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By United Press International  |  Nov. 30, 2001 at 1:22 AM
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Eagles increase lead in NFC East

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Donovan McNabb passed for two touchdowns Thursday night as the Philadelphia Eagles remained unbeaten on the road -- and against former coach Dick Vermeil -- in a 23-10 victory over Kansas City Chiefs.

The Eagles improved to 5-0 on the road and have won eight straight regular-season contests away from Veterans Stadium since a loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 29, 2000. Philadelphia is 11-2 in its last 13 road contests, but just 2-4 at home this season.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Washington, the Eagles established themselves from the outset, recovering an onside kick to open the game. They built a 13-3 halftime lead and never were threatened thereafter.

McNabb, who had been erratic in his previous two games, also got back on track with touchdown passes of 46 and one yard. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 269 yards and an interception after throwing for a combined 231 in the last two games.

Duce Staley accounted for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles (7-4), who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Washington in the NFC East. Staley carried 25 times for 80 yards and had four catches for 66 yards, including a 46-yard score.

Vermeil, who guided the Eagles to their only Super Bowl appearance in the 1980 season, fell to 0-3 against his old team. He lost to the Eagles twice as coach of the St. Louis Rams before taking the Kansas City job.

Australia, France tied in Davis Cup

MELBOURNE, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A huge upset followed by a gritty performance from a player with a shoulder injury left the Davis Cup Finals between Australia and France tied at 1-1 after today's opening singles matches.

Playing on the road against the world's No. 1 player, Nicolas Escude rallied to upset Lleyton Hewitt, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the first match of the day.

Australia's Patrick Rafter then fought off three set points in the second set and defeated Sebastien Grosjean, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5, to level the competition. Rafter had been cleared to play only 24 hours prior to the match after having battled shoulder problems.

Escude, who also edged Hewitt on grass in July at Wimbledon, handed the 20-year-old his first defeat in seven Davis Cup singles matches this year.

The Frenchman had reached just one final this year, capturing the ABN/AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Feb. 25 at Rotterdam. However, the 27th-ranked player improved to 3-2 lifetime against Hewitt with wins in two of three 2001 meetings.

France is seeking its third Davis Cup triumph since World War II, winning the trophy in 1991 and 1996.

Australia captured the Davis Cup for the 21st time in 1999, edging France, 3-2.

Bulls extend Heat's losing streak

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Ron Mercer hit three straight baskets and a pair of free throws down the stretch Thursdayn ight as the Chicago Bulls ended a 10-game losing streak with a 78-72 victory over the Miami Heat, who have dropped 10 straight.

The slide is Miami's longest since losing 10 straight from Dec. 1-21, 1990, and is the worst of coach Pat Riley's illustrious career.

Mercer scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Rookie Trenton Hassell added 13 and Brad Miller had 12 for the Bulls. Marcus Fizer contributed 11 points, all in the second period.

Eddie Jones had 15 points and Rod Strickland 13 for Miami. Alonzo Mourning also scored 13 before fouling out with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

Other NBA results: Toronto 91, Memphis 88; Atlanta 105, Cleveland 96; Boston 99, Orlando 89; Sacramento 110, Dallas 98.

Minnesota enjoys best output

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Rookie Nick Schultz scored his first NHL goal Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild matched the best offensive output in team history with a 6-0 blanking of the Florida Panthers.

A 19-year-old defenseman, Schultz opened the scoring 5:38 into the contest, chipping a puck past goaltender Roberto Luongo to start Minnesota's barrage. Schultz had just two assists in his previous 14 games this season.

Andrew Brunette collected three assists for normally defensive-minded Wild, who scored six goals for the second time this season and fourth time in their two-year history.

Pascual Dupuis added a goal and an assist for Minnesota, which has won four of its last five games.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.

Other NHL results: St. Louis 2, Columbus 1; Montreal 1, New York Islanders 1; New York Rangers 5, Carolina 0; Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 in overtime; Tampa Bay 5; Atlanta 2; Dallas 3, Calgary 0; Phoenix 1, Nashville 0; Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 1; San Jose 5, Pittsburgh 0.

Missouri remains unbeaten

COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Kareem Rush scored 24 points Thursday night as fifth-ranked Missouri returned home, had a huge second half and cruised to a 106-68 victory over Jackson State.

After winning three games away from the Hearnes Center, including two en route to capturing the Guardians Classic, the Tigers (6-0) exploded for 58 points over the final 20 minutes.

Missouri has won all seven matchups between the schools.

Raymond Appleberry netted 18 points for Jackson State (1-3), which has dropped two straight.

In the only other game involving a top 10 team, Syracuse defeated Cornell, 76-58.

Terry Glenn suspended

FOXBORO, Mass., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- New England coach Bill Belichick announced Thursday that Terry Glenn has been suspended for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. The move comes after the 27-year-old receiver made a controversial television appearance last week and just one day after he skipped practice

"This is not an injury matter," Belichick said. "It's about something that happened (Wednesday). We've been down this road before, and I'm not going to comment on the specifics of team discipline. I don't think it's right to do that. It'll be handled internally, and it has been."

It is the second suspension of the season for Glenn, who sat out the season's first four games after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Tanaka leads Qualifying Tournament

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hidemichi Tanaka took advantage of good scoring conditions Thursday to fire an 8-under 64 and take the lead after the second of six rounds at the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament.

Tour veterans Shaun Micheel, Tommy Armour III, Lee Porter and Robert Gamez all moved into contention while Gary Nicklaus, son of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, failed to keep pace.

Tanaka finished 36 holes at 12-under 132 as the 167-man field completed a third of the tension-filled tournament that is being played over both the Links and Lakes courses at the Bear Creek Country Club.

The top 35 and ties will earn playing privliges for the 2002 season.

Micheel, Armour and Porter were all at 133 while Gamez, who won twice in 1990 and has not had a victory since, was in a share of fifth place at 134.

Nicklaus qualified for the tour in this tournament two years ago and maintained his card in 2000 thanks to a second-place finish in Atlanta. But he failed to finish among the top 125 this year and had to return to the Qualifying Tournament.

He opened with a 68, but had to settle for a 71 Thursday and was tied for 33rd place at 139. Also at that figure was 17-year-old Ty Tryon, who shot a 69 Thursday.

Grant Hill to miss two games

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill, who missed almost all of last season with an ankle injury, likely will miss the next two games because of a sprained left foot.

Hill told the Orlando Sentinel the injury will not keep him out longer than Saturday, when the Magic visit the Washington Wizards.

The 6-8 Hill was questionable for Monday's game against his former team, the Detroit Pistons, but played and ended up with 14 points and eight rebounds. However, the injury flared up again and he was removed from the contest with seven minutes to play.

Hill is second on the Magic in scoring at 16.8 points per game and first in rebounding. He scored a season-high 28 points in a double-overtime loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on Nov. 5.

Kostner wins World Cup slalom

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Italy's Isolde Kostner continued to enjoy the course at Lake Louise Thursday, capturing the season-opening World Cup women's downhill race.

Kostner, a winner on the Olympic course in 1999 and 2000, clocked a winning time of 96.75 seconds. It was the 10th downhill victory of her career.

It was the seventh time the Italian has stepped onto the podium at this Western Canadian resort, having also finished second three times and third once.

Chasing Kostner across the line was downhill world champion Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria in 1:37.08 with Switzerland's Corinne Rey Bellet third in 1:37.26.

Olympic super-G champion Picabo Street posted her top result since coming back from a shattered femur, finishing sixth in 1:37.61.

The women return to the same course Friday for the second half of the season-opening downhill doubleheader.

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