Nominees Announced for The 2010 ESPYs; Nice Timing For Landon Donovan

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June 24th, 2010


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Nominees Announced for The 2010 ESPYs as Fan Voting Begins

Drew Brees, Landon Donovan, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Evan Lysacek, New York Yankees, Lindsay Vonn, Serena Williams, Tiger WoodsJust Some of the Nominees for the 18th Annual ESPYs Hosted by Seth Meyers

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Drew Brees, NFL

  • Won Super Bowl MVP honors after finishing with an 82.1 completion percentage, the second best in Super Bowl history.
  • Completed 32 passes, which tied the record for the most in Super Bowl history.
  • Set an NFL record by completing 70.6 percent of his passes during the regular season.
  • Finished the postseason with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

Kobe Bryant, NBA

  • Earned his fifth championship ring after leading the Lakers over the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
  • Averaged 28.6 PPG in the NBA Finals.
  • Averaged 27 PPG (4th in NBA) during 2009-10 regular season.
  • Led Lakers to best record in Western Conference during 2009-10 regular season, 57-25.

LeBron James, NBA 

  • Earned his second straight MVP award.
  • Averaged 29.7 PPG (2nd in NBA), 8.6 APG (6th in NBA) and 7.3 RPG during the 2009-10 regular season.
  • Led Cavaliers to NBA-high 61 regular-season wins.
  • Was the only NBA player with at least 650 assists, 550 rebounds, 125 steals and 75 blocked shots.

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR

  • Earned his fourth straight NASCAR points title.
  • Joined Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and teammate Jeff Gordon as the only drivers with at least four championships.
  • Became the fastest driver to reach four titles, doing so in 291 starts, beating Gordon’s previous record (292).

Albert Pujols, MLB

  • Named NL MVP, becoming the 10th player to win three or more MVP Awards.
  • Led the NL in home runs (47) and runs (134).
  • Finished third in batting (.327).
  • First unanimous NL MVP since Barry Bonds in 2002.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Maya Moore, NCAA Basketball

  • Helped lead UConn to back-to-back national championships.
  • Averaged 28.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG in the two games at the Final Four.
  • Averaged team-high 18.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG during 2009-10 regular season.

Diana Taurasi, WNBA

  • Named WNBA MVP for 2009 regular season and playoffs.
  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (20.4 PPG).
  • Helped Phoenix win the WNBA championship.

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

  • Capped a historic season with her third straight overall World Cup title.
  • Won gold medal at Olympics in downhill, becoming the first American woman to do so.
  • Won the final super-G race of the season for her 33rd World Cup win, eclipsing Bode Miller as the most decorated American skier.

Serena Williams, Tennis

  • Earned number one world ranking at the end of the 2009 season.
  • Won 2010 Australian Open, becoming the first woman to successfully defend her Aussie title since Jennifer Capriati in 2002.
  • Tied Billie Jean King for 6th on the all-time women's Grand Slam titles list (12).

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLIV

  • Finished with a record-tying 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Won Super Bowl MVP honors.
  • Finished the postseason with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

Anthony Johnson, Big Sky Conference Championship

  • Had a Big Sky tournament record 42 points, including 34 second-half points, as his Grizzlies rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to make the big dance.
  • Scored the last 21 points of the game for Montana.

Michael Phelps, World Swimming Championships

  • Won five gold medals, including four world-record performances.
  • Became the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly.

Shaun White, Winter Olympics

  • Won gold medal at Winter Olympics.
  • Became the third American male to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal, joining Dick Button (figure skating) and Shani Davis (long track speedskating).

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Averaged 18.4 PPG and 8.5 RPG as a freshman.
  • Totaled 223 blocked shots, an NCAA-record.
  • Registered an NCAA Tournament record 40 blocks in five 2010 tourney games, which includes tournament single-game record 14 vs. No. 13 Georgetown.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

  • Improved from 1,228 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns as a rookie to 2,006 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns in the 2009 season.
  • Led The League in rushing with 2,006 yards and became the sixth player in league history with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

  • Became the first pitcher to record at least 14 strikeouts and zero walks in his MLB debut.
  • Struck out the final seven batters he faced in his debut and fell one shy of the record for strikeouts in a MLB debut of 15 by Karl Spooner (1954 Dodgers) and J.R. Richard (1971 Astros).

John Wall, University of Kentucky Basketball

  • As a freshman, led the Wildcats in scoring (16.6), assists (6.5) and steals (1.8) while setting the school single-season assist record with 241.
  • Recorded five double-doubles on the season as Kentucky went 35-3 and made it to the Elite Eight.

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Usain Bolt, 100 and 200-meter World Records

  • Shattered 100 and 200-meter mark at World Track and Field Championships.
  • Ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, 0.11 seconds faster than the mark he set in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.
  • Set a world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters at the world championships.

Brett Favre, NFL record for consecutive starts

  • Set an NFL record for consecutive starts at 271, passing the old mark of Vikings DL Jim Marshall at 270, which ran from 1961-1979.
  • Began his consecutive starts streak 17 years ago.

Roger Federer, Most Grand Slam singles titles

  • Won 15th Grand Slam singles title, eclipsing Pete Sampras by winning Wimbledon 2009.
  • Won the finals in an epic battle against Andy Roddick, capturing the fifth set 16-14.
  • Served 50 aces in the record-breaking victory.

Connecticut Women’s Basketball, Longest winning streak in Women’s NCAA Basketball History

  • Undefeated season extended their record 78-game winning streak.
  • Won second straight national championship in 2009-2010 season.
  • Made women's college basketball history with NCAA- record 71st straight win, a 59-44 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Isner vs. Mahut at Wimbledon, Longest Match in Professional Tennis History

  • Tied 59-59 in the fifth set when match was suspended due to darkness.
  • Played for ten hours until match was stopped, which is nearly three and a half hours longer than the previous record.

BEST UPSET

Frankie Edgar over B.J. Penn, MMA

  • Dethroned the long-time lightweight champion, winning the title with a unanimous 50-45, 48-47, 49-46 decision at UFC 112.
  • Became Penn’s first loss at lightweight since 2002.

Hawaii softball upsets #1 Alabama, NCAA Softball

  • Defeated Alabama 5-4 on a two-run, walk-off home run by Jenna Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh in the deciding game of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional.
  • Advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in school history.

Northern Iowa shocks No. 1 Kansas, NCAA Men’s Basketball

  • Advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, making Kansas the first No. 1 seed to lose before the Sweet 16 since Kentucky and Stanford both did it in 2004.
  • Northern Iowa hit nine three-pointers in the stunner.

Y. E. Yang stuns Tiger Woods, PGA Championship 

  • The 110th-ranked player in the world became the first player to beat Tiger Woods in a major when Woods had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
  • Shot a two-under-par 70 in the final round, while Woods was +5 (75).

BEST GAME

Twins beat Tigers in Extra Innings (AL Central One-Game Tiebreak)

  • Alexi Casilla hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning that scored Carlos Gomez to send the Twins to the playoffs.
  • The Twins became the first team in MLB history to come back and win a division (or league) after trailing by three games with four games to play in a season.
  • The Twins overcame two deficits during the game.

