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Ravens shut out, but Baltimore’s Phelps, Long claim ESPY Awards

Posted on 18 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The biggest stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment gathered in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday night to celebrate the best sports stories of the year at The 2013 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, hosted by Jon Hamm.

The Miami Heat were the winners of the night as they were honored as the year’s Best Team for the second consecutive year. LeBron James won for Best Championship Performance, Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete. This marks the second consecutive year that LeBron James won all three of those awards.

Best Game went to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, where Ray Allen forced overtime with a game tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation. The Heat would outlast the Spurs in overtime on their way to the NBA Championship.

The year that included a number of young standout athletes culminated with Colin Kaepernick taking home the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Best NHL Player went toSidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins who scored 15 goals and tallied 41 assists during the season.

It came as no surprise that Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won for Best MLB Player. Michael Phelps collected the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance for setting the all-time record for most Olympic medals with 22. (He also won this award in 2009.)

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which recognizes individuals whose contributions transcend sports, was awarded to Robin Roberts. She became known to many across the country as one of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the 1990s and today she greets viewers as the beloved co-anchor of the country’s leading morning show Good Morning America. Roberts blazed a trail for women in broadcasting, but it is her personal story that has served as an inspiration to countless people as she has overcome (faced?)  life-threatening illness twice. The award, which LeBron James presented to Roberts, honored the strength and courage that Roberts has displayed throughout her career and during her fight against cancer and MDS, a rare blood disorder.

Another special moment in the show was the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, in honor of the late Jim Valvano and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.Ben Affleck presented the award to the father-and-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have participated in over 1,000 endurance events including 31 Boston Marathons. Rick Hoyt, 51, was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands and legs. His father, 73, pushes him in a custom-made running chair during events including 5K and 10K races, marathons and triathlons.

Other 2013 ESPY winners included Serena Williams (Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player), Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager) and Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player).Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter) Missy Franklin won Best Female Olympian for winning four Gold Medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Usain Bolt won Best International Athlete and Thierry Henry won the ESPY for best MLS Player.

With three wins this year, LeBron James has collected a total of nineESPY Awards over the course of his career.  This marks Serena Williams’ eighth ESPY Award.  Floyd Mayweatherwon Best Fighter for the second consecutive year and fifth time in his career.

This year’s guest presenters included Michelle Obama (First Lady), Ben Affleck (Two time Academy Award Winner), Kevin Bacon (R.I.P.D.), Malin Ackerman (The Trophy Wife), Paula Patton (2 Guns), Tate Donovan (Hostages), Bill Hader (Turbo), Kerri Walsh Jennings, Tony Gonzalez, Adrian Peterson, LeBron James, Jason Sudeikis (We Are The Millers), Lake Bell(Million Dollar Arm), Michael Phelps, Ray Lewis, Gabby Douglas, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Morgan, Victor Cruz, Steve Nash, Selena Gomez (Stars Dance), Katherine Webb, Chrissy Teigen (TV Host), Sean “Diddy” Combs (Grammy Award Winner).

Below is a complete list of 2013 winners.

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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Phelps gets long odds, Ovechkin short odds to take home ESPYs

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male Athlete 

LeBron James                           1/2

Adrian Peterson                        5/2

Miguel Cabrera                          4/1

Michael Phelps                          15/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Female Athlete          

Serena Williams                         5/4

Brittney Griner                           8/5

Gabby Douglas                         5/2

Missy Franklin                           9/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Fighter          

Floyd Mayweather Jr.                2/3

Jon “Bones” Jones                    5/4

Anderson Silva                          4/1

Canelo Alvarez                          25/1

Danny Garcia                            33/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NBA Player   

LeBron James                           1/3

Tony Parker                              7/2

Kevin Durant                             15/4

Kobe Bryant                              12/1

Carmelo Anthony                       20/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NFL Player   

Adrian Peterson                        4/7

Peyton Manning                        5/2

JJ Watt                                     5/1

Calvin Johnson                         13/2

Aaron Rodgers                          10/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best MLB Player   

Miguel Cabrera                         1/2

Mike Trout                                 2/1

Buster Posey                            9/1

David Price                               9/1

R.A. Dickey                              9/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NHL Player   

Sidney Crosby                          1/5

Alexander Ovechkin                   2/1

John Tavares                            12/1

Martin St. Louis                         33/1

Henrik Lundqvist                       33/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best International Athlete   

