Number of drug makers lobbying Congress on pricing issues skyrockets

first_img [email protected] Number of drug makers lobbying Congress on pricing issues skyrockets GET STARTED Pharma Lev Facher Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED APStock Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img What’s included? About the Author Reprints By Lev Facher June 20, 2018 Reprints WASHINGTON — It’s no secret that the pharmaceutical industry has spent record-setting sums on lobbying in recent years. But much of that increase, according to a new report from a watchdog group here, is specific to the issue of drug pricing, which has taken hold as a top-tier policy issue on Capitol Hill.The number of companies that cited “drug pricing” or variations on the phrase in disclosure documents has more than quadrupled in the last five years, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit focused on government ethics issues. @levfacher What is it? Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Tags pharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Essential Quality wins the 153rd Belmont Stakes

first_imgMedina Spirit can race in Preakness despite failing drug test after Derby May 12, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Rombauer wins the 2021 Preakness Stakes May 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Essential Quality has just won the 1153rd Belmont Stakes, the final leg of a dramatic 2021 Triple Crown. This is trainer Brad Cox’s Belmont Debut. Jockey Luis Saez earned his first Triple Crown win after he finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby aboard Maximum Security before being disqualified for interference, NBC Sports reports.Barclay Tagg’s Tiz the Law kicked off a scrambled 2020 Triple Crown by becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes since Forester in 1882, NBC Sports reports. Tiz the Law went on to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in convincing fashion. He headed south to Churchill Downs as the favorite in the 146th Kentucky Derby but fell short behind eventual Horse of the Year Authentic.What started as a much-anticipated return to normal Triple Crown turned into controversy when, 147th Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test. The Florida-born colt tested positive for 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, which was later revealed to be from a topical ointment called Otomax used to treat dermatitis on his hind end. Advertisement AdvertisementChurchill Downs immediately suspended Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert from running any horses at the track, and the Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club set terms, including vigorous drug testing, for Baffert in order to run Medina Spirit in the Preakness the following Saturday.center_img What to know before the 153rd Belmont Stakes kicks off June 7, 2021 Here’s what you need to know before the 2021 Preakness Stakes kicks off May 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Belmont StakesKentucky DerbyPreakness StakesTriple Crown AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois TD seeks clarification on tax issues surrounding Covid unemployment payment

first_imgHome News Community Laois TD seeks clarification on tax issues surrounding Covid unemployment payment NewsCommunity Laois TD seeks clarification on tax issues surrounding Covid unemployment payment Pinterest Previous articleBank Holiday Weekend Read: Looking back at the extraordinary life of the Laois woman who left €30 million to charityNext articleWATCH: Laois hurler crowned All-Ireland champion of FIFA 20 Charity Tournament LaoisToday Reporter Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th May 2020 WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly, Seán Fleming, has called on the Minister for Finance to confirm that the €350 Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment is taxable at a person’s highest rate of income tax.His calls come as Revenue has indicated that it will treat the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment as taxable income. This is because the Covid-19 payment is not on the list of tax-exempt social welfare payments.People whose total income for the year brings them into the 20% income tax rate will have to pay 20% tax on the Covid-19 unemployment payment. Facebook Facebookcenter_img TAGSCoronavirusSean Fleming Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Pinterest Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Those whose total income for the year brings them into the 40% income tax rate will have to pay 40% tax on the Covid-19 payment.Deputy Fleming said it is important that people whose total income for the year brings them into the tax net are informed that they will have to pay tax at their highest rate for 2020.He said, “Approximately 600,000 people are now receiving the Covid-19 unemployment payment and another 40,000 employers are signed up to the Wage Subsidy Scheme.“It is true to say that some people won’t be paid enough by this payment alone to fall into the tax net. But no one can be sure yet as it will depend on what their total earnings are, including the Covid-19 payment, for the full year.”Deputy Fleming also said that employees currently in receipt of the Government’s wage subsidy scheme may also be facing an income tax bill next year.He continued, “Instead of the cash being taxed ‘at source’ like most wages and salaries, the wage subsidy scheme is liable to tax in the future.“Minster Donohoe should explain clearly to employees at what point in the future and what frequency deductions will be made to their wages/salaries by Revenue to collect any extra tax arising.“The Minister needs to be open and upfront to allow employees to set aside what they need to now, so that there are no financial shocks in the future,” concluded Deputy Fleming.SEE ALSO – ‘Thoughts and prayers’ asked for little Dan Donoher as he awaits tests for treatmentlast_img read more