Canada edges USA in Olympic hockey championship game in overtime

  • Sidney Crosby scored 7:40 into overtime and Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Sunday to earn its second men's hockey gold medal in the last three Olympics.
  • Crosby's shot from the lower part of the left circle eluded goalie Ryan Miller, the tournament MVP.
  • The United States had forced overtime on Zach Parise's goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

Duke gets past Butler in Men’s NCAA Championship

  • The Blue Devils won their fourth national championship, edging the Bulldogs in Indianapolis, 61-59.
  • There were 15 lead changes in the contest.
  • The biggest margin in the game was just six points.

BEST MOMENT

Phil Mickelson, 2009 Masters

  • Finished 16 under par with a bogey-free final round for the fourth-lowest winners' score in tournament history.
  • Had back-to-back eagles in third round.
  • Celebrated with his wife Amy, who was battling cancer.

Joannie Rochette, Winter Olympics

  • Earned a bronze medal in Olympic skating just days after her mother died.
  • Rochette’s mother passed only a few hours after arriving in Vancouver to watch her daughter compete.

New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV

  • Tracy Porter’s interception helped New Orleans wrap up Super Bowl win over the Colts.
  • Brees finished with a record-tying 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans captured its first NFL championship, winning 31-17 over the Colts.

Landon Donovan World Cup vs. Algeria

  • With the U. S. on the verge of elimination from group play, Landon Donovan converted a rebound from eight yards out in the 91st minute.
  • Helped the U. S. beat Algeria, 1-0, to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Was the first World Cup win for the U.S. in eight years, placing the Americans in first place in Group C.

BEST PLAY (NOT INCLUDED IN INITIAL VOTING PHASE)

Brett Favre’s throws game-winning touchdown vs. San Francisco (pass to Greg Lewis).

Fordham’s Brian Kownacki flips over Iona’s catcher to score a run as part of a rally in a Rams win

Rajon Rondo’s hustle leads to basket against Orlando in playoff win.

White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle has a ball hit his leg, then he recovered and shoveled the ball from his glove and made an amazing play at first in the 2010 season opener against Cleveland.

BEST TEAM

Alabama Football

  • Won its first national championship since 1992.
  • Earned its eighth major poll championship after going 14-0, with 12 games decided by more than a touchdown.
  • Won BCS championship with 37-21 win over Texas.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961.
  • Only the New York Rangers had more time between Cups (53 seasons).
  • Had 52 regular-season wins, second-most in the NHL during 2009-10 season.

Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Completed their second straight perfect season, the second basketball team to do that in Division I history, joining the 1971-73 UCLA men.
  • UConn has won 78 straight games, 10 shy of UCLA’s Division I record.
  • The Huskies beat Stanford by 6, their first single-digit win of the streak, to win their seventh National Championship.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Won 16th NBA championship in franchise history.
  • Won the final two games of the series to beat the Celtics in seven games for its second consecutive championship.
  • 57-25 in regular season; best record in Western Conference.

New Orleans Saints

  • Set a franchise single-season record for wins and consecutive victories; captured Super Bowl XLIV.
  • Ended the regular season with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense.
  • Scored 31 of the game’s final 38 points to bounce back from a 10-0 deficit and win Super Bowl XLIV, the first Super Bowl championship in the franchise’s 43 seasons.
  • Became the first team to win in its Super Bowl debut since the 2002 Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

New York Yankees

  • Won their record 27th World Series championship by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
  • Had an MLB-best 103–59 record during the regular season.
  • Led MLB in runs scored with 915.

CASTROL EDGE PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE AWARD

Sidney Crosby in the Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game

  • Crosby scored 7:40 into overtime and Canada beat the United States 3-2 to earn its second men's hockey gold medal in the last three Olympics.
  • Crosby's shot from the lower part of the left circle eluded goalie Ryan Miller, the tournament MVP.
  • The United States had forced overtime on Zach Parise's goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

Brett Favre in his return to Green Bay

  • Returning to Lambeau Field for the first time since leaving the Packers after the 2007 season, Favre led the Vikings to a 38-26 victory.
  • Favre was 17-28 for 244 yards and four touchdown passes, posting a 128.6 QB rating.
  • His four touchdown passes tied a season high.

Landon Donovan World Cup vs. Algeria

  • With the U. S. on the verge of elimination from group play, Landon Donovan converted a rebound from eight yards out in the 91st minute.
  • Helped the U. S. beat Algeria, 1-0, to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Was the first World Cup win for the U.S. in eight years, placing the Americans in first place in Group C.

Stephen Strasburg in MLB debut

  • Became the first pitcher to record at least 14 strikeouts and zero walks in his MLB debut.
  • Struck out the final seven batters he faced in his debut and fell one shy of the record for strikeouts in a MLB debut of 15 by Karl Spooner (1954 Dodgers) and J.R. Richard (1971 Astros).

Capital One Best College Athletic Program (not included in voting module)

BEST SPORTS MOVIE

Big Fan

  • The story of a hardcore fan struggling to deal with the consequences of being assaulted by his favorite player.
  • Stars Patton Oswalt and is written/directed by Robert D. Siegel.

Invictus

  • A look at life for Nelson Mandela during his first term as president after the fall of apartheid in South Africa.
  • Mandela campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.
  • Stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

The Blind Side

  • Chronicles the story of former University of Mississippi offensive lineman Michael Oher.
  • Stars Sandra Bullock in an Oscar-winning performance.

The Damned United

  • A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds.
  • Stars Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall.

The Karate Kid

  • The story of a boy who, in his new home in China, embraces kung fu as taught to him by a master.
  • Stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Led UConn. to back-to-back national championships and perfect 39-0 records.
  • Won his seventh national championship.

Joe Girardi, NY Yankees

  • Led the Yankees to their 27th World Series in his second year as manager.
  • Became the first manager to win a World Series title for the same team for which he had played on a World Series champion since Billy Martin.

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Won his 11th NBA title after leading the Lakers to the franchise's 16th championship.
  • Passed John Wooden for most championships by a major basketball coach.

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Men’s Basketball

  • Took a team ranked eighth in the preseason ESPN/USA Today poll and led them to the national championship.
  • Blue Devils finished the season with a 35-5 record.
  • Joined John Wooden (10) and Adolph Rupp (four) as only men with at least four national championships.

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

  • Led Saints to 13-0 start en route to the Super Bowl championship.
  • The Super Bowl champions set a franchise single-season record for wins and consecutive victories.

Nick Saban, Alabama football

  • Led Tide to BCS championship with win over Texas.
  • Became the second head coach to win two BCS national championships, joining Urban Meyer of Florida.
  • Became the first head coach in major college football history to win a national championship at two different schools.

BEST COMEBACK (Not featured in voting module)

Kim Clijsters, Tennis

  • Made history to become the first unseeded woman to win the Open.
  • Beat both Serena and Venus Williams as well as seeded players Caroline Wozniacki and Na Li en route to the championship.
  • The first unseeded player to win the US Open and is just the second unranked player to win a major since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, joining Evonne Goolagong at the 1977 Australian Open.

