ESPYS preview: An evening with the best in sports

From KD to Khalil, Anna breaks down the Oscars of the sports world

Anna Kagarakis
July 12, 2017 - 12:07 pm

The 25th ESPYS are just mere hours away, the star studded evening honoring the best in sports. Here’s what you can expect in the sports world’s version of the Oscars:

Two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning will host and handout trophies during the live show. Manning was given the ESPYS Icon Award last year with former Laker Kobe Bryant and US women’s national team soccer star Abby Wambach.

The show airs live from the Microsoft Theater at 8 p.m. PT on ABC. Red Carpet coverage is from 2pm-3pm on ESPN, and 4-5p.m. on ESPN.

Here’s the awards Bay Area fans should keep an eye on:

The Warriors are up for three awards:

Best NBA Player

  • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors *
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder


Best Championship Performance

  • Kevin Durant, NBA Finals*
  • Tom Brady, NFL Super bowl
  • Shay Knighten, WCWS
  • DeShaun Watson,  CFB National Championship


Best Team

  • Golden State Warriors, NBA*
  • Chicago Cubs, MLB
  • Clemson Tigers, CFB
  • Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL
  • New England Patriots, NFL
  • South Carolina Gamecocks, Women’s NCAA Basketball
  • US Women’s Gymnastics

Other Bay Area stars looking to take home a trophy:  


Best NFL Player

  • Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders*
  • Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  • Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
  • Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons


Best Fighter

  • Andre Ward, Boxing*
  • Conor McGregor, MMA
  • Terence Crawford, Boxing
  • Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
  • Demetrius Johnson



Best Female College Athlete

  • Inky Ajanaku, Stanford Volleyball*
  • Kelly Barnhill, Florida Softball
  • Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia Soccer
  • Kelsey Plum, Washington Basketball
  • Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland Lacrosse


*denotes Bay Area athletes/teams

Some other special moments to watch:

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will help posthumously honor Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro, who was badly injured while serving in Afghanistan, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for his service and determination to take part in competitive sports.

Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson was selected to receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The 15-year old has undergone two liver transplants and 13 surgeries, but it doesn’t stop him from rooting for his favorite team.

Fans can vote for the ESPYS until 5pm today on or through Twitter.

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