Morgan Hoffmann's day began with news that his 97-year-old grandmother had died. It ended with his first lead on the PGA Tour.

Hoffman began his round with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 10 and finished it with a 9-iron shot that touched the hole before stopping inches away for birdie.

He also holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 sixth, leading to a 6-under 66 Thursday and a one-shot lead over five players in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Fla.

"Mentally, I'm in kind of a weird state right now," he said. "Just wish my family the best at home. My whole family texted me and said, 'Nanny is playing golf with Pop up there,' which was pretty cool."

Ko leads LPGA tournament

•Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with three others in the suspended first round of the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.


Cancer news drives decision

Defensive tackle Devon Still signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals, a few days after getting encouraging news about his 4-year-old daughter's fight with cancer. The Bengals had offered Still a one-year deal. He waited to see how his daughter, Leah, was doing before making a decision. Results of her tests this week showed her cancer treatments are working.

If the results hadn't been so encouraging, Still would have had to decide whether to try to sign with a team on the East Coast so he could be closer to his daughter.

"Everything really depended upon my daughter's results," Still said. "Now that they are going the right way, obviously I am going back to Cincinnati because that's the team that drafted me and stood by me the whole time."

Browns add receiver Bowe

•The Cleveland Browns snagged a No. 1 wide receiver, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with free agent Dwayne Bowe. Bowe played his first eight seasons for Kansas City.

•Running back Bernard Pierce found work quickly, getting claimed by Jacksonville a day after a drunken driving charge led to his release by the Baltimore Ravens.

•The Washington Redskins re-signed free-agent quarterback Colt McCoy, who started four games for the team last season.

•The Miami Dolphins decided against matching the contract offer tight end Charles Clay received from the Buffalo Bills, so he'll join the Bills after signing their $38 million, five-year offer Tuesday.

College basketball

Boeheim: Leaving '18 or sooner

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has always hinted he planned to retire on his own terms. That moment is at hand, and his plan remains intact despite NCAA sanctions marring the end of his career.

In an hourlong news conference Thursday, Boeheim said 2018 is the "right time" to retire, but he also acknowledged that next season could be his last as he and the university appeal punishments for academic and benefits violations.

"I love coaching, and you can coach as long as you can be effective," he said. "If I'm not effective at the end of next year, I won't coach after next year. The three-year thing is the outside."


Marlins lock up outfielder Yelich

The Miami Marlins made another long-term investment in their young, talented outfield.

Left fielder Christian Yelich agreed to a seven-year contract worth about $49.6 million. Yelich, 23, is part of an outfield Miami considers the best in the majors, with $325 million slugger Giancarlo Stanton in right field and Marcell Ozuna in center.

Yelich won a Gold Glove and hit .284 with nine homers and 54 RBI in his first full major league season last year.


Controversial date is set

The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday.

It's a compromise on several issues. It takes the event out of the usual June-July period because of the Qatari heat, and it leaves the English Premier League's traditional Dec. 26 program in place. It's also on a Sunday, as preferred by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, but it remains a concern for European clubs and leagues because they must shut down for several weeks midseason.

Mostly it's a relief to planners.

"It is a major step because finally we know and we can move forward," FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio said.


College volleyball: Jordan Robbins, a 5-foot-11 sophomore setter, is transferring from UCLA to Wisconsin. She started eight matches for UCLA last season.

Tennis: Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Hills, Calif., when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury. Djokovic will play fourth-seeded Andy Murray, who defeated No. 12 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4.