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Munchak fires OC Chris Palmer after 4-7 start

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Munchak fires OC Chris Palmer after 4-7 start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans coach Mike Munchak has fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replaced the veteran with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.

The Titans said Munchak told Palmer of his decision Monday night.

Munchak said in a statement he respects Palmer as a coach, which is why they brought him to Tennessee.

``As an offense I didn't feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped,'' Munchak said. ``I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for this challenge.''

Owner Bud Adams put everyone in the franchise on notice after a 51-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4. Jake Locker returned to the starting lineup Nov. 11, and Tennessee beat Miami 37-3. But the Titans (4-7) became the first team to lose in Jacksonville 24-19 on Sunday when the offense sputtered after getting to the Jacksonville 24 and had to settle for five field goal attempts.

The Titans are 24th averaging 327.7 yards per game and only 20th in passing with an average of 220.8 yards per game. Tennessee is 30th with an average time of possession of 27 minutes, 11 seconds per game, and 29th with 17.5 first downs per game.

Palmer helped the New York Giants win the 2008 Super Bowl as quarterbacks coach with Eli Manning. But he was working in the UFL as head coach of the Hartford Colonials when Munchak hired him in February 2011 knowing Tennessee would be drafting a quarterback that April with the eighth pick overall.

The Titans used that selection on Jake Locker. He was chosen the starter this August, and the loss to Jacksonville was his sixth start due to injury. Munchak said earlier Monday that Locker threw too early on a pass intercepted late when Tennessee had the ball and a chance to take the lead.

``If you want to be in the playoffs, those are the drives you have to finish,'' Munchak said before firing Palmer.

Loggains, 32, has been with the Titans since 2006 when he was hired as a coaching administrative assistant. He became quality control coach for the offense in 2008 and 2009 when the late Mike Heimerdinger was the team's offensive coordinator.

A quarterback in college at Arkansas, Loggains was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2010. He helped Kerry Collins post an 82.2 passer rating that was the third-best of his career, while Vince Young had a 98.6 passer rating that was the best of his career to that point.

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck had the third best season of his career last year with the Titans, throwing for 3,571 yards.

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for first career major title

It was only a mere three weeks ago that Francesco Molinari closed with a final round 62 en route to a dominant eight-shot victory at the 2018 Quicken Loans National. 

On Sunday, his eight-under total was good enough for a two-shot win over Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

The 35-year-old played his final round alongside Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

The 14-time major winner had to settle for a closing round of 71 on Sunday. It was his first Open since missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2015.

Molinari continues to be one of the world's hottest golfers, notching his third win in the last five starts. 

Some of golf's best weighed in on Sunday: 

When it was all said and done, on a day that featured difficult Carnoustie wind conditions, Francesco Molinari emerged victorious hoisting the Claret Jug. 

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Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Nationals this season. He bruised his left wrist diving for a ball and did not play from April 15 until May 15, when he had two at-bats. He went back on the disabled list, returned June 1 and is hitting .171 (7 for 41) since.

Condra-Bogan, 23, went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 relief outings with Lexington of the South Atlantic League and one appearance with Wilmington of the Carolina League, also Class A.

The trade was announced Sunday.

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