The 2009 ESPY Award Winners

By: James Schend

The stars were out at the 2009 ESPY Awards to honor the best athletes from around the world.  No surprise here, Michael Phelps was the big winner having picked up 3 awards (Best Male Athlete, Best US Male Olympian and Best Record Breaking Performance). 

Wimbledon winners Roger Federer and Serena Williams grabbed the top tennis honors and Tiger Woods picked up the best golfer award. 

Did your favorites grab awards?  If not, who do you think should have won?

MLS player Landon Donovan and guestBest Male Athlete: Michael Phelps Swimming
Best Female Athlete:
Nastia Liukin Gymnastics
Best Moment: US swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Best Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Best Coach-Manager: Phil Jackson Los Angeles Lakers
Best Game: Super Bowl XLIII
Best Championship Performance: Michael Phelps Olympic Swimming
Best Play: Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD
Best Upset: US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup Semifinals
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
Best Record Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer
Tennis players Venus Williams (L) and Serena WilliamsBest Sports Movie: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods
Best Female Golfer: Lorena Ochoa
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best Male College Athlete: Tim Tebow Florida Football
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Best Male Athlete With A Disability: Jason Lester Ironman
Best Female Athlete With A Disability: Erin Popovich Swimming
Best Male International Athlete: Usain Bolt Jamaica, Sprinter
NFL player Kurt Warner and wife BrendaBest Female International Athlete: Lorena Ochoa México, Golf
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
Best NBA Player: LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
Best NFL Player: Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White Snowboarding/Skateboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Maya Gabeira Gynmast Nastia Liukin and figure skater Evan LysacekSurfing
Best US Male Olympian: Michael Phelps Swimming
Best US Female Olympian: Shawn Johnson Gymnastics
Best Jockey: Calvin Borel
Best Bowler: Norm Duke
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Best Fighter: Manny Pacquiao Boxing

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson

Tim Tebow

Michelle Kwan

LPGA Golfer Paula Creamer

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and wife Ingrid Vandebosch

Kobe Bryant

NFL player Mark Sanchez

Olympic Gold Medal winners Angelo Taylor (L) and Usain Bolt

Members of the USA men's soccer team