No Corruption, No Adultery

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Daily NK – 2009.05.15 3:13pm News [imText1]The ways North Korean women assist their husbands can be distinguished according to their social class. Those in the upper classes have the most to lose… The action of paramount importance for the wives of those who work for the Party, the Army or other governmental sections such as foreign currency-generating enterprises is to help husbands advance their careers. The method is clear. There are two things a North Korean official has to be the most careful of: corruption and adultery. Since 2000, the number of officials getting expelled from position and Party for adultery has been growing. In the past there have been many cases of persons involved in adultery issues being expelled, discharged from the Party or seriously punished. However, before the famine of the late 1990s, wives of officials got into comparatively less trouble over such affairs than these days. In this century, general social discipline has deteriorated; the irregularity and corruption of officials has been getting more acute. The authorities are trying to turn the tide. If one were to be caught by inspections, whole families as well as the officials themselves could be purged from Pyongyang; exiled to the countryside and a much harder life indeed. Therefore, a wife who has a husband with ability and power should wholly assist him so as not to be implicated in any immoral or corrupt affairs. An adultery case, then, is not only a simple question of a married couple’s morality; it is also a direct question of a family’s life and death. In one North Pyongan Province factory where several thousand workers toiled, 70 percent of the workers were women, and all of them strongly desired to join the Party; a basic condition for success in life. Unfortunately, the secretary of the Primary Party Committee in the factory began to exploit their need. The secretary was finally dismissed for giving recommendations to join the Party in exchange for sex. As such affairs are relatively common all over the country, the wives of officials sometimes follow their husbands to their working places. The wife of an organizing secretary at a munitions factory located in North Pyongan Province in 2003 attended a barbershop attached to the factory to check on the details of her husband activities. Therefore, at that time, workers commented, “Now we have two Secretaries of the Primary Party Committee in our factory.” News No Corruption, No Adultery There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Trelawny Health Department Steps Up Monitoring Activities

first_imgRelatedTrelawny Health Department Steps Up Monitoring Activities RelatedTrelawny Health Department Steps Up Monitoring Activities Trelawny Health Department Steps Up Monitoring Activities Health & WellnessJanuary 18, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Trelawny Health Department has stepped up monitoring activities in order to maintain good health standards within the parish.In a report tabled at the regular monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council held last Thursday (Jan. 14), Deputy Chief Public Health Inspector for the parish, Delroy Mowatt, informed that during the month of December, 191 food and beverage establishments were checked. Included in the number were 122 meat shops, 11 restaurants and four hotels.Of the total, 160 or 84 per cent were found to be in compliance with the health laws. “In fact, during the month, we had nine food establishments that were improved to a state of compliance,” he informed.He pointed out further that approximately six food handlers clinics were held over the period, during which some 299 individuals were certified.Slaughter houses were also inspected. “For the month, we inspected 997 carcasses weighing 27,524 kilogrammes, of which 304 kilogrammes of meat were condemned for various reasons,” he stated.Meanwhile, some 10 vector control operations were carried out across the parish, with all identified mosquito breeding sites treated.With a number of major infrastructural development projects scheduled to take place within the parish, Mr. Mowatt made an appeal for the Parish Council to ensure that the Health Department is involved in the approval process for all such projects. RelatedTrelawny Health Department Steps Up Monitoring Activitieslast_img read more

