season. “If this year has taught you anything, it’s to understand that anything is possible with this,” Boone said, referring to the virus. “All I know is that in my world, my job and my focus is to comply as best I can …

Minor League Baseball Season Is Canceled for the First Time

The announcement that 160 minor league baseball teams and tens of thousands of workers and players had long been expecting finally arrived Tuesday afternoon: the 2020 minor league baseball season will not happen. It is the first time in the history of Minor League Baseball, which was founded in 1901, that a season has been canceled. “These are unprecedented times …

New Netball 2-Point Rule Causes Uproar

As both a fan and a player of netball, I thought the rule was — and still is — a bit gimmicky. It takes the strategy out of the game, gives the defence more work and no reward and was only there to “wow” the crowd. But because of the Bushfire Relief fundraiser, I was all for it. Variations of …

In a Season of Challenges, the Mets See a Unique Opportunity, Too

“We feel like our lineup can be as deep as anybody’s in baseball,” Van Wagenen said. “We think we have punch. We think we have guys that can impact the game with the bat, so we’re looking forward to utilizing the D.H. spot both to protect our guys’ health and to put up some offensive force.” Van Wagenen said he …

Swimming With the Sea Lions of Los Islotes

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Benjamin Lowy shares a collection of photos from an underwater shoot off the coast of Baja. …

P.G.A. Tour Reminds Golfers to Stay Safe at Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. — When Sergio Garcia sank his final putt Thursday on an 18th green enveloped by a natural amphitheater customarily filled with thousands of fans, the golf ball’s rattle around inside the hole could be heard from 30 yards away. A minute later, as Garcia ascended a hill, the only sound was his pencil scratching a last number on …