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Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:00 am

Briefs

3 golfers tied for lead at American Express

Associated Press

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Max Homa has been tearing up the Stadium Course at The American Express for two days.

If he can do it one more time today, the Southern California native could be raising his second career PGA Tour trophy.

Homa made nine birdies and shrugged off a double bogey on the way to a 7-under 65 in the third round, joining Tony Finau and Si Woo Kim atop the leaderboard at 15-under 201.

Richy Werenski also shot a 65 and moved within a shot of the lead on the Stadium Course at PGA West near Palm Springs.

Scotland's Russell Knox shot the day's low round with a 64 – one stroke off the course record – to join Brian Harman and Emiliano Grillo at 13 under.

Finau and Kim both shot 67. Kim was bogey-free, while the streakier Finau bounced back from a double bogey on the 13th with three consecutive birdies.

Second-round leader Sungjae Im struggled to a 73, leaving him five shots off the lead after four bogeys – including a triple bogey on the ninth after putting two straight shots in the water. First-round leader Brandon Hagy shot a 72 and was even with Im at 10 under.

Baseball

Cubs sign catcher Romine

The Chicago Cubs have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Austin Romine. Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBI in 37 games with Detroit last year.

Boston inks pair

Boston has agreed to terms with second baseman Enrique Hernández and right-hander Garrett Richards, a person with knowledge of the deals told The Associated Press.

Basketball

All Wolverines' athletics on hold

The state health authorities in Michigan will shut down all athletics at the University of Michigan for the next two weeks, according to multiple reports. The decision comes as five people in the athletic department have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant that appears to be significantly more infectious. Fifteen more in the department are presumed positive.

Golf

Kang continues to lead in Florida

In Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Danielle Kang played great, tying her career low with an 8-under 63 and protecting her lead Saturday in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Jessica Korda owned the day. A sizzling 28 on the back nine – 9-under par – at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando lifted Korda to an 11-under 60, just one shot off the LPGA Tour scoring mark.

McIlroy up 1 shot

In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Rory McIlroy will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship after posting a 5-under 67. McIlroy holed out from 73 yards to eagle the 10th and added five birdies to go 13 under, wrestling control of the tournament from Tyrrell Hatton (71), who trails by a shot.

Hockey

Jackets trade Dubois, then win

After Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched for lack of effort two days ago, Columbus traded the star center to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. Hours after the trade, the Blue Jackets got three first-period goals and beat Tampa Bay 5-2 in Columbus, Ohio.


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