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espysjpg.bmp     The Colts last season were the story of the NFL season, winning their first Super Bowl in 36 years.  Not surprisingly, they’re one of the big stories at the ESPYs as well.  The Colts, who beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI in early February, have been nominated this year for six ESPY awards, the most of any sports team in this year’s ceremony.  The 15th annual ESPYs, co-presented by HUMMER and Under Armour, will be held July 11 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and televised July 15 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.  If you include an award for which Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy was co-nominated, the Colts are up for seven ESPYs.

The Colts are nominated this year in the following categories:

Best Male Athlete. Manning was nominated along with Roger Federer (tennis), LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball), LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers (football) and Tiger Woods (golf).

Best Team. The Colts were nominated along with Florida men’s basketball (college basketball), Florida football (college football), the San Antonio Spurs (basketball), St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) and Tennessee women’s basketball (college basketball).

Best Coach/Manager. Dungy was nominated along with Florida coach Billy Donovan (college basketball), Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (baseball), San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (basketball) and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (college basketball).

Best Championship Performance. Manning was nominated for his performance in the Super Bowl along with James for his performance in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, Serena Williams (tennis) for her performance in the Australian Open and Jimmie Johnson (auto racing) for his performance in the 2006 Nextel Cup.

Best Moment. Dungy and Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith were co-nominated for being the first African-American coaches in the Super Bowl.  Also nominated were Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher (basketball) for making an NBA playoff game after flying in from his daughter’s eye cancer surgery, the New Orleans Saints for their return home to beat the Atlanta Falcons and Woods tearing up after winning the British Open.

Best NFL Player. Manning was nominated along with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, Tomlinson and Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Best Game. The Colts’ 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game was nominated along with the Boise State football team’s overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and the Oklahoma State basketball team’s 105-103 triple-overtime victory over Texas.

For the fourth consecutive year, fans will determine the winners in all categories.  Voting will be held through 11:59 p.m. ET, July 7, 2007 at  The ESPYs include 19 “Best in Sport” categories pitting athletes from different sports against each other, along with 17 individual sport categories and two sponsored awards.   The ESPYs are committed to the advancement of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano and announced at the inaugural ESPYs back in 1993.

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