BEST NFL PLAYER

Drew Brees, New Orleans

  • Led NFL in touchdown passes in 2009 (34) and passer rating (109.6).
  • Won Super Bowl MVP honors.
  • Finished the postseason with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

Brett Favre, Minnesota

  • Reached the 30-TD mark for the ninth time in his career (33 in 2009), the most in NFL history.
  • Recorded a team-record ten games with a passer rating of over 100.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee

  • Totaled 2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009 (2,006 rushing, 503 receiving), surpassing Marshall Faulk’s record for the most yards from scrimmage in a single season in NFL history.
  • Led The League in rushing with 2,006 yards and became the sixth player in league history with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

  • Threw for 4,500 yards, the second highest in the NFL.
  • Became first player to win four NFL MVP awards.
  • Led Colts to a 14-0 start.

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

  • Totaled six interceptions and 54 tackles while earning All-Pro honors in just his third NFL season.
  • Had a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Carolina.

Charles Woodson, Green Bay

  • Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Had nine interceptions and 74 tackles for the Packers.

BEST MLB PLAYER

Zach Greinke, Kansas City

  • Won the AL Cy Young Award.
  • Posted a 2.16 ERA, lowest in MLB.
  • Held opponents to a .230 batting average during 2009 season.

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

  • Led Yankees to 2009 World Series championship.
  • Broke Yankees record for career hits.
  • Finished second in AL in hits (212) and third in AL in batting average (.334).

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

  • Won NL Cy Young award for second straight season after going 15-7 with 2.48 ERA.
  • Held opponents to a .206 batting average.
  • Became the first pitcher to win two Cy Young Awards within the first three seasons of his MLB career.

Joe Mauer, Minnesota

  • Led the AL in batting (.365) and hit 28 home runs, totaled 96 RBI and scored 94 runs.
  • Became the first catcher to win AL MVP since Ivan Rodriguez in 1999.
  • Led AL in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Albert Pujols, St. Louis

  • Led the NL in home runs (47), runs (134) and finished third in batting (.327).
  • Named NL MVP, becoming the 10th player to win three or more MVP Awards.
  • Became the first unanimous NL MVP since Barry Bonds in 2002.

BEST NHL PLAYER

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

  • Tied for NHL lead in goals scored (51).
  • Finished tied for second in points with 109.
  • Scored game-winning goal in gold medal game at Olympics.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo

  • Led the Sabres to the Northeast Division title for the second time in the past four seasons.
  • Placed second in NHL in goals-against average (2.22) and save percentage (.929).
  • Tied a career-high with five shutouts.
  • Led USA to gold medal game at Olympics.

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

  • Finished tied for second in NHL in points with 109.
  • Was second in the NHL in plus/minus (+45).

Henrik Seden, Vancouver

  • Finished the regular season with a NHL-leading, career-high and Canucks franchise-record 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists).
  • Scored 30 more points than his previous season high.

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

  • Tied for NHL lead in goals scored with 51.
  • Finished with 95 points in 09-10.
  • Had 23 goals and 46 points in prior season.

BEST DRIVER

Kyle Busch

  • Totaled 20 wins over three different series during 2009 season.
  • Became youngest racer to start his 200th Sprint Cup start.
  • Won 2009 Nationwide Series.

Dario Franchitti

  • Won the 2010 Indy 500.
  • Edged out Scott Dixon to win the 2009 IndyCar point title.
  • Had five wins and 13 top five finishes in 2009.

Ron Hornaday

  • Won the Camping World Truck title, his fourth career driving championship.
  • Became only the second driver in Truck Series history to clinch the championship before the final race.

Jimmie Johnson

  • Earned his fourth straight NASCAR points title.
  • Joined Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and teammate Jeff Gordon as the only drivers with at least four championships.
  • Became the fastest to reach four titles, doing so in 291 starts. The previous record of 292 was held by Jeff Gordon.

Tony Schumacher

  • Won his sixth straight Top Fuel championship.
  • Became the first driver in NHRA history to win six consecutive Top Fuel championships.
  • Out of 24 total races, Schumacher finished in the top five each time.

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

  • Finished fourth in scoring (27 PPG) during the 2009-10 regular season and averaged 28.6 PPG in the NBA Finals.
  • Earned his fifth championship ring after leading the Lakers over the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
  • Led the Lakers to best record in Western Conference during 2009-10 regular season, 57-25.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

  • Became youngest player to win the NBA scoring title (21 years, 197 days).
  • Averaged 30.1 PPG during the 2009-10 regular season.

Dwight Howard, Orlando

  • Named The NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Led the NBA in rebounding during the 2009-10 regular season (13.2 RPG) and field goal percentage (61.2 PCT).

LeBron James, Cleveland

  • Earned his second straight MVP award.
  • Averaged 29.7 PPG (2nd in NBA), 8.6 APG (6th in NBA) and 7.3 RPG during the 2009-10 regular season.
  • Led the Cavaliers to NBA-high 61 regular-season wins.

Dwyane Wade, Miami

  • Finished fifth in scoring (26.6 PPG.) and tenth in assists (6.5 APG.) during the 2009-10 regular season.
  • Averaged 33.2 PPG in the 2010 playoffs.

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Tamika Catchings, Indiana

  • Named WNBA defensive player of the year.
  • Led her team to the WNBA finals in the 2009 season.

Becky Hammon, San Antonio

  • Finished second in regular season in scoring (19.5 PPG).
  • Finished third in the regular season in assists (5.0 APG).

Lauren Jackson, Seattle

  • Finished third in scoring during the regular season (19.2 PPG).
  • Tied for 10th in rebounding (7.0).

Candace Parker, Los Angeles

  • Averaged 13.1 PPG during the regular season.
  • Led The League in rebounding with 9.8 RPG.

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix

  • Led WNBA in scoring during the regular season (20.4 PPG).
  • Named MVP for the regular season and playoffs.
  • Helped Phoenix win the WNBA championship.

BEST FIGHTER

Floyd Mayweather

  • Dominated in unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in May 2010 bout.
  • Returned from a 21-month layoff to score a unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez.

Manny Pacquiao

  • Stopped Miguel Cotto at 55 seconds of 12th round.
  • Became first boxer to win championships in seven different weight classes.
  • Scored unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey in title fight.

Georges St. Pierre

  • The UFC welterweight champion scored a pair of unanimous decisions, beating Dan Hardy and Thiago Alves.

BEST MALE GOLFER

Ernie Els

  • Won two tournaments in first three months of 2010 season.
  • Finished third in the 2010 U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson

  • Won 2010 Masters by shooting 16-under-par for tournament.
  • Finished third on 2009 PGA Tour money earnings list with over $5.3 million.

Tiger Woods

  • Won the 2009 FedEx Cup.
  • Posted over $10 million in prize earnings.

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Cristie Kerr

  • Had 13 top 10 finishes in 25 events played in 2009.
  • Helped USA team win Solheim Cup.

Lorena Ochoa

  • Won three LPGA tournaments and finished second four times.
  • Had 13 top 10 finishes in 22 events.
  • Led LPGA in scoring average (70.16).

Jiyai Shin

  • Was top money winner on LPGA Tour with over $1.8 million.
  • Earned Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Won three LPGA tournaments in 2009.

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Roger Federer

  • Broke Pete Sampras’ record for Grand Slam singles titles with his 15th when he won the 2009 Wimbledon championship.
  • Added his 16th Grand Slam title by winning the 2010 Australian Open.

