Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar made enough birdies on the back nine Friday to build a little separation and share the lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu, the PGA Tour's first full-field event of the year.

Kuchar played bogey-free in a round of 7-under 63.

Simpson reached the par-5 18th green in two for a two-putt birdie with the conventional putter he uses now that belly putters aren't allowed. That gave him a 66 and a share of the lead at 12-under 128.

Troy Merritt (64), who went to high school at Spring Lake Park, played in the morning and was at 10 under. Defending champion Jimmy Walker had his 15th consecutive round in the 60s in Hawaii. He had a 66 and was four shots behind.

Ace keeps McIlroy close to Kaymer

Rory McIlroy made his first competitive hole-in-one as a professional and shot a 6-under 66 to move into third place in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Championship, two strokes behind second-round leader Martin Kaymer (67). McIlroy made his ace on the 177-yard No. 15 with a 9-iron.


Price, Tigers strike record deal

David Price and the Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with a record-setting deal.

Price agreed to a $19.75 million contract, the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration. The agreement surpassed Max Scherzer's $15,525,000 deal with Detroit last year.

Detroit acquired Price from Tampa Bay in a deadline trade in July, and the move paid off when he held the Twins scoreless in a division-clinching victory on the final day of the regular season. Price went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season, and he led the major leagues with 271 strikeouts.

Avoiding arbitration is big all over

• Several other deals struck to avoid arbitration reached notable heights Friday. The Baltimore Orioles and first baseman Chris Davis agreed on a $12 million contract for next season, and catcher Matt Wieters got a one-year deal for $8,275,000. The Chicago White Sox agreed to a $9.8 million, one-year contract with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $12.5 million, one-year deal with pitcher Rick Porcello. Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed on a $7.4 million, one-year contract, and Washington also agreed to a one-year deal for $11.4 million with starter Doug Fister.

Randy Johnson will wear an Arizona Diamondbacks cap on his plaque in the Hall of Fame. Johnson had his biggest success with Arizona, winning four consecutive Cy Young Awards and a World Series title. He pitched 9½ seasons for Seattle.

•South Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang and the Pittsburgh Pirates finalized an $11 million, four-year contract.

•Free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki reached a $4.7 million, one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. Aoki played last season for Kansas City and hit .285.


Vonn takes 10th in downhill

Lindsey Vonn finished 10th in a World Cup downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, and failed to match the all-time record for victories.

Vonn and most of the other favorites struggled in fog and falling snow.

Vonn can match Annemarie Moser-Proell's record of 62 wins in another downhill Saturday or in a super-G on Sunday.

"The pressure will be there until I can break the record," Vonn said. "I just have to stay focused on the skiing. and that's what's going to win me races."

Italy's Elena Fanchini won the race.

Swiss Olympian wins super-combined

Former Swiss Olympic champion Carlo Janka won a World Cup super-combined event in Wengen, Switzerland, beating Victor Muffat-Jeandat of France by 1.31 seconds. Ted Ligety of the United States was fifth.


Figure skating: Former world champion Carolina Kostner was banned for 16 months for her role in the doping case involving her ex-boyfriend, Olympic race-walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer. She was accused of helping him evade a drug test.

Boxing: A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said Ali has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the past four weeks.

Snowboarding: Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States won the women's snowboard cross in Kreischberg, Austria, for her fourth world title, and Luca Matteotti won the men's event for his first major championship.

Tennis: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat her Czech Fed Cup teammate Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to win the Sydney International.

College football: Michigan added Jedd Fisch to coordinate its passing game. Fisch was Gophers offensive coordinator in 2009. … Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Manning Award that goes to the nation's top college quarterback.