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Tom Brady, Ray Allen, Tim Thomas, and the Bruins up for ESPY awards

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  June 24, 2011 12:50 PM

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There could be a few more trophies on Boston sports shelves next month when the ESPYs, ESPN's annual sports awards, take place on Wednesday, July 13, at 9:00 p.m.

Bruins Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, NFL MVP Tom Brady, and all-time three-point scoring champion Ray Allen are among the Boston nominees for the 2011 class. You can vote for your favorites here. The categories of local interest follow:

Best Team nominee: Boston Bruins

The championship competition: Auburn football; Dallas Mavericks; Green Bay Packers; San Francisco Giants; Texas A&M women's basketball

Best Championship Performance: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

The competition: Tim Lincecum, World Series champion San Francisco Giants; Kemba Walker, NCAA champion UConn men's basketball; Wimbledon defending champion Serena Williams

Best NFL Player: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

The competition: Arian Foster, Houston Texans; Clay Matthews, Jr., Green Bay Packers; Troy Polamu, Pittsburgh Steelers; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Best NHL Player: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

The competition: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Best Record Breaking Performance: Ray Allen, Boston Celtics, NBA 3-point record

The competition: Rory McIlroy, US Open record-setting winner; Derrick Rose, Youngest player to win NBA MVP; UConn women's basketball, Longest win streak

Best sports movie: The Fighter

The competition: Secretariat, Soul Surfer, Win Win

Best Coach/Manager: Nope, Claude Julien was not nominated

Who'd they go with? Jim Calhoun, UConn; Rick Carlisle, Mavs; Gene Chizik, Auburn football; Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers; Dom Starsia, Virginia Cavaliers lacrosse

Best NBA Player: Just say no to LeBron James

Better options? Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks; Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Vote in the ESPY's here.

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