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The ESPN Daily: Alex Morgan and Drew Brees win big, Patrick Mahomes shows out and USWNT brings the energy to The ESPYS...

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THAT ESPYS ENERGY

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USWNT accepts award for Best Team

The U.S. women's national soccer team accepts the award for Best Team at The ESPYS.

All they do is win ... The USWNT is pretty familiar with the whole "winning" thing. Wednesday night was no exception as the back-to-back Women's World Cup champs took home more hardware. Co-captain Carli Lloyd opened their Best Team acceptance speech and passed the mic to Megan Rapinoe for some closing remarks, because everything is more fun with some Rapinoe.

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Drew Brees thanks USWNT, sends message about playing sports

In his acceptance speech for Best Record-Breaking Performance, Drew Brees commends the U.S. women's national team on its commitment to the game of soccer and sends the crowd a message about what can be learned from playing sports.

'Gratitude, humility and respect'... Drew Brees counts these as the three most important attributes in life. The unlikeliest of all-time great quarterbacks -- just 6 feet tall, barely recruited out of high school -- credits the game of football for instilling them in him over the years. He also took a moment to shout out the USWNT for inspiring us all. Yeah, what Brees said.

The best looks of sports prom 2019 ... From Patrick Mahomes' shoe game to Kyle Kuzma's Canadian tuxedo-chic ensemble (it's called fashion, look it up) the stars went all out on The ESPYS red carpet. Proof:Watch


THINGS TO WATCH

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Morgan: Women are 'more than just athletes'

In her acceptance speech for Best Female Athlete, Alex Morgan sends a message about teamwork and advocates for the rights of female athletes.

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Bill Russell receives standing ovation for Arthur Ashe Award

Kobe Bryant announces Bill Russell as the 2019 Arthur Ashe Award honoree.

OVERHEARD

"I'm one of the lucky ones who came home. Broken, but I'm still here, and I still can. So I will continue every day for those who can't."

-- Veteran Kirstie Ennis, who lost her left leg after a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan , after receiving the 2019 Pat Tillman Award at The ESPYS Watch


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1990, Bo Jackson made a very nice catch on a ball in the outfield, and then decided to casually defy the gravity of the entire planet Earth by running up a wall.


WHAT'S ON TODAY?

Wimbledon women's semifinals (8 a.m. ET, ESPN): It's getting down to the wire for the women's singles bracket in London. No. 8 Elina Svitolina and No. 7 Simona Halep face off first, while No. 11 Serena Williams looks to defeat unranked Barbora Strycova at 10 a.m. ET.

Astros at Rangers (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): We've got a Texas showdown in the first game after the All-Star break. The Astros are far and away the best team in the American League West, but the Rangers are still very much in the hunt for a wild-card spot as the second half begins in earnest.

Apex Legends Pro-Am (9 p.m. ET, ESPN App/ESPN Esports Twitter/YouTube/Twitch): The best Apex Legends players are dropping in Kings Canyon alongside some sports stars and ESPN personalities, and the winning trio will be donating $25,000 to the V Foundation. Tune in to see if folks who haven't played a video game since grade school stand a chance against streamers who do it for a living!Watch

NBA summer league (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN App): More action from Vegas? Yes, please. Summer league rolls on with another full slate of games -- six to be exact. We're here for it.