Collector Classics: Ford Model A

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Rearview Mirror: The strange connection of tractors and automakersNext, Farrell set his sights on a real truck: A Model AA truck with a ton-and-a-half carrying capacity. Not easy to find but he ended up with the parts of three 1931 trucks to be used to make one restored example. Remarkably, the truck body purchased from a collector in Vancouver, Washington had been used in Egypt as an airport fuel truck. It had the remnants of Shell Oil’s yellow and orange colours with lettering in Arabic.Father and son spent two years putting that truck together and now it earns its keep hauling construction material, furnishings and other household items to Farrell and Sue White’s home in Pitt Meadows and unwanted items for recycling or disposal.Now the father and son team are re-restoring the 1930 pickup truck that led a hard life on their farm in Pitt Meadows.“It got pretty beat up and needs lots of work,” Farrell White says while looking at the bare body in his father’s shop. “We’ll get it going and put it to work. Model A Fords are meant to be driven.”Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public relations company. [email protected]   It was quite a sight to see the 1931 Ford flat deck truck pull into the Maple Ridge waste transfer station with a load of recyclables and garbage. This truck wasn’t going to end up in the dump; it was delivering to the dump.“I drive it all the time,” says owner-restorer Farrell White. “People do double takes when they see me on the road in the rain and snow. Driving them is what they are for.”He then tells me there are more Ford Model A vehicles at his father’s home in nearby Pitt Meadows. Arrangements are made to visit. There I discover Frank White and his son Farrell have a version of the Model A for each of the four years they were built. The 1931 Ford AA ton-and-a-half truck, a 1930 half-ton pickup, a 1929 two door sedan and a 1928 rumble seat coupe. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Sue, Frank and Farrell White with their fleet of Ford Model A vehicles which are driven year-round. advertisementcenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › The garage looks like the back shop of a Ford dealership from the early Thirties. The partially disassembled pickup truck is nearly stripped down to its bones, and parts from the truck and spares are all over the shop.Frank explains that his father encouraged him to get rid of the 1935 Chevrolet sedan he bought from him for $15 before he was old enough to drive and buy a Model A. They are more reliable and easy to fix, the father told his son. So in 1951, young Frank paid $150 for a 1930 Model A coupe from a used car lot in Moose Jaw. It was a great car and he courted his future wife in it. But a move to Winnipeg to become a traveling salesman for an automotive brake and clutch company brought the need for a more modern car – paid for with a company car allowance. The old coupe was parked and subsequently sold to a teenager for $20. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Frank and Farrell White are re-restoring their 1930 Ford Model A pickup originally built from pieces to work on their Pitt Meadows farm.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1931 Ford Model AA flat deck truck is in regular house hauling material for owner-restorer Farrell White.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The distinctive profile of the 1928 Ford Model A rumble seat coupe which was a very common car back in the day.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1929 Ford Model A two-door sedan is driven regularly by the White family.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The mohair interior of the 1929 Ford Model A two-door sedan.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Row of Ford Model A vehicles owned by the White family including a 1931 AA flat deck truck, 1929 two-door sedan and 1928 coupe.Alyn Edwards, Driving RELATED TAGSFordPickup TruckVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVancouverVintage & Collectible “It was my wife’s favourite car and she never got over that,” Frank White recalls.With this in mind, in 1964 he stopped when he saw a 1928 Model A special coupe parked at a farm an hour north of Winnipeg. The farmer explained that he had sold the Model A already. But Frank persisted and said he would pay $5 more than the $20 that had been offered for the derelict coupe. He roped it to the rear bumper of his company car and dragged it 100 kilometres home to Winnipeg. He did get it running and drove it in a local parade. But he did little else with the coupe because of his traveling salesman’s job and four children to feed.However, 54 years later, he still has the coupe. It’s fully restored and on the road year-round, largely because his son Farrell followed his father’s interest in the Ford Model A.When the family moved to the Vancouver area in 1967, the Model A coupe followed. It was shipped out on a car carrier. Frank stripped the car and stored the valuable parts in suitcases in the basement of their new home in Port Coquitlam. Farrell and older daughter learned to drive the shell of the car, which still ran in the backyard.When the family moved to a farm in Pitt Meadows and needed a truck, Frank brought home the pieces and taught his son about restoration as he built a 1930 pickup to haul feed for the animals. Years later, the father and son would restore the 1928 Model A coupe that Frank had originally purchased in 1964. Frank had become a licensed plumber and knew how to weld. Farrell applied his mechanical skills to the restoration.“It was good working together. It got our relationship back on track,” Farrell says referring to some father-son conflicts dating back to his teenage years.Sadly, his mother passed away before the coupe was finished. It was her wish to go for a drive in the restored car that reminded her of the coupe she rode in as a teenager while dating Frank.With a Model A coupe and pickup truck in hand, the White family wanted to round off the collection with a 1929 sedan. Originally from Osoyoos, the two-door sedan they restored was purchased in Burnaby.RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

Tensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in Venice

first_imgVenice residents continue to oppose plans for a new homeless shelter at a former hotel and some are accusing officials of deliberately building services in Venice to keep the homeless population out of other parts of the area.On Thursday the LA Bureau of Engineering held a public hearing for the proposed conversion of the Ramada Inn to an interim homeless housing shelter under the City’s Project Home Key program.While City and PATH representatives say the shelter will be an excellent resource to assist the area’s growing unhoused population, many community members fear the project may backfire and attract more homeless individuals to Venice.The City of LA bought the two-story 12,220-square foot property located at 3130 Washington Blvd. for $10 million in December 2020 and intend to spend around $380,000 on renovations.The City plans to partner with People Assisting the Homeless to transform it to a 33 bed interim housing center with comprehensive case management services for five years and then convert it to permanent supportive housing project.Over thirty community members spoke on Thursday in opposition of the project. Many argued that the City is trying to make Venice a containment zone for City District 11’s homeless population in a similar way that Skid Row became an unofficial containment zone for Downtown LA’s homeless population.While Venice represents roughly 4.3 percent of CD-11’s land, it houses 60.5 percent of the district’s homeless population, according to LASHA‘s 2020 homeless count.“We’re not rejecting any solutions to homelessness. However, we are rejecting the homeless containment of Venice,” said local resident Saul Goodman. “When Councilmember Mike Bonin first came to Venice in 2013 we had about 167 homeless people, per LASHA estimates. Now we have over 2000, so I’d call that containment.”The argument over the proposed Ramada Inn in some ways boils down to a ‘chicken or the egg scenario’.A group of community members believe that Venice attracts unhoused individuals because it has a high concentration of homeless services and a lenient attitude towards street homelessness. They fear that adding more beds locally will exacerbate the problem and also contribute to raising rates of neighborhood crime.PATH, the City, and other Venice community members believe the opposite and say shelters are a key solution to decrease the local homeless population.“A change of use from a low cost visitor recreation use motel to an interim supportive, affordable housing allows the city to begin to respond to the current emergency homeless crisis,” said City staff member Eileen Schoetzow. “New affordable housing is a more sustainable, just, and equitable action towards addressing chronic homelessness in the community of Venice.”Venice’s homeless population increased by 57 percent from 2019 to 2020. While LASHA is foregoing its annual count in 2021, this number has almost certainly increased over the course of the pandemic.The public comment period for the project is over but if approved, it is expected to reach the Coastal Commission on March [email protected] :BOEhomelessnessPATHProject Home KeyRamada InnVeniceshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentThe City’s Outdoor, COVID-19-Safe Student Poetry and Art Exhibition at Bluffs Park Highlights Malibu’s Talented YouthCar hits outdoor dining space on Main StreetYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours ago HomeFeaturedTensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in Venice Feb. 13, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsTensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in VeniceClara Harter4 months agoBOEhomelessnessPATHProject Home KeyRamada InnVenice last_img read more

DT to take on Dutch “duopoly” with Tele2 tie-up

first_img Related Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Kavit Majithia Previous ArticleLack of awareness biggest threat to security in LatAmNext ArticleSamsung prepares leap into smart speaker fray Author Home DT to take on Dutch “duopoly” with Tele2 tie-up Tags KPN snubs two takeover approaches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 DEC 2017 Tele2 set for exec team shake-up Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand T-Mobile Netherlands announced a deal to merge with Tele2’s Dutch business in a move designed to create a stronger third player and increase competition with current leaders KPN and VodafoneZiggo.In a statement, T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom said it would acquire Tele2’s Dutch arm for €190 million in cash, taking a 75 per cent majority ownership in the combined company. Tele2 will retain the remaining 25 per cent.The deal was positioned as a disruptive play, with T-Mobile looking to “compete more effectively with the KPN and VodafoneZiggo duopoly due to enhanced scale, combined spectrum resources and significant synergy potential”.Indeed, the combined entity expects synergy potential with an estimated net value in excess of €1 billion, which allows for disruptive customer propositions.Deutsche Telekom added the merger was part of a long term vision for it to create a sustainable operation in the Netherlands to “disrupt the Dutch telco industry in favour of the customer”.Staying putThe German-headquartered operator was mulling an exit from the Netherlands in 2015, but a potential sale to Liberty Global fell through after the latter dropped its interests and subsequently merged its Ziggo cable arm with Vodafone.Vodafone and Ziggo completed the deal at the start of this year, stepping up the competition with long-term market leader and incumbent KPN. Vodafone was forced to sell its fixed assets to T-Mobile as a condition of the tie-up, lessening the liklihood of Deutsche Telekom exiting the market as it was no longer a mobile only business.Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Timotheus Hoettges hinted at a deal with Tele2 in November, as the company considered options for its Dutch unit to compete better with the two market leaders.GSMA Intelligence estimates for Q3 placed the number of KPN connections at 7.9 million, VodafoneZiggo 5 million and T-Mobile 3.6 million. Tele2 is the smallest with 1.2 million connections.In the statement, T-Mobile CEO Soren Abildgaard said the tie-up “means justice for customers”.“This duo has been getting away with this game for far too long and there was only one victim, namely the customer,” he said: “No more. No longer. We will be able to compete against the duopoly much more efficiently and give all Dutch customers a fair choice.”The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to approval by competition authorities. KPNT-Mobile NetherlandsTele2VodafoneZiggolast_img read more