Juan Martin del Potro

  • Won his first Grand Slam singles title by beating Roger Federer in the finals of the 2009 U. S. Open.
  • Was youngest player in year-end Top 10, finishing a personal-best No. 5.
  • Captured three titles, including his first Grand Slam crown, and reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

Rafael Nadal

  • During 2009 season, he won at least five titles for the fifth straight year, including his sixth career Grand Slam crown and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
  • Won the 2010 French Open men’s singles title without losing a set.

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Kim Clijsters

  • Won 2009 U. S. Open.
  • Became the first mother since Evonne Goolagong at 1980 Wimbledon to come back and win a Grand Slam singles title.
  • Became the first unseeded woman to win the Open, beating both Serena and Venus Williams en route to the championship.

Serena Williams

  • Set the record for single-season prize money in women's tennis by topping $6.5 million in 2009.
  • Won 2009 WTA season-ending championship in Doha, Qatar.
  • Won 2010 Australian Open.

Venus Williams

  • Finished 2009 season as the sixth-ranked woman’s player.
  • Moved up to #2 in world rankings by the start of the 2010 French Open.

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin Hockey

  • Won the Hobey Baker award as top collegiate hockey player.
  • Led Badgers to the national championship game.

Mark Ingram, Alabama Football

  • Ran for 1,658 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
  • Scored 20 touchdowns (17 rushing, three receiving) as the Tide won the national championship.
  • Became first Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Evan Turner, Ohio State Basketball

  • Won the Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
  • Averaged 20.4 PPG and 9.4 RPG in the 2009-10 season.

John Wall, Kentucky Basketball

  • Helped lead Kentucky to 35-win season as a freshman.
  • Led the Wildcats in scoring (16.6 PPG), assists (6.5 APG) and steals (1.8 SPG) while setting the school single-season assist record.

Garrett Wittels, Florida International Baseball

  • Finished the 2010 season with a 56-game hit streak, the second-longest in Division I history.
  • Had at least one hit in every game during the season.

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Tina Charles, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Averaged 18.2 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 61.8 field goal pct in under 28 minutes per game
  • Helped lead the Huskies to a National Championship and a 39-0 record for a second consecutive year.
  • Became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Megan Hodge, Penn State Volleyball

  • Led her team to its third straight NCAA championship title, winning 102 straight matches.
  • Led the Big Ten with an average of 4.67 kills per set (560 kills total).

Megan Lagenfeld, UCLA Softball

  • WCWS Most Outstanding Player as UCLA won its 12th national softball championship.
  • Batted .527 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 61 games during season.
  • Posted 14-1 record with 1.53 ERA as a pitcher.

Maya Moore, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Helped lead UConn to back-to-back national championships.
  • Named Most Outstanding Player at 2010 Final Four.
  • Averaged 28.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG in the Final Four and a team-high 18.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG during the regular season.

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Bobby Brown, Freestyle Skiing

  • Won gold at 2010 Winter X Games in both Ski Big Air and Ski Slopestyle.
  • Was the only Winter X athlete to win 2 gold medals in 2010.

Ryan Dungey, Motocross

  • Was the 2009 AMA Motocross 250 Class season points champ and 2010 AMA Supercross points champ.
  • Named 2009 Rider of the Year by both Transworld Motocross and Racer X Illustrated magazines.

Mick Fanning, Surfer

  • Was the 2009 ASP World Tour Champion.

Garrett Reynolds, BMX

  • Won second straight BMX Street gold at 2009 X Games.
  • Was the 2009 Dew Tour Cup winner.

Shaun White, Snowboard

  • Third American male to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal, joining Dick Button (figure skating, 1948 and 1952) and Shani Davis (long track speedskating, 2006 and 2010).
  • Earned third straight Snowboard SuperPipe gold at 2010 Winter X Games.

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Torah Bright, Snowboarding

  • Won gold at the Winter Olympics in the halfpipe.

Ashley Fiolek, Motocross

  • Won Super X gold at the 2009 X Games and her second straight WMX season title.

Jen Hudak, Freestyle Skiing

  • Won 2010 Winter X Games SuperPipe gold and the 2009-2010 AFP World Tour Championship.

Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing

  • Has won the world title in all three of her seasons on the Women’s ASP World Tour.

Ashleigh McIvor, Freestyle Skiing

  • Won ski cross gold at the Winter Olympics and earned Skier X silver at the 2010 Winter X Games.

BEST JOCKEY

Calvin Borel

  • Became the first jockey to ride three Kentucky Derby winners over a four-year span.
  • Was aboard Super Saver to win 2010 Run for the Roses, winning by 2 ½ lengths over runner-up Ice Box.

Julien Leparoux

  • Won over $18 million in earnings.
  • Earned Eclipse Award as best jockey.

Mike Smith

  • Rode undefeated super mare Zenyatta from last-to-first to capture the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
  • Zenyatta made an overpowering stretch drive to win her 14th straight race, becoming the first female to win the Classic.

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Steve Cash

  • Posted five straight shutouts in the Paralympics, not allowing a single goal in Vancouver, the second ever Paralympic sled hockey gold for Team USA.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson

  • Became the first double above-knee amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon when he completed the Ford Ironman Arizona.

Andy Soule

  • The first American (able or disabled) to win a medal in the biathlon, earning it at the 2010 Paralympics.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Linnea Dohring

  • A gymnast without the lower half of her right arm and hand, she consistently scored in the 8.1-8.5 range in both the vault and floor exercises during all regular season meets.
  • Was a three-year starter and co-captain on Grandview’s varsity Soccer team.

Alana Nichols

  • Won two gold medals (sitting downhill, sitting giant slalom) among four total medals at 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Amy Palmiero-Winters

  • Became the first amputee to qualify for a U.S. national track and field team.
  • Competed in the 24-hour world championships in May 2010 in Brive, France.
  • Won the AAU Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete.

Stephani Victor

  • Won gold in the sit-ski super combined to earn her third medal of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

BEST BOWLER

Kelly Kulick

  • Became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she defeated Chris Barnes to win the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Bill O’Neill

  • Finished second in points (208.2).
  • Won Lumber Liquidators U. S. Open.

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

  • Led PBA in points (229.1), earnings ($152,670), scoring average (222.9) and match play appearances (15).

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Apolo Anton Ohno, Speedskating

  • Became the most decorated U. S. Winter Olympian with eight medals.
  • Earned one silver and two bronze medals in short track speedskating.

Shani Davis, Speedskating

  • Won a gold medal in 1,000-meter speedskating and a silver in 1,500-meter speedskating.
  • Became the first male to win back-to-back golds in the 1000 meters.

Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating

  • Became first American since Brian Boitano (in 1988) to win gold medal in Olympic men’s figure skating.
  • Finished with a career-best 257.67, 1.31 ahead of Russian Yevgeny Plushenko.

Bode Miller, Skiing

  • Fulfilled his expectations and won an Olympic gold medal, using a blistering slalom run to complete a super-combined victory.
  • Became one of four athletes to ever win Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal in Alpine Skiing at a single Winter Olympics.

Shaun White, Snowboarding

  • Became the third American male to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal, joining Dick Button (figure skating, 1948 and 1952) and Shani Davis (long track speedskating, 2006 and 2010).

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Hannah Kearney, Skiing

  • Won a gold medal in freestyle skiing moguls.
  • Scored 26.63 points to win by .94 -- a wide margin in a sport often decided by tenths and hundredths.

Julia Mancuso, Skiing

  • Won two silver medals in alpine skiing.
  • Her silver in the downhill marked the first time the U.S. has captured the top two spots in alpine skiing since 1984 (and 3rd time overall).

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

  • Won a gold medal in the women’s downhill, marking the first gold medal by an American woman in the Olympic downhill.
  • Also won a bronze medal in the women’s super-G.

BEST MLS PLAYER

Connor Casey, Colorado

  • Scored 16 goals in 24 games.
  • Finished second in MLS in goals scored.

Jeff Cunningham, Dallas

  • Scored MLS-high 17 goals, added eight assists in 28 regular-season games.
  • Led MLS with seven game-winning goals and four multi-goal games.
  • Scored or assisted on 25 of Dallas' 50 goals this year.

Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

  • Named 2009 MLS MVP.
  • Scored 12 goals, added six assists in 25 regular-season games.
  • Scored or assisted on 18 of Galaxy's 36 goals this year.
  • Won Goal of the Year for his volley against New England.

Shalrie Joseph, New England

  • Scored a career-high eight goals.
  • Also had a career-high eight assists this season, which led New England and was tied for fifth in MLS.

Kasey Keller, Seattle

  • Posted 12-5-1 record with 0.92 goals-against average and 10 shutouts.

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Usain Bolt

  • Shattered the world record, running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.
  • Set a world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters at the world championships.

Allyson Felix

  • Won the 200-meters at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.

Sanya Richards

  • Won the 400-meters at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships with a time of 49 seconds.

WHEN:

  • Voting begins today and runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10 for most categories.
  • ESPN2’s half-hour nomination show will be televised Fri, June 25 at 8p.m. ET
  • The winners will be announced during The 2010 ESPYs, televised LIVE Wed, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD.

*The “Best Play” nominees will be announced during the 2010 ESPY Countdown show airing live on July 14 at 7 p.m. on ESPN and voting will take place throughout The 2010 ESPYs telecast.

**In addition, “Best Team” voting will be open throughout the live telecast.

HOW:

Fans will determine the winners in 37 categories (except the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards) by voting online and by phone atespn.com/espys, and, for the first time, at facebook.com/ESPN .

The ESPYs gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving Unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2010 ESPYs will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” as well as best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.  The ESPYs honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYs in 1993.

For the third time in several years, a limited amount of ESPYs tickets are available for public purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.

OTHER 2010 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:

  • In addition to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which will be given to the Thomas family, two special ESPYs will be presented this year: the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, honoring Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl, a survivor of prostate cancer who was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer earlier this year, causing him to miss games and practices; and Best Comeback, being given to Kim Clijsters who became the first unseeded woman in history to win the U.S. Open.
  • Will Tiger Woods add to his record 22 ESPYs? Nominated for Best Golfer, Woods is looking to win an ESPY for the sixth straight year.
  • Will Drew Brees become the second NFL player to win Best Male Athlete in the last 15 years? LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 2007.
  • Will LeBron James or Kobe Bryant win the Best Male Athlete? The only other NBA player to win that ESPY was Michael Jordan at the first ESPYs back in 1993.
  • Two candidates for Best Female Athlete are trying to return to the ESPY winner's circle -- Serena Williams last won that award in 2003, while Diana Taurasi won it in 2004. Meanwhile, Maya Moore and Lindsey Vonn are trying to win Best Female for the first time.
  • Will Chris Johnson make it four straight years that an NFL player wins Best Breakthrough Athlete?
  • Will Brett Favre win Record Breaking Performance for the second time in three years?
  • Two candidates for Best Team are trying to win after a long absence: The Connecticut women's basketball team won in the category at the 1996 ESPYs and the New York Yankees last won Best Team at the 2001 ESPYs.

Here are the all time ESPY winners:

ALL-TIME ESPY WINNERS

Best Championship Performance

2001- Tiger Woods:  Won U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes

2004- Phil Mickelson

2005- Curt Schilling, Boston Red Sox

2006- Vince Young, U. of Texas

2007- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2008- Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

2009-Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming

Best International Athlete

2006- Albert Pujols

2007- Roger Federer

Best International Female Athlete

2008-Lorena Ochoa, golf

2009-Lorena Ochoa, golf

Best International Male Athlete

2008- Rafael Nadal, Tennis

2009-Usain Bolt, track and field

Best Upset

2004- Detroit Pistons

2005- Bucknell beats Kansas in NCAA tournament

2006- None given

2007- Golden State Warriors over Dallas Mavericks in first round of NBA playoffs

2008- New York Giants over New England Patriots at the Super Bowl

2009-US soccer over Spain in Confederations Cup semifinal

Best Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

1993- Gary Sheffield, San Diego Padres

1994- Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers

1995- Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

1996- Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers

1997- Tiger Woods, Golf

1998- Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox

1999- Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings

2000- Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

2001-Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings

2002- Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2003- Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees

2004- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2005- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2006- Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

2007- Devin Hester, Chicago Bears

2008- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

2009-Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Coach/Manager of the Year (Best Coach/Manager)

1993- Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

1994- Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

1995- George Seifert, San Francisco 49ers

1996- Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1997- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

1998- Jim Leyland, Florida Marlins

1999- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2000- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2001- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2002- Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2004- Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons

2005- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2006- Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers

2007- Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts

2008- Pat Summitt, Tennessee Women's Basketball

2009-Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

Comeback Athlete of the Year

1993- Dave Winfield, Toronto Blue Jays

1994- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1995- Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

1996- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1997- Evander Holyfield, boxer

1998- Roger Clemens, Toronto Blue Jays

1999- Eric Davis, Baltimore Orioles

2000- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2001- Andres Galarraga, Atlanta Braves

2002- Jennifer Capriati, tennis

2003- Tommy Maddox, Pittsburgh Steelers

2004- Bethany Hamilton, surfer

2005- Mark Fields, Carolina Panthers

2006- Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriots

2007- None given

2008- Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

2009-Dara Torres, swimming

Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (now known as Best Female Athlete)

1993- Monica Seles, tennis

1994- Julie Krone, jockey

1995- Bonnie Blair, speed skater

1996- Rebecca Lobo, women’s hoops

1997- Amy Van Dyken, Olympic swimmer

1998- Mia Hamm, soccer

1999- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee basketball

2000- Mia Hamm, soccer

2001- Marion Jones, track and field

2002- Venus Williams, tennis

2003- Serena Williams, tennis

2004- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut basketball

2005- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2006- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2007- Taryne Mowatt, University of Arizona softball
2008- Candace Parker, Tennessee Basketball/Los Angeles Sparks
2009-Nastia Liukin, gymnastics
Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year (now known as Best Male Athlete)

1993- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1994- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

1995- Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers

1996- Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles

1997- Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter

1998- Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle Mariners and Tiger Woods,

golf (co-winners)

