2019 ESPY Awards: Winners and Highlights

2019 ESPY Awards: Highlights and winners at annual sports awards

The biggest names in sports gathered Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater for the 2019 ESPY Awards to the honor the best and brightest in sports.

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Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, show highlights included Rob Mendez, a high school football coach born without arms and legs, who received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and NBA legend Bill Russell, who was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Host Tracy Morgan and members of the U.S. women's national soccer team, winners of the award for best team, appear on stage at the conclusion of the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Members of the U.S. Women National Soccer Team, fresh off their World Cup victory in France Sunday, were at the show as Alex Morgan won the Best Female Athlete award and the best team award.

Here is the winners’ list:
BEST MALE ATHLETE

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Alex Morgan, USWNT 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants 

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE

Zion Williamson, Duke MBB – 2019 Wooden Award Winner 

BEST TEAM
U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) passed Peyton Manning’s 71,940 career passing yards to move into first place on the all-time list; most completions in NFL history, 6,300+ completions passes Brett Favre 

BEST COMEBACK 

The St. Louis Blues went from the worst team in the NHL in January to winning the Stanley Cup in June, marking their first championship victory in 52 years.

BEST COACH 
Three-time Division I national champion at UConn and University of Saint Joseph coach Jim Calhoun

BEST VIRAL SPORTS MOMENT

Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Gymnastics – scores a perfect 10 

ARTHUR ASHE AWARD FOR COURAGE 

Boston Celtics legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE

High school sports coach Rob Mendez

PAT TILLMAN AWARD FOR SERVICE 

U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis

BEST INTERNATIONAL MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER

Lionel Messi -Argentina 

BEST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER

Sam Kerr, Australia 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs 

BEST MLB PLAYER

Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

BEST NHL PLAYER

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

BEST DRIVER

Kyle Busch, NASCAR

BEST NBA PLAYER

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks 

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm 
BEST MMA FIGHTER

Daniel Cormier 

BEST MALE GOLFER

Brooks Koepka

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Brooke Henderson

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Roger Federer

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Serena Williams

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Nyjah Huston (USA), skateboard

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Chloe Kim (USA), snowboard

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Mark Barr – Triathlon

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Allysa Seely, Triathlon

BEST BOWLER

Norm Duke

BEST MLS PLAYER

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy 

BEST NWSL PLAYER

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars

BEST ESPORTS MOMENT (bracket-style voting)

oLarry’s return to the NBA 2K League after the Jacksonville shooting

BEST WWE MOMENT

Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw, announces his Leukemia is in remission 

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