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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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The 16 things you missed in a ridiculous Thunder-Spurs ending (1:35)
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Spurs react to wild, controversial Game 2 finish (1:39)
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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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13mDarren 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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Thunder win on bizarre final sequence (0:59)
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1 Big Thing: Leicester City more improbable than anything (2:33)
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41mAdam Caplan

Source: Raiders TE hurt in ATV crash, will be OK

Oakland Raiders second-year tight end Clive Walford suffered a knee injury during an ATV accident but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, a source told ESPN.

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Barkley predicts Thunder will advance past Spurs (1:01)
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5hPierre 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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Kuhnhackl scores goal off his back (0:32)
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Windhorst: Heat believe it's too dangerous to play Bosh (1:38)
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2hMark 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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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.

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The Barnyard Buddies (0:37)
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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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Kevin Durant is the NBA's next villain (2:15)
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Real Street 2016 starts May 4 (1:16)

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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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Insider College Football 

NFL draft picks who will play immediately
NFL 

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

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NFL 

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

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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NBA 

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
NHL 

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.

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Who should join LeBron in 'Space Jam' sequel?
NBA 

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

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No 'quit' in the still-confident Caps
NHL 

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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NHL 

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
NCAAM 

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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NCAAM 

What's next for Conor McGregor?
MMA 

"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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MMA 

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?
NBA 

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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MLB 

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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NCAAF 

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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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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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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