Usain Bolt                                2/3

Novak Djokovic                        9/4

Lionel Messi                              3/1

Cristiano Ronaldo                      9/1

Juan Manuel Marquez                20/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male College Athlete  

Johnny Manziel                         1/5

Trey Burke                                3/1

Kyle Dake                                 15/1

Drew LeBlanc                            15/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Driver

Tony Kanaan                             1/2

Brad Keselowski                       3/1

Sebastian Vettel                        4/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay                      10/1

 

 

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Outright Winner         

Tiger Woods                 8/1                                                                                

Justin Rose                   16/1

Phil Mickelson               18/1

Adam Scott                  20/1

Graeme McDowell         22/1

Lee Westwood              25/1

Rory McIlroy                 25/1

Ernie Els                       28/1

Luke Donald                 28/1

Sergio Garcia                28/1

Jason Day                    33/1

Charl Schwartzel            33/1

Henrik Stenson              33/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Matt Kuchar                  40/1

Rickie Fowler                40/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Branden Grace              66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Bubba Watson              66/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Zach Johnson               80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Bill Haas                       100/1

Martin Laird                   100/1

Shane Lowry                 100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Billy Horschel                100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Jamie Donaldson          100/1

Peter Hanson                100/1

Chris Wood                   125/1

George Coetzee            125/1

Bernd Wiesberger          125/1

Mikko Ilonen                 125/1

Brooks Koepka             125/1

Bo Van Pelt                  125/1

Fredrik Jacobson          125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Jordan Spieth               150/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      150/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 150/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    150/1

Marcel Siem                  150/1

Stewart Cink                  150/1

David Lynn                   150/1

Ryan Moore                  150/1

Stephen Gallacher         150/1

Jonas Blixt                    150/1

Robert Karlsson            150/1

Tim Clark                      150/1

Harris English                150/1

Carl Pettersson             150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

John Senden                 200/1

Marc Leishman              200/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     200/1

Richie Ramsay              200/1

Brian Davis                   200/1

Boo Weekley                200/1

Kevin Streelman            200/1

Graham Delaet              200/1

Camilo Villegas             200/1

Hideki Matsuyama         200/1

Thongchai Jaidee          200/1

Jimmy Walker               200/1

Russell Henley              200/1

Marc Warren                  200/1

Thomas Aiken               200/1

John Huh                      200/1

Danny Willett                 250/1

Kyle Stanley                  250/1

Scott Piercy                  250/1

Alvaro Quiros                250/1

Brett Rumford               250/1

Fred Couples                250/1

Robert Garrigus             250/1

Darren Clarke                250/1

Scott Jamieson             250/1

Bud Cauley                   250/1

Lucas Glover                 300/1

Michael Thompson        300/1

Gregory Bourdy            300/1

Justin Leonard              300/1

Luke Guthrie                  300/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     300/1

Vijay Singh                   300/1

D-A Points                    300/1

Yong-Eun Yang             300/1

Ken Duke                      300/1

Josh Teater                   300/1

Gareth Maybin               300/1

Johnson Wagner           300/1

Brendan Jones              300/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              350/1

Marcus Fraser               400/1

Tom Lehman                 400/1

Tom Watson                 500/1

Niclas Fasth                  500/1

Ashun Wu                     500/1

Eduardo De La Riva      500/1

Garrick Porteous           500/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           500/1

Mark Calcavecchia        500/1

Oliver Fisher                  500/1

Satoshi Kodaira            500/1

Shingo Katayama          500/1

Shiv Kapur                    500/1

Steven Tiley                  500/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       500/1

Toru Taniguchi               500/1

Daisuke Maruyama        500/1

Scott Brown                  500/1

David Duval                  500/1

Elliot Saltman                500/1

Estanislao Goya            500/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               500/1

Mark Brown                   500/1

Peter Senior                  500/1

Richard Mcevoy            500/1

Oscar Floren                 500/1

Rhys Pugh                    500/1

George Murray              750/1

Justin Harding               750/1

Todd Hamilton              750/1

Darryn Llloyd                750/1

Kenichi Kuboya             750/1

Mark O’Meara                750/1

Ben Stow                      1000/1

Gareth Wright                1000/1

Grant Forrest                 1000/1

Jimmy Mullen                1000/1

John Wade                   1000/1

Makato Inoue                1000/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        1000/1

Stephen Dartnall            1000/1

Steven Fox                   1000/1

Steven Jeffress             1000/1

Tyrell Hatton                  1000/1

Sandy Lyle                    1000/1

Nick Faldo                    1000/1

 

Miscellaneous Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will There Be a Play-Off?       

