HOLLYWOOD—The biggest names in professional sports walked the red carpet for the 2014 Espy Awards on July 16.  The ceremony was hosted by rapper/actor Drake who won rave reviews for his comedic hi-jinks on “Saturday Night Live.”  


His opening monologue proved to be a lot funnier than many expected as he took jabs at LeBron James, Donald Sterling, Prince Fielder and Richard Sherman. Throughout the night the host did a bevy of skits, one involving NBA star Blake Griffin, where the duo switched personas; it was indeed a funny bit to say the least.


The highlight in my eyes involved Drake and his supposed nemesis Chris Brown burying the hatchet to get a few laughs with the audience. Pure genius in my opinion! A full list of this year’s winners are listed below:

Best Team

-Seattle Seahawks, NFL Best Male Athlete

-Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder Best Female Athlete

-Ronda Rousey, UFC Best Comeback Athlete

-Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder Best Jockey

-Victor Espinoza Best Play

-Chris Davis, Auburn University Best Driver

-Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete

-Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Slopestyle Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete

-Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle Best Game

-Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl Best Male Action Sports Athlete

-Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding Best Female Action Sports Athlete

-Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle Best Moment

-USA Beats Ghana in World Cup Best Upset

-Mercer over Duke, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Best Breakthrough Athlete

-Richard Sherman Best Championship Performance

-Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP Best Coach/Manager

-Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs Best NFL Player

-Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Best MLB Player

-Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Best NHL Player

-Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Best NBA Player

-Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder Best WNBA Player

-Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx Best Fighter

-Floyd Mayweather, Boxing Best Male Golfer

-Bubba Watson Best Female Golfer

-Michelle Wie Best Male Tennis Player

-Rafael Nadal Best Female Tennis Player

-Maria Sharapova Best Bowler

-Pete Weber Best MLS Player

-Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls Best Male College Athlete 

-Doug McDermott, Creighton Basketball Best Female College Athlete 

-Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball Best Male Athlete With a Disability

-Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey Best Female Athlete With a Disability

-Jamie Whitmore, Para-cycling