List of ESPY categories with female nominees

Yesterday ESPN announced nominees for its 2010 ESPY awards. Fans vote for winners until July 10. The network will broadcast half-hour a nomination show today at 8p.m. ET. Winners will be announced during The 2010 ESPYs, televised LIVE Wed, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD.

The complete list of categories with female nominees:

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Maya Moore, NCAA Basketball

  • Helped lead UConn to back-to-back national championships.
  • Averaged 28.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG in the two games at the Final Four.
  • Averaged team-high 18.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG during 2009-10 regular season.

Diana Taurasi, WNBA

  • Named WNBA MVP for 2009 regular season and playoffs.
  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (20.4 PPG).
  • Helped Phoenix win the WNBA championship.

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

  • Capped a historic season with her third straight overall World Cup title.
  • Won gold medal at Olympics in downhill, becoming the first American woman to do so.
  • Won the final super-G race of the season for her 33rd World Cup win, eclipsing Bode Miller as the most decorated American skier.

Serena Williams, Tennis

  • Earned number one world ranking at the end of the 2009 season.
  • Won 2010 Australian Open, becoming the first woman to successfully defend her Aussie title since Jennifer Capriati in 2002.
  • Tied Billie Jean King for 6th on the all-time women’s Grand Slam titles list (12).

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Averaged 18.4 PPG and 8.5 RPG as a freshman.
  • Totaled 223 blocked shots, an NCAA-record.
  • Registered an NCAA Tournament record 40 blocks in five 2010 tourney games, which includes tournament single-game record 14 vs. No. 13 Georgetown.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

  • Improved from 1,228 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns as a rookie to 2,006 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns in the 2009 season.
  • Led the league in rushing with 2,006 yards and became the sixth player in league history with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

  • Became the first pitcher to record at least 14 strikeouts and zero walks in his MLB debut.
  • Struck out the final seven batters he faced in his debut and fell one shy of the record for strikeouts in a MLB debut of 15 by Karl Spooner (1954 Dodgers) and J.R. Richard (1971 Astros).

John Wall, University of Kentucky Basketball

  • As a freshman, led the Wildcats in scoring (16.6), assists (6.5) and steals (1.8) while setting the school single-season assist record with 241.
  • Recorded five double-doubles on the season as Kentucky went 35-3 and made it to the Elite Eight.

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Usain Bolt, 100 and 200-meter World Records

  • Shattered 100 and 200-meter mark at World Track and Field Championships.
  • Ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, 0.11 seconds faster than the mark he set in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.
  • Set a world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters at the world championships.

Brett Favre, NFL record for consecutive starts

  • Set an NFL record for consecutive starts at 271, passing the old mark of Vikings DL Jim Marshall at 270, which ran from 1961-1979.
  • Began his consecutive starts streak 17 years ago.

Roger Federer, Most Grand Slam singles titles

  • Won 15th Grand Slam singles title, eclipsing Pete Sampras by winning Wimbledon 2009.
  • Won the finals in an epic battle against Andy Roddick, capturing the fifth set 16-14.
  • Served 50 aces in the record-breaking victory.

Connecticut Women’s Basketball, Longest winning streak in Women’s NCAA Basketball History

  • Undefeated season extended their record 78-game winning streak.
  • Won second straight national championship in 2009-2010 season.
  • Made women’s college basketball history with NCAA- record 71st straight win, a 59-44 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Isner vs. Mahut at Wimbledon, Longest Match in Professional Tennis History

  • Tied 59-59 in the fifth set when match was suspended due to darkness.
  • Played for ten hours until match was stopped, which is nearly three and a half hours longer than the previous record.

BEST UPSET

Frankie Edgar over B.J. Penn, MMA

  • Dethroned the long-time lightweight champion, winning the title with a unanimous 50-45, 48-47, 49-46 decision at UFC 112.
  • Became Penn’s first loss at lightweight since 2002.

Hawaii softball upsets #1 Alabama, NCAA Softball

  • Defeated Alabama 5-4 on a two-run, walk-off home run by Jenna Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh in the deciding game of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional.
  • Advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in school history.

Northern Iowa shocks No. 1 Kansas, NCAA Men’s Basketball

  • Advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, making Kansas the first No. 1 seed to lose before the Sweet 16 since Kentucky and Stanford both did it in 2004.
  • Northern Iowa hit nine three-pointers in the stunner.

Y. E. Yang stuns Tiger Woods, PGA Championship

  • The 110th-ranked player in the world became the first player to beat Tiger Woods in a major when Woods had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
  • Shot a two-under-par 70 in the final round, while Woods was +5 (75).

