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Streelman to use reality show club at CareerBuilders event

Kevin Streelman sat on a panel for the Golf Channel reality show “Driver vs. Driver,” and will now use the winning product this week at the CareerBuilders Challenge.

The driver, called the Triton DVD, was designed by Eric Sillies and features two soleplates, four changeable weights, an adjustable hosel, and the option to personalize the length, grip size, and shaft.

“This is a super high launch, low spin driver which for me is very sexy,” Streelman told Alana Johnson of golf.com. “I struggle with spinning the ball too much, so to knock a dramatic amount of the spin off the club is huge. For me, that’s going to add a lot more distance, especially on firmer fairways and in tough conditions on the PGA Tour.”

The club was deemed non-conforming by the USGA for any loft in between 10.5 and 12 degrees, but is now considered legitimate thanks to adjustments made.

Sillies won the show and was awarded $500,000 for the design.

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee profile: Rick Hendrick

Rick Hendrick Born: July 12, 1949, Palmer Springs, Va. Residence: Charlotte. Family: Wife Linda, daughter Lynn Carlson, son Ricky (deceased). Career highlights: Hendrick founded All-Star Racing, which evolved into Hendrick … Click to Continue »

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Probable Delay, Possible Reversal for FHA Premium Cut

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nominee Ben Carson said at his confirmation hearing, “Certainly, if confirmed, I am going to work with the FHA administrator and other financial experts to really examine that policy.” He was talking about an earlier announcement from the current HUD head that FHA insurance rates were going to be cut. On January 12, when Carson made that remark, most everyone viewed it as a throw-away line . Now not so much. As background, on January 9, current HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced a 25-basis point cut in the annual premium charged for FHA insurance. The reduction, scheduled to go into effect on January 27 , would return FHA annual premiums almost back to where they were before a crisis in the FHA insurance fund caused substantial hikes in both…(read more)

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Six-Month Market Exclusivity Extensions To Promote Research Offer Substantial Returns For Many Drug Makers [Web First]

To incentivize pharmaceutical manufacturers to invest in areas of unmet medical need, policy makers frequently propose extending the market exclusivity period of desired drugs. Some such proposals are modeled after the pediatric exclusivity patent extension program, which since 1997 has provided six additional months of market exclusivity for drugs studied in children. The most recent proposal would encourage rare disease research by providing six months of extended exclusivity for any existing drug that is granted subsequent FDA approval for a new rare disease indication. Yet the economic impact of such proposals is rarely addressed. We found that for the thirteen FDA-approved drugs that gained supplemental approval for a rare disease indication from 2005 through 2010, the median projected cost of clinical trials leading to approval was $29.8 million. If the exclusivity extension had been in place, the median discounted financial gain to manufacturers would have been $94.6 million. Median net returns would have been $82.4 million, with higher returns for drugs with higher annual sales. Extending market exclusivity would provide substantial compensation to many manufacturers, particularly for top-selling products, far in excess of the cost of conducting these trials. Alternative strategies to incentivize the study of approved drugs for rare diseases may offer similar benefits at a lower cost.

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PGA Picks: Haas goes for the triple at the CareerBuilder

The PGA Tour leaves the beautiful islands of Hawaii and heads for the mainland with the CareerBuilder Challenge in California this week.

Once again it was Jordan Spieth’s top-5 finish getting us on the board from last week, but with the star youngster in Asia touring with his new shoe, “The Spieth One,” we will have to look elsewhere for our picks this week.

Here’s the players to take a shot with for this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge at the PGA West TPC Stadium Course:

Favorite to watch (Odds less than 20/1)

Bill Haas

Haas is going for a third title at this event, having captured the crown in 2010 and 2015, and enters in solid form after a 13th place finish last week. The 34-year-old has played four events this season and has yet to finish outside the top 20, so it’s a safe bet he will be in contention this weekend.

Odds to win: 20/1
Top-5 odds: 9/2

2nd Tier (Odds greater than 20/1)

Jon Rahm

There’s certainly going to be a #RahmThreat in California this weekend, as the long-bombing Spaniard’s game fits the PGA West setup perfectly. There is a slight worry with Rahm that he hasn’t played since early November, a 50th place finish at Mayakoba, but his game is so good that he should have no problem cranking it up again.

