July 13, 2017 07:31 GMT by bleacherreport.com

ESPY 2017 Winners: Highlights from Wednesday's Awards Show and Results

ESPY 2017 Winners: Highlights from Wednesday's Awards Show and Results

The telecast of the 25th annual ESPY Awards has concluded, and we now know the winners from such crucial sports highlights of the past year as the Best Game (Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons) to the Best Moment (Chicago Cubs).  The results from notable categories are below (winners in bold), along with the top highlights from the night, including Peyton Ma...

The telecast of the 25th annual ESPY Awards has concluded, and we now know the winners from such crucial sports highlights of the past year as the Best Game (Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons) to the Best Moment (Chicago Cubs). 

The results from notable categories are below (winners in bold), along with the top highlights from the night, including Peyton Manning's hilarious monologue, New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson's touching speech after he won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and more.

Manning showed off his comedic chops throughout the night, starting with his monologue, in which nothing and no one was safe from his ribbing, per NFL on ESPN:

"I know what some of you are thinking. John Cena hosted the ESPYs last year and he's an athlete," Manning said, before delivering the oh-yeah-that-happened punchline: "John Cena is an athlete the same way that Ryan Lochte is a reliable witness." 

But not everyone in attendance was amused. When Manning joked that Kevin Durant would be moving on to another new team next year—the United States gymnastics team—Durant responded with a withering stare, per Sports Illustrated:

But Manning was self-aware to take some jabs at himself during his monologue, as well. 

"And I love that Serena Williams won the Australian Open while carrying a child," Manning said as the crowd applauded. "I mean, that's even more impressive than two years ago, when the Denver Broncos defense won the Super Bowl while carrying me."

Another comedic high point of the night for Manning was a prerecorded skit in which Manning hosted a Super Bowl party (complete with his 18-layer dip) and grew more and more disgusted as the Patriots mounted their comeback, per ESPN:

While the ESPY Awards are known for the good-humored roasting of audience members, they always include plenty of heartwarming moments, especially with the presentation of such awards as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, which went to Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Jarrius Robertson, respectively. 

While the Chicago Cubs and the New England Patriots had respectable cases for Best Team, it was not a surprise in the least when the Golden State Warriors won that coveted award to conclude the telecast. 

Winners in other categories can be found below: 

Best Male Athlete

Kris Bryant, MLB
Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Finals
Michael Phelps, Swimming
Russell Westbrook, NBA

           

Best Female Athlete

Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Candace Parker, WNBA 
Serena Williams, Tennis

         

Best Championship Performance

Tom Brady, Super Bowl
Kevin Durant, NBA Finals
Shay Knighten, WCWS
Deshaun Watson, CFB National Championship

           

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
Aaron Judge, MLB
Dak Prescott, NFL
Christian Pulisic, Soccer

           

Best Record-Breaking Performance

Bill Belichick most Super Bowl wins by a head coach
Michael Phelps extends his own record of most gold medals/most Olympic medals
Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA career scoring record
Russell Westbrook most triple doubles in a season

           

Best Upset

Clemson defeats Alabama, CFB National Championship
Denis Istomin over Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2nd Round
Mississippi State defeats Connecticut, Women's NCAA Basketball Final Four

         

Best Game

Cubs vs. Indians, World Series Game 7
Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl
Federer vs. Nadal, Australian Open Final

            

Best Play

Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook

            

Best Team

Chicago Cubs, MLB
Clemson Tigers, CFB
Golden State Warriors, NBA
Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL
New England Patriots, NFL
South Carolina Gamecocks, Women's NCAA Basketball
US Women's Gymnastics

           

Best NFL Player

Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

           

Best Female US Olympic Athlete

Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Allyson Felix, Track and Field
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Simone Manuel, Swimming

          

Best Moment

Chicago Cubs 

           

Best Coach 

Bob Hurley Sr. 

          

Arthur Ashe Courage Award 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

         

Pat Tillman Award for Service

Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro

            

Jimmy V Perseverance Award 

Jarrius Robertson

           

Icon Award 

Vin Scully

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