Alex Morgan, US women's soccer team honored at The ESPYS

The U.S. women's national soccer team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory on both coasts Wednesday, honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City before jetting to the West Coast and collecting trophies at The ESPYS.

News 12 Staff

Jul 11, 2019, 3:39 PM

Updated 1,798 days ago

Share:

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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 U.S. 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.
___
AP freelance writer Jolene Latimer contributed to this report.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More from News 12
0:31
NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

2:32
Nice today but hot and more humid weather is on the way

Nice today but hot and more humid weather is on the way

0:23
News 12's Blaise Gomez voted Best of Hudson Valley magazine's 'Best News Anchor' for second year in a row

News 12's Blaise Gomez voted Best of Hudson Valley magazine's 'Best News Anchor' for second year in a row

0:46
Police seek help finding missing woman with autism in Hartsdale

Police seek help finding missing woman with autism in Hartsdale

1:21
Police: 2-year-old boy stuck by minivan seriously injured in Ramapo, 5th child struck this year

Police: 2-year-old boy stuck by minivan seriously injured in Ramapo, 5th child struck this year

1:10
Headlines: Murder suspect arrested, burglary arrest in Mamaroneck, drug and weapons charges in Newburgh

Headlines: Murder suspect arrested, burglary arrest in Mamaroneck, drug and weapons charges in Newburgh

0:30
Transit Alert: Bee-Line Bus service changes coming Monday

Transit Alert: Bee-Line Bus service changes coming Monday

0:17
Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in Mount Vernon building

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in Mount Vernon building

0:24
5th graders at Montgomery Elementary School ‘DARE Aware’ after fun kickball game

5th graders at Montgomery Elementary School ‘DARE Aware’ after fun kickball game

2:15
New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

0:37
Dog fight! Joey Chestnut out of July 4 hot dog eating contest due to deal with rival brand

Dog fight! Joey Chestnut out of July 4 hot dog eating contest due to deal with rival brand

2:28
India defeats USA in last Nassau Cricket World Cup match

India defeats USA in last Nassau Cricket World Cup match

1:28
Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

1:20
City of Yonkers adopts 2024-2025 budget that includes property tax increase

City of Yonkers adopts 2024-2025 budget that includes property tax increase

2:06
Kingston tenants call for rent freeze

Kingston tenants call for rent freeze

0:40
Prayer services set for teen who fell from 5-story building in Harrison

Prayer services set for teen who fell from 5-story building in Harrison

1:39
‘Welcome to Soccer County.’ Westchester SC to call Mount Vernon’s Memorial Field home next spring

‘Welcome to Soccer County.’ Westchester SC to call Mount Vernon’s Memorial Field home next spring

0:23
Mount Vernon teen arrested in connection to shooting

Mount Vernon teen arrested in connection to shooting

1:42
Democrats vying for 97th Assembly District seat map out priorities for Orangetown, Ramapo

Democrats vying for 97th Assembly District seat map out priorities for Orangetown, Ramapo

0:43
Bronx man arrested, accused of robbing home in Mamaroneck

Bronx man arrested, accused of robbing home in Mamaroneck