Ex-Cougar Mike Weir Nominated for Golfer of the Year by ESPN

Former BYU golfer Mike Weir, seen here with Tiger Woods, has been nominated for an ESPY award

2003 Masters champion Mike Weir has been nominated as Golfer of the Year for the annual ESPY awards broadcast on ESPN. Weir along with four other golfers, including Tiger Woods have been nominated for the award.

Cougar fans have the opportunity to vote for Weir by accessing the awards ballot on espn.com.

Voting ends July 9, and the presentation of the awards will be broadcast on July 18 at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN.

The following is an outline of the ESPY awards:

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 12th ANNUAL ESPY AWARDS

Armstrong, Taurasi, Bonds, Brady, Mickelson, McKeon, Pistons Among Nominees;

Fans To Determine All Winners; ESPN To Televise Awards July 18

Cycling star Lance Armstrong will look to repeat as Best Male Athlete, while a new Best Female Athlete will be crowned at the 2004 ESPY Awards, televised from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on ESPN Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET (four days after taking place on Wednesday, July 14). Nominees were announced for all 36 categories, which for the first time will be voted on completely by fans. Voting has begun at www.espn.com and will continue through July 9. Winners will be announced on the telecast.

The 12th annual ESPY Awards Presented by GMC and Under Armour will gather sports and entertainment celebrities to recognize top achievements, relive memorable moments and salute the best performers. Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx will host. The awards include 19 cross-cutters categories -- which pit athletes from different sports against each other -- as well as 17 individual sport categories.

Several cross-cutter candidates are related to some of the year's top champions and Best Team nominees: the Patriots, Marlins, Pistons, Lightning, UConn Men's and Women's Basketball.

Competing against Armstrong for Best Male Athlete are Barry Bonds, who Armstrong edged out last year, as well as Tom Brady, Kevin Garnett and Peyton Manning. For Best Female, tennis star Justine Henin-Hardenne may become the third straight tennis star to win the award (2002: Venus Williams, 2003: Serena Williams). She will compete against Annika Sorenstam and Diana Taurasi, who were both nominated in the category last year.

Also during the ESPY Awards, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. This year's honor will go to Liberian-born UNICEF Ambassador George Weah, Africa's all-time greatest soccer star who has, at great risk, worked tirelessly to help his war-torn country.

FUN FACTS ABOUT 2004 ESPY AWARD NOMINEES

-UConn vs. UConn: The University of Connecticut Men's and Women's Basketball teams are both nominated for Best Team, competing against the Detroit Pistons, Florida Marlins, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition to her Best Female Athlete nomination, former UConn star Diana Taurasi is nominated for Best Female College Athlete, while coach Geno Auriemma is a finalist for Best Coach/Manager. Connecticut men's hoops star Emeka Okafor is among the nominees for Best Male College Athlete.

-High School Hysteria: De La Salle High School football coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his team to a perfect season which was part of a 151-game winning streak, is a finalist for Best Coach/Manager, along with Auriemma, Bill Belichick (Patriots), Larry Brown (Pistons) and Jack McKeon (Marlins).

-Green Jacket And An ESPY Award?: After winning his first Grand Slam title at the 2004 Masters, golfer Phil Mickelson garnered three ESPY Award nominations. In Best Championship Performance, he is nominated along with three team stars -- Josh Beckett (Marlins), Tom Brady (Patriots) and Brad Richards (Lightning). In Best Moment, Mickelson is competing with Aaron Boone's ALCS Game 7 home run, Brett Favre's courageous performance one day after his father passed away and Stanford's buzzer-beater against Arizona. Mickelson is also a finalist for Best Male Golfer.

-New - Best Upset, Could It Be A Horse?: The new category, Best Upset, features individual and team nominees: Belmont winner Birdstone, boxer Antonio Tarver, the Detroit Pistons and the Florida Marlins.

-Who Broke Through? Adu, Wie, LeBron, Carmelo or Jake?: Teenage soccer sensation Freddy Adu will compete for Best Breakthrough against teenage golf star Michelle Wie, return nominee LeBron James, Nuggets' star Carmelo Anthony and Panthers' QB Jake Delhomme.

-The Game Of The Year: Best Game nominees range from a Little League World Series epic between Saugus, Mass. and Richmond, Tex. to the Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl to ALCS Game 7 (Red Sox/Yankees) to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament classic between St. Joseph's and Oklahoma State.

-Reel Classic: Best Sports Movie returns for its third year and the nominated films depict a wide range of genres: Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Miracle, Radio and Seabiscuit.

-Amazing Comebacks: Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton, a victim of a shark attack, is one of four amazing comeback stories nominated in Best Comeback. Other candidates are golfer John Daly, who captured his first PGA title in nearly a decade, and two college football players -- San Jose State's Neil Parry and Oklahoma's Jason White.

-Individual Sport Repeats?: Of the 17 individual sport categories, more than half of last year's winners are nominated again. The following nine winners are looking to repeat: Barry Bonds (MLB), Tim Duncan (NBA), Lisa Leslie (WNBA), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Bowler), Annika Sorenstam (Female Golfer), Tiger Woods (Male Golfer), Serena Williams (Female Tennis), Andre Agassi (Male Tennis) and Gail Devers (Female Track and Field).

The complete list of 2004 ESPY Award nominees follows.

