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May 15, 2024

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ESPY Awards: Olivia Dunne, Patrick Mahomes and Damar Hamlin lead the sports stars

Name a star from the world of sport in 2023, and you can almost guarantee they graced the red carpet at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.

From Patrick Mahomes and Kyrie Irving – two men at the very top of their craft – to the up-and-coming Cavinder Twins and Olivia Dunne, it was sport’s time to shine at the annual event at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

The award ceremony celebrates ‘excellence in sports performance’, but also gives those usually drenched in sweat on a field or court the chance to dress up and show off their style – and that’s exactly what they did.

Kansas City Chiefs star Mahomes was accompanied by his wife Brittany on the day after his starring role in Netflix show Quarterback was released to the masses, while the ever-stylish Travis Kelce presented an award wearing a dapper white shirt and suit jacket.

LSU gymnast Dunne, who has shot to fame over the last 12 months on social media, stunned in a black dress, while the March Madness superstar Cavinder Twins posed together on the red carpet.

The Cavinder twins, who rose to fame at March Madness, pose on the red carpet

LSU's gymnastics superstar Olivia Dunne stuns on the red carpet in Hollywood

It was the year of the college athlete in 2023, and the Cavinder twins (L) and Olivia Dunne (R) were at the top of their game

Haley and Hanna - who have swapped basketball for WWE recently - pose for photographers on the red carpet in California

Haley and Hanna – who have swapped basketball for WWE recently – pose for photographers on the red carpet in California

Bills star Dion Dawkins showed off his tattoos as he opted to forgo a shirt and just wear pants and a jacket on the red carpet

Bills star Dion Dawkins showed off his tattoos as he opted to forgo a shirt and just wear pants and a jacket on the red carpet

Braxton Berrios appeared to confirm his relationship with Alix Earle when the pair showed up together on the red carpet

Braxton Berrios appeared to confirm his relationship with Alix Earle when the pair showed up together on the red carpet, with the TikTok influencer donning a leather dress and black Steve Madden heels

Braxton Berrios appeared to confirm his relationship with Alix Earle when the pair showed up together on the red carpet, with the TikTok influencer donning a leather dress and black Steve Madden heels

The ever-dapper Travis Kelce presented an award on stage at the Dolby Theatre alongside comedian and actor Heidi Gardner

The ever-dapper Travis Kelce presented an award on stage at the Dolby Theatre alongside comedian and actor Heidi Gardner

For one NFL star, meanwhile, getting dressed won’t have taken too long… because he appeared to have forgotten his shirt.

Step forward Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins, who stole the headlines and took an opportunity to show off his tattooed chest, forgoing one of the main parts of his outfit and instead just wearing pants and a suit jacket.

Elsewhere, Dolphins wide receiver Braxton Berrios was accompanied by his stunning new girlfriend Alex Earle, with the pair seemingly confirming their relationship by arriving arm-in-arm in Hollywood.

Berrios was previously dating Sophia Culpo, before the pair’s high-profile split.

Jamal Murray scooped the award for Best Comeback Athlete after recovering from serious injury to win an NBA title

Jamal Murray scooped the award for Best Comeback Athlete after recovering from serious injury to win an NBA title

Patrick Mahomes wore some dark shades and a cream jacket as he posed alongside wife Brittany at the ESPYs on Wednesday

Patrick Mahomes wore some dark shades and a cream jacket as he posed alongside wife Brittany at the ESPYs on Wednesday

Damar Hamlin posed for cameras on the red carpet as he prepares for a miraculous NFL comeback later this year

Tennis superstar Eugenie Bouchard was pretty in pink for her red carpet walk

Damar Hamlin (left) posed for the cameras, while tennis superstar Eugenie Bouchard was pretty in pink on the red carpet

ESPN's newest star Pat McAfee addresses the audience after stepping in to present an opening monologue at the awards

ESPN’s newest star Pat McAfee addresses the audience after stepping in to present an opening monologue at the awards

Boxing legend Mike Tyson walks the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood ahead of the 2023 ESPY Awards

Boxing legend Mike Tyson walks the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood ahead of the 2023 ESPY Awards

Kyrie Irving, fresh from signing a bumper new shoe deal, poses with his partner Marlene Wilkerson on the red carpet

Andrew East and his Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast wife Shawn Johnson East announced they are expecting a baby

Kyrie Irving, fresh from signing a big new shoe deal, was in attendance, while Shawn Johnson East announced her pregnancy

The Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray was also in town, wearing a sharp black suit to collect his award for Comeback of the Year after recovering from a near career-threatening injury to win an NBA title last month.

Damar Hamlin was also in town as he continues preparations for a miraculous return to the NFL field next season, less than a year on from his cardiac arrest on the field while playing for the Buffalo Bills. 

It was a big night for former NFL player Andrew East and his Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast wife Shawn Johnson East, as the pair announced they are expecting a third child by posing with her baby bump on the red carpet.

Elsewhere, some legendary veterans of the sporting scene were present at the ceremony, with boxing announcer Michael Buffer and boxing legend Mike Tyson both there for the show. 

Murray gives a peace sign to photographers ahead of accepting an award in the early stages of the ESPY Awards in LA

Murray gives a peace sign to photographers ahead of accepting an award in the early stages of the ESPY Awards in LA

Super Bowl winner and Kansas City Chiefs star Isiah Pacheco shows off his ring to photographers on the red carpet

Super Bowl winner and Kansas City Chiefs star Isiah Pacheco shows off his ring to photographers on the red carpet

Dunne has been one of the biggest names in the world of sport this year, despite still being in college at Louisiana State

Dunne has been one of the biggest names in the world of sport this year, despite still being in college at Louisiana State

Jonathan Williams and Marcus Williams rocked a pair of very stylish outfits

WNBA star Jasmine Carson attends the 2023 ESPY Awards at the Dolby Theatre

Jonathan Williams and Marcus Williams rocked a pair of very stylish outfits (L), while WNBA star Jasmine Carson was beaming

Quarterback superstar Mahomes steps onto the red carpet on the same day he starred in a new Netflix show about the NFL

Quarterback superstar Mahomes steps onto the red carpet on the same day he starred in a new Netflix show about the NFL

Veteran boxing announcer Michael Buffer looked dapper in his suit at the ceremony

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones showed off his own fashion style before the awards

Two more stylish men on the red carpet were veteran boxing announcer Michael Buffer (L) and Chiefs tackle Chris Jones (R)

Former NFL star Terrell Owens wore a grey suit, purple tie and dark glasses as he graced the red carpet in Hollywood

Former NFL star Terrell Owens wore a grey suit, purple tie and dark glasses as he graced the red carpet in Hollywood

Sue Bird, who recently had her jersey retired by the Seattle Storm, stops for photos

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shows off his wife McKenzie's baby bump

WNBA icon Sue Bird poses for photos (left), while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shows off his wife McKenzie’s baby bump (right)