ESPY Award winners 2019: Live results, highlights, best moments from the ESPYs

July 11, 201918min

The best teams, athlete and sports moments over the last year will be honored at the 2019 ESPY Awards on Wednesday.

Occurring on one of the two days where no games from any of the four major pro sports are played, the ESPYs have been a staple on the sports calendar since 1993.

This year’s edition features several notable teams and athletes nominated for awards including Giannis Antetokounmpo for “Best Male Athlete,” Alex Morgan for “Best Female Athlete” and the U.S. Women’s National Team for “Best Team.”

MORE: ESPY Awards 2019: Show time, TV channel, full list of nominees & winners for the ESPYs

Tracy Morgan will host this year’s ceremony and it’s sure to be entertaining as ever.

Sporting News will keep track of the winners of each award below.

2019 ESPY Award winners by category

Best Male Athlete

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Brooks Koepka, Golf


Best Female Athlete

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Simone Biles, Gymnast
Alex Morgan, USWNT
Mikaela Shiffrin, US Skiing


Best Breakthrough Athlete

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Naomi Osaka, Tennis

Winner: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Best Team

Boston Red Sox, MLB
Clemson Tigers, NCAA football
New England Patriots, NFL
Toronto Raptors, NBA
Baylor Bears, NCAA women’s basketball
Virginia Cavaliers, NCAA men’s basketball
U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer


Best International Men’s Soccer Player

Lionel Messi, Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Kylian Mbappe, France
Virgil van Dijk, Netherlands


Best International Women’s Soccer Player

Pernille Harder, Denmark
Ada Hegerberg, Norway
Sam Kerr, Australia
Lucy Bronze, England


Best NFL Player

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Winner: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Best MLB Player

Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
Blake Snell, Tampa Bays Rays


Best NHL Player

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Nathan McKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals


Best Driver

Lewis Hamilton, F1
Steve Torrence, NHRA
Scott Dixon, Indy
Kyle Busch, NASCAR


Best NBA Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Best WNBA Player

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Winner: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Best Boxer

Canelo Alvarez
Vasiliy Lomachenko
Oleksandr Usyk
Terence Crawford


Best MMA Fighter

Israel Adesanya
Daniel Cormier
Henry Cejudo
Amanda Nunes

Winner: Daniel Cormier

Best Male Golfer

Brooks Koepka
Tiger Woods
Justin Rose
Francesco Molinari


Best Female Golfer

Ariya Jutanugarn
Brooke Henderson
Jin-Young Ko
Sung Hyun Park


Best Male Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Stefanos Tsitsipas


Best Female Tennis Player

Naomi Osaka
Simona Halep
Serena Williams
Petra Kvitova


Best Male Action Sports Athlete

Nyjah Houston, United States, skateboard
Scotty James, Australia, snowboard
Tom Pagès, France, freestyle motocross
Gabriel Medina, Brazil, surf


Best Female Action Sports Athlete

Kelly Sidaru, Estonia, ski
Chloe Kim, United States, snowboard
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, New Zealand, snowboard
Stephanie Gilmore, Australia, surf

Winner: Chloe Kim, United States, snowboard

Best Jockey

Irad Ortiz Jr.
Mike Smith
Florent Geroux
Jose Ortiz


Best Male Athlete with a Disability

Mark Barr, triathlon
Declan Farmer, hockey
Daniel Romanchuk, marathon racing
Oz Sanchez, cycling


Best Female Athlete with a Disability

Oksana Masters, Nordic skiing
Tatyana McFadden, marathon racing
Shawn Morelli, cycling
Alyssa Seely triathlon


Best Bowler

Jason Belmonte
Norm Duke
Anthony Simonsen
Jakob Butturff


Best MLS Player

Josef Martinez, Atlanta United
Wayne Rooney, D.C. United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, L.A. Galaxy
Aaron Long, N.Y. Red Bulls

Winner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, L.A. Galaxy

Best NWSL Player

Lindsay Horan, Portland Thorns
Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns
Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage


Best Game

LSU defeats Texas A&M 74-72 in 7 OT thriller
Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
Notre Dame defeats UConn 81-76 in Final Four


Best College Athlete

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma football
Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon women’s basketball
Rachel Garcia, UCLA softball


Best Record-breaking Performance

Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu becomes all-time leader in triple-doubles
Warriors’ Klay Thompson sets 3-point record in a game with 14
Matthew Boling sets high school track record in 100 meters


Best Play

Dolphins’ Miami Miracle downs Patriots
Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater ends Philly’s season
Derrick Henry’s record-setting 99-yard TD run
Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises


Best Viral Sports Moment

Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram, the seven-year-old running phenom
Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker dives for the gold
UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercise
Sister Mary Jo delivers a biting curveball

Winner: UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercise

Best Upset

College Football – Old Dominion defeats No. 13 Virginia Tech
U.S. Open – Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams
NHL – Columbus Blue Jackets sweep Tampa Bay Lightning
Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua


Best Esports Moment (Finals)

oLarry’s return to the NBA 2K League after the Jacksonville shooting
Ninja Fortnite win with Marshmello at E3 ProAM

Winner: oLarry’s return to the NBA 2K League after the Jacksonville shooting

​Best WWE Moment

Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission
Becky Lynch wins both WWE Women’s Championship Titles at Wrestlemania 35
Kofi Kingston wins his first WWE Heavyweight Championship Title at Wrestlemania 35
Ronda Rousey defeats Alexa Bliss at Summerslam 2018 to win her first RAW Women’s Championship Title

Winner: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission

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