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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James takes home top honor at ESPYs

07.18.13 at 8:02 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
WNBA: Mercury at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Major League Lacrosse: Cannons at Bayhawks, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 4 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ LeBron James won the ESPY award for best male athlete at Wednesday’s show, a month after repeating as NBA MVP and leading the Heat to their second straight title. James was selected over Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps.

“To be in a category with ‘All-Day AP,’ the Triple-Crown winner, and the human fish, it’s an honor,” James said. “Just to be in a class with you guys is an unbelievable honor. This is for all four of us. I’m just going to keep [the ESPY] at my house.”

James also won awards for best championship performance and best NBA player, and his Heat were honored as best team and best game (the Game 6 comeback over the Spurs in the NBA Finals).

Tennis star Serena Williams won the award for best female athlete.

Boston Marathon legends Dick and Rick Hoyt were presented the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, which they received from actor Ben Affleck.

“I don’t think you could find two guys more proud to represent the city of Boston,” Dick Hoyt said.

The Hoyts’ story — Rick has pushed Dick in a wheelchair in more than 1,000 marathons, road races and triathlons — touched the professional athletes at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and watching at home.

Tweeted Panthers tight end Greg Olsen: If I become half the father Mr. Hoyt is ill be thrilled. That was one of the most amazing stories of father/son love I have ever heard.

The highlight of the show’s opening monologue came when host Jon Hamm poked fun at Dwight Howard by presenting a zero-second clip of Howard’s greatest moments as a Laker.

‘™¦ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel came clean — at least to some degree — about his experience at the Manning Passing Academy, admitting that he was at fault for missing a meeting that led to his early departure from the camp.

“It’s been a busy summer for me,” Manziel said on Wednesday’s Part 2 of SEC media day. “I probably bit off more than I can chew in July, been traveling, been going a lot of places. I just overslept. I made a mistake and didn’t wake up in time when I should have. That’s pretty much the end of that.”

Manziel denied the reason he overslept was due to partying the night before, as had been rumored.

“There’s a lot of rumors out there, a lot of talk,” Manziel said. “I’ve been very eager to get a chance to share my side of the story. I missed a meeting. It wasn’t anything due to the night prior. ‘€¦ It was just simply my phone died, I overslept, I woke up the next morning whenever I did, went and talked to them and it was kind of a mutual decision to get home and get some time to relax.”

Manziel confirmed that he apologized to Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin for any embarrassment he’s caused the program due to his numerous offseason issues — including controversial comments on social media, a run-in with local police, and a confrontation with a graduate assistant coach at a spring game –but he said he still wants to live the life of a 20-year-old undergraduate.

“I’m still going to live my life to the fullest,” he said.

‘™¦ ESPN announced Wednesday that Keith Olbermann will return to the network, hosting a late-night sports talk show on ESPN2 starting in October.

Olbermann, who made a brief stop in Boston early in his career as a sports anchor at WCVB-TV in the 1980s, saw his career take off after his first stint at ESPN in the 1990s. He then ventured into the world of politics, hosting shows on MSNBC and CurrentTV.

‘€œApart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” Olbermann said in a press release. “I’ve been gone for 16 years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined, and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses — old and new — who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.”

Olbermann reportedly will not be allowed to discuss politics on his new show, which ESPN executives acknowledged was designed in part to combat a challenge from the new Fox Sports 1 network.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 18, 1990, one day after the Twins turned two triple plays against the Red Sox, the same two teams combined to set a major league record by hitting into how many double plays?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll never forget what Mike Mayock said about me. I’ll blow him a kiss on my first game-changing play.” – Troubled former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, on the NFL Network analyst’s comments questioning Mathieu’s ability before Mathieu was selected by the Cardinals in the NFL draft’s second round, 69th overall

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Years since Boston College and UConn have played in basketball, which the teams will do on Nov. 21 as part of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Peru, Willington “Adao” Smith from Alianza Universidad, a second-division soccer team, follows through aggressively on a kick and drills a Deportivo Municipal opponent in the head, earning him a red card and 14-game suspension.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 10 (of which six were hit into by the Red Sox)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Martha Reeves was born on this day in 1941.

Read More: Dick Hoyt, Johnny Manziel, Keith Olbermann, LeBron James