"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."
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.
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.
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 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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