Michael Phelps Strikes Gold At The ESPYS

Michael Phelps Photo: Sports Illustrated

Michael Phelps Photo: Sports Illustrated

Here are list of 2009 ESPY Award Nominees & Winners (Winners are noted with *). As expected, swimmer and Olympic champion Michael Phelps won 5 awards including Best Male Athlete:

Best Male Athlete
* Michael Phelps Swimming
Kobe Bryant NBA
LeBron James NBA
Jimmie Johnson Auto Racing

Best Female Athlete

* Nastia Liukin Gymnastics
Natalie Coughlin Swimming
Maya Moore NCAA Basketball
Candace Parker WNBA
Serena Williams Tennis

Best Moment
* US swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Florida’s Tim Tebow’s speech
Helio Castroneves wins the Indy 500

Best Team
* Los Angeles Lakers
Connecticut Women’s Basketball
North Carolina Men’s Basketball
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Steelers

Best Coach-Manager
* Phil Jackson Los Angeles Lakers
Geno Auriemma Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Dan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins
Joe Maddon Tampa Bay Rays
Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers

Best Game
* Steelers vs. Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII
Federer vs. Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final
Syracuse vs. Connecticut Big East Tournament Quarterfinals

Best Championship Performance
* Michael Phelps Olympic Swimming
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Olympic Beach Volleyball

Best Play
* Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD
Ovechkin vs. Rangers
Pacquiao KO’s Hatton
Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree makes game-winning catch vs. Texas

Best Upset
* US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup Semifinals
Mine That Bird
Oregon State stuns then #1 USC
Tampa Bay Rays win the American League Championship Series

Best Breakthrough Athlete
* Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
Shawn Johnson Olympic Gymnastics
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls

Best Record Breaking Performance
* Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer
Usain Bolt Olympic Sprinter
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
Phil Jackson Los Angeles Lakers

Best Sports Movie
* The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
Sugar
The Wrestler

Best Male College Athlete
* Tim Tebow Florida Football
Sam Bradford Oklahoma Football
Matt Gilroy Boston University Hockey
Blake Griffin Oklahoma Basketball
Stephen Strasburg San Diego State Baseball

Best Female College Athlete

* Maya Moore Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Kerri Hanks Notre Dame Women’s Soccer
Courtney Kupets Georgia Gymnastics
Danielle Lawrie Washington Softball
Dana Vollmer California Swimming

Best Male Athlete With A Disability

* Jason Lester Ironman
Jeremy Campbell Track and Field
Will Groulx Wheelchair Rugby
Oscar Pistorius Track and Field

Best Female Athlete With A Disability
* Erin Popovich Swimming
Jessica Long Swimming
Maureen McKinnon-Tucker Sailing
Asya Miller Goalball

Best Male International Athlete
* Usain Bolt Jamaica, Sprinter
Pau Gasol Spain, Basketball
Lionel Messi Argentina, Soccer
Rafael Nadal Spain, Tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal, Soccer

Best Female International Athlete
* Lorena Ochoa México, Golf
Yelena Isinbayeva Russia, Pole Vault
Marta Brazil, Soccer
Stephanie Rice Australia, Swimming
Dinara Safina Russia, Tennis

Best Baseball Player
* Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Howard Philadelpia Phillies
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
Francisco Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels/New York Mets

Best NBA Player
* LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

Best WNBA Player
* Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
Lindsay Whalen Connecticut Sun

Best NFL Player
* Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
Kurt Warner Arizona Cardinals

Best NHL Player
* Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals

Best MLS Player

* Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls
Jon Busch Chicago Fire
Kenny Cooper FC Dallas
Guillermo Barros Schletto Columbus Crew

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

* Shaun White Snowboarding/Skateboarding
Ryan Sheckler Skateboarding
Kelly Slater Surfing
James Stewart Motocross

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

* Maya Gabeira Surfing
Torah Bright Snowboarding
Sarah Burke Skiing
Ashley Fiolek Motocross

Best US Male Olympian

* Michael Phelps Swimming
Bryan Clay Track and Field
LaShawn Merritt Track and Field
Angelo Taylor Track and Field

Best US Female Olympian

* Shawn Johnson Gymnastics
Natalie Coughlin Swimming
Dawn Harper Track and Field
Nastia Liukin Gymnastics

Best Bowler
* Norm Duke
Chris Barnes
Wes Malott

Best Driver
* Jimmie Johnson
Helio Castroneves
Scott Dixon
Lewis Hamilton
Tony Schumacher

Best Fighter

* Manny Pacquiao Boxing
Lyoto Machida MMA
Shane Mosley Boxing
Anderson Silva MMA

Best Male Golfer
* Tiger Woods
Padraig Harrington
Phil Mickelson

Best Female Golfer
* Lorena Ochoa
Paula Creamer
Suzann Pettersen

Best Jockey
* Calvin Borel
Garrett Gomez
Mike Smith

Best Male Tennis Player
* Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal

Best Female Tennis Player
* Serena Williams
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Dinara Safina

Under Armour All-America Moment
* Andre Debose & Russell Shepard Football
Jake Bernhardt Lacrosse
Tara Glover Softball
David Renfroe Baseball
Hannah Werth Volleyball

Special Awards
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: President Nelson Mandela
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: Don Meyer, N. State University coach
Best Comeback: Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer.

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Blair Underwood Kicks Off HIV Testing Tour Across Country

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

In an effort to boost AIDS awareness and HIV prevention and testing efforts in some of the hardest hit regions of the United States, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation’s largest non-profit AIDS organization, which currently operates the largest community-based HIV testing program in California, will kick off a three week, fourteen-city cross country HIV testing tour in one of its popular AHF/Magic Johnson Mobile HIV Testing Units. AHF is permanently relocating one of the mobile testing units from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, to provide free, easy-to-access rapid HIV testing in various neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital. The HIV prevalence rate has surged past 3%—higher than in Lagos, Nigeria in Washington D.C.

As AHF staffers and HIV testing counselors drive the van from Los Angeles to Washington through many Southern and Eastern states, AHF’s ‘whistle stop’ testing tour will seek to heighten awareness about HIV testing in local communities along the route. The AHF/Magic Johnson Mobile Testing Unit Cross Country HIV Testing Tour kicks off with a press conference and Indy 500-style flag waving ceremony for the van on Monday, June 8th at 11:00am (PDT) from AHF’s Carl Bean House in the West Adams District of Los Angeles, the site of one of AHF’s Magic Johnson Healthcare Centers. The cross country tour will include free HIV testing and press events in each city along the way, with local agencies and local and federal politicians participating. The trip culminates with the mobile unit’s arrival in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 27th—National HIV Testing Day.

For instant updates on the tour and where to find the testing units in your area, follow : HIV Test on Twitter or official website: FreeHIVTest.net