2014 ESPYS Nominees: List of Candidates for Awards Announced

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2014 ESPYS Nominees: List of Candidates for Awards Announced
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The 2014 ESPY Awards will feature 33 categories highlighted by the honors of Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team. This year's edition of the award show will mark the 22nd time ESPN has brought together the best in sports under one roof.

Drake will take the hosting reigns from Jon Hamm, who did a solid job last year in what's a tricky position. The rapper is a noted sports fan, although sometimes it's hard to nail down exactly what teams he roots for from week to week.

After it was announced he would handle the gig, he took to Twitter and called it an "honor:"

The ESPYS will once again emanate from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The show is scheduled for July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Since the nominees were announced athletes have already started to express their reactions. They range from sheer joy to disappointment with some lobbying for votes already mixed in as the fans will decide all of the winners.

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth Sprint Cup championship last season, falls into the latter category:

American Paralympian Tatyana McFadden was clearly happy to get nominated:

Then there's American swimmer Jessica Hardy, who believes athletes in her sport were overlooked for their accomplishments over the past year:

While the winners of the awards are often debatable, which isn't a surprise given the nature of fan voting, it's more about the event than anything else. Finding a brief break in the sports schedule to get so many big names from across the sports spectrum together is rare.

Voting is underway on the ESPYS' official site and will continue up until the start of the show. There are certainly some highly competitive categories, so let's check out the nominees fans will get to choose from this time around.

 

2014 ESPY Award Nominees

Best Male Athlete
Nominee Team/Sport
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
Floyd Mayweather Boxing

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Best Female Athlete
Nominee Team/Sport
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx
Ronda Rousey UFC
Mikaela Shiffrin Alpine Skiing
Breanna Stewart UConn Basketball

ESPN

 

Best Team
Nominee Title
Boston Red Sox MLB champions
Los Angeles Kings NHL champions
San Antonio Spurs NBA champions
Seattle Seahawks NFL champions
Connecticut Women's Basketball WCBB champions
Florida State Football CFB champions

ESPN

 

Best Comeback Athlete
Nominee Team
Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Dominic Moore New York Rangers
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

ESPN

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Nominee Team
Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

ESPN

 

Best Championship Performance
Nominee Team/Sport
Jimmie Johnson NASCAR
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
Shabazz Napier UConn Basketball
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox

ESPN

 

Best Game
Nominee Game
Auburn vs. Alabama Iron Bowl
Colts vs. Chiefs NFL Playoffs
Rangers vs. Kings NHL Playoffs

ESPN

 

Best Upset
Nominee Sport
UConn wins NCAA title College Basketball
Mercer over Duke College Basketball
Weidman over Silva UFC 162

ESPN

 

Best NFL Player
Nominee Team
Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks

ESPN

 

Best NBA Player
Nominee Team
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers
LeBron James Miami Heat
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls

ESPN

 

Best MLB Player
Nominee Team
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

ESPN

 

Best NHL Player
Nominee Team
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks

ESPN

 

Best Driver
Nominee Association
Scott Dixon IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR
John Force NHRA
Ryan Hunter-Reay IndyCar
Jimmie Johnson NASCAR

ESPN

 

Best Coach/Manager
Nominee Team
Geno Auriemma UConn Women's Basketball
Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks
John Farrell Boston Red Sox
Kevin Ollie UConn Men's Basketball
Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs

ESPN

 

Best Fighter
Nominee Sport
Jon Jones MMA
Floyd Mayweather Boxing
Manny Pacquiao Boxing
Ronda Rousey MMA
Andre Ward Boxing

ESPN

 

Best Bowler
Nominee Association
Jason Belmonte PBA
Wes Malott PBA
Sean Rash PBA
Pete Weber PBA

ESPN

 

Best Jockey
Nominee Base
Javier Castellano Belmont Park
Victor Espinoza Santa Anita Park
Joel Rosario Belmont Park
Mike Smith Santa Anita Park

ESPN

 

Best MLS Player
Nominee Club
Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
Marco Di Vaio Montreal Impact
Robbie Keane Los Angeles Galaxy
Mike Magee Chicago Fire

ESPN

 

Best Male U.S. Olympian
Nominee Sport
Joss Christensen Freestyle Skiing
Sage Kotsenburg Snowboarding
Ted Ligety Alpine Skiing
Charlie White Figure Skating
David Wise Freestyle Skiing

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Best Female U.S. Olympian
Nominee Sport
Jamie Anderson Snowboarding
Maddie Bowman Freestyle Skiing
Meryl Davis Figure Skating
Kaitlyn Farrington Snowboarding
Mikaela Shiffrin Alpine Skiing

ESPN

 

Best International Athlete
Nominee Sport
Rafael Nadal Tennis
Inbee Park Women's Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer
Sebastian Vettel Formula One

ESPN

 

Best WNBA Player
Nominee Team
Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks

ESPN

 

Best Male Golfer
Nominee Country
Martin Kaymer Germany
Adam Scott Australia
Henrik Stenson Sweden
Bubba Watson United States

ESPN

 

Best Female Golfer
Nominee Country
Stacy Lewis United States
Inbee Park South Korea
Suzann Pettersen Norway
Michelle Wie United States

ESPN

 

Best Male Tennis Player
Nominee Country
Novak Djokovic Serbia
Andy Murray Great Britain
Rafael Nadal Spain

ESPN

 

Best Female Tennis Player
Nominee Country
Li Na China
Agnieszka Radwanska Poland
Maria Sharapova Russia
Serena Williams United States

ESPN

 

Best Male College Athlete
Nominee Team
Johnny Gaudreau Boston College Hockey
Doug McDermott Creighton Basketball
David Taylor Penn State Wrestling
Lyle Thompson Albany Lacrosse
Jameis Winston Florida State Football

ESPN

 

Best Female College Athlete
Nominee Team
Morgan Brian Virginia Soccer
Taylor Cummings Maryland Lacrosse
Micha Hancock Penn State Volleyball
Hannah Rogers Florida Softball
Breanna Stewart UConn Basketball

ESPN

 

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Nominee Sport
Mark Bathum Alpine Skiing
Declan Farmer Sled Hockey
Raymond Martin Wheelchair Racing
Mike Shea Snowboarding
Evan Strong Snowboarding

ESPN

 

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Nominee Sport
Minda Dentler Triathlete
Oksana Masters Sit-Skier
Tatyana McFadden Sit-Skier / Wheelchair Racer
Laurie Stephens Alpine Monoskier
Jamie Whitmore Cyclist

ESPN

 

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Nominee Sport
Grant Baker Surfing
Tucker Hibbert Snowmobile
Nyjah Huston Skateboarding
Ryan Villopoto Motocross
David Wise Freestyle Skiing

ESPN

 

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Nominee Sport
Jamie Anderson Snowboarding
Maddie Bowman Freestyle Skiing
Kelly Clark Snowboarding
Vicki Golden Motocross
Carissa Moore Surfing

ESPN

 

Best Play
Seed Play
1 Davis FG return vs. Alabama
2 Damian Lillard buzzer beater
3 Tomas Hertl goal
4 Robin van Persie goal
5 Josh Reddick catch
6 SMU two-point conversion
7 Raul Jimenez bicycle kick
8 Memphis fast break
9 Johnny Manziel escape vs. Duke
10 Sacred Heart buzzer beater
11 Paula Creamer 75-foot eagle putt
12 Auburn Hail Mary vs. Georgia
13 Lundqvist save on Vanek
14 Xavier Henry dunk
15 Tyler Ennis buzzer beater
16 Giovani Bernard TD run

ESPN; Bracket-Style Voting

 

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