Patrick Reed had three eagle attempts Thursday and made the last one for an 8-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Reed is the defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his past six tournaments around the world.
Most of the attention was on Spieth, coming off a blockbuster year that included two majors.
Spieth and Reed were part of a five-way tie for the lead on the par-5 18th on the Plantation Course when Reed drilled a 3-wood onto the green and let the grain take it to 15 feet. He made the putt to cap off a 31 on the back nine.
Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes and Danny Lee were at 67.
Span signs with Giants
The San Francisco Giants agreed on a $31 million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical.
The former Twin will make $10.33 million a year and can make additional money with performance bonuses. Span, who will turn 32 next month, batted .301 with five homers, 22 RBI and a .365 on-base percentage in 61 games last season with Washington. He missed time because of injuries to his back, left hip and right core.
… The Dodgers signed Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda to an eight-year, $25 million deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy, a risk the team was willing to take despite knowing he has had elbow issues.
… Righthander Ryan Cook agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners, who added another arm to their overhauled bullpen. Cook's deal, which is not guaranteed, calls for a $1.1 million salary while in the majors and $300,000 while in the minors. Cook was an All-Star in 2012 with Oakland when he went 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 71 appearances.
… Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Mariners cap and Mike Piazza will have a Mets hat. Griffey spent a lengthy period of his career with Cincinnati, and Piazza reached the major leagues with the Dodgers. Griffey is the first Mariners player in the Hall.
… Billy Bean was promoted to vice president for social responsibility and inclusion by Major League Baseball. MLB has also added Curtis Pride as an ambassador for inclusion.
Platini withdraws candidacy
Michel Platini's dream of becoming the next FIFA president is over.
Platini said he remains determined to overturn the eight-year ban he was handed by FIFA's ethics committee last month, but that the deadline for the Feb. 26 election is too short and renders his candidacy impossible.
"I'm withdrawing from the race for FIFA presidency," Platini said. "The timing is not good for me. I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates. I have not been given the chance to play the game. Bye bye FIFA, bye bye FIFA presidency."
AROUND THE HORN
Figure skating: Jason Brown won't defend his U.S. figure skating title, which start Jan. 21 in St. Paul, because of a back strain. Brown could still petition for a spot on the Americans' world championship team, but he doesn't know yet whether he'd be healthy enough to compete.
Track and field: Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, and two Russian officials were banned from track and field for life for engaging in blackmail, bribery and extortion to cover up a Russian doping case.
Volleyball: The No. 1-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team beat Canada 3-0 in the opener of its NORCECA Olympic qualifying tournament. The Americans overwhelmed the 16th-ranked and lowest seed Canadians 25-18, 25-18, 25-15.