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DETROIT — Gordie Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, has died. The man forever known as “Mr. Hockey” was 88.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — After two losses to start the season, Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso wasn’t sure about her team full of freshmen and sophomores.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Greatest was laid to rest in his hometown Friday after an all-day send-off that was a lot like Muhammad Ali himself — serious at times, but also exuberant, bracingly political, and funny.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The fans in San Jose waited 25 years for their first Stanley Cup Final. A few extra minutes for an overtime victory wouldn’t be a problem.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sydney Romero got the best of her matchup with her older sister and Oklahoma beat Michigan 7-5 on Saturday night in the Women’s College World Series.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks can take at least one positive out of losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.

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He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Betsa threw a four-hitter to help Michigan beat LSU 2-0 on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.

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PITTSBURGH — The nerves are gone. Spending your franchise’s first 20 minutes in a Stanley Cup Final standing around while your opponent zips unimpeded from one end of the ice to the other will do that.

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PITTSBURGH — Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren’t for the meek.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — After watching the San Jose Sharks miss the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, general manager Doug Wilson set out to remake the team last offseason.

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PITTSBURGH — During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins’ dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of the postseason and the St. Louis Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Saturday to even the Western Conference finals at…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn’t getting the respect expected for the only undefeated horse in the race.