Lakers, LeBron among ESPY winners
2009 ESPY Winners
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: President Nelson Mandela
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: Don Meyer, Northern State University coach
Best Comeback: Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer.
Best in Sport
Best Female Athlete: Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics
Best Male Athlete: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Moment: US Swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Best Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
Best Game: Steelers vs. Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII
Best Championship Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Play: Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD
Best Upset: US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Best Record Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming
Best Sports Movie: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
Best Male College Athlete: Tim Tebow, Florida Football
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut Women's Basketball
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Jason Lester, Ironman Triathlete
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Erin Popovich, Swimming
Best International Male Athlete: Usain Bolt (Jamaica, Sprinter)
Best International Female Athlete: Lorena Ochoa (Mexico, Golf)
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Best NFL Player: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Maya Gabeira, Surfing
Best Bowler: Norm Duke
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Best Fighter: Manny Pacquiao, Boxing
Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods
Best Female Golfer: Lorena Ochoa
Best Jockey: Calvin Borel
The show, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, will be televised on ESPN and ESPN HD on Sunday, starting at 9 p.m. ET.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals for the franchise's 15th championship. James averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists last season and took the Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson won his third ESPY as Best Coach/Manager, giving the NBA champs a pair of awards.
James was named the Best NBA Player, but the Best Male Athlete award went to Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps. That ended a five-year winning streak for golfer Tiger Woods.
Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was also honored as the Best U.S. Olympian and for having the Best Championship Performance.
Woods, named the Best Golfer, picked up his 22nd ESPY, the most in the history of the awards. It was his fifth straight Best Golfer award. Best Male Action Sport Athlete Shaun White also won for a fifth straight time.
The Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers won two trophies -- for Best Game and Best Play, which honored the Ben Roethlisberger-to-Santonio Holmes last-minute touchdown catch as the Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.
Even though the Cardinals lost the Super Bowl, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald did win the Best NFL Player award.
Albert Pujols, who leads the major leagues in home runs and RBIs, was named the Best Baseball Player.
Gymnast Nastia Liukin was named the Best Female Athlete. Usain Bolt of Jamaica was honored as the Best International Athlete. Bolt set a world record of 9.69 in the 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics.
Another Olympian, swimmer Dara Torres, was honored with a special ESPY award for the Best Comeback, while the U.S. men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team won the Best Moment award for Jason Lezak's late sprint to edge France.
Golfer Lorena Ochoa won two awards, as Best Female Golfer and Best International Female Athlete.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award went to Nelson Mandela. Don Meyer, the basketball coach at Northern State University who has battled cancer and a serious car accident, was given the Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance.
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