BEST MOMENT

Phil Mickelson, 2009 Masters

  • Finished 16 under par with a bogey-free final round for the fourth-lowest winners’ score in tournament history.
  • Had back-to-back eagles in third round.
  • Celebrated with his wife Amy, who was battling cancer.

Joannie Rochette, Winter Olympics

  • Earned a bronze medal in Olympic skating just days after her mother died.
  • Rochette’s mother passed only a few hours after arriving in Vancouver to watch her daughter compete.

New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV

  • Tracy Porter’s interception helped New Orleans wrap up Super Bowl win over the Colts.
  • Brees finished with a record-tying 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans captured its first NFL championship, winning 31-17 over the Colts.

Landon Donovan World Cup vs. Algeria

  • With the U. S. on the verge of elimination from group play, Landon Donovan converted a rebound from eight yards out in the 91st minute.
  • Helped the U. S. beat Algeria, 1-0, to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Was the first World Cup win for the U.S. in eight years, placing the Americans in first place in Group C.

BEST TEAM

Alabama Football

  • Won its first national championship since 1992.
  • Earned its eighth major poll championship after going 14-0, with 12 games decided by more than a touchdown.
  • Won BCS championship with 37-21 win over Texas.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961.
  • Only the New York Rangers had more time between Cups (53 seasons).
  • Had 52 regular-season wins, second-most in the NHL during 2009-10 season.

Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Completed their second straight perfect season, the second basketball team to do that in Division I history, joining the 1971-73 UCLA men.
  • UConn has won 78 straight games, 10 shy of UCLA’s Division I record.
  • The Huskies beat Stanford by 6, their first single-digit win of the streak, to win their seventh National Championship.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Won 16th NBA championship in franchise history.
  • Won the final two games of the series to beat the Celtics in seven games for its second consecutive championship.
  • 57-25 in regular season; best record in Western Conference.

New Orleans Saints

  • Set a franchise single-season record for wins and consecutive victories; captured Super Bowl XLIV.
  • Ended the regular season with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense.
  • Scored 31 of the game’s final 38 points to bounce back from a 10-0 deficit and win Super Bowl XLIV, the first Super Bowl championship in the franchise’s 43 seasons.
  • Became the first team to win in its Super Bowl debut since the 2002 Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

New York Yankees

  • Won their record 27th World Series championship by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
  • Had an MLB-best 103–59 record during the regular season.
  • Led MLB in runs scored with 915.

Capital One Best College Athletic Program (not included in voting module)

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Led UConn. to back-to-back national championships and perfect 39-0 records.
  • Won his seventh national championship.

Joe Girardi, NY Yankees

  • Led the Yankees to their 27th World Series in his second year as manager.
  • Became the first manager to win a World Series title for the same team for which he had played on a World Series champion since Billy Martin.

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Won his 11th NBA title after leading the Lakers to the franchise’s 16th championship.
  • Passed John Wooden for most championships by a major basketball coach.

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Men’s Basketball

  • Took a team ranked eighth in the preseason ESPN/USA Today poll and led them to the national championship.
  • Blue Devils finished the season with a 35-5 record.
  • Joined John Wooden (10) and Adolph Rupp (four) as only men with at least four national championships.

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

  • Led Saints to 13-0 start en route to the Super Bowl championship.
  • The Super Bowl champions set a franchise single-season record for wins and consecutive victories.

Nick Saban, Alabama football

  • Led Tide to BCS championship with win over Texas.
  • Became the second head coach to win two BCS national championships, joining Urban Meyer of Florida.
  • Became the first head coach in major college football history to win a national championship at two different schools.

BEST COMEBACK (Not featured in voting module)

Kim Clijsters, Tennis

  • Made history to become the first unseeded woman to win the Open.
  • Beat both Serena and Venus Williams as well as seeded players Caroline Wozniacki and Na Li en route to the championship.
  • The first unseeded player to win the US Open and is just the second unranked player to win a major since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, joining Evonne Goolagong at the 1977 Australian Open.

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Tamika Catchings, Indiana

  • Named WNBA defensive player of the year.
  • Led her team to the WNBA finals in the 2009 season.

Becky Hammon, San Antonio

  • Finished second in regular season in scoring (19.5 PPG).
  • Finished third in the regular season in assists (5.0 APG).

Lauren Jackson, Seattle

  • Finished third in scoring during the regular season (19.2 PPG).
  • Tied for 10th in rebounding (7.0).

Candace Parker, Los Angeles

  • Averaged 13.1 PPG during the regular season.
  • Led the league in rebounding with 9.8 RPG.