2004 ESPY AWARD NOMINEES

ALL WINNERS DETERMINED THROUGH FAN VOTING AT ESPN.COM (Through July 9)

CROSS-CUTTER CATEGORY NOMINEES

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Justine Henin-Hardenne, Tennis

Annika Sorenstam, Golf

Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Basketball

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Lance Armstrong, Cycling

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

BEST TEAM

Connecticut Men's Basketball

Connecticut Women's Basketball

Detroit Pistons

Florida Marlins

New England Patriots

Tampa Bay Lightning

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women's Basketball

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons

Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle High School Football

Jack McKeon, Florida Marlins

BEST COMEBACK

John Daly, Golf

Bethany Hamilton, Surfing

Neil Parry, San Jose State Football

Jason White, Oklahoma Football

BEST UPSET (New)

Birdstone

Detroit Pistons

Florida Marlins

Antonio Tarver

BEST BREAKTHROUGH

Freddy Adu, DC United

Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Michelle Wie, Golf

BEST GAME

NCAA Regional Final: St. Joseph's-Oklahoma State

ALCS Game 7: Red Sox-Yankees

Super Bowl: Patriots-Panthers

LLWS U.S. Semis: Saugus (Mass.)-Richmond (Tex.)

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

John Gagliardi, St. John's (Minn.) Football -- Most Coaching Victories

Eric Gagne, Los Angeles Dodgers -- 55 Straight Saves In One Season

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens -- 295 Yards Rushing in a Game

Michael Phelps -- Five World Records at Swimming Championships

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Josh Beckett, Florida Marlins - World Series Game 6

Tom Brady, New England Patriots -- Super Bowl

Phil Mickelson - Masters

Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning -- Stanley Cup

BEST PLAY

Jim Edmonds, Cardinals -- Backhand Leaping Catch

Derek Fisher, Lakers -- Playoff Buzzer Beater vs. Spurs

Dante Hall, Chiefs -- 93-Yard Punt Return Wins Game

New Orleans Saints' Last-Play Laterals Result in TD

BEST SPORTS MOVIE

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

Miracle

Radio

Seabiscuit

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Alana Beard, Duke Basketball

Tara Kirk, Stanford Swimming

Cat Reddick, North Carolina Soccer

Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Basketball

Jessica van der Linden, Florida State Softball

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Football

Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's Basketball

Emeka Okafor, Connecticut Basketball

Jason White, Oklahoma Football

BEST MOMENT

Aaron Boone, Yankees -- HR Wins ALCS Game 7

Bret Favre, Packers -- 399 Yards, 4 TDs A Day After Father's Death

Phil Mickelson's Putt on 18 To Win the Masters

Stanford Defeats Arizona on Nick Robinson Buzzer-Beater

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Layne Beachley, Surfing

Aleisha Cline, Skiing

Dallas Friday, Wakeboarding

Hannah Teter, Snowboarding

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Brian Deegan, Moto X

Bucky Lasek, Skateboarding

Ryan Nyquist, Bike Stunt

Chad Reed, Supercross

BEST ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Cheri Blauwet, Track & Field

Kyle Maynard, Wrestling

Travis Mohr, Swimming

Ron Williams, Cycling

BEST OUTDOORS SPORTS ATHLETE

Tina Bosworth, Log Rolling

Denny Brauer, Bass Fishing

Mike Iaconelli, Bass Fishing

Gerald Swindle, Bass Fishing

INDIVIDUAL SPORT CATEGORY NOMINEES

BEST MLB PLAYER

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Eric Gagne, Los Angeles Dodgers

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays

Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Swin Cash, Detroit Shock

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics

Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks

BEST BOWLER

Brad Angelo

Mika Koivuniemi

Walter Ray Williams Jr

Pete Weber

BEST BOXER

Laila Ali

Cory Spinks

Antonio Tarver

Ronald "Winky" Wright

BEST DRIVER

Scott Dixon

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Matt Kenseth

Michael Schumacher

BEST NFL PLAYER

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Priest Holmes, Kansas City Chiefs

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Se Ri Pak

Grace Park

Annika Sorenstam

Michelle Wie

BEST MALE GOLFER

Jim Furyk

Phil Mickelson

Vijay Singh

Mike Weir

Tiger Woods

BEST NHL PLAYER

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche

BEST JOCKEY

Jerry Bailey

Stewart Elliott

Edgar Prado

Alex Solis

BEST FEMALE SOCCER PLAYER

Mia Hamm, U.S.

Maren Meinert, Germany

Birgit Prinz, Germany

Briana Scurry, U.S.

Abby Wambach, U.S.

BEST MALE SOCCER PLAYER

David Beckham, Real Madrid

Landon Donovan, San Jose Earthquakes

Thierry Henry, Arsenal

Zidane, Real Madrid

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Kim Clijsters

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Serena Williams

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Andre Agassi

Roger Federer

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Andy Roddick

BEST FEMALE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE

Hestrie Cloete

Gail Devers

Stacy Dragila

Deena Drossin

BEST MALE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE

Hicham El Guerrouj

Allen Johnson

Tom Pappas

Tyree Washington

CO-PRESENTING SPONSOR AWARDS

The 2004 ESPY Awards will also include two co-presenting sponsor awards.

GMC PROFESSIONAL GRADE PLAY

Jeremy Roenick, Flyers - Returns After Broken Jaw

Steve McNair, Titans -- Makes Playoffs Despite Injuries

Ivan Rodriguez, Marlins - Play at Plate Sends Marlins to NLCS

Annika Sorenstam - Approach Shot Over Trees Leads to LPGA Championship

UNDER ARMOUR UNDENIABLE PERFORMANCE AWARD

Roger Clemens, Astros - Starting Season 9-0

Brett Favre, Packers - 399 Yards, A Day After Father's Death

Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves -- Game 7 Playoffs vs. Sac.

Michael Phelps - Five World Records at Swimming Champ.

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