We expected better: Top 25 of unfulfilled potential

ESPN.com presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more.

The 16 things you missed in a ridiculous Thunder-Spurs ending (1:35)
100-year-old sprinter sets world record (0:24)
Stephen A. doubts LeBron joining the Lakers (1:28)
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1hDarren Rovell

Source: Harper signs historic Under Armour deal

Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.

Thunder win on bizarre final sequence (0:59)
Barkley predicts Thunder will advance past Spurs (1:01)
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6hPierre LeBrun

Caps-Pens is taking a sour turn

Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead over the Caps in a series that has a constant undercurrent of hate. And while we all love tough, emotional, physical hockey, this needs to be reined in.

Windhorst: Heat believe it's too dangerous to play Bosh (1:38)
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3hMark Hodgkinson

Hodgkinson: Novak Djokovic the co-GOAT?

Novak Djokovic has six fewer Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer, but one of the game's foremost luminaries says the Serb should be considered the co-greatest of all time.

Jalen & Jacoby: LeBron shouldn't do 'Space Jam 2' (1:00)
22hJeff Legwold

Sanchez: Broncos' QB pick a vote of confidence

Mark Sanchez isn't threatened by the Broncos' selection of Paxton Lynch in the NFL draft. Instead, he sees the selection as a vote of confidence in himself as the team's No. 1 quarterback.

The Barnyard Buddies (0:37)
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2hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Wreckin' is racin'?

Talladega was a wreck-fest, but it was an interesting one. How do you rank drivers headed into Kansas? Ryan McGee likes Kyle Busch in this week's wreck of a Sprint Cup Power Rankings.


Pacers president Bird unsure of Vogel's future

Pacers president Larry Bird told The Indianapolis Star that he isn't sure what's going to happen with coach Frank Vogel, following the team's playoff exit, and said there is no decision timeline.

Kevin Durant is the NBA's next villain (2:15)
Real Street 2016 starts May 4 (1:16)
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15hIan Begley

How good will Liberty be without Prince?

Replacing injured Epiphanny Prince won't be easy. But new additions such as Shavonte Zellous, Shoni Schimmel and Lindsey Harding hope to bolster New York's backcourt.


Bale's growing influence for Real Madrid

While the 2015-16 season has been somewhat of a stop-start campaign for Gareth Bale, his goal output has been stellar and his importance has never been greater for Real Madrid. Story

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Rankings: Canelo Alvarez faces Amir Khan

Middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez will have to fight Gennady Golovkin sooner rather than later to decide who's the best in the division. In the meantime, Canelo meets Amir Khan on Saturday. Rankings: Golovkin waits

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Last night, Ladbrokes opened Leicester City as 33 to 1 to repeat as Premier League champs. Betting on Foxes has pushed odds to 25 to 1.

Ravens' Harbaugh: We battled Klingons

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh makes several Star Trek references when describing the team's fourth round of the NFL draft. Live long and prosper

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Is Djokovic the co-GOAT in tennis?

Novak Djokovic has six fewer Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer, but that shouldn't prevent the 28-year-old Djokovic from being considered the co-greatest of all time. "Guy's unbelievable"

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We're No. 1! ... in 2016 schedule difficulty
Insider College Football 

This is the most important preseason ranking you'll read: ESPN Stats & Information has ranked the toughest schedules in 2016. Should these 10 teams consider their ranking a blessing or a curse? 10 toughest schedules in 2016

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NFL draft picks who will play immediately

Among the first-rounders who could produce immediately? Expect Shaq Lawson to fill the Bills' pass-rushing void and Josh Doctson to get lots of targets for the Redskins, Mel Kiper writes. Paying quick dividends


Javie: Waiters play something ‘I’ve never seen’

Former NBA referee Steve Javie weighs in on the chaotic final play of Oklahoma City's 98-97 win over San Antonio in Game 2, where he says some good and bad things occurred. Q&A

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DE on Aaron Rodgers: 'He's too arrogant'

While Lamarr Houston admits Aaron Rodgers is a great competitor he also said, "the whole championship belt thing kind of gets on my nerve." Not a fan

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Melrose: Expect Letang to be suspended

Barry Melrose says Penguins defenseman Kris Letang's hit on Marcus Johansson in Monday's Game 3 was late and to the head, so he expects Letang to get a suspension of at least one game.


Who should join LeBron in 'Space Jam' sequel?

Mike & Mike give their recommendations for which players should be cast to join LeBron James in the "Space Jam" sequel.


No 'quit' in the still-confident Caps

The Capitals outshot, outhit and largely outplayed the Penguins in Game 3 but still lost and fell into a 2-1 series hole. How will that change their approach to Wednesday's must-win in Game 4? Keep on battling

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The untold story of Steven Adams

The Thunder big man starts fights, eats pig testicles and has no problem crushing your grandma at bingo. Seven feet of not giving a crap

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Tough times for a few college hoops teams

Only six major-conference teams have failed to win an NCAA tournament game since the turn of the century. And believe it or not, Nebraska and Northwestern have never won a game in the tourney. Dry spells (Insider)

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What's next for Conor McGregor?

"The Notorious" Conor McGregor has made intentions clear for his next fight: he wants a rematch with Nate Diaz. The UFC wants him to defend the featherweight title. ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto predicts which way Mystic Mac will go. Fighting to fight


The Could-Have-Beens

ESPN presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more. Unfulfilled potential


Who will win Heat-Raptors series?

Miami and Toronto both survived Game 7s in the first round to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Our NBA experts forecast how the series will play out. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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100-year-old sprinter sets world record

At the age of 100, sprinter Ida Keeling breaks the 100-meter dash record for her age at the Penn Relays.


Kate Upton reveals engagement to Verlander

The supermodel and actress made her engagement to Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander public when she flashed her ring at the Met Gala on Monday. Quite the ring

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Leicester's dream came true

Leicester City are champions of the Premier League. You can say it as often as you like but it resolutely refuses to make sense. And that's what made the aftermath so much fun. Unforgettable party begins

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Mom sings with The Boss but son is No. 1

Cindy Mizelle, the mother of Falcons WR Devin Fuller, keeps a busy schedule as a backup singer for stars like Bruce Springsteen, but that won't keep her away from Fuller's NFL debut. Born to Run

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Players now, coaches later?

Many players are described as coaches on the field. The college football players on our top 25 teams have the leadership skills, mental makeup and some even have the bloodlines to one day be head coaches. Future head coaches

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Thunder win on bizarre final sequence

Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili while trying to inbound the ball, then the Thunder turned it over, but the Spurs were unable to score on the ensuing possession and lost Game 2 by a point.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those on Carmelo Anthony Trade watch: Doc Rivers told reporters Monday that he will not trade Blake Griffin, regardless of any offers that may arise. Griffin-for-Carmelo is one of the most frequently discussed scenarios when a potential Carmelo trade is brought up. Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which has 3 years remaining.

Eagles GM: QB dilemma will work itself out

Eagles GM Howie Roseman tells Mike & Mike drafting Carson Wentz is in the best interest of the Eagles and discusses the likelihood of Philly moving quarterback Sam Bradford in a trade.