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2014 ESPY Awards: Durant, Seahawks, Manning, Sherman

by Photo of Dylan Arthaud

Awards hosted by ESPN honored the best athletes, best performances, and Stuart Scott’s powerful speech.

2014 ESPY Awards: Durant, Seahawks, Manning, Sherman

The 2014 ESPYS had its laughs, tears, and ovations as ESPN honored the best athletes and teams in the world of sports today. Rapper Drake hosted the awards. Here we will take you through some of the highlights of last night's event. 

• Kevin Durant and Peyton Manning both took home two ESPYS. 

• Durant won for Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player. He ended last season with the OKC Thunder with a NBA-leading 32 points-per-game average. 

• Manning won for Best Record-Breaking Performance and Best NFL Player. In his 2013 season with the Denver Broncos, Manning broke 5 league records and tied 3 others. He rightfully ended the season with the NFL MVP trophy, which actually increases his record-breaking count to 6. 

• Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks together won two ESPYS. Sherman was awarded Best Breakthrough Athlete after he led the league in interceptions (with 8) and anchored the Seahawks' top overall defense on their way to a Super Bowl victory during his second non-rookie season in the NFL. The Seahawks won Best Team with their first ever Super Bowl win. 

• Stuart Scott, an anchor for ESPN's SportsCenter, was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award last night. His fight with cancer became public when he was diagnosed in 2007. Even after the cancer has returned on three different occasions, Scott continued to host SportsCenter and became a staunch advocate for cancer research. Scott came to the awards just days after a 7-day hospital stay. Below is the video of his emotional acceptance speech.

Michael Sam also gave a powerful acceptance speech after being awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Earlier this year, Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL after being picked in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams

The awards were also filled with awkward moments as Drake took shots at some of the athletes sitting before him, including Lance Stephenson and LA Clippers' former owner, Donald Sterling. 

Clippers power forward Blake Griffin didn't know whether to laugh at that or not.

The full list of awards and their recipients is below. To see more moments and background from the ESPYS, check out ESPN's ESPYS website.

Best Moment 
USA defeats Ghana 

Best Upset 
Mercer over Duke, NCAA tournament 

Best Record Breaking Performance 
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 

Best Coach/Manager 
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs 

Best Male Athlete 
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder 

Best Female Athlete 
Ronda Rousey, MMA 

Best Play 
Chris Davis FG return 

Best Team 
Seattle Seahawks 

Best Comeback 
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder 

Best Breakthrough Athlete 
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Best Game 
Auburn vs. Alabama 

Best Championship Performance
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (NBA Finals MVP) 

Pat Tillman Award for Service 
Josh Sweeney, USA Sled Hockey 

Best Male College Athlete Doug McDermott, Creighton basketball 

Best Female College Athlete
Breanna Stewart, UConn basketball 

Best NBA Player
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder 

Best WNBA Player
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Best NFL Player
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Best MLB Player
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Best Male Olympian
Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding 

Best Female Olympian
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding 

Best NHL Athlete
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 

Best MLS Athlete
Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls 

Best International Athlete
Cristiano Ronaldo

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Nyjah Houston, Skateboarding

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding 

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Declan Farmer, USA Sled Hockey 

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Jamie Whitmore, Cycling 

Best Male Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal 

Best Female Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova 

Best Male Golfer
Bubba Watson 

Best Female Golfer
Michelle Wie

Best Driver
Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar 

Best Fighter
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 

Best Bowler
Pete Weber

Best Jockey
Victor Espinoza

Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Michael Sam

Jimmy V Perseverance Award
Stuart Scott

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