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Walked: Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel, over stalled contract negotiations, which restricted coverage of Sunday’s final round at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii, plus the Tour in the Bahamas and an exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The strike involves only tournaments produced by Golf Channel. 

Rescinded: Thirty-eight minutes after it was sent at 8:07 a.m. Saturday local time, a warning by Hawaiian authorities of an incoming ballistic missile on the islands, which panicked PGA Tour players who were in Honolulu for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Under the headline “Emergency Alert,” the text alert read, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” Third-round play began without incident.

Disclosed: By Rory McIlroy, that doctors discovered an irregularity with his heart. In an interview with the London Telegraph’s James Corrigan, McIlroy, 28, of Northern Ireland, said he has a thickening of the left ventricle that was traced to a virus that he picked up about 18 months ago in China. On social media, McIlroy said the discovery is “not that big of a deal and nothing to worry about, apart from getting an annual checkup.” McIlroy, a four-time major champion and No. 11 in the world rankings, is expected to make his first start of the year this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Died: Keith Jackson, the folksy college football broadcaster who also called PGA Tour telecasts during his career with ABC Sports, on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 89.