ESPY’s 2015

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Short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, is a show presented by ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

ABC will broadcast tonight show for the first time, and ESPN will have a one-hour red carpet pre-show beginning at 7 pm. ET, the real deal start time is at 8 pm. ET by ABC. If you don’t know the nominees, let´s take a look at the athletes by categories of this year edition, and if you want to vote for your favorite, at the end of the list you will find the link. You’ll have until 8 pm tonight to vote.

Best Male Athlete

Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans

Best Female Athlete

Ronda Rousey – MMA
Breanna Stewart – UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing
Serena Williams – Tennis

Best Championship Performance

Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger – Florida softball
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
American Pharoah – Race horse

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
Mo’ne Davis – Little League Baseball
Cardale Jones – Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth – PGA

Best Record-Breaking Performance

Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run – Oklahoma softball
Devin Hester scores 20th punt return TD – Atlanta Falcons
Peyton Manning throws 509th touchdown pass – Denver Broncos
Klay Thompson most points in a quarter – Golden State Warriors

Best Upset

Georgia State over Baylor – NCAA basketball
Kansas City Royals win AL Pennant – MLB
Mississippi over Alabama – FBS

Best Game

A’s vs. Royals – MLB AL Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7 – NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals
Seahawks vs. Patriots – Super Bowl

Best Team

New England Patriots – NFL
Connecticut Huskies- NCAA Women’s Basketball
Golden State Warriors – NBA
Chicago Blackhawks – NHL
Ohio State Buckeyes – FBS
U.S. Women’s Soccer – Women’s Soccer

Best Coach/Manager

Geno Auriemma – UConn women’s basketball
Bill Belichick – New England Patriots
Steve Kerr – Golden State Warriors
Mike Krzyzewski – Duke men’s basketball
Urban Meyer – Ohio State football

Best MLB Player

Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins

Best NHL Player

Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
John Tavares – New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks

Best Fighter

Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Boxing
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Donald Cerrone – MMA
Terence Crawford – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin – Boxing

Best NFL Player

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady – New England Patriots
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans
DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers

Best NBA Player

Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
James Harden – Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

Best Comeback Athlete

Rob Gronkowski – NFL
Alex Rodriguez – MLB
Derrick Rose – NBA
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing

Best Driver

Kevin Harvick – NASCAR
Erica Enders-Stevens – NHRA
Juan Pablo Montoya – Indy Car
Will Power – IndyCar
Lewis Hamilton – Formula One

Best Jockey

Joel Rosario – Horse racing
Javier Castellano – Horse racing
Victor Espinoza – Horse racing

Best MLS Player

Obafemi Martins – Seattle Sounders
Lee Nguyen – New England Revolution
Robbie Keane – Los Angeles Galaxy
Bradley Wright-Phillips – New York Red Bulls

Best International Athlete

Lionel Messi – Soccer
Lydia Ko – Women’s golf
Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer
Novak Djokovic – Tennis
Lewis Hamilton – Formula One

Best WNBA Player

Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock
Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

Best Male Golfer

Rory McIlroy – Golf
Jordan Spieth – Golf
Billy Horschel – Golf

Best Female Golfer

Lydia Ko – Golf
Stacy Lewis – Golf
Inbee Park – Golf

Best Male Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic – Tennis
Marin Cilic – Tennis
Roger Federer – Tennis
Stan Wawrinka – Tennis

Best Female Tennis Player

Maria Sharapova – Tennis
Serena Williams – Tennis
Petra Kvitova – Tennis
Simona Halep – Tennis

To check the rest of the categories and vote for your favorite male or female athletes click here http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/vote/?id=12705023&lang=en&voting=bestwnbaplayer

By Andrew Smith

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