ESPN celebrates 22nd annual ESPYS

•  Best Comeback Athlete:  Russell Westbrook, who missed two months because of a reinjured knee then returned to the  Thunder lineup to help Oklahoma City finish the season with a 59-23 record and the second seed in the Western Conference.

•  Best MLB Player:  Miguel Cabrera who became the first player in 19 years to win back-to-back AL MVP awards while earning his third consecutive batting title with a career-best .348 average.

•  Best NBA Player:  Kevin Durant, who in his MVP season led the league in scoring with 32 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He surpassed Michael Jordan's record for most consecutive games scoring at least 25 points with 41.

Best NHL Player:  Sidney Crosby, who led the NHL with 104 points on the season, including a league-high 68 assists, 17 points ahead of his closest competitor.

•  Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr., who cruised to a majority decision over Saul Alvarez to unify the light middleweight titles, then improved to a record of 46-0 with a decisive win over Marcos Maidana.

•  Best Driver:  Ryan Hunter-Reay, who became the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006.

•  Best International Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo, the star forward for Portugal and Real Madrid scored 66 goals in 56 games on his way to winning FIFA's Ballon d'Or Award as World Player of the Year.

Best Male College Athlete:  Doug McDermott, winner of the Wooden, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and AP Player of the Year awards who led the country in scoring, averaging 26.7 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the field.

•  Best Female College Athlete: Breanna Stewart, the Naismith Trophy winner and AP National Player of the Year who averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists to lead UConn to a perfect 40-0 record and NCAA title.

•  Best Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal, who racked up a total of 10 ATP tournament wins, including both the French and U.S. Opens, ending the year with the No. 1 ranking.

•  Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova, who won the 2014 French Open crown. It was her third consecutive French final and her second title.

Best Male Golfer:  Bubba Watson, who earned his second green jacket, taking the 2014 Masters title.

Best Female Golfer: Michelle Wie, who earned her first career LPGA major title by taking the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.

•  Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore, who led the Minnesota Lynx to the WNBA championship by averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the Finals.

•  Best MLS Player: Tim Cahill, who led Red Bull scoring with 11 goals, five of them game-winners.

•  Best Male U.S. Olympian: Sage Kotsenburg, the snowboarder who threw down a fearless and unmatched first run in the slopestyle final to win the gold medal and become the first Olympic champion of the Sochi Games.

•  Best Female U.S. Olympian, Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson, who scored a near-perfect 95.25 on her final run to win the inaugural women's snowboard slopestyle at the Sochi Olympics.

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