Jeremy Renner presents the award for best male athlete to LeBron James who accepts via satellite at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.
*Miami Heat star LeBron James continued his winning streak at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards, scooping three trophies including male athlete of the year for helping his team win the NBA championship.
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James wasn’t able to attend the 20th annual show honoring the year’s best athletes and moments in sports. He was in Las Vegas with the rest of the U.S. national team preparing for the London Olympics.
James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories. He shared in the best team award, with Juwan Howard and Mike Miller accepting for the Heat.
Basketball player Brittney Griner accepts the Best Female Athlete award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles
Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner won two trophies, including female athlete of the year in which she beat out French Open champion Maria Sharapova, skier Lindsay Vonn and soccer player Abby Wambach.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III (a.k.a. RG3), who like Griner starred at Baylor, won male college athlete honors. Griner took female college athlete honors for leading the Lady Bears to a 40-0 record and the NCAA championship.
“Just excited. I wouldn’t be here without Title IX,” Griner said backstage. “Everything is just coming together and it feels good to be here.”
Washington Redskins player Robert Griffin III arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles
Host Rob Riggle of “The Daily Show” and “The Hangover” fame zinged some of the famous faces in his opening monologue.
He teased Anthony Davis of Kentucky, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft known for his unibrow. Davis recently trademarked the phrases “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow.”
NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles
“It looks like two caterpillars just making sweet love on your forehead,” Riggle told Davis. “Is that like one of those Mr. Potato Head eyebrows you just take on and off?”
Riggle skewered Jeremy Lin and the “Linsanity” he created playing for the New York Knicks, which won Lin the trophy for breakthrough athlete.
NBA player Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks poses with the Best Breakthrough Athlete award in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles
“What a heartwarming story,” he said. “It’s so refreshing to see a young Asian kid graduate from Harvard, move to New York and make a ton of money.”
The Arthur Ashe Courage award went to former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s last August. She retired in April after 38 years.
Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles
Summitt’s son, Tyler, escorted her to the stage to accept the trophy from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who went to college at Tennessee, while the Nokia Theatre crowd stood applauding.
“I am deeply touched,” she told the crowd. “I’m going to keep on keepin’ on I promise you that.”