Nepal | August 03, 2020

Alex Morgan, US women’s soccer team honoured at The ESPYS

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Share Now:

Alex Morgan, a member of the US women’s national soccer team, accepts the award for best female athlete at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES: The US women’s national soccer team celebrated its Women’s World Cup victory on both coasts Wednesday, honoured with a ticker tape parade in New York City before jetting to the West Coast and collecting trophies at The ESPYS.

Alex Morgan won female athlete of the year and shared the best team award with her soccer mates.

“Sorry, but this is probably the second-best trophy we won this week,” Morgan said jokingly, hoisting her individual trophy.

As she got up from the front row, Megan Rapinoe’s black tuxedo jacket opened and exposed part of her left breast, which was caught by cameras showing the in-house feed of the show. An ABC spokesperson said the show would be further edited for the Mountain and Western time zones.

“I’ve dropped the F-bomb on every stage I’ve been on for the last three days, so we’ll just spare you that,” Rapinoe told the audience.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks won male athlete of the year at the show honoring the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports.

“This is all about hard work. When you believe in your dreams this can happen,” Antetokounmpo said. “Hopefully, if I keep working hard there’s more to come.”

Comedian Tracy Morgan presided over the show at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Alex Morgan thanked ESPN for its recent deal to televise NWSL games.

“When the World Cup is behind us, it is the professional league that we need to continually lift up and grow,” she said. “Investment in women and girls should not only occur on the playing fields but in more storytelling of badass, amazing women who continue to show that we are more than just athletes.”

Sandra Bullock announced the best team award, saying, “All those in favor of equal pay say aye.”

The US women’s team is suing to receive pay equal to their male counterparts.

“Keep fighting for equality,” Billie Jean King told the team from the stage earlier in the show.

Carli Lloyd informed the crowd the team had its hair and makeup done during the flight from New York.

“We look pretty fabulous, I think,” she said.

Lloyd added, “It’s been an incredible journey. Here’s to the next World Cup.”

Other athletes acknowledged the Women’s World Cup victory from the stage, including Drew Brees, winner for best record-breaking performance.

“It’s going to be in history forever,” new New Orleans Pelicans player Lonzo Ball said on the red carpet. “I don’t even watch soccer and I watched it. That means a lot.”

Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick in last month’s NBA draft, earned best college athlete honors for his one-and-done season at Duke.

“Wish I could have stayed a second year, but I had other things to do,” a smiling Williamson said.

The best moment award was shared by a trio of recent retirees: Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, NFL player Rob Gronkowski and NBA player Dwyane Wade.

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi collected two trophies: best play and best viral sports moment for her floor exercise routine that earned a perfect score of 10.

Ohashi accepted her best play trophy by giving her remarks in rhyme.

Antetokounmpo was a double winner, too, adding best NBA player honors.

The St. Louis Blues earned best comeback for going from worst team in the NHL early in the season to the Stanley Cup championship. Center Ryan O’Reilly removed his tooth to thank the crowd.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes won best NFL player; Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich earned best MLB player; and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals won best NHL player.

Special honorees were:

Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. The 85-year-old basketball Hall of Famer was saluted for his dedication to fighting for social justice and ensuring opportunity for all young people. Introduced by Kobe Bryant, Russell acknowledged a standing ovation from an upper level box but didn’t speak.

Former Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, Pat Tillman Award for Service. While on duty in Afghanistan, Ennis was in a crash that resulted in traumatic injuries and ultimately led to an above-knee amputation of her left leg. She is trying to become the first woman above-the-knee amputee to summit all seven of the world’s highest peaks.

Rob Mendez, Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. The high school football coach was born without arms or legs due to a rare disorder. Mendez taught himself football fundamentals using video games. He is head coach of the junior varsity team at Prospect High in Saratoga, California. They went 8-2 in his first season and reached the league title game.

“I also want to thank the game of football for all that it’s given me, for allowing me to be part of a team,” Mendez said from motorized chair. “Look at me and see how much passion I put into coaching and how far it’s gotten me. I made it this far and who says I can’t go further?”

Jim Calhoun, best coach. The three-time national champion coach at UConn now guides Division III University of St. Joseph.

 


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Flood displaced people start returning home

DHANGADHI, AUGUST 1 Flood victims of two local levels in Kailali have started returning to their houses after the floodwaters, that gushed into their settlement subsided. People of Josipur Rural Municipality and Tikapur Municipality, who were displaced after the floodwaters entered their h Read More...

Diplomatic relations between Nepal, China lauded

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 1 Congratulatory messages have been exchanged between presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of Nepal and the People’s Republic of China to mark the 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries today, said the Mini Read More...

Lumpy skin disease hits livestock

BIRATNAGAR, AUGUST 1 Livestock Research Laboratory, Biratnagar, has confirmed that a new disease seen among cattle in Morang district for the past two months is lumpy skin. Chief at the laboratory Dr Sanjay Kumar Yadav said Central Livestock Research Laboratory had detected the disease. “Aft Read More...

Biratnagar.

Under-secretary Sanjel thrashed at his office

BIRATNAGAR, AUGUST 1 Under-secretary Prem Sanjel, a vocal critic of corruption, was thrashed in his office in Biratnagar today. Sanjel was beaten up at the Labour and Employment Office, Biratnagar. Police have arrested Office Assistant Netra Bhattarai and Menuka Sapkota Koirala. Sanjel h Read More...

Inter end Atalanta's long unbeaten run to clinch second place

BERGAMO: Inter Milan clinched second place in Serie A, disparagingly described by coach Antonio Conte last month as the "best of the losers", when they ended Atalanta's 19-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 away win on Saturday. Danilo D'Ambrosio and Ashley Young scored in the opening 20 minut Read More...

Jhapa map

Mental health patient spends more than three years in jail without trial

JHAPA, AUGUST 1 A mental health patient in Jhapa spent more than three years in prison without undergoing trial. Madhav Giri, a resident of Birtamod Municipality-8, who is a mental health patient, spent three years and four months before he was released from prison recently. Due to lack of evi Read More...

Four glacial lakes at risk of outburst in Sankhuwasabha

SANKHUWASABHA, AUGUST 1 Four glacial lakes in Sankhuwasabha are at risk of bursting. Of the 10 such lakes in the district, four including the Lower Barun glacial lake, are at high risk of outbrust, said International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. ICIMOD’s Arun Bahadur Shrest Read More...

Isaias weakens to tropical storm, likely to strengthen as it aims for Florida's east coast

MIAMI: Isaias weakened slightly to a tropical storm on Saturday after lashing the Bahamas, but forecasters warned it would likely grow into a hurricane again overnight as it approaches coronavirus-stricken eastern Florida. Isaias, which was moving northwest off the Bahamas' Andros Island Read More...