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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Hoge steady at Sony despite missile scare

Staff, news services

HONOLULU – A false missile alert didn't bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.

Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

If there was uncertainty about the push alert in Hawaii about an incoming ballistic missile, a different variety awaits on Sunday. No one can be sure what to expect in a final round with so many players in contention.

Hoge was at 16-under 194 and was one shot ahead of Mayakoba winner Patton Kizzire (64) and Brain Harman (68).

Kyle Stanley shot 65 and was another shot back..

BASEBALL

Pirates deal Cole

Houston boosted its rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh in a five-player trade. The Pirates got Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, Colin Moran and Jason Martin

Basketball

Balls make debut

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7. The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball played in the Lithuanian league for BC Prienai on Saturday.

FOOTBALL

Northrop coach has heart surgery

Northrop assistant coach Tim Martone underwent heart surgery on Friday. Martone's son, Benjamin, tweeted that his father “will be strong and back coaching QBs this fall.” Martone was also the head coach of the Bruins from 2010-13 and is a former Concordia and North Side assistant.

Texans hire GM, re-sign O'Brien

The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.

Golf

On the course

In Johannesburg, Chris Paisley leads by a shot from home favorite Branden Grace going into the final round of the South African Open. ... In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia staged a late comeback to maintain its slim lead over defending champion Europe, 61/2 to 51/2, on the second day of the EurAsia Cup.

HOCKEY

Penguins win

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists, and Pittsburgh beat Detroit 4-1 in Pittsburgh for their third consecutive victory.

Tennis

On the court

Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final. ... Elise Mertens broke Mihaela Buzarnescu's serve in the opening game and went on to beat the Romanian 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Hobart International title.

MISCELLANEOUS

Local triathlete out of hospital

Concordia graduate and professional triathlete Alissa McKaig Doehla was released from the hospital Friday after a hit-and-run accident while cycling in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Doehla suffered two fractured vertebrae, a broken ulna and a broken metacarpal. Doehla was a cross country and track state champion at Concordia in 2003 and an NAIA national champion at Indiana Tech in 2008.