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It’s Thursday and there’s football ...Meulens talks with Yankees about manager’s job... Kirk holds one-shot lead at Sea Island

November 16, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s a big night in Pittsburgh. Two teams riding four-game winning streaks meet tonight in the NFL’s Thursday night game. The 7-2 Steelers have a commanding lead in the AFC North and are in a two-way race with New England for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Meanwhile, the surprising Tennessee Titans, now 6-3, are hoping to send a message that their progress in coach Mike Mularkey’s second season isn’t a mirage.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —No. 23 South Florida will face Tulsa tonight in Tampa. The once-beaten Bulls have never won a conference title and need to beat the Golden Hurricane in the nationally televised football matchup to remain on course for a showdown against unbeaten UCF for the American’s Eastern Division championship. Tulsa has lost three straight and has only one conference victory but it’s against Houston, the team that upset USF three weeks ago.

UNDATED (AP) — — Hensley Meulens has become the third candidate to interview for New York Yankees manager after Rob Thomson and Eric Wedge, A former outfielder who spent five of his seven major league seasons with the Yankees, the 50-year-old Meulens has been a coach with the San Francisco Giants for the last eight seasons and was shifted last month from hitting coach to bench coach.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Chris Kirk holed an 18-foot putt for eagle on his final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the RSM Classic. Kirk played the par 5s on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in 5 under today. The seven lowest scores of the opening round came during a picturesque afternoon on the Golden Isles. Joel Dahmen had a 64, while the group at 65 included Hudson Swafford, Jason Kokrak and Brian Gay.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — LPGA rookie Sung Hyun Park has taken a big first step toward sweeping all the season awards with a 5-under 67 to finish one shot behind after the opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship. Peiyun Chien of Taiwan and Sarah Jane Smith both shot 66 on a breezy day at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Race to the Globe, opened with a 71.

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