James, Williams, Heat Lead The Night At Annual ESPYs Awards

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Courtesy: ESPN

Another year, another big night for the ESPYS.  LeBron James and his team mates with the Miami heat were some of the big winners at ESPN’s annual sports awards show.  Also on the list of the year’s big winners were Serena Williams and Michael Phelps.  James led the pack with three ESPY awards.  And his team mates took home the award in the “Best Team” category for the second consecutive year.  James’ awards were in the categories of: “Best Championship Performance”, “Best NBA Player”, and “Best Male Athlete.”  Just as his team mates won their award for the second consecutive year, so did James take home the same awards personally for the second consecutive year, too.  Last night’s win brings James’ ESPY total to nine awards over the course of his career. 

Serena Williams took home two awards on the night.  She won in the categories of “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Best Female Tennis Player.”

Game Six of the NBA Championship finals won the award in the “Best Game” category.  It was in that game that Ray Allen forced the game into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the game.  The Heat went on to win the game and the 2013 NBA Championship.

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick might not have won the big game this year.  But he did win at the ESPYs.  He took home the award in the “Best Breakout Athlete.”  Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby won in the category of “Best NHL Player.”  The award comes on the heels of a season that saw Crosby score fifteen goals and forty-one assists over the course of the regular season.  And from the world of Major League Baseball, Detroit Tigers player and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera brought home the award for “Best MLB Player.”  Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps won the award for “Best Record-Breaking Performance.”  He won the award for his record setting the all-time record for most Olympic Medals at a total of twenty-two medals.  He also won this award in 2009. 

In one of the night’s more emotional moments, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts took home the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Roberts, who also played a direct hand in the new ESPN/espnW film series, Nine for IX, was one of ESPN’s first female sports anchors in the 1990s.  Roberts has faced both cancer and MDS yet never wavered in her fight against either life-threatening illness.  The award was presented to Roberts by LeBron James. 

Another of the night’s more emotional moments came in the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.  The award was given to the father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt.  The pair has competed together in over one thousand endurance events including thirty-one Boston Marathons.  The younger of the duo, Rick Hoyt, is 51-years old.  He was born with cerebral palsy.  The condition left him unable to use his hands and legs.  His father, 73-year old Dick Hoyt, pushes his son in a custom-made running chair during races including 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and triathlons.  The award was given to the duo by actor Ben Affleck. 

Among some of the nights other notable winners were:  Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager), Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player), Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter), Missy Franklin (Best Female Olympian), Usain Bolt (Best International Athlete) and Thierry Henry (Best MLS Player).  A full list of the night’s winners is available below.

SPECIAL AWARDS

 

ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD: Robin Roberts

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE: Dick and Rick Hoyt

 

BEST IN SPORT

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Serena Williams

BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN: Missy Franklin

BEST MALE OLYMPIAN: Michael Phelps

BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson

BEST COACH/MANAGER: Rick Pitino

BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, NBA Finals

BEST PLAY:

BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Colin Kaepernick

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps 22 Olympic medals

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Johnny Manziel

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jeremy Campbell

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

 

BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera

BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James

BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker

BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson

BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby

BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Nyjah Huston

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Stephanie Gilmore

BEST BOWLER: Pete Weber

BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather

BEST MALE GOLFER: Tiger Woods

BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Stacey Lewis

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Usain Bolt

BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Serena Williams

 

SPONSORED AWARD

 

CAPITAL ONE CUP: North Carolina Women’s Athletics and UCLA Men’s Athletics

 

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ESPN Announces Tuesday Superbowl Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN

The countdown to Superbowl XLVII is on.  One day down and six more to go.  Superbowl XLVII airs Sunday night on CBS affiliates nationwide.  In the meantime, NFL fans can get their football fix on ESPN and its family of networks both on TV and on the radio.  Tomorrow, the countdown rolls on with another whole day of programming dedicated solely to the big game.  It all starts Tuesday morning with Mike and Mike in the morning from 6am – 10am EST/5am – 9am CT.  Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards at 7:30am.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter follows at 7:45 and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth will be in at 8am.  Audiences can check it all out on TV at ESPN2 and on the radio at every ESPN Radio affiliate across the country.

Mark and Mark are only the tip of the iceberg for Tuesday’s coverage.  Once they get things started, host Hannah Storm takes viewers into more depth along with ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth and special guest Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel on SportsCenter on ESPN.  That’s from 9am – 3pm EST (8am – 2pm CT).

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd joins in the festivities on The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 10am – 1pm EST (9am – 12pm CT).  He’ll be joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel at 10:30/9:30 CT and NFL legend Bill Romanowski at 12:15pm/11:15pm CT.  That’s on ESPN Radio and ESPNU.

Later in the afternoon, fans can tune in to SVP and Rusillo as hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Rusillo welcome ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi at 2:15/1:15CT.  That’s on ESPN News and every ESPN Radio affiliate across the dial.

Still not enough?  Host Steve Levy takes viewers into the later afternoon hours from 3pm/2pm CT – 4pm/3pm CT on ESPN.  He will be joined by ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Tedy Bruschi in a special edition of SportsCenter presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza.

NFL Live follows the day’s special edition of SportsCenter.  Host Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Ron Jaworski will be discussing Sunday’s game and what to expect from both sides.  That’s Tuesday evening from 4pm/3pm CT – 5pm/4pmCT also on ESPN.

SportsNation presented by Toyota will be on at 4/3CT.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards and special guests Brett Keisel and Bill Romanowski on ESPN2.

As the sun starts to set on the day, the ESPN family of networks still has plenty of coverage for fans.  From 5/4CT  – 6/5CT, hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen welcome fans for NFL32 on ESPN2.  They will be joined by ESPN Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth.

Steve Levy will be back on the air again from 6pm – 7pm EST/5pm – 6pm CT for another edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.  He will be joined by analysts Tedy Bruschi and Cris Carter.

ESPN’s Hispanic audience hasn’t been left out of the celebrations.  From 8pm – 9pm ET/7pm – 8pm CT, ESPN Dos will air the NFL Semanal special.  It will be hosted by Ciro Picuna.  Picuna will be joined by analysts Raul Allegre, Alvaro Martin, Eduardo Varela, John Sutcliffe, and Mauricia Pedroza.  It will also air at 9:30pm/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Capping the day’s Superbowl coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter from 9pm – 12am/8pm – 11pm CT on ESPN.  Host Stuart Scott is scheduled to host.  Scott will be joined live by analysts Trent Dilfer and Merril Hoge.

All programs are open for public viewing all week as they will be broadcast live from New Orleans.  Fans are encouraged to attend.

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