MU in fourth with Scott’s ace

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Junior Ben Scott hit a hole-in-one in the first round of the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., helping the Missouri men’s golf team to finish the day in fourth. They trail leader Georgia College and State University by four strokes after two rounds.

Scott is in third, two strokes off the lead. Sophomore Shawn Jasper iss in a tie for eighth, seven strokes back.

The final round of the tournament will begin at 7 a.m. today at the par-72 Grasslands Country Club.

BRILES DIES: Big games never worried Nellie Briles.

Briles, who won two World Series titles during a 14-year career as a control pitcher, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at 61, the Pittsburgh Pirates said. Briles was stricken during a Pirates alumni golf tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Briles went 129-112 during a career spent mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates. He played on five pennant- or division-winning teams, going a combined 69-44 with two postseason victories during those seasons.

“I always felt that if it was a tough game, my teammates wanted me on the mound,” Briles once said.

Briles, who was influenced by Hall of Famer Bob Gibson’s fierce attitude after joining the Cardinals in 1965, went 61-54 with the Cardinals from 1965-70, including a 19-11 record in 1968. He was traded to the Pirates, where he was 36-28 over the next three seasons before later pitching for Kansas City, Texas and Baltimore in career lasting from 1965-78.

BROWNS RELEASE GARCIA: Jeff Garcia didn’t even get to celebrate his one-year anniversary with the Cleveland Browns.

Less than 12 months after they signed the three-time Pro Bowler to fix their problems at quarterback, the Browns told Garcia on Monday that he was no longer in their plans and will be released with three years left on his contract.

Garcia signed a four-year, $25 million free agent deal with Cleveland last March, but almost from the time he was handed an orange helmet and No. 5 jersey, it was apparent that it wasn’t a good fit.

In 10 starts for Cleveland, Garcia completed 144 of 253 passes for 1,731 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. But even in the preseason, he criticized former coach Butch Davis’ offense and never really fit into Davis’ system.

Garcia’s release — league rules prevent it from becoming official until Feb. 22 — continues a house cleaning in the aftermath of a 4-12 season by the Browns, who last week hired Romeo Crennel, New England’s former defensive coordinator, as their coach.

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