Girls Gone Wild

first_imgPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – All that was missing were pirate ships burning off shore. Not since Blackbeard and Calico Jack roamed these parts has the Bahamas been witness to a wilder shootout for a substantial treasure. The LPGA staged a free-for-all here on Paradise Island Saturday with some of the world’s best players taking turns holding the lead in the third round. Five players held or shared the lead before Na Yeon Choi finally pulled away at day’s end. “It was really set up for eagles today, and it was exciting,” said Rolex world No. 3 Stacy Lewis, who is among seven players within four shots of Choi going into Sunday’s final round. Choi birdied three of the last four holes Saturday, including the 18th, to equal the low round of the day, a 7-under-par 66. At 15-under 204, she’s a shot ahead of Lizette Salas (66) and three ahead of Paula Creamer (71) and Jessica Korda (72). Lewis (68), Amelia Lewis (66) and Monday qualifier Jenny Suh (71) are four back. Lydia Ko (71) and Michelle Wie (72) are in a pack five back. For Choi, Sunday is a chance to reassert her rank in the game. Choi looked poised to make a run at Rolex world No. 1 last year but never did. She never got into the conversation with No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and No. 3 Lewis, who pulled away as the game’s “Big Three.” “When I started 2013, I was No. 2 in the world,” Choi said. “I was so much focused on being No. 1, and I forgot what I needed to do on the course and in practice.” Choi ended the year No. 7, but she’s looking ready to win again. She prevailed on a crazy Saturday of shot making and shot shanking. Lewis holed a wedge for eagle from 94 yards at the 13th to grab a share of the lead. Creamer holed a sand wedge from 82 yards at the 11th to make eagle and stay in the hunt. Wie drove the sixth green with a 290-yard rocket and two putted for birdie, but she also missed her share of putts from point-blank range. Nobody’s day was wilder than Creamer’s and Korda’s. Korda, the second-round leader, shanked a wedge sideways and out of bounds at the 13th hole on the way to a double bogey. “I’ve never shanked a shot in a tournament,” Korda said. Korda, however, fought her way back, making birdie at the next hole and then carving a 5-iron from 196 yards to a foot for a closing eagle to stay in the hunt for her second LPGA title. “It’s awesome I’m still in it,” Korda said. Korda’s last shot at the 18th was made even more dramatic by the fact that she followed Creamer’s spectacular shot there. Creamer, who had her share of woe on Saturday, knocked a 5-wood from 209 yards to about 2 ½ feet at the closing hole. Korda stepped up and then hit hers inside Creamer. They both eagled. It means the duo will play together for a fourth consecutive day, this time in the second-to-last pairing, in front of the leaders. “It was a roller-coaster day,” Creamer said. Creamer pulled her tee shot at the 15th left into a hazard and made triple bogey. “Overall, I’m proud of the way I finished,” Creamer said. So was Salas, who has battled the flu for two days. “The fact that I’ve been feeling a little under the weather kind of just makes my mind blank and just helps me focus on targets and just having fun,” said Salas, who is seeking her first LPGA title. “I’d rather be playing than lying in bed and feeling sorry for myself.” Lewis, the highest ranked player in the field, would like nothing better than to send a message to No. 1 Park and No. 2 Pettersen with a win on Sunday. “I definitely think it would [send a message],” Lewis said. “I think just playing well here, I think that would send a message. I don’t know how much golf they’re actually watching right now. They probably aren’t paying attention to it, knowing those two.” Beating a stellar leaderboard like this one will get a lot of people’s attention come Sunday.last_img read more