Yes                  5/2

No                    2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Where Will The Winner Come From? 

USA                                         7/5

Great Britain & Ireland                3/1

Rest of the World                      3/1

Continental Europe                    4/1

 

Tiger Woods Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Shoot A Hole in One?        

Yes                  80/1

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v J Rose           

Tiger Woods                 5/9

Justin Rose                   7/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v P Mickelson  

Tiger Woods                 1/2

Phil Mickelson               3/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v R McIlroy      

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Rory McIlroy                 9/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v S Garcia        

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Sergio Garcia                9/5

 

 

The Open Championship 2013 – 1st Round Leader

Tiger Woods                 12/1

Justin Rose                   22/1

Phil Mickelson               22/1

Adam Scott                  25/1

Graeme McDowell         28/1

Lee Westwood              33/1

Rory McIlroy                 33/1

Ernie Els                       33/1

Luke Donald                 33/1

Sergio Garcia                33/1

Jason Day                    40/1

Charl Schwartzel            40/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Henrik Stenson              40/1

Matt Kuchar                  50/1

Rickie Fowler                50/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Branden Grace              50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Zach Johnson               75/1

Bill Haas                       75/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           75/1

Bubba Watson              80/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Martin Laird                   80/1

Shane Lowry                 80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Billy Horschel                80/1

Jamie Donaldson          80/1

Peter Hanson                90/1

Jordan Spieth               100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Chris Wood                   100/1

George Coetzee            100/1

Bernd Wiesberger          100/1

Mikko Ilonen                 100/1

Brooks Koepka             100/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      100/1

Bo Van Pelt                  100/1

Fredrik Jacobson          100/1

Marcel Siem                  100/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 125/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Stewart Cink                  125/1

David Lynn                   125/1

Ryan Moore                  125/1

Stephen Gallacher         125/1

Jonas Blixt                    125/1

Robert Karlsson            125/1

Tim Clark                      125/1

Harris English                125/1

John Senden                 125/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     125/1

Carl Pettersson             125/1

Richie Ramsay              125/1

Brian Davis                   125/1

Boo Weekley                125/1

Graham Delaet              125/1

Hideki Matsuyama         125/1

Alvaro Quiros                125/1

Marc Leishman              150/1

Kevin Streelman            150/1

Camilo Villegas             150/1

Thongchai Jaidee          150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

Jimmy Walker               150/1

Russell Henley              150/1

Danny Willett                 150/1

Marc Warren                  150/1

Kyle Stanley                  150/1

Scott Piercy                  150/1

Thomas Aiken               150/1

Brett Rumford               150/1

Fred Couples                150/1

Lucas Glover                 150/1

John Huh                      150/1

Gregory Bourdy            150/1

Robert Garrigus             150/1

Scott Jamieson             150/1

Michael Thompson        200/1

Justin Leonard              200/1

Luke Guthrie                  200/1

Darren Clarke                200/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     200/1

Vijay Singh                   200/1

D-A Points                    200/1

Yong-Eun Yang             200/1

Ken Duke                      200/1

Bud Cauley                   200/1

Josh Teater                   200/1

Gareth Maybin               200/1

Tom Watson                 200/1

Marcus Fraser               200/1

Johnson Wagner           200/1

Brendan Jones              200/1

Garrick Porteous           200/1

Oliver Fisher                  200/1

Tom Lehman                 200/1

Niclas Fasth                  250/1

Ashun Wu                     250/1

Eduardo De La Riva      250/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           250/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              250/1

Mark Calcavecchia        250/1

Satoshi Kodaira            250/1

Shingo Katayama          250/1

Shiv Kapur                    250/1

Steven Tiley                  250/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       250/1

Toru Taniguchi               250/1

Daisuke Maruyama        250/1

Scott Brown                  250/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               250/1

Justin Harding               250/1

Peter Senior                  250/1

David Duval                  300/1

Estanislao Goya            300/1

George Murray              300/1

Mark Brown                   300/1

Richard Mcevoy            300/1

Todd Hamilton              300/1

Ben Stow                      300/1

Darryn Llloyd                300/1

Gareth Wright                300/1

Grant Forrest                 300/1

Jimmy Mullen                300/1

John Wade                   300/1

Kenichi Kuboya             300/1

Makato Inoue                300/1

Mark O’Meara                300/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        300/1

Oscar Floren                 300/1

Rhys Pugh                    300/1

Stephen Dartnall            300/1

Steven Fox                   300/1

Steven Jeffress             300/1

Tyrell Hatton                  300/1

Sandy Lyle                    300/1

Nick Faldo                    300/1

 

Top 5/10/20 Finishes

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 5?      