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix

  • Led WNBA in scoring during the regular season (20.4 PPG).
  • Named MVP for the regular season and playoffs.
  • Helped Phoenix win the WNBA championship.

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Cristie Kerr

  • Had 13 top 10 finishes in 25 events played in 2009.
  • Helped USA team win Solheim Cup.

Lorena Ochoa

  • Won three LPGA tournaments and finished second four times.
  • Had 13 top 10 finishes in 22 events.
  • Led LPGA in scoring average (70.16).

Jiyai Shin

  • Was top money winner on LPGA Tour with over $1.8 million.
  • Earned Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Won three LPGA tournaments in 2009.

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Kim Clijsters

  • Won 2009 U. S. Open.
  • Became the first mother since Evonne Goolagong at 1980 Wimbledon to come back and win a Grand Slam singles title.
  • Became the first unseeded woman to win the Open, beating both Serena and Venus Williams en route to the championship.

Serena Williams

  • Set the record for single-season prize money in women’s tennis by topping $6.5 million in 2009.
  • Won 2009 WTA season-ending championship in Doha, Qatar.
  • Won 2010 Australian Open.

Venus Williams

  • Finished 2009 season as the sixth-ranked woman’s player.
  • Moved up to #2 in world rankings by the start of the 2010 French Open.

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Tina Charles, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Averaged 18.2 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 61.8 field goal pct in under 28 minutes per game
  • Helped lead the Huskies to a National Championship and a 39-0 record for a second consecutive year.
  • Became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Megan Hodge, Penn State Volleyball

  • Led her team to its third straight NCAA championship title, winning 102 straight matches.
  • Led the Big Ten with an average of 4.67 kills per set (560 kills total).

Megan Lagenfeld, UCLA Softball

  • WCWS Most Outstanding Player as UCLA won its 12th national softball championship.
  • Batted .527 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 61 games during season.
  • Posted 14-1 record with 1.53 ERA as a pitcher.

Maya Moore, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Helped lead UConn to back-to-back national championships.
  • Named Most Outstanding Player at 2010 Final Four.
  • Averaged 28.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG in the Final Four and a team-high 18.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG during the regular season.

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Torah Bright, Snowboarding

  • Won gold at the Winter Olympics in the halfpipe.

Ashley Fiolek, Motocross

  • Won Super X gold at the 2009 X Games and her second straight WMX season title.

Jen Hudak, Freestyle Skiing

  • Won 2010 Winter X Games SuperPipe gold and the 2009-2010 AFP World Tour Championship.

Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing

  • Has won the world title in all three of her seasons on the Women’s ASP World Tour.

Ashleigh McIvor, Freestyle Skiing

  • Won ski cross gold at the Winter Olympics and earned Skier X silver at the 2010 Winter X Games.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Linnea Dohring

  • A gymnast without the lower half of her right arm and hand, she consistently scored in the 8.1-8.5 range in both the vault and floor exercises during all regular season meets.
  • Was a three-year starter and co-captain on Grandview’s varsity Soccer team.

Alana Nichols

  • Won two gold medals (sitting downhill, sitting giant slalom) among four total medals at 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Amy Palmiero-Winters

  • Became the first amputee to qualify for a U.S. national track and field team.
  • Competed in the 24-hour world championships in May 2010 in Brive, France.
  • Won the AAU Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete.

Stephani Victor

  • Won gold in the sit-ski super combined to earn her third medal of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

BEST BOWLER

Kelly Kulick

  • Became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she defeated Chris Barnes to win the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Bill O’Neill

  • Finished second in points (208.2).
  • Won Lumber Liquidators U. S. Open.

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

  • Led PBA in points (229.1), earnings ($152,670), scoring average (222.9) and match play appearances (15).

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Hannah Kearney, Skiing

  • Won a gold medal in freestyle skiing moguls.
  • Scored 26.63 points to win by .94 — a wide margin in a sport often decided by tenths and hundredths.

Julia Mancuso, Skiing

  • Won two silver medals in alpine skiing.
  • Her silver in the downhill marked the first time the U.S. has captured the top two spots in alpine skiing since 1984 (and 3rd time overall).

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

  • Won a gold medal in the women’s downhill, marking the first gold medal by an American woman in the Olympic downhill.
  • Also won a bronze medal in the women’s super-G.

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Usain Bolt

  • Shattered the world record, running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.
  • Set a world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters at the world championships.

Allyson Felix

  • Won the 200-meters at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.

Sanya Richards

  • Won the 400-meters at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships with a time of 49 seconds.
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