Jon Rahm opens with 62 at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods grinds out a 70

Jon Rahm began with an eagle and kept going lower until he had a 10-under-par 62 on the North Course at Torrey Pines for a one-shot lead over Justin Rose after the first round Thursday of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Rose played in the same North Course group as Jordan Spieth (65) and Billy Horschel (66), a group that combined for 21 birdies and two eagles, a better-ball score of 59.

Tiger Woods made his 2019 debut on the tougher South Course and opened with a 70.

•Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a one-stroke lead over eight others after the first round of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic.

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Cal wide receiver

Noa to transfer

Kanawai Noa continued the exodus of the Cal receiving corps, announcing on Instagram on that he plans to transfer after graduating this spring.

Noa had 30 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns during an injury-riddled 2018 season. He follows sophomore Greyson Bankhead and junior receiver Brandon Singleton, who announced their intentions to transfer in December.

— Rusty Simmons

Baseball: The Dodgers landed a right-handed hitter to complement their deep, left-handed heavy lineup in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.

Pollock, a former All-Star, and Los Angeles reportedly agreed to a $55 million, four-year contract. The agreement includes a $10 million player option for 2023 with a $5 million buyout that would make the deal worth over $60 million for five seasons.

Pollock, 31, hit .257 last year with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

•Free agent reliever Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs reportedly agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $4.35 million. The right-hander had 12 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 69 games for Baltimore and Atlanta last season.

•Left-hander T.J. McFarland and the Diamondbacks agreed to a $1.45 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has received a new four-year contract following a season in which he guided the team to the AFC North title.

The deal keeps the winningest coach in Ravens history under contract through the 2022 season. Since Harbaugh, 56, took over in 2008, his teams have reached the playoffs seven times and won a Super Bowl — in 2013 against the 49ers and then-head coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother.

•The Kansas City Chiefs hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator. He replaces Bob Sutton, who was fired after his defense struggled against the Patriots in the AFC title game.

Spagnuolo, a former head coach of the Rams, began his coaching career as Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s assistant in Philadelphia.

•Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent an “arthroscopic procedure” on his ailing right shoulder. There is no timetable listed for when he can begin throwing again.

•The Green Bay Packers hired Milt Hendrickson as director of football operations. Hendrickson spent the past 14 seasons in the Ravens’ personnel department.

Horse racing: Triple Crown winner Justify added Horse of the Year to his resume, getting the nod over Accelerate for the biggest prize handed out at the Eclipse Awards.

Chad Brown won his third consecutive Eclipse Award as the top trainer, and Irad Ortiz Jr. won his first Eclipse as the top jockey.

Figure skating: Defending champion Bradie Tennell leads after the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, and 13-year-old Alysa Liu of Richmond is second after landing a triple axel.

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