Yes                  7/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 10?    

Yes                  8/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 20?    

Yes                  5/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  7/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  8/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  4/1

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  9/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Graeme McDowell Finish in The Top 5? 

Yes                  9/2

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Phelps, Flacco, Ravens lead way in ESPY nominations

Posted on 28 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP, second straight Finals MVP
  • Led the Heat to a second straight NBA title and franchise-record 66-16 mark
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four golds and two silver medals at London Olympics
  • His gold in the 200 IM made him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnastics

  • Won gold medal in Women’s All-Around at London Olympics
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • First American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around

Missy Franklin, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four gold medals and a bronze at London Olympics
  • Won a gold in the 100 backstroke and set a world record in the 200 backstroke
  • Became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996

Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Swept all major player of the year awards
  • Ended her career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748)
  • No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points.

Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis

  • Won the 2012 Wimbledon and US Open singles championships
  • Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title

 

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP

  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over 49ers
  • Completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns

LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led the Heat to an NBA title in 7 game series over San Antonio Spurs
  • Averaged 25.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 7.0 apg over course of Finals
  • Had 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 assists in Game 6, 37 pts and 12 reb in Game 7

Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP

  • 3 HR in Game 1 of World Series, first to do so in his first 3 plate appearances
  • Hit .500/.525/1.125 over the 5 game series

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

  • Became the starting QB in Week 11 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl
  • Threw for 1814 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while rushing for 415 yards and 5 TDs in the regular season
  • Had 798 yards and 4 TDs passing, 264 yards and 3 TDs rushing in the playoffs

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • Won 2013 Heisman Trophy, first freshman in history to do so
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • First player in MLB history with 34 hits, 7 HR in first 20 games
  • Through 20 games hit .442 with 14 RBI

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

  • 3rd round pick led Seattle to playoffs, and tied rookie record with 26 TD passes
  • Threw for 3118 yards with a 100.0 QB rating, rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs

 

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass

  • Broke Unitas’ record with a touchdown pass in 48 straight games
  • Unitas held the mark for a half-century
  • Brees’ streak extended to 54 games

Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record

  • Passed Rice’s mark in Week 16, finishing the season with 1,964 receiving yards
  • The record had stood since 1995

Michael Phelps most decorated Olympian

  • Finished his career with 22 medals spanning three Olympics
  • Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record of 18

Abby Wambach sets international scoring record

  • Broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals by scoring four against South Korea
  • Wambach scored 160 goals in only 207 international matches, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches

 

BEST UPSET

Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, NCAA men’s basketball tournament

  • 15th-seeded FGCU beat 2nd-seeded Georgetown 78-68
  • The Eagles went on to become the first 15 seed to make the Sweet 16

Louisville over Baylor in Sweet 16, NCAA women’s basketball tournament

  • Top seeded Baylor entered the game 34-1, having won 32 straight
  • 5th-seeded Louisville went on to the national championship game

Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Texas A&M over Alabama, College football

  • #15 Texas A&M upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 29-24
  • Alabama’s lone loss of the season

 

BEST GAME

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, AFC Divisional Playoff

  • Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard FG in the 2nd OT to give the Ravens a 38-35 upset victory over the Broncos
  • Jacoby Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with :38 left in regulation that brought the Ravens back from the brink

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7

  • Down three goals midway through the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored in the closing minute of regulation to tie it, then won it in the extra session
  • The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win the seventh game of a playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period

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

  • Spurs had a five point lead with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter
  • The Heat rallied and tied the game on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 5 seconds left
  • Heat went on to win in OT 103-100

 

BEST MOMENT

Jack Hoffman touchdown run in Nebraska Spring game

  • Hoffman is a 7-year old die hard Cornhusker fan battling brain cancer
  • After befriending Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, he was invited to participate in the Huskers’ spring game, and ran for a long touchdown in the 4th quarter

Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal

  • The US tied the game on an Abby Wambach penalty kick in the 80th minute
  • Morgan sent the US to the finals on a header in the 123rd minute, in the second period of extra time

Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon, with a gold medal in Olympics

