Sunday, September 25, 2022

ESPY Nominees Revealed: LeBron, Serena, Curry, Mo’Ne Up for Awards

Mo'ne Davis attends Up2Us Sports to Celebrate 5 Years Of Change Through Sports on June 3, 2015 in New York City
Mo’ne Davis attends Up2Us Sports to Celebrate 5 Years Of Change Through Sports on June 3, 2015 in New York City

*We already know that Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs. Today, ESPN unveiled the athletes who will compete for awards at its annual ceremony, to be held July 15 at 8 p.m. from Nokia Theatre’s L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Fresh from the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry of the victorious Golden State Warriors will face Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James in the Best Male Athlete category, while newly-crowned French Open champ Serena Williams will face Tiger Woods’ ex Lindsey Vonn, UConn’s Breanna Stewart and fighter Ronda Rousey for Best Female Athlete.

Joel McHale is set to host the show, which will air on ABC for the first time in its history, moving over from Disney sister network ESPN.

The celebration kicks off with “SportsCenter at The ESPYS” and “The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital One” airing from 6-7 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN prior to the start of the awards.

Below is the full list of nominees.

Best Male Athlete
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best Female Athlete
Ronda Rousey, MMA
Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Serena Williams, WTA

Best Championship Performance
American Pharoah, Race Horse
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Mo’ne Davis, Little League Baseball
Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth, PGA

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run in NCAA softball
Devin Hester takes punt in for 20th touchdown return
Peyton Manning throws record-509th touchdown pass
Klay Thompson scores 37 points in a single quarter

Best Upset
Georgia State over Baylor, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Kansas City Royals wins AL Pennant
Mississippi over Alabama, FBS

Best Game
A’s vs. Royals, MLB AL Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals
Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl

Best Play (bracket-style)
Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal
Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch
Lionel Messi goal vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk
Malcolm Butler INT vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip
Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run
Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass
Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10. Shoni Schimmel circus shot
Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9. Jeremy Menez goal

Best Coach/Manager
Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes

Best Comeback Athlete
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Best International Athlete
Novak Djokovic, ATP
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Lydia Ko, LPGA
Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portugal

Best NFL Player
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best MLB Player
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NHL Player
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Best Driver
Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Kevin Harvick, NASCAR
Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar
Will Power, IndyCar

Best NBA Player
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best WNBA Player
Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Best Fighter
Donald Cerrone, MMA
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin (GGG), Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr, Boxing
Ronda Rousey, MMA

Best Male Golfer
Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth, Men’s Golf
Billy Horschel

Best Female Golfer
Lydia Ko
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park




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