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List of ESPY categories with female nominees

Published on June 25, 2010


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:


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).


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.


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.


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).


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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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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