  • 4 weeks after a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray met Federer again at the All England Club in the gold medal match
  • Murray beat the world number one in straight sets, becoming the first British man to win singles gold in the Olympics since 1908

Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts

  • The first year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia after Week 3
  • Pagano’s battle with the disease inspired an improbable Colts playoff run
  • Pagano returned to coach the team in Week 17, leading the Colts to a 28-16 victory over the division champion Houston Texans

 

BEST TEAM

Alabama football

  • Won the BCS Championship in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame
  • It was their third BCS title in four years

Baltimore Ravens, NFL

  • Defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to win the Super Bowl
  • Beat the top seeded Broncos and 2nd seeded Patriots en route to Super Bowl

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL

  • Defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley
  • Started the season with 24 straight games without a loss in regulation, the best start in NHL history

Miami Heat, NBA

  • Won second straight NBA Finals in seven games over San Antonio Spurs
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record, included 27 straight wins

Oklahoma Softball

  • Won the WCWS championship by sweeping Tennessee in finals
  • Finished the season 57-4

San Francisco Giants, MLB

  • Swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for their second title in three years
  • Rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the Reds in the NLDS and Cardinals in the NLCS

US Women’s Gymnastics Team

  • The “Fierce Five” of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney captured the team gold medal by beating Russia
  • First gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for the US since 1996

 

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals

  • Took over the Colts for Chuck Pagano after Week 3,
  • Led the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned in Week 17
  • 2012 AP Coach of the Year

Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball

  • Led the Huskies to their 8th national championship with a 35-4 record
  • Beat Notre Dame in Final Four, avenging three previous losses to Notre Dame

John Danowski, Duke Lacrosse

  • Won his second national championship in four years
  • After losing 4 of their first 6 games, bounced back to win 14 of next 15

Rick Pitino, Louiville Men’s Basketball

  • First NCAA Division I coach to win a championship with two different schools
  • Led Louisville to a 35-5 record

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

  • Led Miami to second NBA title
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record
  • 27 game winning streak, second best in NBA history

 

BEST COMEBACK

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Missed entire 2011 season due to neck injury
  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of 2011 season
  • Started Week 1 just 9 months after surgery
  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

  • Only played 45 games in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a home plate collision
  • In 2012 became 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title (.336) and World Series in the same season

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

  • Misssed most of 2012 season after tearing an ACL during batting practice
  • Returned in 2013 at age 43, among the league leaders in saves

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Usain Bolt, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics
  • First to win back-to-back 100m golds since Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

  • First player to be year-end No. 1 in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Juan Manuel Marquez, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Manny Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Lionel Messi, Soccer

  • Awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Scored 91 goals in a calendar year, shattering a 40 year old record
  • Led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey league cup title and La Liga season title

Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

  • Led Real Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup Chamiponship
  • Scored 62 goals in 62 games for club and national teams

 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

  • Set single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards
  • Had 122 receptions and 5 TDs

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Led NFL with 108.0 QB rating
  • Threw for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs to only 8 INTs

J. J. Watt, Houston Texans

  • Led NFL with 20.5 sacks
  • AP Defensive Player of the Year

 

BEST MLB PLAYER

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

R. A. Dickey, Mets/Blue Jays

  • First knuckleballer to win 20 games in a season since 1980
  • NL Cy Young award winner, led league in strikeouts and shoutouts

Buster Posey, Giants

  • 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title and World Series in the same season
  • Led NL with .336 batting average

David Price, Rays

  • AL Cy Young award winner, led AL in ERA (2.56)
  • 20-game winner

Mike Trout, Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

 

BEST NHL PLAYER

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), and first in points per game (1.56).

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Posted 24-16 record and 2.05 goals against average during regular season

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

  • Led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), ranked first in power play goals (16)

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy
  • Ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

  • Finished third in goals with 28, had nine power play goals and five game-winning goals
  • Helped the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007

 

BEST DRIVER

Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • 2012 IndyCar Series Champion, first American since 2006
  • Won three straight races, and four overall

Tony Kaanan

  • Won 2013 Indianapolis 500
  • Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in lap 198 to win his first Indy 500

Brad Keselowski

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Sebastian Vettel

  • Captured his third consecutive Formula One title
  • Became the youngest triple champion in series history

 

BEST NBA PLAYER

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

  • Led NBA in scoring in 2012-13 season (28.7 ppg)
  • Led Knicks to first playoff series win since 2000

