Masters champion Adam Scott is among the favorites when the Tournament of Champions gets underway Friday on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
The 30-man field is comprised only of players who won on the PGA Tour last year. Only nine players are back from 2013, including Dustin Johnson. He says he feeling better and expects to defend his title. He withdrew from the pro-am Thursday because of stiffness in his neck.
As usual, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson opted not to play in Hawaii.
Seattle signed outfielder Cole Gillespie and reliever Ramon Ramirez to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training. Both are former Giants.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal was the only seed left at the Qatar Open after he beat No. 7 Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 in Doha. The quarterfinal match was delayed for two hours by rain. Nadal will play Peter Gojowczyk, who beat fellow qualifier Dustin Brown 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5). The other semifinal is Florian Mayer vs. Gael Monfils.
Russia beat the defending champion United States 5-3 in the world junior quarterfinals, rallying to take the lead on Nakita Zadorov's two power-play goals in Malmo, Sweden. Russia will face Sweden and Canada will play Finland in the semifinals.
The league has taken control of the Los Angeles Sparks as it tries to find new ownership, WNBA president Laurel Richie announced. Sparks chairman Paula Madison informed the league that she and her family-owned company would no longer be involved with the team. All front office personnel were laid off on New Year's Eve.
Running back Leonard Fournette, the top-rated recruit in the nation from New Orleans, committed to LSU during the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Washington D.C. athlete Jalen Tabor committed to Arizona.
Wire services contributed to this report.