Giants, Woods, Hamilton, Everett take home ESPYS

Updated: July 17, 2008, 4:07 PM ET
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The New York Giants took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy for winning the Super Bowl and they can add some ESPYS to their trophy case as well.

At the 16th annual celebration of the year's best sports stories, the Giants won in three categories: Best Game, Best Upset and Best Play. The last came for David Tyree's acrobatic catch of an Eli Manning pass that kept the game-winning drive alive in the Super Bowl.

The ESPYS, which were hosted by Justin Timberlake at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, will be televised on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Tiger Woods surpassed Lance Armstrong with his record fifth Best Male Athlete ESPY. He also won his fourth straight Best Golfer award and took home the Best Championship Performance award for winning the U.S. Open on an injured left leg. His 21 ESPYS are the most anyone has won.

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett captured the Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance, named after former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano. Everett suffered what was believed to be a paralyzing spinal cord injury but after rehabilitation is walking again and was on hand to accept his award.

[+] EnlargeJustin Timberlake
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake hosted Wednesday's ESPY awards in Los Angeles.

Embattled quarterback Brett Favre was honored with an ESPY for Best Record Breaking Performance. He snapped Dan Marino's mark for most career touchdown passes.

When receiving his award, Favre was shown a video of his accomplishments.

"Watchin' that makes me want to play again," Favre said with a smile.

Earlier, Timberlake zeroed in on Favre sitting in the audience with his wife, Deanna.

"What have you been up to lately? I haven't seen you anywhere," Timberlake said. "Just chillin'? Yeah, me too."

Later, Timberlake went into the seats to hug Favre's would-be successor Aaron Rodgers, the Packers' 2005 first-round draft choice. Favre sheepishly looked down with a slight smile on his face as the crowd laughed.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who put on a legendary display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium on Monday, won the ESPY for Best Comeback. After battling drug addiction, Hamilton became an All-Star this year and leads the league in RBIs with 95.

ESPYs on TV

Date: Sunday, July 20
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Network: ESPN
• Complete award winners

Roger Federer won his fourth straight Best Male Tennis Player ESPY. Other repeat winners were: Sidney Crosby (Best NHL Player), Norm Duke (Best Bowler), Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter) and Maria Sharapova (Best Female Tennis Player).

The NBA champion Boston Celtics won their first ESPY in the Best Team category.

The Arthur Ashe Courage award was presented to 1968 Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who dropped their heads and raised their fists on the victory stand in Mexico City to raise awareness for the American struggle for racial equality.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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