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HONOLULU (AP) -- Brian Stuard had his fourth straight round of 65 at the Sony Open.

He finished his second round with a hybrid into 2 feet for eagle. That gave him a 10-under 130 total and a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman of Australia and Hideto Tanihara of Japan going into the weekend at Waialae Country Club.

Leishman had a 64, and Tanihara shot 65 late in the round.

James Hahn made an albatross - the rarest shot in golf - when he holed out from 191 yards on the par-5 ninth hole. He was 5 under after a 68.

And the big attraction was having surf champion Kelly Slater in the gallery. He was there to watch a caddie - fellow surfer Benji Weatherley - who is on the bag for Masters champion Adam Scott.

Scott was three shots behind at 7 under after a 66.

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Joost Luiten holed a 7-iron from 248 yards for an albatross on the par-5 10th hole and finished with a 5-under 67 for a share of the second-round lead in the Volvo Golf Champions.

The Dutchman's shot landed near the front fringe, took a couple of bounces across the green and rolled in.

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa had a 69, and England's Tommy Fleetwood shot a 67 to match Luiten at 7-under 137 at Durban Country Club. American Peter Uihlein followed his opening 70 with a 78.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Alabama rival Tennessee and the Trojans. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.

Kiffin spent a week in Tuscaloosa last month exchanging ideas with Saban and his staff and observing Alabama's offense. Now, he's the splashiest hire of Saban's tenure at Alabama, which has won three national titles in the past five seasons.

The 38-year-old Kiffin was 28-15 in three-plus seasons with USC. He was fired five games into last season from one of college football's marquee jobs.

PRO FOOTBALL

BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.

In a document obtained by The Associated Press, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen said one player re-entered the game and another refused to leave the sideline.

The doctors did not identify the players, but one was Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari, who went into the game for an extra-point try despite being examined for a concussion and not cleared. The other player was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, who remained on the sideline but did not get back on the field.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Punter Brian Moorman never envisioned he'd get a second chance to play for the Buffalo Bills before he re-signed with the team in October.

Now he's getting a shot at a 14th season in Buffalo after signing a one-year contract extension. Moorman was signed to the NFL veteran minimum of $955,000, plus a roster bonus.

The signing comes two weeks after the Bills closed a 6-10 season, and after general manager Doug Whaley indicated he was preparing to open talks to re-sign Moorman.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart and Greg Zipadelli won 33 races and two NASCAR championships together over a successful decade together.

They split after the 2008 season when Stewart left to become co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, and Stewart begins this season with his third different crew chief since Zipadelli.

It's certainly evidence Stewart has struggled to find the same chemistry he had with Zipadelli all those years. So why not just reunite with Zipadelli?

Zipadelli told The Associated Press it crossed his mind, and he even he offered last year to return to the pit box this season with Stewart.

The three-time Cup champion wouldn't entertain the idea.

BASKETBALL

Dennis Rodman's agent says the former NBA star did not take any payment from the North Korean government during his trip this week to the country.

Darren Prince says the North Korean government did not finance any part of the trip, adding that Irish betting company, Paddy Power PLC, covered expenses for Rodman and his team of former NBA players that included Charles D. Smith, Kenny Anderson and Cliff Robinson.

NBA Commissioner David Stern told CNN this week that Rodman was influenced by ''a flash of North Korean money'' to stage an exhibition game in Pyongyang.

Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized the game. He also sang ''Happy Birthday'' to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Rajon Rondo says he hopes to make his season debut before the All-Star break. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he has never spoken to Rondo or anybody in the organization about a specific return date.

This much is clear: Rondo's return is inching closer.

Rondo, who has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last January, told reporters at the team's morning shootaround in San Francisco that he hopes to make his season debut before the break but declined to give a specific date. Boston's last game before the break is Feb. 12.

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