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July 18, 2013

LeBron James wins 3 trophies at ESPY Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.

James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. He shared in the best team award Wednesday night.

James beat out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for male athlete honors.

Serena Williams won two awards, including female athlete of the year. She defeated a pair of Olympians, gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin, and former Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner. Williams didn't attend because she's playing a tournament in Sweden.

Peterson and Phelps also won two awards each.

Jon Hamm, the star of AMC's "Mad Men" and a noted St. Louis Cardinals fan, hosted the 21st annual show from the Nokia Theatre.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won male college athlete honors after flying in earlier from Hoover, Ala., where he attended SEC media day. Griner, who now plays for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, won female college athlete.

Peterson won trophies for NFL player and best comeback, while Cabrera won as best MLB player.

Williams won female tennis player, giving her eight career ESPYs.

Phelps also claimed best male Olympian, while teenage swimming sensation Missy Franklin won best female Olympian.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won as breakthrough athlete. Rick Pitino won as coach-manager for guiding the Louisville Cardinals to a national basketball championship.

The best game was Game 6 of the NBA finals between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

The award for best upset went to Florida Gulf Coast's men's basketball team, a No. 15 seed that upset No. 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.

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