Odds to win: 25/1
Top-5 odds: 11/2

Long shot (Odds greater than 40/1)

Luke List

Luke List has been a model of consistency thus far in 2016-17, registering five straight top-15 finishes. The long-hitting 32-year-old finished tied for sixth in the event last year, and seems primed for a breakthrough showing. He’s averaging almost five birdies per round in this young season, a trend that plays well at the TPC Stadium course.

Odds to win: 50/1
Top-5 odds: 11/1

Super long shot (Odds greater than 80/1)

Graham DeLaet

The Canadian hasn’t played since early November at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, but showed good form in the wraparound season with an eighth-place finish at the Sanderson Farms. When he’s on his game, DeLaet is among the best ball-strikers on tour. If he gets hot with the putter, expect him to be in contention this weekend.

Odds to win: 80/1
Top-5 odds: 16/1

Hit this best, buy a car (Odds greater than 150/1)

Andrew Loupe

Loupe finished 11th on the PGA Tour last season in birdies per round, averaging 3.97 every time he teed it up. That’s an important stat when you consider that 22-under par is the worst score to win this event since 2008. Loupe has yet to play this season, but is certainly worth a long shot bet with 175/1 odds.

Odds to win: 175/1
Top-5 odds: 33/1

Last week’s picks

Jordan Spieth: 3rd
Jimmy Walker: MC
Charles Howell III: T-8
Fabian Gomez: 72nd
Ollie Schniederjans: T-27

Season record (Through 2 events)

Wins: 0
Top 5: 2

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee profile: Raymond Parks

Raymond Parks Born: June 5, 1914, Dawsonville, Ga.; Died: June 20, 2010, at age 96 in Atlanta. Career Highlights: Played a major role in assisting Big Bill France in the … Click to Continue »

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Builder Confidence Slides Off 12-Year High

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The Housing Market Index (HMI) backed down a bit from its post-election surge in January, dropping 2 points to a composite reading of 67. The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo index, which measures builder confidence in the new home market, had gained 7 points (now revised down to 6) in December to reach its highest level since July 2005. According to NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, “Builders begin the year optimistic that a new Congress and administration will help create a better business climate for small businesses, particularly as it relates to streamlining and reforming the regulatory process.” “NAHB expects solid 10 percent growth in single-family construction in 2017, adding to the gains of 2016,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Concerns going into the…(read more)

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Rory McIlroy won't play in Abu Dhabi due to rib injury

An MRI on Monday revealed a rib injury for Rory McIlroy.

The 22-time winner on the professional circuit will not be in the field this week at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi as a result.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship,” he said in a statement. “I think everyone knows how much I love playing this tournament, which is one of the best on the European Tour thanks to the incredible support of HSBC and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. To be forced to miss this week through injury is really quite annoying to be perfectly honest, but I am sure the tournament will be a huge success and I hope everyone involved has a great week.

“In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered.”

Last weekend in South Africa, McIlroy managed the injury with tape and muscle relaxants, eventually placing second in a playoff at the BMW SA Open.

He hinted afterward that similar treatment may not hold up for another weekend without proper care.

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Fed's Dudley Wants You to Refi (Safely, of Course)

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Debt finances additional consumption. That could be the summary of a speech given on Tuesday to the National Retail Federation’s annual convention by William C. Dudley, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dudley’s remarks focused on the connections between housing and retail sales and why changes in the housing and mortgage markets “Have had important consequences for the dynamics of consumption over the last decade.” These connections, he said, are among the reasons the recovery and economic expansion have been weaker than desired. The good news however, is that, while the current expansion is quite old in chronological terms, it is still quite young in terms of households’ financial health. Household incomes tend to increase as individuals age, but ideally households…(read more)

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Church Theme Review: Create a Church Website with WordPress

The Church Theme has been created to help you build a successful church website with WordPress. As this theme has been built by a bi-vocational web designer and pastor, you get a rare opportunity to use a product created by…

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