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Averaged 27.3 ppg. during 2012-13 regular season
  • Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Was second-leading scorer in 2012-13 NBA regular season (28.1 ppg)
  • Averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game

LeBron James, Miami  Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP award, second NBA Finals MVP
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

  • Helped lead Spurs to the NBA Finals
  • Averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.6 assists per game

 

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

  • Led the Fever to its first WNBA championship
  • WNBA Finals MVP

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

  • Led WNBA in rebounding during regular season (10.5 rpg.)
  • Fifth in scoring at 18.0 ppg
  • Captured her third straight rebounding title

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (21.4 ppg)
  • Averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

  • Averaged 17.4 ppg during 2012 regular season
  • Averaged 9.7 rpg

Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx

  • Led the WNBA in assists during regular season (5.39 apg.)
  • Dished out five or more assists in 22 games

 

BEST FIGHTER

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Boxing

  • Beat Austin Trout to unify 154-pound title

Danny Garcia, Boxing

  • Moved to 24-0 with 15 KOs with a 4th-round upset of Amir Khan to unify the light-welterweight title
  • He went on to KO Erik Morales in his next fight

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defeated Chael Sonnen in most recent title defense

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Moved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero

Anderson Silva, MMA

  • Defeated Stephan Bonner in most recent title defense
  • Last loss was in 2006

 

BEST MALE GOLFER

Rory McIlroy

  • Eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship
  • Won the money title and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2012
  • Youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997

Justin Rose

  • Won 2013 US Open
  • Five top 10 finishes in 2013

Adam Scott

  • Won 2013 Masters
  • Runner-up in 2012 British Open

Brandt Snedeker

  • Won the FedEx Cup title
  • Won The Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

  • Returned to No. 1 ranking for first time since 2010
  • 4 tour victories in 2013 and five top 10 finishes

 

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Stacy Lewis

  • 2012 LPGA Player of the Year
  • Won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in 2013

Inbee Park

  • Led the LPGA in money earning with $2,287,080 in 2012

Jiyai Shin

  • Won the 2012 women’s British Open by nine shots
  • Produced the biggest margin at the British since it became a major in 2001

Na Yeon Choi

  • Won 2012 Women’s US Open

 

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic

  • Clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Roger Federer

  • Won his record 17th Grand Slam singles championship and record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles championship

Andy Murray

  • Captured his first Grand Slam singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the 2012 U. S. Open
  • Won the Olympic gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the finals

Rafael Nadal

  • Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times when he won 2013 French Open

 

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Victoria Azarenka

  • Finished 2012 as No. 1 ranked player in WTA
  • Lost in the finals of the 2012 U. S. Open

Maria Sharapova

  • Equaled her best season to date, finishing number two in the world
  • Won three WTA titles

Serena Williams

  • Earned her fourth U. S. Open singles title in 2012
  • Won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title

 

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Trey Burke, Michigan basketball

  • Won nearly every major college basketball player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard
  • Led the Wolverines to the national championship game

Kyle Dake, Cornell wrestler

  • Etched himself into wrestling history with a fourth NCAA championship at an unprecedented fourth weight.
  • Dake outlasted defending 165-pound champion David Taylor 5-4

Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State hockey

  • Won Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player
  • Bounced back from injury last year to register 13 goals and 50 points

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, first freshman in history
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

 

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women’s lacrosse

  • Named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Helped the Tar Heels to claim the school’s first-ever NCAA title with a 13-12 victory against top-ranked Maryland

Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer

  • The midfielder led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over Penn State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup
  • She scored goals in the first four games of the tournament and assisted on goals in both College Cup games, including the game-winner against Stanford

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball

  • Swept all of the nation’s player awards the last two seasons and ended her four-year career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748) and female dunker (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma Softball

  • Led Oklahoma to the national championship
  • Named Most Outstanding Player in the WCWS
  • Finished the season with a 35-1 win/loss record

 

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Pedro Barros

  • Has three straight X Games SKB Park gold medals

Nyjah Huston

  • Dominating win at the X Games Street League Skateboarding contest in Foz do Iguaçu
  • Gold medal at X Games LA in Real Street in 2012
  • Gold medal at X Games Barcelona in Street League Skateboarding

Mark McMorris

  • Gold medal in X Games Aspen Slopestyle
  • Won Slopestyle at Burton US Open and Dew Tour Breckenridge event
  • Claimed overall World Snowboard title in slopestyle and third  in Big Air

