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Best Athlete, Men’s Sports

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers 

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Lewis Hamilton, F1  


Best Athlete, Women’s Sports

Naomi Osaka, tennis – WINNER

Simone Biles, gymnastics

Amanda Nunes, UFC

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm


Best Breakthrough Athlete

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Chase Young, The Washington Football Team

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets – WINNER 

Crystal Dangerfield, Minnesota Lynx


Best Game 

NCAA Men’s Final Four: Gonzaga (93) vs. UCLA (90) 

NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship – Stanford defeats Arizona 54-53

NFL Week 14: Baltimore Ravens 47, Cleveland Browns 42

NHL Playoffs Game 4: Winnipeg Jets sweep Edmonton Oilers in triple OT 


Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports

DeVonta Smith, Alabama Football – WINNER

Luka Garza, Iowa Basketball

Gloire Amanda, Oregon State Soccer

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Football 


Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports

Paige Bueckers, University of Connecticut Basketball

Madison Lilley, Kentucky Volleyball

Jaelin Howell, Florida State Soccer

Odicci Alexander, James Madison Softball


Best Team

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL

Stanford Cardinal, NCAA Women’s Basketball

Baylor Bears, NCAA Men’s Basketball

Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA Football

Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball

Seattle Storm, WNBA

Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB


Best Record-Breaking Performance

Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer passes Pat Summitt for most wins in NCAA Women’s basketball history (1,099)

DeVonta Smith, Alabama Football – totaled 215 yards, set records for title game catches (12) and touchdown receptions (three)

Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship – oldest winner of major tournament

Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards – breaks triple-double record with 182 beating out Oscar Robertson who held record for 47 years – WINNER


Best International Athlete, Men’s Soccer

Kylan Mbappè, Paris Saint-Germain/French National Team

Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina National Team

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus/Portugal National Team – WINNER

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egypt National Team 


Best International Athlete, Women’s Soccer

Sam Kerr, Chelsea/Australia National Team

Fran Kirby, Chelsea/English National Team

Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal/Netherlands National Team

Sam Mewis, Manchester City/USA National Team – WINNER


Best Play (round one brackets)

Match 1 

Kyler Murray Launches Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins (11/15/2020)

Villanova QB with the TD pass of the year (4/17/21) 

Match 2

Brooklyn Nets with the Play of the Year (5/16/21)

West Texas A&M hits buzzer-beater vs. Lincoln Memorial to advance to DII National Championship Game (3/26/21)

Match 3

Shey Peddy hits buzzer-beater to eliminate WNBA Champs (9/15/20)

Bear River softball player makes astonishing (5/22/21) 

Match 4

DK Metcalf chases down Budda Baker Week 7 vs. Cardinals (10/25/20) 

Mookie Betts double play (06/11/21)

Match 5

Natalia Chavez hits half-court buzzer beater in OT for Volcano Vista’s 5A title win (5/10/21)

Luka Doncic hits game winner vs. Grizzlies (4/14/21)

Match 6

Unseeded Marshall Soccer scores with less than 3 minutes in OT to claim first National Title (5/17/21)

Erin Matson OT goal lifts UNC to third consecutive NCAA field hockey title (5/9/21) 

Match 7

Daryl Watts scores the championship-winning goal in OT as Wisconsin Claims 2nd title in a row (3/20/21)

Simone Biles became the first women in history to land a Yurchenko double pike on vault in competition. (5/22/21)

Match 8

Braves pitcher with unique 1-6-3 play (5/9/21)

Andrew Booth’s one-handed interception (10/3/20)


Best NFL Player

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans


Best MLB Player

Josè Abreu, Chicago White Sox

Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds (2020), LA Dodgers (2021)

Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Best NHL Player

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks


Best Driver

Scott Dixon, IndyCar

Lewis Hamilton, F1 – WINNER

Chase Elliott, NASCAR

Erica Enders, NHRA


Best NBA Player

Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – WINNER

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns