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MAIN Arrow to SportsSports Arrow to Sports Stars 2018 ESPY Awards

ESPY AwardsThis year marked the 26th anniversary of the Espy Awards when aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Television coverage on ABC began at 8PM ET on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

2018 Espy nominees were announced on June 20th (see below for winners) with fan voting conducted right up until airtime at ESPYS.com.

Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick made history as the
first woman ever to host the ESPYS.

Hosting this year's ceremony was female racing pioneer Danica Patrick who became the first woman ever to host the ESPY Awards.

Presenters on the big night included famous names such as Adam Rippon, Chloe Kim, Nick Foles, Jennifer Garner, John Stewart, Chadwick Boseman. Allison Janney, G-Eazy, Kate Beckinsale, Alison Brie, John Elway, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Holt, Trevor Jackson, Dan Marino, Mikaela Shiffrin, Jessica Szohr, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Zach Ertz, and Nneka Ogwumike.

With a serious nod to the #METOO movement, this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award was awarded to the victims of sexual abuse by former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Among his accusers were high-profile U.S. Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber. 

Also appearing was Jim Kelly, who received the Jimmy V Award for Perserverance as the NFL Hall of Famer continues his third battle with cancer. U.S. Marines Sgt. Jake Wood, Co-Founder & CEO of Team Rubicon, was also be hand to receive this year's Pat Tillman Award for Service.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, the three coaches who lost their lives in the Parkland school shooting, was also honored with the Best Coach Award in 2018.

Performing on the big night was MILCK and "Blue Lights" singer Jorja Smith.



All about the ESPY Awards

Sandwiched in between the Running of the Bulls and the British Open is the sports extravaganza of the year known as ...the ESPY Awards.

As usual, major buzz about the "Oscars" of major athletic talent begins in June when voting opens online for all nominee categories at espn.com/espys.

Ballots are cast right up until awards night -- as millions of fans join in to pick their favorite athletes, sports teams, and the year's outstanding performances.


DID YOU KNOW? ESPY Award fun facts & trivia

• A record 7 million viewers tuned in to see Caitlyn Jenner accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in her first public appearance since transitioning to a women. It was the ESPY Awards' highest rated telecast ever.

• Actor Samuel L. Jackson holds the record for hosting the ESPY Awards at four (1999, 2001, 2002, 2009) followed by by comedian Dennis Miller (1993 and 1994), actor and singer Jamie Foxx (2003 and 2004), and comedian Seth Meyers (2010 and 2011).

• The all-time record holder for most ESPY Award wins goes to golfing great Tiger Woods with 21, including multiple wins for Best Male Golfer and Best Male Athlete.

• For Best Record Breaking Performance, NFL football superstar Peyton Manning leads the pack with a total of three awards (in 2005, 2014 and 2015), followed by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps with two (in 2009 and 2013).

• Sportswomen at the ESPYS with multiple wins for Best Female Athlete include soccer player Mia Hamm, (1998 and 2000) golfer Annika Sörenstam (2005 and 2006), alpine skier Lindsey Vonn (2010 and 2011), tennis player Serena Williams (2003 and 2013), and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey (2014 and 2015).

 


2018 ESPY Award Nominees & * Winners

Best Male Athlete

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

James Harden, Houston Rockets

* Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Best Female Athlete

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx

Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski

* Chloe Kim, Snowboard

Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women's National Soccer Team

Best Olympic Moment

* Shaun White, Snowboard

Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski

U.S. Men's Curling

USA Women's Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

Best Championship Performance

* Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII

George Springer, Houston Astros - MLB World Series

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors - NBA Final

Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men's Basketball - CBB National Championship

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers 


* Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Sloane Stephens, Tennis

Best Game

Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5

Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl

* USA Women's Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

Best Moment

* Minnesota Vikings defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game

Notre Dame defeats Mississippi State to win the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Las Vegas Golden Knights defeat Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals

No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upsets No. 1 Virginia

Best Team

* Houston Astros, MLB

Philadelphia Eagles, NFL

USA Women's Ice Hockey

Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women's Basketball

Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men's Basketball

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Washington Capitals, NHL

Best Coach

* Chris Hixon

Aaron Feis

Scott Beigel

Best College Athlete

* Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football

Jalen Brunson, Villanova Basketball

Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimming

A'ja Wilson, South Carolina Basketball

Best Play (Top 16 into bracket for fan voting)

* 1. ND's Arike Ogunbowale hits 2nd buzzer beater to win NCAA women's national
title

2. Minnesota Miracle: Stefon Diggs makes last-second TD Catch to send Vikings to NFC championship

3. Philly Special: Eagles fool Patriots with fourth-down TD toss to Foles

4. Alabama wins national title on 41-yard OT TD pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith

5. FSU's Jessie Warren makes diving double play in WCWS

6. LeBron James nails buzzer beater 3-pointer to beat the Pacers in Game 5 of Round 1

7. Evanston Township High school freshman Blake Peters hits 80-foot buzzer beater

8. Gareth Bale scores go-ahead bicycle kick goal in Champions League Final

9. Cristiano Ronaldo scores bicycle kick goal against Juventus

10. Julian McGarvey makes last-second steal & heave to secure Ardsley High School's 1st Section 1 title in 60 years

11. LeBron floats a glass-kissing buzzer beater to beat Raptors in game 3 of round 2

12. Team USA's Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the shootout winner to secure gold medal in women's hockey

13. Giannis Antetokounmpo leapfrog dunks on Tim Hardaway Jr

14. Acrobatic volleyball play from Autumn Finney out of Decatur High School

15. Golden Knights' William Karlsson goes through legs for 'goal of the year' contender

16. Jordan Poole hits buzzer-beater to send Michigan to the Sweet 16s

Best Record-Breaking Performance

* Roger Federer, Tennis

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Best International Men's Soccer Player

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona/Argentina National Team

* Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team 


Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egyptian National Team

Neymar Jr., PSG/Brazilian National Team

Best International Women's Soccer Player

Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team

Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team

Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National Team

Best NFL Player

* Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams


Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Best MLB Player

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

Mike Trout, LA Angels

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Best NHL Player

* Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Marc-Andre Fleury, Las Vegas Golden Knights

Best Driver

Josef Newgarden, IndyCar

* Martin Truex Jr, NASCAR

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One

Brittany Force, NHRA

Best NBA Player

James Harden, Houston Rockets

* LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Best WNBA Player

* Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings

Best Fighter

* Terence Crawford, Boxing

Vasyl Lomachenko, Boxing

Rose Namajunas, UFC

Georges St-Pierre, UFC

Best Male Golfer

* Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Dustin Johnson

Patrick Reed

Best Female Golfer

Shanshan Feng

Inbee Park

Ariya Jutanugarn

* Sung-Hyun Park

Best Male Olympian

* Shaun White, Snowboarding

Red Gerard, Snowboarding

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

John Shuster, Curling

Best Female Olympian

* Chloe Kim, Snowboarding

Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women's Hockey

Best Male Tennis Player

* Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

Marin Cilic

Best Female Tennis Player

* Sloane Stephens

Caroline Wozniacki

Simona Halep

Garbine Muguruza

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Ski

Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), Skateboard

* David Wise (USA), Ski

Marcus Kleveland (NOR), Snowboard

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

* Chloe Kim (USA), Snowboard

Jamie Anderson (USA), Snowboard

Brighton Zeuner (USA), Skateboard

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Surf

Best Jockey

Mike Smith

* Jose Ortiz

Florent Geroux

Flavien Prat

Best Male Athlete With a Disability

Dan Cnossen, Nordic Skiing

Andrew Kurka, Alpine Skiing

Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey

* Mike Schultz, Snowboarding

Best Female Athlete With a Disability

Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing

* Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding

Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing

Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

Best Bowler

Jason Belmonte

* Rhino Page

Tom Smallwood

Jesper Svensson

Best MLS Player

* Nemanja Nikolić, Chicago Fire

Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers

Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City


Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City

Best NWSL Player

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars

* Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign

Sam Mewis

Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

More about the Espys

Begun by cable sports channel ESPN in 1993, the annual ESPY Awards allows sports fans worldwide to join in an online vote for their favorites in such categories as Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete,Best Coach/Manager, and Team of the Year.

Unlike most awards shows, the ESPYs are probably most noted for its contribution to charity, as a portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, named for its founder, Jim Valvano.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is another ESPY highlight, honoring an individual for their personal courage or charitable works outside the sports arena, with past winners including such trailblazers as Muhammad Ali and tennis star Billie Jean King.

Around the Web, find out more about the awards ceremony with top sites featuring video highlights, photos and fun facts:

Espy Awards around the Web:

2018 ESPYS - The official site featuring the complete list of this year's nominees, online voting, an archive of video highlights and past winners.

ESPY Awards - Wikipedia entry with details on the awards' history, memorable moments, and lists of show hosts & major winners dating back to 1993.


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