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Follow live: Heat, Raptors vie for early edge

After each went seven games in the first round, Miami and Toronto begin their Eastern Conference semifinal north of the border.

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The 16 things you missed in a ridiculous Thunder-Spurs ending (1:35)
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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 potential cast for 'Space Jam 2' (0:32)
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Metta World Peace shares thoughts on Kobe's farewell tour (1:19)
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Sedano: Heat trying to protect Chris Bosh from himself (1:08)
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2hDarren 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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(NEW) 30 for 30 Shorts: Gonzo @ the Derby (13:02)
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Ref's Perspective: Final play from Thunder-Spurs Game 2 (2:28)
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Stephen A. doubts LeBron joining the Lakers (1:28)
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13hPierre 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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5hMarty McGee | Daily Racing Form

Owner to donate purse if Brody's Cause wins Derby

Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody's Cause, has announced the winner's share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday Kentucky Derby.

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100-year-old sprinter sets world record (0:24)
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9hMark 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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Homemade Hero: Carlos Correa's path to MLB Stardom (6:41)
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2hJames Walker

HOF coach Shula hospitalized, expected to be OK

Former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame coach Don Shula was hospitalized for two medical conditions but is expecting a good recovery, his wife said in a statement Tuesday.

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Kevin Durant is the NBA's next villain (2:15)

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Kobe celebrates retirement at Disneyland
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The Happiest Place on Earth got a little happier for Lakers fans Sunday when retired legend Kobe Bryant made an impromptu appearance at the park. Enjoying retirement

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors 43 Heat 41 at the half. Toronto will look at this as a bit of a missed opportunity to build a significant lead. Miami is shooting 38.1 percent with 11 turnovers and Dwyane Wade has four points on 2-for-7 shooting. Kyle Lowry is scoreless, has missed all four of his jumpers and has one rebound and one assists in 18 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas has 14 points and six rebounds for Toronto.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr, asked about illegal screen accusations: "Everybody sets illegal screens."

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr says Curry's,"making the improvement we're looking for," but has no projection on his return

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr on whether Curry plays tonight: "No"

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

On a fifth inning groundout, Alex Rodriguez pulled up before first base. He looked as if he grabbed his hamstring. A-Rod walked off and slowly jogged off the field. It will be interesting to see if he continues in this game. Rodriguez missed two games last week because of an oblique injury.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Not a good outing for Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who leaves the game after five innings. Verlander gave up seven runs on eight hits and walked three against the Cleveland Indians. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Verlander has allowed eight earned runs in the first inning this season, which is tied for second most in MLB behind former teammate Alfredo Simon. To put that in perspective: Verlander has allowed three runs in the first on two separate occasions already this season. He allowed just four runs TOTAL in the first inning of last season (20 starts).

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

So Jake Arrieta has a 6-run lead. He's allowed 6 ER in his last 14 regular-season starts combined. How safe does this lead look?

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is now in a 2-for-22 slump with 11 strikeouts. His swing-and-miss rate was 20 percent before the slump, but has climbed to 28 percent. Umpires have also called 9 percent more strikes on him even though fewer pitches have been in the strike zone.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat C Hassan Whiteside (right knee sprain) is expected to return

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Per NBAminer.com, the Heat had four shot-clock violations in seven games against Charlotte. Miami nearly had as many in the first quarter against Toronto (three). Fine defense by the Raptors.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive slugfest through the first quarter, with Heat and Raptors tied at 18. Miami shooting just 38 percent and has been forced into three 24-second violations in the first. Hassan Whiteside's situation with his knee will be worth watching. He had already been dealing with a bruised thigh and hand injury from the first-round series.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say the Kings have secured permission to interview Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and James Borrego for their coaching vacancy

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hassan Whiteside back on the bench.

Cubs lead the way in April All-Stars

Players have hot streaks throughout a season. David Schoenfield looks back at the first month of the season and chooses his April All-Stars, because everybody starts from zero. All-Stars

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hassan Whiteside heads back to the locker room after that awkward fall. He twisted his right knee trying to reach back for a pass from Dwyane Wade at the 4:54 mark of the first quarter.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat C Hassan Whiteside heads to the bench after slipping on the court and tweaking what appeared to be his right knee

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors and Heat are a combined 5-for-18 from the field at the first timeout. Toronto ahead 8-4. Norman Powell is guarding Dwyane Wade while DeMarre Carroll gets Raptor killer Joe Johnson. Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside figures to be a brutal battle inside.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts hasn't been playing Joc Pederson against lefties (0-for-6 this season) but he unloaded on a Matt Moore fastball for his fourth home run. Everyone kind of gave up on him after his second-half slump, but Pederson has quietly produced, with a .397 OBP.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Game 1 underway

Artist depicts NBA playoffs second round
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French comic artist Asur Misoa followed up her first-round effort with another batch of artwork representing the second-round NBA playoff matchups. See the renditions

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NFL draft picks who will play immediately
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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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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

It doesn't come as a complete surprise that Dwane Casey tweaked his starting lineup just before the start of Game 1 tonight against the Heat, essentially to better match up with Luol Deng at power forward. The Raptors mixed and matched in their first-round series, too. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valenciunas were the only Raptors to start all seven games against Indiana.

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

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NBPA wants to meet with Heat over Bosh

The National Basketball Players Association has requested a meeting with Miami to try and resolve the situation with Chris Bosh, a source told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Bosh hasn't played since prior to the All-Star break but wants to get back on the court for the Heat. The team recently restated its position that there are no plans for the forward to play. Story