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November 18, 1994

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ The U.S. Davis Cup team will play its first-round match against France in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Feb. 3-5, the United States Tennis Association said.

″After playing on the road in all three of our 1994 ties, and seeing how influential crowd support can be, it will feel great to start out at home,″ USTA president-elect Les Snyder said Thursday.

The match will be played at the Bayfront Center Arena on a Plexi-Court Supreme court, a carpet-like surface.

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MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) - Officials reduced the Dunlop Phoenix tournament to 54 holes today after rain forced the cancellation of the second round.

Defending champion Ernie Els of South Africa, Americans Tom Watson and Todd Hamilton and England’s Barry Lane shot 6-under-par 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead.

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Scotland’s Andrew Colthart shot a 5-under-par 67 today to take a one-stroke lead over New Zealand’s Paul Devenport and Elliot Boult after the second round of the Australian PGA.

Colthart had a 10-under 134 total on the 6,771-yard New South Wales Golf Club course. Devenport shot a 69 and Boult had a 71.

Jack Burke of the United States was four back at 138 after a 70.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Grizzlies said Thursday that Spectra Foods bought a block of 300 season tickets to the NBA team’s planned inaugural season in 1995-96.

General manager Stu Jackson said the team still needs to sell 4,300 tickets before the end of the year in order to confirm the franchise.

″We were counting on fans and the business community to respond to our appeal,″ Jackson said. ″Obviously this is just a start, but it is a great start, and we are excited.″

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MATSUYAMA, Japan (AP) - Japan’s Yuko Nakamura shot a 3-under-par 69 today to take a one-stroke lead in the Daio Seishi Elleair Women’s Open.

Japan’s Kumiko Hiyoshi, South Korea’s Shin Sora and Taiwan’s Huang Bie- shyun opened with 70s on the Elleair Golf Club course.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Miller Brewing Co. signed a 10-year deal with the expansion Carolina Panthers in what is being called the richest team sponsorship in NFL history.

The Charlotte Observer, citing an unidentified source, reported Thursday that deal is worth about $30 million.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Lisa Walters of Canada shot a 3-under-par 69 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Mitsubishi Motors Pro-Am.

″I haven’t been playing much golf lately, but I was all over the flag today,″ said Walters, who had four birdies and a bogey on the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort’s Sunrise Course.

Shelley Hamlin and Robin Walton opened with 70s and defending champion Jenny Lidback shot a 71. Walton and Lidback played at Tucson National.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic activated center Geert Hammink from the injured list Thursday and waived center Keith Tower.

The 7-foot Hammink was placed on the injured list Nov. 3 because of tendinitis in his right knee. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in seven exhibition games.

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LUTZ, Fla. (AP) - Tommy Aycock shot a 3-under-par 69 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Walt Morgan after the third round of the Senior PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Aycock, co-medalist in the 1991 qualifying tournament, had a 7-under 209 total on the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay. Morgan shot a 68.

The low 16 finishers today will earn cards for the 1995 Senior PGA Tour and the low eight are eligible for all open, co-sponsored events.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians claimed left-hander Steve Dixon off waivers from St. Louis on Thursday and added him to their 40-man roster.

Dixon, 25, was 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.52 ERA in 59 appearances for Louisville in the American Association last season. He was 0-0 with a 23.14 ERA in two games with St. Louis.

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