Brees nominated for several ESPYS
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Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsey Vonn and Serena Williams are the nominees for the Best Female Athlete award. The nominations were announced Thursday.
The ESPYS will be hosted by Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" and televised live (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Brees is also up for best championship performance, competing with snowboarder Shaun White, swimmer Michael Phelps and Montana basketball player Anthony Johnson.
He is also one of the Best NFL Player nominees, along with Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings, Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers.
John Wall, expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and Stephen Strasburg, last year's No. 1 pick in the MLB draft who started his major league career with three impressive performances for the Washington Nationals, are two of the nominees for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Johnson and women's college basketball star Brittney Griner of Baylor are the others.
The Canada-United States battle for the men's hockey gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics is one of the Best Game nominees, along with Duke-Butler in the NCAA men's basketball title game and Minnesota beating Detroit in a one-game playoff in the American League.
Phil Mickelson's win in the 2010 Masters is nominated for Best Moment, along with Joannie Rochette, the Canadian figure skater who won an Olympic bronze medal in the days after her mother had died, and the Saints winning the Super Bowl.
|BEST MALE ATHLETE|
|Drew Brees, NFL; Kobe Bryant, NBA; LeBron James, NBA; Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR; Albert Pujols, MLB|
|BEST FEMALE ATHLETE|
|Maya Moore, NCAA basketball; Diana Taurasi, WNBA; Lindsey Vonn, skiing; Serena Williams, tennis|
|BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE|
|Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLIV; Anthony Johnson, Big Sky conference championship; Michael Phelps, World Swimming Championships; Shaun White, Winter Olympics|
|BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE|
|Brittney Griner, Baylor women's basketball; Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans; Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals; John Wall, University of Kentucky basketball|
|BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE|
|Usain Bolt, 100- and 200-meter world records; Brett Favre, NFL record for consecutive starts; Roger Federer, most Grand Slam singles titles; Connecticut women's basketball, longest winning streak in women's NCAA basketball history; John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, longest match in professional tennis history|
|Frankie Edgar over B.J. Penn, MMA; Hawaii softball over No. 1 Alabama, NCAA softball; Northern Iowa over No. 1 Kansas, NCAA men's basketball; Y.E. Yang over Tiger Woods, PGA Championship|
|Twins beat Tigers in extra innings (AL Central one-game tiebreak); Canada edges USA in Olympic hockey championship game in overtime; Duke gets past Butler in men's NCAA championship|
|Phil Mickelson, 2010 Masters; Joannie Rochette, Winter Olympics; New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV; Landon Donovan, World Cup|
|Alabama football; Chicago Blackhawks; Connecticut women's basketball; Los Angeles Lakers; New Orleans Saints; New York Yankees|
|CASTROL EDGE PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE AWARD|
|Sidney Crosby in the Olympic hockey gold-medal game; Landon Donovan in U.S. soccer's win over Algeria in the World Cup; Brett Favre in his return to Green Bay; Stephen Strasburg in his MLB debut|
|BEST SPORTS MOVIE|
|Big Fan; Invictus; The Blind Side; The Damned United; The Karate Kid|
|Geno Auriemma, Connecticut women's basketball; Joe Girardi, New York Yankees; Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke men's basketball; Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints; Nick Saban, Alabama football|
|Kim Clijsters, tennis|
|BEST NFL PLAYER|
|Drew Brees, New Orleans; Brett Favre, Minnesota; Chris Johnson, Tennessee; Peyton Manning, Indianapolis; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets; Charles Woodson, Green Bay|
|BEST MLB PLAYER|
|Zach Greinke, Kansas City; Derek Jeter, New York Yankees; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco; Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis|
|BEST NHL PLAYER|
|Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Ryan Miller, Buffalo; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay|
|Kyle Busch; Dario Franchitti; Ron Hornaday; Jimmie Johnson; Tony Schumacher|
|BEST NBA PLAYER|
|Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Dwight Howard, Orlando; LeBron James, Cleveland; Dwyane Wade, Miami|
|BEST WNBA PLAYER|
|Tamika Catchings, Indiana; Lauren Jackson, Seattle; Candace Parker, Los Angeles; Diana Taurasi, Phoenix|
|Floyd Mayweather Jr.; Manny Pacquiao; Georges St. Pierre|
|BEST MALE GOLFER|
|Ernie Els; Phil Mickelson; Tiger Woods|
|BEST FEMALE GOLFER|
|Cristie Kerr; Lorena Ochoa; Jiyai Shin|
|BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER|
|Roger Federer; Juan Martin del Potro; Rafael Nadal|
|BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER|
|Kim Clijsters; Serena Williams; Venus Williams|
|BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE|
|Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin hockey; Mark Ingram, Alabama football; Evan Turner, Ohio State basketball; John Wall, Kentucky basketball; Garrett Wittels, Florida International baseball|
|BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE|
|Tina Charles, Connecticut women's basketball; Megan Hodge, Penn State volleyball; Megan Langenfeld, UCLA softball; Maya Moore, Connecticut women's basketball|
|BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE|
|Bobby Brown, freestyle skiing; Ryan Dungey, motocross; Mick Fanning, surfer; Garrett Reynolds, BMX; Shaun White, snowboarder|
|BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE|
|Torah Bright, snowboarding; Ashley Fiolek, motocross; Jen Hudak, freestyle skiing; Stephanie Gilmore, surfing; Ashleigh McIvor, freestyle skiing|
|Calvin Borel; Julien Leparoux; Mike Smith|
|BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY|
|Steve Cash; Rudy Garcia-Tolson; Andy Soule|
|BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY|
|Linnea Dohrina; Alana Nichols; Amy Palmiero-Winters; Stephani Victor|
|Kelly Kulick; Bill O'Neill; Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|BEST MALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE|
|Apolo Anton Ohno, speedskating; Shani Davis, speedskating; Evan Lysacek, figure skating; Bode Miller, skiing; Shaun White, snowboarding|
|BEST FEMALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE|
|Hannah Kearney, skiing; Julia Mancuso, skiing; Lindsey Vonn, skiing|
|BEST MLS PLAYER|
|Connor Casey, Colorado; Jeff Cunningham, Dallas; Landon Donovan, Los Angeles; Shalrie Joseph, New England; Kasey Keller, Seattle|
|BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE|
|Usain Bolt; Allyson Felix; Sanya Richards|
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