The ESPY Awards 2002 winners

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The nominees for the 10th Annual ESPY Awards include the biggest names in sports, topped by multiple nominations for all-time ESPY Awards leader Tiger Woods, as well as Barry Bonds, Jennifer Capriati, Sarah Hughes, Cael Sanderson, Annika Sorenstam and various nominations involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Lakers and New England Patriots. The ESPY Awards will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on ESPN Wednesday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The program - featuring numerous entertainment celebrities and aired live from the event's new home, Kodak Theatre in Hollywood - will be preceded by a one-hour Live From the Red Carpet: The 2002 ESPY Awards at 8 p.m. on E! Entertainment Television.
Barry Bonds
The Giants' Barry Bonds is up for four ESPY Awards.

For 10 years, the ESPY Awards have stood as the one event bringing the entire sports world together to commemorate the top achievements, relive the memorable moments and salute the best performers and performances. With the event moving to July this year, award nominees for the 2002 event will be considered from a time period spanning more than a year, and for some sports, more than one season.

Overall, there are 35 categories, highlighted by 13 Cross-Cutter awards in which the best of the best across sports compete directly, an ESPY Awards hallmark. These include Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Team and Best Coach, and are joined in 2002 by Best Game and Best Male and Female College Athlete. The nominees include Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Shaquille O'Neal, Cael Sanderson and Tiger Woods as Best Male Athlete and Jennifer Capriati, Sarah Hughes, Lisa Leslie, Annika Sorenstam and Venus Williams as Best Female Athlete.

The ESPY Awards also honor the best athlete in 21 professional and college sports, with Best Disabled Athlete, Best Outdoors Sports Athlete and Best Male and Female Soccer Player added this year.

The winners will be chosen by the ESPY Awards Academy, which includes Hall of Fame athletes and coaches as well as nationally recognized print and broadcast sports journalists representing every major outlet.

In addition, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports and the award presentation has provided some of the most memorable and poignant moments in ESPY Awards history. Past recipients have included Jim Valvano (1993), Muhammad Ali (1997), Billie Jean King (1999), Columbine High School coach Dave Sanders (2000) and Australian Olympic star Cathy Freeman (2001).

Fun Facts

  • Tiger Woods, the all-time ESPY Awards winner with 11 trophies, has three nominations: Best Male Athlete (which he won the last two years), Best Male Golfer (which he won the last two years and three of the last four) and Best Record-Breaking Performance (for winning four consecutive major tournaments).
  • The previous record holder, Michael Jordan with 10 wins, is nominated in Best Comeback Athlete, an award he won in 1996, and would be the first to win the award twice.
  • The Best Team category includes a battle of unbeatens - University of Connecticut women's basketball vs. University of Miami football. Each team's coach - Geno Auriemma and Larry Coker, respectively - also is pitted in the Best Coach category.
  • Marion Jones is nominated for what would be her fifth consecutive win in Best Female Track & Field Athlete.
  • Teammates will square off in four pro sports categories -- Best Major League Baseball Player (nominees include Arizona's Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling), Best NBA Player (nominees include Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers), Best NFL Player (nominees include St. Louis' Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner) and Best NHL Player (nominees include Colorado's Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic and Detroit's Dominik Hasek and Nicklas Lidstrom).
  • The nominees in the new category Best Sports Movie are Ali, The Rookie, 61*, Monday Night Mayhem and Joe and Max.
  • The first non-human nominee: Jerry, a Chesapeake Retriever/English Pointer mix from Troy, N.Y. which took the Gold Medal at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games with a world-record jump of 23', 1" in the Big Air Dog competition.
  • Two of the most captivating sports championship games - the Patriots thrilling Super Bowl win over the Rams and the ninth-inning, Game 7 World Series victory by the Diamondbacks over the Yankees - are among the nominees for Best Game.

    The ESPY Awards 10th anniversary show will air on ESPN live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on July 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

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