World number one Jordan Spieth believes the appointment of Tiger Woods as a vice-captain will be a "huge intimidation" advantage for the US Ryder Cup team as they bid to win the trophy for the first time since 2008. The two-time Major winner also expects Woods to qualify automatically for Hazeltine in 2016 despite uncertainty over his return to competition after a second back operation. "The fact Davis (Love) has appointed Tiger as a vice-captain means Tiger is going to bring a huge intimidation factor to the USA team next September," Spieth said Thursday evening ahead of the second round of the Australian Open in Sydney.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls. The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.
New York is reassuring tourists that America's biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than five million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks. After the Paris attacks on November 13, an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. Despite what he calls a "sprinkling of a few cancellations," he is still encouraging people to visit the metropolis for the "magical holiday season" that lasts through December until New Year.