Scott shoots 3-under par in final round, ties for top spot

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:37 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

Missouri junior Ben Scott shot a final-round 69 Tuesday to earn a share of first place at the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Grasslands Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

Scott, the first Tiger to earn medalist honors since 2001, began the day two shots behind co-champion Matt VanCleave of Kansas State. His final-round score was the second-lowest score in the tournament.

Sophomore Shawn Jasper shot a final-round 72 to finish in a tie for seventh place.

The Tigers finished in fourth place in the team standings, 12 shots behind first-place Florida Southern, who was the host team.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Two Missouri freshmen were named Lathrop & Gage student-athletes of the week.

Marshall Brown (men’s basketball) and Charlotte Bellis (women’s tennis) were this week’s honorees.

Brown leads the Tigers in 3-point shooting at 44.7 percent. He holds a 3.24 GPA and is undecided on a major. He helps with the annual men’s basketball youth clinic, Columbia Boys and Girls Club and Coaches vs. Cancer.

Bellis is strong in both singles and doubles, with several wins on the season. She is a broadcast journalism major with a 3.36 GPA. She is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the women’s tennis team and helped with their canned food drive in the fall.

STEAMERS SIGN KENNEDY: The St. Louis Steamers have signed Lindsay Kennedy to a five-game contract, and she is expected this weekend to become the Major Indoor Soccer League’s first female player, the team said Tuesday.

Kennedy, a forward, is expected to make her debut Saturday when the Steamers host the Milwaukee Wave. The Steamers said three other women previously have played on men’s professional indoor soccer teams in other leagues.

The Steamers acquired the player rights to Kennedy, 24, last month, allowing her to practice with the team.

Steamers board chairman Wally Smerconish said there was a “divergence of opinion” on actually putting Kennedy on the roster.

“We were hesitant to change a winning chemistry, but, ultimately, as a father of two daughters, I am proud to say there will be no glass ceiling in soccer,” Smerconish said.

Steamers president and chief executive Michael Hetelson said the team liked the skill and toughness Kennedy showed in workouts.

“She is a great competitor and is looking to contribute to the team,” he said.

Kennedy played one year of college soccer at Kansas before transferring to her hometown St. Louis and playing three seasons at Harris-Stowe State College. Her 24 goals and 56 points in 2000 set school records. She was a red-shirt player in 2001, but scored five goals in one game in 2002.

For her career, Kennedy, 5-10 and 135 pounds, set Harris-Stowe records in goals, assists and points.

Before joining the Steamers, she had been the lone woman playing in a Tuesday night local men’s league.

DOLPHINS: An arbitration ruling that ordered Ricky Williams to repay the Miami Dolphins $8.6 million was upheld Tuesday by a federal judge, who rejected arguments that the award disregarded Florida law and was excessive.

U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled arbitrator Richard Bloch was “well within the scope of his authority” in his interpretation of the case.

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