1999- Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals

2000- Tiger Woods, golf

2001- Tiger Woods, golf

2002- Tiger Woods, golf

2003- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2004- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2005- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2006- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Tiger Woods, golf

2009-Michael Phelps, swimming

Outstanding Performance Under Pressure

1993- Christian Laettner, Duke

1994- Joe Carter, Toronto Blue Jays

1995- Mark Messier, New York Rangers

1996- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

1997- Kerri Strug, Olympic gymnast

1998- Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos

1999- Mark O’Meara, golf

Outstanding Team of the Year (now known as Best Team)

1993- Dallas Cowboys

1994- Toronto Blue Jays

1995- New York Rangers

1996- UConn Women’s Hoops

1997- New York Yankees

1998- Denver Broncos

1999- New York Yankees

2000- Women’s World Cup Team

2001- New York Yankees

2002- Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Anaheim Angels

2004- Detroit Pistons

2005- Boston Red Sox

2006- Pittsburgh Steelers

2007- Indianapolis Colts

2008- Boston Celtics

2009-Los Angeles Lakers

Outstanding Baseball Performer of the Year (now known as Best Baseball Player)

1993- Dennis Eckersley, Oakland A’s

1994- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

1995- Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

1996- Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves

1997- Ken Caminiti, San Diego Padres

1998- Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies

1999- Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals

2000- Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox

2001- Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox

2002- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2003- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2004- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2005- Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2006- Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2007- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2008- Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

2009-Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Outstanding Pro Football Performer of the Year (Best NFL Player)

1993- Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

1994- Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

1995- Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions

1996- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

1997- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

1998- Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions

1999- Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos

2000- Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

2001- Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams

2002- Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams

2003- Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons

2004- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2005- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2006- Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2009-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Outstanding Men’s Pro Basketball Performer of the Year (Best NBA Player)

1993- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1994- Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns

1995- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

1996- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

1997- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1998- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1999- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

2000- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2001- Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

2002- Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2004- Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

2005- Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

2006- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2007- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2008- Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2009-LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Oustanding Pro Hockey Performer of the Year (Best NHL Player)

1993- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1994- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1995- Mark Messier, New York Rangers

1996- Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers

1997- Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche

1998- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1999- Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

2000- Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

2001- Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues

2002- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

2003- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks

2004- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

2005- No season

2006- Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers

2007- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2008- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2009- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Outstanding College Football Performer of the Year

1993- Garrison Hearst, Georgia

1994- Charlie Ward, Florida State

1995- Rashaan Salaam, Colorado

1996- Eddie George, Ohio State

1997- Danny Wuerffel, Florida

1998- Peyton Manning, Tennessee

1999- Ricky Williams, Texas

2000- Michael Vick, Virginia Tech

2001- Chris Weinke, Florida State

Outstanding College Basketball Performer of the Year

1993- Christian Laettner, Duke

1994- Bobby Hurley, Duke

1995- Grant Hill, Duke

1996- Ed O’Bannon, UCLA

1997- Tim Duncan, Wake Forest

1998- Keith Van Horn, Utah

1999- Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

2000- Elton Brand, Duke

2001- Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati

Outstanding Women’s College Basketball Performer of the Year

1993- Dawn Staley, Virginia

1994- Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech

1995- Charlotte Smith, North Carolina

1996- Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut

1997- Saudia Roundtree, Georgia

1998- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

1999- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

2000- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

2001- Tamika Catchings, Tennessee

Outstanding Men’s Tennis Performer of the Year (Best Male Tennis Player)

1993- Jim Courier

1994- Pete Sampras

1995- Pete Sampras

1996- Pete Sampras

1997- Pete Sampras

1998- Pete Sampras

1999- Pete Sampras

2000- Andre Agassi

2001- Pete Sampras

2002- Lleyton Hewitt

2003- Andre Agassi

2004- Andy Roddick

2005- Roger Federer

2006- Roger Federer

2007- Roger Federer

2008- Roger Federer

2009-Roger Federer

Outstanding Women’s Tennis Performer of the Year (Best Female Tennis Player)

1993- Monica Seles

1994- Steffi Graf

1995- Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

1996- Steffi Graf

1997- Steffi Graf

1998- Martina Hingis

1999- Lindsay Davenport

2000- Lindsay Davenport

2001- Venus Williams

2002- Venus Williams

2003- Serena Williams

2004- Serena Williams

2005- Maria Sharapova

2006- Venus Williams

2007- Maria Sharapova

2008- Maria Sharapova

2009-Serena Williams

Outstanding Men’s Golf Performer of the Year

1993- Fred Couples

1994- Nick Price

1995- Nick Price

1996- Corey Pavin

1997- Tom Lehman

1998- Tiger Woods

1999- Mark O’Meara

2000- Tiger Woods

2001- Tiger Woods

2002- Tiger Woods

2003- Tiger Woods

2004- Phil Mickelson

Best Golfer

2005- Tiger Woods

2006- Tiger Woods

2007- Tiger Woods

2008- Tiger Woods

Best Male Golfer

2009-Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer

2009-Lorena Ochoa

Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year

1993- Dottie Mochrie

1994- Betsy King

1995- Laura Davies

1996- Annika Sorenstam

1997- Karrie Webb

1998- Annika Sorenstam

1999- Annika Sorenstam

2000- Juli Inkster

2001- Karrie Webb

2002- Annika Sorenstam

2003- Annika Sorenstam

2004- Annika Sorenstam

Outstanding Jockey of the Year (Best Jockey)

1994- Mike Smith

1995- Chris McCarron

1996- Jerry Bailey

1997- Jerry Bailey

1998- Gary Stevens

1999- Kent Desormeaux

2000- Chris Antley

2001- Kent Desormeaux

2002- Victor Espinoza

2003- Jose Santos

2004- Stewart Elliott

2005- Jeremy Rose

2006- Edgar Prado

2007- Calvin Borel

2008- Kent Desormeaux

2009-Calvin Borel

Outstanding Bowling Performer of the Year (Best Bowler)

1995- Norm Duke

1996- Mike Aulby

1997- Bob Learn, Jr.

1998- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

1999- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2000 - Parker Bohn III

2001- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2002- Pete Weber

2003- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2004- Pete Weber

2005- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2006- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2007- Norm Duke

2008- Norm Duke

2009- Norm Duke

Outstanding Auto Racing Performer of the Year (Best Driver)

1993- Nigel Mansell, Formula 1

1994- Nigel Mansell, IndyCar

1995- Al Unser, Jr., IndyCar

1996- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

1997- Jimmy Vasser, Cart

1998- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

1999- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

2000- Dale Jarrett, NASCAR

2001- Bobby Labonte, NASCAR

2002- Michael Schumacher, Formula 1

2003- Tony Stewart, NASCAR

2004- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2005- Michael Schumacher

2006- Tony Stewart

2007- Jeff Gordon

2008- Jimmie Johnson

2009- Jimmie Johnson

Outstanding Men’s Track Performer of the Year

1993- Kevin Young

1994- Michael Johnson

1995- Dennis Mitchell

1996- Michael Johnson

1997- Michael Johnson

1998- Wilson Kipketer

1999- Maurice Greene

2000- Michael Johnson

2001- Maurice Greene

2002- Maurice Greene

2003- Tim Montgomery

2004- Tom Pappas

2005- None given

2006- Justin Gatlin

Outstanding Women’s Track Performer of the Year

1993- Evelyn Ashford

1994- Gail Devers

1995- Gwen Torrence

1996- Kim Batten

1997- Marie-Jose Perec

1998- Marion Jones

1999- Marion Jones

2000- Marion Jones

2001- Marion Jones

2002- Marion Jones

2003- Gail Devers

2004- Gail Devers

2005- None given

2006- Allyson Felix

Best Track and Field Athlete

2007- Jeremy Wariner

2008- Tyson Gay

2009-None Given

Outstanding Boxing Performer of the Year (Best Boxer)

1993- Riddick Bowe

1994- Evander Hoyfield

1995- George Foreman

1996- Roy Jones, Jr.

