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ESPYs 2018 Winners: Awards Results, Recap, Top Moments and Twitter Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18:  (L-R) Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, Aly Raisman and recipients of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage speak onstage at The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The biggest and brightest stars in sports were honored at the 2018 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin and United States Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim headlined the proceedings by winning Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, while the Houston Astros were named the year's best team.

Here's a look at the highlights from a powerful evening at the Microsoft Theater.

   

ESPY Winners

Best Male Athlete: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Best Female Athlete: Chloe Kim, U.S. Snowboarder

Best Team: Houston Astros

Best Play: Arike Ogunbowale's Title Game Buzzer-Beater

Best Coach: Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Best Moment: The Minnesota Miracle (Stefon Diggs' Game-Winning TD vs. Saints)

Best Game: U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey Team defeats Canada at 2018 Winter Olympics

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Best Championship Performance: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Survivors of Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse

Jimmy V Award: Jim Kelly

Pat Tillman Award for Service: Sgt. Jake Wood

Best Olympic Moment: Shaun White's Halfpipe Gold Medal

Best College Athlete: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim

Best Female Olympian: Chloe Kim

Best Male Olympian: Shaun White

Best Fighter: Terence Crawford

Best Record-Breaking Performance: Roger Federer

Best NFL Player: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Best MLB Player: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Best International Men's Soccer Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Best International Women's Soccer Player: Sam Kerr

Best Driver: Martin Truex Jr.

Best Male Golfer: Jordan Spieth

Best Female Golfer: Sung-Hyun Park

Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer

Best Female Tennis Player: Sloane Stephens

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: David Wise

Best Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Best Male Athlete With a Disability: Mike Schultz, Snowboarding

Best Female Athlete With a Disability: Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding

Best Bowler: Rhino Page

Best MLS Player: Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago Fire

Best NWSL Player: Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign

   

Recap and Top Moments

The evening's most powerful moment came during the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which was presented to the survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

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Larry Nassar survivor before receiving this year's Arthur Ashe Courage award alongside sister survivors: “If we have to walk this journey to make sure that no other little girl has to walk this journey, then that's exactly what we're going to do.” https://t.co/T3gtmmd6PF #ESPYS https://t.co/Ua4q0ndhSU

In total, 141 women were present to accept the award as representatives for all the survivors of the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor's abuse. They received a standing ovation.

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Courage. https://t.co/ke54x0osth

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Former gymnast Sarah Klein shares her message of hope to her sister survivors. #ESPYS https://t.co/C3haNrkhS9

"If we choose to listen and we choose to act with empathy, we can draw strength from each other," U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman said. "We may suffer alone, but we survive together."

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.@aly_raisman bravely reads out all the years during which women reported Larry Nassar's abuse: "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter. You matter and you are not alone." https://t.co/SrcAMqxyM8 #ESPYS https://t.co/jvooBvHRf4

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was also among the honorees as he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

Kelly, 58, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2013 and has undergone several surgeries since then. Kelly was declared cancer-free in 2014, but he announced in March that the disease had returned.

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"I will never give up. I will keep fighting til the end. Get up, you'll be alright." As we honor Jim Kelly with the Jimmy V Award, consider donating to @TheVFoundation: https://t.co/6NwFh2XdEK https://t.co/SnohcxEpN6

Speaking to those in attendance at the Microsoft Theater, Kelly emphasized that he will continue to live his life to the fullest.

"I always get thrown another curveball," Kelly said. "It's to see how I react. I've been through a lot in my life: good days, bad days, heartbreak. But it doesn't matter. I will never give up."

Kelly also provided some lasting and inspirational words before leaving the stage.

"Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow," he said.

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.@JimKelly1212 honored with the well-deserved Award for Perseverance. "Never, ever give up." #KellyStrong https://t.co/4jFgUPQp51

Wednesday's ceremony also highlighted the courage of all three Best Coach winners, Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, who were killed in February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon of Stoneman Douglas High School were more than just coaches. They were heroes. https://t.co/xag1iuggjI

Good Morning America @GMA

This year's Best Coach Award is posthumously given to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon - the 3 coaches who died protecting students from gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. https://t.co/T3gtmmd6PF #ESPYS https://t.co/MzPhYxXZpQ

"It's not a political issue," MSD football coach Elliot Bonner said of gun violence upon accepting the posthumous award. "It's a human issue. Lives were lost that didn't have to be."

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