Results from the 2016 EPSY Awards

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Last night John Cena hosted the 2016 EPSY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) and is held annually to honor contemporary athletes that are pushing the limits in sport and athletic achievement. This years celebration gave tribute to the late, great boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, and gave a lot of praise to the recently retired NBA legend, Lebron James, who helped pioneer the Cleveland Cavaliers to a seriously victorious season.


Awards and Winners

Best Male Athlete
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors, NBA
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, NFL
Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals, MLB

Best Female Athlete
Breanna Stewart – UConn Women’s Basketball
Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky
Katie Ledecky – Olympic Swimmer
Simone Biles – Gymnast

Best Championship Performance
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – 2016 NBA Finals
Von Miller, Denver Broncos – 2016 Super Bowl
Carli Lloyd, Houston Dash 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

Conor McGregor, UFC
Chloe Kim, snowboarder
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Stephen Curry – single season three-pointers made

Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team – most NCAA basketball titles in D1 history
Christian McCaffrey – single season NCAAF all-purpose yards

Best Upset
Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey – UFC

Middle Tennessee beats Michigan State – 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament
Roberta Vinci defeats Serena Williams – 2015 US Open – Women’s Singles

Best Game
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 2016 NBA Finals

Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels – 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament
Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers – 2015 NFL playoffs

Best Play
Aaron Rodgers – Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers against Detroit

Kris Jenkins – buzzer beater
Michigan St. – punt block TD
LeBron James – Game 7 block
Steph Curry – 38-foot game-winner
Holly Holm – knockout of Ronda Rousey
Tiffany Howard – HR robbery WCWS
Jairo Samerio – scores on scissor-kick ground
Dele Alli – juggling goal for Tottenham
Josh Donaldson – diving into stands
Bartolo Colon – first home run
Army softball – player leaps over tag at home
Louis Oosthuizen – hole-in-one off of ball
Stanford – trick play w/ circus catch
Connor McDavid – goal
Ole Miss – crazy 66-yard TD

Best Team
Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA

Pittsburgh Penguins – NHL
Kansas City Royals – MLB
Alabama Crimson Tide – Southeastern Conference
UConn Huskies – American Athletic Conference
Villanova Wildcats – Big East Conference
Denver Broncos – NFL

Best Coach/Manager
Tyronn Lue – Cleveland Cavaliers

Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals
Geno Auriemma – Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball
Jay Wright – Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball
Nick Saban – Crimson Tide football team

Best International Athlete
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid/Portugal

Novak Djokovic – Tennis
Lydia Ko – LPGA
Luis Suárez – FC Barcelona/Uruguay
Canelo Álvarez – Boxing

Best NFL player
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player

Tom Brady, New England Patriots – 2015 Second-team All-Pro
J. J. Watt, Houston Texans – NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – Career highs in receptions (136) and receiving yards (1,834)
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – Career highs in receptions (136) and receiving yards (1,871)

Best MLB player
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals – 2015 National League MVP

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays – 2015 American League MVP
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs – 2015 Cy Young Award winner
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2015 Silver Slugger Award winner
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2015 strikeout leader

Best NHL Player
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Winner of the 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP)

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – Winner of the 2016 Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer), Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player), and Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP)
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals – Winner of the 2016 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (most goals)
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks – Leading goal scorer of the Stanley Cup playoffs (14)
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals – Winner of the 2016 Vezina Trophy (best goaltender)

Best Driver
Kyle Busch, NASCAR – 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One – 2015 Formula One World Champion
Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA – Won the 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Championship
Scott Dixon, IndyCar – 2015 IndyCar Series Champion
Alexander Rossi, IndyCar – 2016 Indy 500 winner

Best NBA player
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – 2016 Finals MVP

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – 2016 MVP
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs – 2016 Defensive Player of the Year
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder – 2016 NBA All-Star
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder – 2016 All-Star Game MVP

Best WNBA Player
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx – 2015 All-Star MVP

Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky – 2015 WNBA MVP
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream – 2015 NBA steals leader
Tina Charles, New York Liberty – 2015 All-WNBA First Team
DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury – 2015 All-WNBA First Team

Best Fighter
Conor McGregor, UFC

Gennady Golovkin, WBC
Canelo Alvarez, WBC
Robbie Lawler, UFC
Roman Gonzalez, WBA

Best Male Golfer
Jordan Spieth

Jason Day
Dustin Johnson
Danny Willett

Best Female Golfer
Lydia Ko

Inbee Park
Brooke Henderson
Ariya Jutanugarn

Best Male Tennis Player
Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray
Roger Federer

Best Female Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber
Flavia Pennetta
Garbine Muguruza

Best Male College Athlete
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners

Derrick Henry, Alabama Crimson Tide
Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders
Jarrion Lawson
Alex Dieringer

Best Female College Athlete
Breanna Stewart, UConn Huskies

Raquel Rodriguez, Sky Blue FC
Samantha Bricio, Mexico National Volleyball Team
Taylor Cummings, Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse
Sierra Romero, Michigan Wolverines

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Ryan Dungey, American Motorcyclist Association

Gus Kenworthy, Freestyle skier
Nyjah Huston, Skateboarder
Pedro Barros, Skateboarder
Mark McMorris, Snowboarder

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarder

Chloe Kim
Keala Kennelly, Surfer
Carissa Moore, Surfer

Best Jockey
Mario Gutierrez

Kent Desormeaux
Javier Castellano
Irad Ortiz Jr.

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Richard Browne, Sprint runner

Jo Berenyi, Track and road cyclist
Aaron Fotheringham, Skateboarding and BMX tricks
Nikko Landeros, Hockey player
Brad Snyder, Swimmer

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Tatyana McFadden

Heather Erickson, Volleyball player
Oksana Masters, Rower and Cross-country Skier
Shawn Morelli
Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte, Bowling
Jesper Svensson, Footballer
Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Ciminelli
Anthony Simonsen

Best MLS Player
Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Kei Kamara, New England Revolution
Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact
Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls

Best Comeback Athlete
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs

Honorary awards

Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Zaevion Dobson

Jimmy V Perseverance Award
Craig Sager

Pat Tillman Award for Service
Sgt. Elizabeth Marks

Best Moment
Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Finals

Icon Award
Abby Wambach
Kobe Bryant
Peyton Manning
Chris Berman
Joe Biden
Stephen Curry
Skylar Diggins
Lisa Leslie
David Oyelowo
Danica Patrick
Miles Teller
Justin Timberlake
Lindsey Vonn
Dwyane Wade
JJ Watt
Russell Wilson


The ESPYs held a tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, presented by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chance the Rapper.