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Hamm, Scurry among awards finalists

Posted: Wednesday August 13, 2003 7:21 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry and Aly Wagner are finalists for WUSA awards this season.

Hamm, the U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer, is nominated for Most Valuable Player. The forward for the Washington Freedom tied for the WUSA scoring lead this season with 33 points.

She's up against teammate Abby Wambach, who also had 33 points, and Boston forward-midfielder Maren Meinert, the All-Star Game MVP and the league's career scoring leader with 81 points.

Scurry, a star for the 1999 World Cup champion Americans, led the WUSA in save percentage (79.5), goals-against average (0.95) and shutouts (seven) for Atlanta. Her competition for best goalkeeper is Karina LeBlanc of Boston, the Canadian national team starter who made a WUSA-high 91 saves this year, and Siri Mullinix of Washington.

Wagner is in consideration for top rookie. The San Diego midfielder led the Spirit into the playoffs.

Also nominated are Mexico's Maribel Dominguez, a forward for Atlanta who had seven goals and four assists, and forward Christine Latham of San Diego, a Canadian who had six goals and three assists.

Finalists for defender of the year are San Diego's Joy Fawcett, Washington's Jennifer Grubb and Atlanta Sharolta Nonen, another star for the Canadian national team.

Coach of the Year nominees are Tom Stone of Atlanta, Pia Sundhage of Boston and Tom Sermanni of New York.

For Humanitarian of the Year, the finalists are Jenny Benson of Philadelphia, Nel Fettig of Carolina and Jaime Pagliarulo of San Diego.

The team community service of the year nominees are the Boston Breakers, New York Power and San Jose CyberRays. For the Fair Play Award, the finalists are Boston, Carolina and Philadelphia.

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