• LARRY LAGE The Associated Press
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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.

  • CLIFF BRUNT The Associated Press
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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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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.

  • JOSH DUBOW The Associated Press
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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.

  • TIM DAHLBERG The Associated Press
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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.

  • WILL GRAVES The Associated Press
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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.

  • WILL GRAVES The Associated Press
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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.

  • JOSH DUBOW The Associated Press
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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.

  • WILL GRAVES The Associated Press
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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…

  • BETH HARRIS The Associated Press
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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.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff series between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

  • ANDREW DALTON The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES — Long-distance runners are water-obsessed by necessity, but Mina Guli is on another level. She’s trying to run more than 1,000 miles through seven deserts on seven continents in seven weeks to raise awareness of worldwide water shortages.

  • ERIC WILLEMSEN The Associated Press
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KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Bill Johnson, the brash American who became the first U.S. skier to win an Olympic downhill title, died after a long illness, the U.S. ski team said Friday. He was 55.

  • BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ski officials are hoping the “bigger is better” card lures more skiers and snowboarders to their mountains this season after several resorts completed multi-million dollar improvement projects — highlighted by Vail Resort’s merging of two well-known ski areas into one m…