1997- Evander Holyfield

1998- Evander Holyfield

1999- Oscar De La Hoya

2000- Roy Jones Jr.

2001- Felix Trinidad

2002- Lennox Lewis

2003- Roy Jones, Jr.

2004- Antonio Tarver

2005- Bernard Hopkins

2006- Oscar De La Hoya

2007- Floyd Mayweather

Best Fighter

2008-Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

2009-Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

Outstanding Soccer Performer of the Year

1999- Zinedine Zidane, France

2000- Mia Hamm, U.S.A.

2001- Mia Hamm, U.S.A.

2005- Mia Hamm, U. S. A.

2006- Ronaldinho, Brazil

Best Male Soccer Player

2002- Landon Donovan

2003- Ronaldo

2004- David Beckham

Best Female Soccer Player

2002- Tiffany Milbrett

2003- Katia

2004- Mia Hamm

Best MLS Player

2006- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

2007- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

2008- David Beckham, Los Angeles

2009-Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Outstanding Women’s Pro Basketball Performer of the Year (Best WNBA Player)

1998- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

1999- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2000- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2001- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2002- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

2003- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

2004- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2005- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2006- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets

2007- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks

2008- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2009-Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Outstanding Action Sports Athlete

2000- Tony Hawk, skateboarding

2001- Shaun Palmer, snowboarding/mountain biking

2002- Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

2003- Shaun White, Snowboarding

Outstanding Female Action Sports Athlete

2004- Dallas Friday

2005- Sofia Mulanovich, surfing

2006- Hannah Teter

2007- Sarah Burke, skiing

2008- Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding

2009-Maya Gabeira, surfing

Outstanding Male Action Sports Athlete

2004- Ryan Nyquist

2005- Dave Mirra, bike stunt

2006- Shaun White

2007- Travis Pastrana, motocross

2008- Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding

2009- Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding

College Team of the Year

2001- Oklahoma football

Female U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year

2001- Marion Jones

Best Female Olympic Performance

2005- Team USA softball

Male U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year

2001- Rulon Gardner

Best Male Olympic Performance

2005- Michael Phelps, swimming

Best U.S. Olympian

2002- Sarah Hughes, Figure Skating

2006- Shaun White

Best U. S. Male Olympian

2009-Michael Phelps, swimming

Best U. S. Female Olympian

2009-Shawn Johnson, gymnastics

Baseball Play of the Year

1993- Francisco Cabrera’s game-winning hit for Atlanta in NL Playoffs vs. Pittsburgh

1994- Greg Maddux eludes a tag at the plate

1995- Kenny Rogers’ perfect game

1996- Braves catcher Javier Lopez in the World Series

1997-  San Diego’s Ken Caminiti makes a backhand grab…and throws to first

1998-  Jim Edmonds of the Angels on the dead run away from    the plate, “The Catch”

NBA Play of the Year

1993- Michael Jordan flip shot vs. Dallas

1994- John Starks lefty dunk vs. Bulls in playoffs

1995- Isaiah Rider’s fling shot falling out of bounds

1996- Back-to-back buzzer beaters by Scottie Pippen and Walter Bond

1997- Michael Finley, Suns, steals and scores in mid-air

1998- Rex Chapman of Phoenix hits a wild three-pointer

NHL Play of the Year

1993- Jaromir Jagr goal around three players

1994- Wayne Gretzky plucks the puck out of the air to score

1995- John Vanbiesbrouck with a glove save (and no stick)

1996- Tomas Sandstrom scores from the seat of his pants.

1997- Steve Yzerman’s OT goal in a scoreless Game 7vs.

St. Louis

1998- Darren McCarty of Detroit scores on a great move to

win the Stanley Cup

College Basketball Play of the Year

1993- Christian Laettner buzzer beater against Kentucky

1994- (tie) Bryant Reeves half-court bomb/Jason Kidd behind-the-back pass

1995- Buzzer beater by Charlotte Smith wins the NCAA title

for North Carolina

1996- Tyus Edney’s game-winning drive in the NCAA Tournament

1997- Tulane’s Jerald Honeycutt’s falling-out-of-bounds

game-winner vs. Florida State

1998- Kwan Johnson of New Orleans with a long-distance three-pointer beating the buzzer

College Football Play of the Year

1993- Western Washington’s Chris Moore catch

between the legs

1994- Mike Brechler’s surprise punt return for a TD,

Beloit College vs. Lawrence

1995- Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook:

Colorado’s last second win at Mich.

1996- Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier’s TD scramble in

Fiesta Bowl

1997- Memphis’ Kevin Cobb somehow doesn’t fall,

scoring on a kickoff vs. Tenn.

1998- Nebraska’s Matt Davison to Scott Frost: the

Immaculate Reception II for OT vs. Missouri

NFL Play of the Year

1993- Don Beebe strips the ball from Leon Lett on

one-yard line in Super Bowl XXVII

1994- Eric Metcalf’s game-winning punt return,

Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

1995- Robert Bailey’s “surprise” punt return

1996- Kordell Stewart scrambling TD pass

1997- Desmond Howard scores a kick-off return

TD in the Super Bowl

1998- Brad Johnson of Minnesota completes a pass to himself and scores

Outrageous Play of the Year

1993- The Rabbit scores a TD in Michigan-Purdue game

1994- Leon Lett attempts to recover a blocked field goal

1995- Half court shot by Cincinnati student Corie Clouse

at Midnight Madness for one year scholarship

1996- Fan Mike Pantazis’ jump from stands on

Monday Night Football

1997- Michigan’s Mike Legg scores an amazing goal

with stick control

1998- Lansdale (Pa.) Catholic with a “Cal-Stanford”

play vs. Upper Perkiomen Highschool

Outstanding Performance by an Athlete in

Entertainment

1994- Charles Barkley vs. Barney on Saturday Night Live

1995- John Kruk on Late Night With David Letterman

1996- George Seifert does the Bossa Nova

Humanitarian Award

1999- Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs

Showstopper of the Year

1993- Injured Derek Redmond finishes in Olympics

1994- Jim Abbott’s no-hitter, Yanks vs. Cleveland

1995- High School football: incredible comeback/letdown Plano East vs. Tyler John Tyler

1996- Cal Ripken, Jr.’s record-breaking 2,131st game

1997- Warren Morris wins the College World Series for LSU with 9th-inning HR

1998- Tiger Woods wins the Masters

1999- Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals): #62

Memorable Performance (Best Moment)

