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The New York Giants have interviewed Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for their vacant head coaching job.
The 48-year-old Wilks met with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch Isac Lundestrom Ducks Jersey , new general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams at the team’s headquarters on Tuesday,
two days after the Panthers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
by New Orleans.
Wilks has close ties to Gettleman, who was Carolina’s general manager until being fired before the start of this past season. This was his sixth year with
the Panthers and first as defensive coordinator.
The Giants are nearing the end of their first round of coaching interviews. They plan to speak with recently fired Broncos running backs coach Eric
Studesville on Wednesday.
In the past week, they have interviewed interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, New England coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia and Minnesota offensive
coordinator Pat Shurmur.
This marked the first time Tisch took part in the interview process, which might indicate an added level of interest on the part of the Giants.
Wilks also plans to talk to the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday and the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday about their vacant head coaching jobs.
The Panthers’ defense ranked seventh in the NFL in 2017, allowing an average of 317.1 yards. Carolina was third against the run (88.1 yards) and third in
sacks with 50.
Wilks also coached the San Diego Chargers secondary from 2009-11 and the Chicago Bears defensive backs from 2006-08. He coached 11 seasons on the
collegiate level Marshall Newhouse Color Rush Jersey , working as a defensive backs coach, defensive coordinator and head coach.
”I think he gets guys to relate to him, get on the same page, get on the same scheme,” Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson said Monday as the Panthers
cleaned out their lockers.
”He comes to work every day and guys respect that. Just his whole personality. His mentality of getting guys to play how you want to play. He’s a
good coach for that.”
Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Wilks uses an aggressive style as a coach.
”Coach Wilks has earned that right (to be a head coach),” Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said. ”He has done a tremendous job of coming in and taking over
this defense and really giving us a chance to be successful.”

AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina contributed to this report.

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Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Astros jumped out to another early lead, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Thursday for their
eighth straight win.
Brian McCann homered for the first time in nearly a month. Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick were among five players with two hits apiece as
Houston completed the three-game sweep.
”It happens fast when we’re at our best,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ”We can get after you and then we stay after you. We’re not going to be perfect all
the time . but when we are good like this and putting up runs, we’re pretty
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Beyond that, it was another in a series of impressive offensive displays from the Astros.
The winning streak is their longest since they won 11 straight May 25-June 5 last season on the way to their first World Series championship. Houston also
improved to 8-1 against Oakland this season.
”It’s nice to have your team hot, you just want to be the guy to keep it going,” Verlander said. ”The run support is awesome. It’s fun to be a part of
keeping the rhythm and keeping the momentum on our side.”
Khris Davis and Matt Olson homered for the A’s. It was Davis’ third home run in three consecutive at-bats after going deep in his final two plate appearances
Both home runs came off Verlander, who went into the day leading the majors with a 1.45 ERA.
Still, Verlander (9-2) was sharp in his first appearance against the A’s since 2016. He faced three batters over the minimum before Oakland scored twice
in the seventh.
The six-time All-Star allowed three runs, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter while earning his fifth consecutive win.
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The Astros outscored the A’s 26-11 in the series and have a 69-20 run differential in the last eight games between the two division rivals. They also
got some help from Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman, who committed a pair of
errors that led to a pair of unearned runs in the sixth.
Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up five earned runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked four.
”That’s good team that’s swinging the bat real well right now,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ”Looked like every ball he got in the middle of the
plate they hit.”
RHP Trevor Cahill (Achilles strain) was placed by Oakland on the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season. RHPs Chris Bassitt and Carlos
Ramirez were called up from Triple-A Nashville. Reliever Danny Coulombe was
optioned down.
Houston 3B Alex Bregman went hitless in four at-bats, ending his hitting streak at 10 games. But Bregman drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 25
games, the second-longest active mark in the majors behind Shin-Soo Choo of
Texas (28).
Astros: Bregman was back in the lineup after getting a rest day Wednesday.
Athletics: Chapman left the game with a bruised right hand that has been bothering him since spring training. He was expected to be taken for an MRI
after the game. Cahill is nursing a strained right Achilles and is wearing a
walking boot. He hasn’t responded to treatment and there is no timetable for his
return. … Matt Joyce (lumbar strain) will take full batting practice Friday and
begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday.
Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (7-1 Jihad Ward Color Rush Jersey , 2.82 ERA) attempts to become Houston’s fourth starter with eight wins or more when he pitches in Kansas City on Friday
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 1.29), who was called up from Triple-A Nashville, will pitch against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Bassitt is
taking Cahill’s spot in the rotation.

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