Matt Kuchar leads after three rounds of Sony Open in Hawaii

Matt Kuchar shot a 4-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, keeping him in position to win twice in one PGA Tour season for the second time in his career.

Kuchar ended a four-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall, and there are a few similarities. He set a personal record for 54 holes in Mayakoba at 193. He went one better at Waialae at 18-under 192.

Both courses require keeping the ball in play, and Kuchar has done that well over three rounds. He has made only one bogey through 54 holes, and he only came seriously close to one Saturday, saving par from the bunker on the par-3 17th.

“Good, steady golf,” Kuchar said. “It felt easy out there. I didn’t find myself in any trouble.”

Andrew Putnam was second after carding a 67.

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Clemson celebrates CFP championship

Clemson All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar.

On a chilly, overcast morning in Clemson, S.C., the Tigers celebrated their second national football title in three seasons before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the parade route.

Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the title game Monday, a 44-16 rout of Alabama at Levi’s Stadium, rode a flat-bed truck with dozens of teammates.

The parade ended outside the stadium where the players line up to run down the hill before games.

•Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith said he is entering the NFL draft, becoming the fifth Crimson Tide underclassmen to turn pro this week.

Soccer: Arsenal lost 1-0 to West Ham in an English Premier League match, leaving Arsenal manager Unai Emery to explain why Mesut Ozil, his highest-paid player, didn’t make the trip across London to the game.

“I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match,” Emery said. “Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.”

But Arsenal lost — for the third time in six EPL matches — and fell six points behind Chelsea, which extended its grip on the fourth and final Champions League place with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

EPL leader Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 49th-minute goal, moving seven points ahead of defending champion Manchester City.

•U.S. player Charlie Kelman, 17, scored from inside his own half in his professional debut in England. Playing for Southend in the third-tier League One, Kelman lobbed the ball over the Plymouth goalkeeper in the second minute of stoppage time. Plymouth won 3-2.

Swimming: Stanford student and former Cardinal swimmer Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle (15 minutes, 45.59 seconds) for her fourth individual title of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Series meet at Knoxville, Tenn.

Former Cal swimmer Ryan Murphy won the men’s 100 and 200 backstrokes at the event.

Winter sports: Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were second in a World Cup women’s bobsled race in Koenigssee, Germany, the top World Cup finish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bobsled and Skeleton sled.

Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek for their third victory in four starts this season.

•Marcel Hirscher overtook first-run leader Henrik Kristoffersen for a win in a World Cup giant slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland. The Olympic champion’s eighth World Cup win this season padded his lead in the overall standings as he seeks a record-extending eighth straight title.

Obituary: Joe Gibbs Racing co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died at 49 in Huntersville, N.C. The team said J.D. Gibbs died from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.

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