2000- Justin Leonard’s long distance putt wins Ryder Cup

2001- Cathy Freeman lighting torch in Sydney

2002- Barry Bonds breaking McGwire’s HR record

2003- Pete Sampras wins US Open to end Grand Slam drought

2004- Brett Favre on Monday Night Football the day after his father died

2005- Reggie Miller’s final game

2006- Justin McElwain’s 20 points in his lone high school game

2007- New Orleans Saints return home, beat Falcons on Monday Night Football

2008- "Great Sportsmanship" (Central Washington University's Mallory Holtman and Liz   Wallace, Western Oregon University's Sara Tucholsky)

2009-U. S. swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay

Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in a Commercial

1993- Larry Johnson as Grandmama for Converse

Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in an Attempt to Break into Show Business

1993- Shaquille O’Neal raps with Fu Schnickens on the Arsenio Hall Show

Dramatic Individual Performance of the Year

1997- Evander Holyfield takes the heavyweight championship from Mike Tyson

1998- Michael Jordan fights off the flu in Game Five of the NBA Finals vs. Seattle

1999- David Wells’ (New York Yankees) perfect game

Game of the Year (Best Game)

1996- AFC Championship between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh

1997- Ohio State edges Arizona State in the Rose Bowl

1998- Denver Broncos win a thrilling Super Bowl XXXII

2002- Yankees-Diamondbacks World Series Game 7

2003- Ohio State-Miami Fiesta Bowl

2004- Super Bowl-Patriots vs. Panthers

2005- ALCS Game 5, Yankees-Red Sox

2006- Rose Bowl, USC-Texas

2007- Fiesta Bowl, Boise State over Oklahoma

2008- New York Giants over New England Patriots in the Super Bowl

2009-Pittsburgh Steelers over Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl

Best Finish

2007- Dodgers vs. Padres, 9-18-06 as Dodgers hit four home runs to tie game and win in 10th on Nomar Garciaparra home run

2008- Western Kentucky over Drake in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, winning on a buzzer beater by Ty Rogers

Lifetime Achievement Award

2001- Jack Nicklaus, golf

Come From Behind Performance of the Year

2001 – Tiger Woods:  Winning at Pebble Beach, after being seven down with seven holes to go

Most Spectacular Play of the Year (Best Play)

2001- Antonio Freeman:  Catch vs. Vikings on Nov. 6

2002- Derek Jeter shovel throw on errant relay in Game 3 of 2001 AL Divisional Series?

2003- LSU’s Hail Mary touchdown pass

2004-New Orleans Saints’ lateral

2005- Blake Hoffarber’s last-second three-pointer from his back

2006- Alabama’s Tyrone Prothro’s catch vs. Southern Mississippi

2007- Boise State beats Oklahoma with a two-point conversion on the Statue of Liberty play

2008- New York Giants Eli Manning's pass to David Tyree at the Super Bowl

2009-Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes at the Super Bowl

Record Breaking Performance of the Year

2001- Pete Sampras:  Breaks Roy Emerson’s Grand Slam Singles championship record

2002- Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire’s HR Record

2003- Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s career rushing record

2004- Eric Gagne for consecutive saves in one season

2005- Peyton Manning most touchdown passes in one season

2006- Shaun Alexander’s NFL-record 28 touchdowns in one season

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

2009-Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming

Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award

1993- Jim Valvano, former UNC hoops coach

1994- Steve Palermo, American League umpire

1995- Howard Cosell, sports announcer

1996- Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics athlete

1997- Muhammad Ali, boxer

1998- Dean Smith, former UNC hoops coach

1999- Billie Jean King, tennis player

2000- Dave Sanders, Columbine HS coach & teacher

2001- Cathy Freeman, Olympic athlete

2002- Passengers on United Flight 93 – Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick

2003- Pat & Kevin Tillman, NFL player and MLB prospect

2004- George Weah, Liberian soccer player

2005- Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacClaren

2006- Afghan female soccer players

2007- Trevor Ringland and Dave Cullen, Peace Players

2008- John Carlos and Tommie Smith, 1968 Olympics

2009-Nelson Mandela

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

2007- Kay Yow, NC State women’s basketball coach

2008- Kevin Everett, former Buffalo Bills TE

2009-Don Meyer, Northern State basketball coach

Best Sports Movie

2002- The Rookie

2003- Bend it like Beckham

2004- Miracle

2005- Friday Night Lights

2006- Glory Road

2007- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

2008- Semi-Pro

2009-The Express: The Ernie Davis Story

Best Male College Athlete

2002- Cael Sanderson, Iowa State Wrestling

2003- Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse Basketball

2004- Emeka Okafor, Connecticut Basketball

2005- Matt Leinart, USC football

2006- Reggie Bush, USC football

2007- Kevin Durant, Texas basketball

2008- Tim Tebow, Florida Football

2009- Tim Tebow, Florida Football

Best Female College Athlete

2002- Sue Bird, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2003- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2004- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2005- Cat Osterman, Texas softball

2006- Cat Osterman, Texas softball

2007- Taryne Mowatt, Arizona softball

2008- Candace Parker, Tennessee Basketball

2009-Maya Moore, Connecticut Basketball

Best Disabled Athlete

2002- Erik Weihenmayer

2003- Marlon Shirley

2004- Kyle Maynard

Best Female with a Disability

2005- Erin Popovich

2006- Sarah Reinertsen

2007- Jessica Long, Paralympic swimming

2008- Shay Oberg, Softball (Montana State-Billings)

2009- Erin Popovich, swimming

Best Male with a Disability

2005- Marlon Shirley

2006- Bobby Martin

2007- Casey Tibbs, track and field

2008- Ryan Kocer, Wrestling (Wagner, SD)

2009- Jason Lester, Ironman

Best Outdoors Sports Athlete

2002- Kevin VanDam

2003- Jay Yelas

2004- Tina Bosworth

2005- J. R. Salzman

2006- Not given

2007- Dean Karnazes, marathon

2008- Captain Scott Smiley, Mountain Climber

2009- Not given

Best Angler

2006- Tammy Richardson

Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award

2004- Brett Favre

2005- Misty May and Kerri Walsh

2006- Kobe Bryant

2007- University of Tennessee basketball

2008- Warner Robins, Georgia beats Tokyo to win the Little League World Series Championship Game with a Dalton Carriker walk-off home run in the bottom of the 8th inning (extra innings)

Under Armour All-America Moment Award

2009- Andre Debose and Russell Shepard, football

GMAC Professional Grade Award

2004- Steve McNair

2005- Lance Armstrong

2006- Doug Flutie

Hummer Like Nothing Else Award

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- George Martin walks across America

DECADE AWARDS (1990’s)

Auto Racing- Dale Earnhardt

Baseball- Mark McGwire

Pro Basketball- Michael Jordan

Boxing- Evander Holyfield

Pro Football- Jerry Rice

Golf- Tiger Woods

Hockey- Mario Lemieux

U.S. Male Olympian- Michael Johnson

U.S. Female Olympian-Bonnie Blair

Tennis- Pete Sampras

Coach/Manager- Phil Jackson

College Team- (tie) Florida State Football/Tennessee Women’s Basketball

Pro Team- Chicago Bulls

Female Athlete- Steffi Graf

Male Athlete- Michael Jordan

 
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