The 27th annual event, which will be broadcast live from Microsoft Theater, will be hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan and feature the world’s best athletes and entertainers.
While The Last O.G. actor peppers the crowd with jokes, awards will be presented in categories such as best male and female athletes, best team, best upset and breakthrough athlete.Then there’s the best record-breaking performance and, of course, a fan favorite, best viral sports moment.
Not surprisingly, this year’s ESPYs will be star-studded, with celebrities like Dave Bautista, Usher, Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Joel McHale, Billie Jean King, Chris Long and Kumani Nanjiani scheduled to present athletes with awards for their breathtaking achievements.
Bill Russell will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and will be honored by a performance of “In Times Like These” from Grammy Award-winner Tori Kelly.The ESPYs will air live July 10 on ABC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) passed Peyton Manning’s 71,940 career passing yards to move into first place on the all-time list; most completions in NFL history, 6,300+ completions passes Brett Favre
Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon Basketball) recorded her 13th triple-double. She now holds the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball record for triple-doubles. She surpassed Kyle Collinsworth’s mark of 12 in four seasons at BYU. She also broke the Division I men’s and women’s record in a single season in the Ducks’ 96–78 win over Southern California (7) breaking former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) broke the NBA 3-point record in a game with 14, passing Stephen Curry’s previous markMatthew Boling became the first-ever high schooler to break 10 seconds in the 100-meter dash, dropping a 9.98
NCAAF – Old Dominion defeats No. 13 Virginia Tech 49-35, Old Dominion only had a 1.8% chance of winning according to ESPN’s FPI, making it the largest upset by an FBS team in the 14 years of Football Power Index projections
2018 US Open – Naomi Osaka defeating Serena WilliamsNHL – Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off what many thought impossible, an upset for the ages after a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on in Game 4 of their best-of-7 series.
The Jimmy V and Arthur Ashe Awards are always a high point on the night, as well as the Pat Tillman Award.This year, the list of nominees in almost every ESPY category is filled with great athletes and iconic sports moments.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career year that ended with an MVP nod and led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA, Patrick Mahomes had an electric season as the quarterback of the future for the Kansas City Chiefs and will likely win the Best Male Athlete award.
The Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart had a great season, but Simone Biles became the most decorated woman in gymnastics this year and will likely win the Best Female Athlete award.
For the Best Breakthrough Athlete award, New York Giants’ rookie running back Saquon Barkley hurdled the competition out of the backfield, but he was a highly-touted player coming out of college.
Naomi Osaka made a name for herself by beating childhood hero Serena Williams in the U.S. Open. She’s the likely winner of the award.
For the Best Record-Breaking Performance award, Drew Brees and Klay Thompson truly broke the record books, but Matthew Boling came out of nowhere and took the track world by storm with his 100-meter dash performance. With Usain Bolt retired, he could be the future star that Track & Field is looking for.
They just won but the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team should win the Best Team award for their dominance on the world stage.
There were too many Best Play moments to count, but the one that stands out is Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning, series-clinching buzzer-beater to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7. The Toronto Raptors went on to beat the highly-favored Golden State Warriors for their first-ever NBA championship, so that moment should win.