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