Five-way tie at Shriners; Bryson one shot back

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Patrick Cantlay has played the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open so well that he wasn’t the least bit concerned when he was stuck in neutral Friday. Four straight birdies later, he was right up at the top again. Cantlay ran off four straight birdies at the midway point of his round and got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth to cap off a 6-under 65 and be part of a five-way for the lead going into the weekend in Las Vegas. Martin Laird hit his second shot into 4 feet for eagle on his closing hole at the ninth for a 63. Peter Malnati, runner-up last week in Mississippi, made a 15-footer for eagle from the fringe on No. 9 to close out his 62. They joined Cantlay at 14-under 128, along with Brian Harman (63) and Austin Cook (65). Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Full-field scores | Full coverage U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who opened with a 62, was one shot behind with a round Cantlay could appreciate. Ground can be made up quickly at the TPC Summerlin. DeChambeau drove the green on the 380-yard seventh for the second straight day, and this time he converted the eagle putt. Still, he was 1 under for his round and out of the top 10 until he made birdie on the 15th hole and then hit a 367-yard drive on the par-5 16th, setting up a wedge to 10 feet for eagle. Just like that, he had a 67 and was right in the mix. “Any time you’re near the lead in a PGA Tour event I’m excited. There is no doubt about it,” DeChambeau said. “I definitely left some shots out there as I made a few great shots, so can’t be too displeased with that, and look forwards to hitting a couple more shots better and making a few putts that I need to that I didn’t middle of the round.” Cantlay won this tournament for his first PGA Tour title in 2017. He was runner-up to DeChambeau the following year, and lost in a playoff to Kevin Na last year. He expects to play well, and that showed early on in his round when he was even par through six holes and losing ground. “You need to make so many birdies, and I’m just used to it out here,” Cantlay said. “It never feels like I’m stressing because it feels like there are so many birdie holes. It actually allows me to be patient.” Golf Central Update: Five-way logjam for lead in Las Vegas He went into a back bunker on No. 11, his second hole of the round, and missed a 10-foot par putt. On the 15th hole, a par 4 that played at only 284 yards Friday, he drove into a right bunker and didn’t reach the green, having to scramble for par on the second-easiest hole at the TPC Summerlin. At that point, he was even for his round. And then he two-putted for birdie on the 16th, and had wedges to 10 feet and 15 feet for birdies, and hit a flip wedge to 4 feet on No. 1. Just like that, he was on his way. Laird poured it on late. He was 2 under on the back nine, and then played the front nine in 30 with four birdies and his short eagle putt on his final hole. “I hit 5-iron and I didn’t think I could get it there,” Laird said. “But to that pine, if you’re 5 yards short of the green it’s a pretty straightforward chip up the green. And as soon as I hit it, I just got it absolutely right and I said to my caddie, `That’s as good as I got. Let’s see if it gets there.’ It landed perfect, skipped up to about 4 feet. It was a nice way to finish.” Sergio Garcia (64) and the resurgent Stewart Cink (63), who began the new season by winning the Safeway Open for his first title since he won The Open at Turnberry in 2009, were among those two shots behind. Garcia is coming off a victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship, his first on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Masters. “Earlier in the year I felt like I was playing as well as I’ve been playing the last week and-a-half, just things weren’t really happening,” Garcia said. “So obviously it’s a combination of playing well, confidence, couple good breaks when you need them at the right time that keeps your round going, and that’s what I did.” Headed the opposite direction was Rickie Fowler, who missed the cut for the fourth time since golf returned in June. Fowler hit two shots in the water on the par-5 16th and made a triple-bogey 8. On the next hole, he hit his tee shot in the water on the par 3 and made double bogey. He shot 74. Francesco Molinari, in his first competition since golf shut down in March, returned with rounds of 70-68. In Las Vegas, on this course, that meant missing the cut. The cut was at 7-under 135. It was the lowest score to par to make the cut on the PGA Tour since 1970 Among the victims were PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who didn’t miss a cut in his first 23 PGA Tour events as a pro. He now has missed three in his last nine starts, though that stretch includes winning a major.last_img