Ryan Villopoto

  • Returned from ACL surgery to claim 2013 AMA Supercross title
  • In 2013 AMA Motocross, has won 8 of 10 motos and 3 of 5 overalls

 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Kelly Clark

  • X Games SuperPipe gold at both Aspen and Tignes
  • Overall titles on the FIS World Cup and World Snowboard Tour series

Leticia Bufoni

  • X Games gold in Women’s Street at Foz do Iguaçu and in the Real Women video competition at Barcelona
  • Women’s Street silver medal at X Games LA
  • Claimed overall 2012 World Cup Skateboarding crown for women’s street

Stephanie Gilmore

  • Won her 5th ASP World Tour points crown in 2012

Laia Sanz

  • 2013 X Games Enduro X gold medals at Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona
  • Won FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship and FIM Women’s Trial World Championship in 2012

 

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

  • 321 wins, over $22 million in earnings, 31 graded stakes wins (eight Grade 1)

Ramon Dominguez

  • 329 wins, over $25 million in earnings and 25 graded stakes wins (10 Grade 1)

Joel Rosario

  • Rode Orb to the Kentucky Derby title
  • Also won the $10 million event in Dubai

John Velasquez

  • 185 wins, over $19 million in purse earnings and 34 graded stakes wins (14 Grade 1)

 

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Jeremy Campbell, Athletics

  • Set a Paralympic record en route to his second consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in the men’s discus
  • At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Campbell threw 60.19 meters, a new world record in the men’s discus (F44)

Jeff Fabry, Archery

  • After shattering his bow in the men’s compound W1 semifinals competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeff Fabry prevailed to make it to the gold medal match, where he became the first American archer to win a Paralympic gold medal since 1984

Raymond Martin, Athletics

  • Wheelchair racer won four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, 100, 200, 400 and 800m
  • Prior to the Games, he also took first place honors in the 200, 400 and 800m races at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and also set the world record in the men’s T52 200m.

Bradley Snyder, Swimming

  • Won gold medals in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics
  • Won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle

Tyler Walker, Skiing

  • Took home the men’s sitting speed event trophy at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Victoria Arlen, Swimming

  • Won four medals at 2012 Paralympics, a gold and three silvers
  • Set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle

Muffy Davis, Paracycling

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, two in individual events:  women’s H1-2 time trial and H1-3 road race, and a third in the H1-4 team relay

Jessica Long, Swimming

  • Won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics (five gold, two silver and one bronze)
  • Set two world records (400m freestyle & 100m freestyle) and the five gold medals were in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle

Tatyana McFadden, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, 400, 800 and 1500m events. She also won bronze in the 100m sprint
  • Also won the women’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon hours before the deadly explosions near the finish line.
  • Six days later, she won the London Marathon in the same division.

Shirley Reilly, Athletics

  • Captured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Paralympics with a time of 1:46:33

 

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

  • Won USBC Masters for his first major title and sixth career Tour title

Scott Norton

  • Won Earl Anthony Players Championship for third career title
  • Won Chameleon Championship at Geico World Series of Bowling IV

Pete Weber

  • Won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions
  • First player to complete PBA Triple Crown for a second time
  • Oldest player to win Tournament of Champions

 

BEST MLS PLAYER

Thierry Henry, Red Bulls

  • 15 goals and 12 assists in just 25 matches, helping New York qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, helping San Jose finish first in the Western Conference

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

  • The midfielder had five goals and an MLS-high 15 assists to lead Sporting Kansas City to first place in the Eastern Conference.

 

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Ashton Eaton, Athletics

  • Won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points

Ryan Lochte, Swimming

  • Won five medals (including two gold) at 2012 Olympics
  • Won the Men’s 400m IM … (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); seventh male swimmer with five or more medals at single Olympics

Michael Phelps, Swimming

  • Won gold in the 200m Individual Medley, making him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics
  • Phelps won a 17th gold in 100 butterfly, his final individual race in London.

 

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

  • Won the gold medal in the all-around
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • Became the third straight American to win Women’s All-Around gold
  • Is the first American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around.

Missy Franklin, Swimming

  • Finished with four golds and a bronze at London Olympics; became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
  • Won Olympic gold medal in women’s 100m backstroke
  • Set a world record in the 200m backstroke

Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

  • The first American to win the gold medal in the floor exercise
  • Also earned gold as a member of the U.S. team all-around winner

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