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A preview of the 26th ESPY Award Show

Anna Kagarakis
July 18, 2018 - 10:50 am

The 26th ESPY – Excellence in Sports Yearly-- Awards air tonight with some of the biggest names in sports being honored for their achievements on and off the field, court, diamond, etc.  Former professional racecar driver Danica Patrick will host the festivities and is the first woman to step in the role. 

ESPN will also honor former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his battle against cancer. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be given to the victims of Larry Nassar for speaking out against the abuse from the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor.

Locally, Kevin Durant has been nominated for “Best Championship Performance” after his MVP performance in the Warriors recent championship run. KD was also named this year’s recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award for his leadership and positive impact in the community. 

The 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are nominated for “Best Team of 2018.” Also nominated in that category are the Houston Astros, the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Eagles, USA women’s hockey, Notre Dame women’s basketball, and Villanova men’s basketball.

The 2018 ESPN ESPY Awards will air on ABC at 8pm and are held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Watch the Red Carpet on ESPN and ESPN2.


Here's are the nominees in some of the major categories:

Best male athlete: Jose Altuve (MLB), James Harden (NBA), Alexander Ovechkin (NHL), Tom Brady (NFL)

Best female athlete: Sylvia Fowles (WNBA), Mikaela Shiffrin (Ski), Chloe Kim (Snowboarding), Julie Ertz (NWSL)

Best Olympic moment: Shaun White (Snowboard), Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall (Cross Country Ski), U.S. Men's Curling, USA Women's Hockey defeats Canada in Winter Olympics 

Best championship performance: George Springer (MLB), Kevin Durant (NBA), Donte DiVincenzo (NCAA- basketball)

Best breakthrough athlete: Alvin Kamara (NFL), Ben Simmons (NBA), Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Sloane Stephens (tennis)

Best game: Astros defeat Dodgers in World Series, Georgia beats Oklahoma in Rose Bowl, USA Women's Hockey defeats Canada at Winter Olympics

Best moment: Vikings defeat Saints in NFL playoffs, Notre Dame beats Mississippi State to win NCAA women's basketball title, Las Vegas Golden Knights beat Winnipeg Jets and advance to Stanley Cup, 16-seed UMBC upsets No. 1-seed Virginia

Best team: Golden State Warriors (NBA), Houston Astros (MLB), Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), USA Women's Hockey, Notre Dame women's basketball (NCAA), Villanova men's basketball (NCAA), Washington Capitals (NHL)

Best coach: Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, Chris Hixon

Best college athlete: Baker Mayfield (football), Jalen Brunson (men's basketball), Katie Ledecky (swimming), A'ja Wilson (women's basketball)

Best record-breaking performance: Roger Federer (tennis), .(MLB), Tom Brady (NFL), Diana Taurasi (WNBA)

Best NFL player: Tom Brady, Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Aaron Donald

Best MLB player: Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, Mike Trout, Max Scherzer

Best NHL player: Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Marc-Andre Fleury

Best NBA player: James Harden, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo

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