Curry, Rousey Take Top Honors At ESPN’s 2015 ESPYS

Courtesy: ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The 2015 ESPYS Awards broadcast is officially in the books. For those that missed all of the events from the big night, all the results can be found right here. One of the night’s biggest winners was UFC star Ronda Rousey, who took home two awards—Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter. This year marks the second time that Rousey has received the award for Best Female Athlete. NBA star Stephen Curry also took home two awards—Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player. Both awards are the first ESPYS that Curry has won. Curry, the 2015 NBA MVP, led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA Championship this year and a league-best 67 – 15 record. The Championship is the team’s first in forty years. On the baseball side, Mike Trout took home the award for Best MLB Player. The award comes fresh off the heels of his second MLB All-Star Game MVP Title earlier this week. Thanks to earning the 509th touchdown of his career this past season, veteran NFL quarterback Peyton Manning took home the trophy for Best Record-Breaking Performance. It is the second consecutive year that Manning has taken home the trophy for Best Record-Breaking Performance.

In one of the night’s more memorable moments, Cincinnati Bengals star Devon Still accepted the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance. The award, named after the late North Carolina State basketball coach, was given to Still and his daughter Leah for their courage and personal strength throughout Leah’s battle with cancer. And in what remains one of the night’s most talked about moments, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) was presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Jenner was presented with the award for going public with the story about the decision to become a woman, having kept hidden for years the feeling that she had always been a woman trapped in a man’s body. The Pat Tillman Award for Service was given out for just the second time this year. The award, named after NFL standout turned soldier Pat Tillman, was presented to Notre Dame Basketball player Iraq war veteran, and Purple Heart recipient Danielle Green for her service to the nation and commitment to both her service and her education.

Best Moment Award was posthumously presented to the late Mount St. Joseph University basketball player Lauren Hill while New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter took home the Icon Award. The awards noted here are just some of the awards passed out at this year annual ESPYS Award broadcast. The complete list of this year’s winners is noted below.



Best Record-Breaking Performance: Peyton Manning

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Mo’ne Davis

Best Championship Performance: LeBron James

Best Comeback Athlete: Rob Gronkowski

Best Female Athlete: Ronda Rousey

Best Play: Odell Beckham Jr.

Best Male Athlete: Stephen Curry

Best Team: USWNT

Best Game: Super Bowl

Best Upset: Ole Miss over Alabama

Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers

Best NBA Player: Stephen Curry

Best Fighter: Ronda Rousey

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Kelly Clark

Best Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Krige Schabort

Best MLS Player: Robbie Keane

Best Coach: Steve Kerr

Best International Athlete: Lionel Messi

Best MLB Player: Mike Trout

Best NHL Player: Jonathan Toews

Best WNBA Player: Skylar Diggins

Best Driver: Kevin Harvick

Best Male Golfer: Jordan Spieth

Best Female Golfer: Lydia Ko

Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

Best Male College Athlete: Marcus Mariota

Best Female College Athlete: Missy Franklin

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Ryan Dungey

Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers

Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte



Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Devon and Leah Still

Pat Tillman Award for Service: Danielle Green

Best Moment: Lauren Hill

Icon Award: Derek Jeter

Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Caitlyn Jenner


More information on this year’s ESPYS including video clips from last night’s broadcast and much more is available online now at:



To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

UFC’s Frankie Edgar Offers Insight On UFC 163 This Weekend

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN is teaming up with one of UFC’s best fighters this week.  The worldwide leader in spots welcomes UFC great Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as a guest analyst for UFC’s upcoming IFC 163 broadcast this Saturday, August 3rd.  Edgar will serve as guest analyst on ESPN’s SportsCenter beginning Friday.  He will offer insight into the card, which will be broadcast live from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  He will be on hand through Sunday, offering his own thoughts pre-fight and all the way to post-fight. 

Edgar was quite happy to be joining ESPN’s ranks when asked recently about bringing his knowledge of UFC to the mainstream masses.  “Getting to work with a major sports network like ESPN is a great opportunity,” he told FrontRow on Sunday.  “Whenever ESPN covers UFC through its various platforms, the sport gets introduced to mainstream sports fans. The more sports fans see and learn about the sport the more quickly it grows.” He added, “I don’t know if I can emulate any of them but I really like Stuart Scott and I know he is a big UFC fan.  I’m looking forward to catching all the anchors up there. I did meet Stuart Scott once before at a fight, so it would be cool to run into him again.”  Edgar comes into this week’s coverage of UFC 163 on the heels of a featherweight division win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162.  His record currently stands at 15-4-1.  His most well-known wins was an upset victory over B.J. Penn at UFC 112.  The victory earned Edgar the UFC Lightweight title.

Glenn Jacobs, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, shared his thoughts on Edgar joining ESPN this weekend.  He was just as pleased with the announcement.  “We’re excited to have Frankie as part of our coverage of UFC 163,” he said.  “As someone who went five rounds in the octagon with Jose Aldo earlier this year, Frankie will bring a unique perspective to our fans.”

Fans can get even more info on this weekend’s UFC 163 card on the official UFC Facebook page,  And for all of the latest from ESPN on Edgar’s insight on SportsCenter, go online to and “Like” it. 

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

ESPN Deportes Broadcasting Jungle Fight 55

Courtesy:  ESPN Deportes

Courtesy: ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish language sister network, will have live coverage of Jungle Fight 55 tomorrow night, Saturday, July 20th.  The event will be broadcast live from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil tomorrow night at 9pm ET.

Jungle Fight 55 will be headlined by a bout between Robson “New” (Tigre Gold Team) and Marcos Vinicius “Cabecinha” (Manguiera Team) for the interim belt (57 kg).

The night’s co-feature will see Caio “Caiao Alencar” (Kimura/Nova Uniao) facing off against Edson Conterraneo (Otavio of Almeida Team) in the GP semifinal.

Other fights scheduled for tomorrow night’s show are listed below.

Renato “Moicano” (Constrictor Team) x Nilson “Feijão” (Team Tavares/ Nobre Arte) – up to 61kg

Ary Santos (Champs Team) x Marcos Reyes (MÉXICO, team Bullfighters Nayarit Gym) – up to 70kg

Fabiano “Jacarezinho” (XGym) x Patrick Tavares (BPT/Cordero) – up to 66kg

Ederson Moreira (PRVT) x Fabian Quintanar (MÉXICO, team Chakal MX Gym) – up to 70kg

Junior “Abedi”(Relma Team) x Péricles Sampaio (Marajó Brothers) –  up to 57kg


Fans of ESPN Deportes can keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews on the ESPN Deportes Facebook page at, the official ESPN Deportes website, and its Twitter page,


To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at