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New exhibits at museums in Ohio and California are celebrating the upcoming centenary of the birth of Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the man who created the comic strip Peanuts. Lucy Shelton Caswell is founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She calls Schulz a genius who liked to make people laugh. Benjamin Clark is curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. He says Schulz stripped cartoons to their basic elements without losing any of their expressiveness. At its height Peanuts ran in more than 2,600 newspapers worldwide.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth time in eight years after sweeping the Florida Panthers in four games. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions are trying to become the first team to three-peat as NHL champions since the New York Islanders won four straight titles from 1980-83. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 49 saves, posting his sixth shutout in his last seven series-clinching victories. He's allowed just four goals over his last five games. The Lightning will meet either the Carolina Hurricanes or New York Rangers in the East final.

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Kori Cheverie reflects fondly on the conversations she had with her grandfather growing up in Nova Scotia, where he encouraged her to believe anything was attainable in sports.

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The growing number of women getting hired for management and development roles across the NHL suggests it won't be long before the league sees its first female coach. Pittsburgh Penguins president Brian Burke says it can't happen soon enough. He says he is encouraged by the progress the league has made in diversifying its image as a boys club. The NHL Coaches' Association is helping lead the way. It established a developmental program for women at various hockey levels working directly with NHL coaches in advanced training sessions. 

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The state-owned Russian news agency TASS is reporting that Russia's Defense Ministry says more than 1 million people have been taken from Ukraine to Russia since the Russian invasion began. The figure includes , nearly 200,000 children. Defense Ministry official Mikhail Mizintsev said those included 11,550 people, including 1,847 children, in the previous 24 hours, without, he said, the participation of Ukrainian authorities. He said those civilians were evacuated to Russia from what he called dangerous regions in Ukraine. No details were provided about the moves. Throughout the war, Ukraine has accused Moscow’s troops of taking civilians against their will to Russia or Russian-controlled areas. 

Josh Allen's influence was felt across Buffalo during the NFL's three-day draft. The quarterback generated attention while holding court in a private suite alongside Bills first-round pick Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam at the NHL Buffalo Sabres' season finale Friday. His presence was also felt some 20 minutes away in Buffalo's draft room where general manager Brandon Beane easily dismissed all the quarterback prospects falling in the draft order. With the quarterback position secured for the long term, Beane was able to address his team's most immediate need in selecting Elam while spending the rest of his seven selections addressing positional depth needs.

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The NHL playoffs will take place next week in Dallas, Tampa, Nashville, Raleigh and Washington, D.C., where girls hockey has expanded immensely over the past decade. But participation in those nontraditional markets still lags far behind hockey hotbeds like Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The 3,177 female players aged 18 and younger registered by USA Hockey in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia combined is still fewer than in Wisconsin alone. The number of girls playing in those southern and mid-Atlantic locations is up more than 71% from 2011 to 2021. NHL teams, USA Hockey and others are working on getting more exposure, education and ice time to improve those numbers.

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