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Seattle Seahawks, Kevin Durant take top honors at ESPYs

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Openly gay Michael Sam steals the ESPY awards night with tearjerker speech

The ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where the Seattle Seahawks, Kevin Durant and Ronda Rousey won the big awards. Plus, Michael Sam gave a heartfelt speech as the first openly gay football player in the NFL as a highlight of the evening.

"This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself," Sam said after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson handed him his award. "At times, I felt like I'd been living in a massive storm."

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Other winners include IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay for Best Driver, Denver Bronco's Peyton Manning for Best NFL Player and snowboarder Jamie Anderson for Best Female Olympian.

The awards were hosted by Drake, who sprinkled humor and music throughout the event with some funny parodies, including one dubbed "Honorable Mention." As he said, "Real talent doesn't always win championships, like real music doesn't always win Grammys," a photo of Macklemore at the 2014 Grammys was shown on a big screen.

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Drake incited more laughs when he sang "Worst Behavior," referring to Donald Sterling's infamous racist comments. The funny host also gave a shout-out to the U.S. soccer team's goalie, Tim Howard, who was not present at the event. "Tim Howard couldn't be here tonight... Too busy getting laid by any woman he chooses," he said.

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Another bittersweet moment came when SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott gave a speech about his cancer battle when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

See the complete list of winners below:

Best Team: Seattle Seahawks

Best Female Athlete: Ronda Rousey, MMA

Best Male Athlete: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Play: Chris Davis, FG return

Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar

Best NFL Player: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Best Female Olympian: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding

Best Male Olympian: Sage Kotsenburg, snowboarding

Best Game: Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Huston, skateboarding

Best Moment: USA Beats Ghana in World Cup

Best Comeback Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Upset: Mercer over Duke, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Best Championship Performance: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs NBA Finals MVP

Best Male College Athlete: Doug McDermott, Creighton basketball

Best Female College Athlete: Breanna Stewart, UConn basketball

Best NBA Player: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Best Coach/Manager: Gregg Popovich, Spurs

Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Best NHL Athlete: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Declan Farmer, USA sled hockey

Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Jamie Whitmore, cycling

Best Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing

Best Male Golfer: Bubba Watson

Best Female Golfer: Michelle Wie

Best Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal

Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova

Best Bowler: Pete Weber

Best MLS Athlete: Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls

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