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The Miami Marlins will temporarily postpone its season, after at least 14 members of the organization tested positive for the coronavirus, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent game cancellations come just a few days after the 2020 MLB season opened — signaling how difficult it is to achieve any sense of normalcy during a global pandemic.

The state of play: The team's most recent coronavirus testing shows four more players are positive for the virus, the Miami Herald reports.

  • Marlin's games have been postponed through at least Sunday, according to MLB.

What they're saying: "The difficult circumstances of one Club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with the protocols in all ways, both on and off the field," the MLB said. "We will continue to bolster our protocols and make any necessary adjustments. The realities of the virus still loom large, and we must operate with that in mind every day."

Go deeper: How baseball's coronavirus reckoning affects everything

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Oct 21, 2020 - Sports

Baseball's newest billionaire Steve Cohen dwarfs other owners in wealth

Data: Forbes; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Steve Cohen's bid to buy the Mets was approved by MLB's Ownership Committee on Tuesday, all but assuring he'll be the team's new owner.

Why it matters: Cohen's net worth ($14.6 billion) would make him the second-richest owner in American sports behind Steve Ballmer ($73 billion), while also making him wealthier than the next three richest MLB owners combined.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.