Theo Epstein, the most successful general manager in Boston Red Sox history, has agreed to rejoin the team in an unspecified capacity, 2 months after he turned down a three-year, $4.5 million contract extension and fled Fenway Park in a gorilla suit to avoid the encamped media. “As you know, we have spoken frequently during the last 10 weeks,” the team and Epstein said in a joint statement Thursday night. “We have engaged in healthy, spirited debates about what it will take over the long term for the Red Sox to remain a great organization and, in fact, become a more effective organization in philosophy, approaches and ideals. FOOTBALL: Tom Nugent, a College Football Hall of Famer who was credited with developing the I formation at Virginia Military Institute and later coached at Florida State and Maryland, died at age 92. HORSE RACING: Healthy Addiction won the $79,750 Paseana Stakes by two lengths at Santa Anita. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Healthy Addiction covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95 and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite. Freakin Streakin returned $2.40 and $2.10, while Chilean-bred Musica Si paid $2.10 to show in her U.S. debut. COLLEGES: The NCAA placed Weber State’s athletic program on probation for two years because of rules violations involving athletes using scholarship money to buy non-textbook items at the campus bookstore, the Ogden, Utah, university said. SOCCER: USC’s Amy Rodriguez, UCLA’s Danesha Adams and Christina DiMartino, and UCLA recruit Lauren Cheney scored goals as the U.S. under-20 women’s national team beat Jamaica 4-1 in Cordoba, Mexico, in its Group B opener at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for this summer’s world championship. Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano, 79, was discharged from a Valencia hospital 27 days after suffering a severe heart attack. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna signed a one-year contract extension with England Premier League club Manchester City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Red Sox also agreed to a three-year, $11.25 million deal with pitcher Bronson Arroyo Former AL Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve agreed to a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox. GOLF: Chad Campbell shot a 6-under par 66 to take a four-shot lead through two rounds of the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Desert. Campbell remained bogey-free through 36 holes of the 90-hole Hope and was at 15-under 129. FIGURE SKATING: In Lyon, France, Russia’s Irina Slutskaya won her seventh European figure skating title, breaking the record she shared with Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie, making her the heavy favorite for the gold medal at next month’s Olympics. “Ironically, Theo’s departure has brought us closer together in many respects, and, thanks to these conversations, we now enjoy the bonds of a shared vision for the organization’s future that did not exist on Oct. 31. With this vision in place, Theo will return to the Red Sox in a full-time baseball operations capacity, details of which will be announced next week.” Epstein declined to elaborate on the statement, which also came from principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino. The Red Sox have been operating with co-GMs, former Epstein lieutenants Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington since Dec. 12.