Golf-Belly putter fan Bradley adapting well to shorter versionBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 29 (Reuters) - So far, so good for Keegan Bradley, who four months ago traded a belly putter for a conventional one in a bid to prepare himself for a major change to be implemented by golf's rulemakers at the end of this year. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association will ban long putters being anchored to the body, forcing Bradley to ditch a method he has employed for all three of his PGA Tour wins, including the 2011 PGA Championship. On Thursday, Bradley wielded the shorter putter to great effect as he fired a six-under-par 65 to end the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open just one stroke off the pace set by compatriot Ryan Palmer. "Feels so good to go out and play a really solid round tee to green," Bradley told reporters after piling up seven birdies and a lone bogey.
Asian Cup final an 80,000 sellout in SydneyThe Asian Cup final between hosts Australia and South Korea at the 80,000-seat capacity Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday is a sellout, organisers said. Australia's progress to a second successive final at the tournament has helped boost ticket sales, which have already far exceeded organisers' "budget" target of 355,000 for the competition.
Balloon feat pair soar into historyTwo pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean have made history by first matching, then surpassing the 5,209-mile official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon.
Oil prices fall as output remains high, producers slash costsBy Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped in early trading on Friday following slight gains in the previous sessions, and analysts said the outlook remained weak with production high and producers reducing operating costs to adjust to lower export revenues. Global oil prices firmed slightly on Thursday but not before U.S. crude hit a near six-year low and benchmark Brent pared gains on data showing fresh additions to record-high U.S. oil inventories. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures opened Friday's trading with losses, opening at $49.15 a barrel at 0100 GMT but falling to $48.95 by 0200 GMT. "Falls in currencies and energy costs will allow many energy and bulk commodity producers to ride this out this weakness," it added.
NBA resultsJan 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NBA games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) INDIANA 103 NY Knicks 82
Woods struggles as Palmer sets pace in PhoenixBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - While Tiger Woods struggled in his first PGA Tour start of the season, Ryan Palmer birdied two of his last three holes to seize a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday. Palmer, bidding for his fourth career victory on the U.S. circuit, covered his last seven holes in five under par to card a seven-under 64 in the opening round at the TPC Scottsdale before play was suspended for the day in fading light. Nine players were yet to complete the round when the siren sounded to halt the action with PGA Tour rookie Daniel Berger the best placed at six under after 16 holes. Keegan Bradley and Masters champion Bubba Watson opened with 65s but 14-times major winner Woods looked very rusty in his first PGA Tour event in five months as he started out with an erratic 73 on a mainly overcast day in the Arizona desert.
Peace between us, Raul Castro says of US tiesCuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity.