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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.

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Thunder win on bizarre final sequence (0:59)
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Spurs react to wild, controversial Game 2 finish (1:39)
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2hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Resetting the NFL trade market

If you were hoping for draft-day trades involving disgruntled veterans, you didn't get your wish. But now that the furor of the draft has died down, the trade market could heat up -- or not.

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100-year-old sprinter sets world record (0:24)
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Stephen A. doubts LeBron joining the Lakers (1:28)
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1 Big Thing: Leicester City more improbable than anything (2:33)
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Taliban threatens Messi's young Afghani fan

Ahmadi said that at first he was not sure who was behind all the phone calls, and that he thought it might criminal gangs seeking to extort money.

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37mDarren 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.

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4hPierre 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.

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Windhorst: Heat believe it's too dangerous to play Bosh (1:38)
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13mMark 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.

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Jalen & Jacoby: LeBron shouldn't do 'Space Jam 2' (1:00)
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20hJeff 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.

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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.

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"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

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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

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Who will win Heat-Raptors series?
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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.

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Kate Upton reveals engagement to Verlander
MLB 

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?
NCAAF 

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
NBA 

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.

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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
NFL 

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.

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NFL 

Don't expect Vogel to return to Pacers
NBA 

Brian Windhorst says there's a disconnect between Pacers president Larry Bird and head coach Frank Vogel and because of that Vogel likely won't be back as Indiana's coach next season.

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NBA 

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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Barnwell: Resetting the NFL trade market
NFL 

Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick are among several key players who could get traded over the next few months. But will they? We shall see

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NFL 

Tom Kuhnhackl scores goal off his back
NHL 

Whatever works to help your Penguins team to a 2-1 series lead.

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Refs say they missed late foul on Waiters
NBA 

Lead referee Ken Mauer said the officials missed a foul on Dion Waiters on the final possession: "However, upon review, we realize and we agree we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play we've never seen before, ever."

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NBA 

McShay: Most improved teams after draft
NFL 

Todd McShay says Jacksonville and Chicago are among six franchises that made the most of their picks in the NFL draft after selecting Jalen Ramsey (fifth overall to the Jags) and Leonard Floyd (ninth overall to the Bears). Story (Insider)

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Under Armour has signed Bryce Harper to a undisclosed, multi-year extension. Brand has Steph Curry thru 2024 & Jordan Spieth thru 2025.

MLB 

Ronaldo fit to face Man City

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will start Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg but midfielder Casemiro and centre-forward Karim Benzema are now almost certainly ruled out. Ready for Champions League semifinal

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Leicester City's payroll this year: $84M Average season payroll of previous five Premier League champs: $428M (Source: Daily Mail)

Greeny: Fans of Jordan won't be happy
NBA 

Mike Greenberg believes defenders of Michael Jordan are going to be bothered by seeing LeBron James star in the "Space Jam" sequel.

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Hazard's superb goal gives Leicester title
Soccer 

With a stunning equalizer in the 83rd minute, Eden Hazard secured a draw versus Tottenham, which also locked up the Premier League title for Leicester City.

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