BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) _ Jack Nicklaus will receive the first ESPY Lifetime Achievement Award next month.

Nicklaus, owner of a record 18 major golf tournament titles, will be honored for his ``greatness, longevity and class,'' said Maureen Murray Quinn, executive director of the ESPY Awards.

Cable network ESPN has handed out the ESPYs annually since 1993.

This year's awards will be presented during a ceremony in Las Vegas, broadcast live Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Nominees in 34 categories were announced Thursday.