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Penguins rally for 4-3 overtime win at Ottawa, claim series

By Sam Preston

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime Saturday to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to both the New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime to upset a crowd at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa during the sixth game of the first round, both sources said.

Pittsburgh won the series 4-2, with two of the regular time goals scored by forward Matt Cooke and another by defenseman Alexei Ponikarovski, both sources said.

With the win, the Penguins are guaranteed at least two more games at their longtime home, Mellon Arena, the Times said. They will be moving into the new Consol Energy Center next season.

It is still unknown who the Penguins will face in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, both sourcs said, as the winner of the series between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins is yet to be determined.

Lexus Stops Selling S.U.V. That Was Called Unsafe

By Sam Preston

Consumer Reports has labeled the Lexus GX 460 as a "safety risk," according to both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The magazine has labeled the sport utility vehicle as such due to what they call dangerous handling problems, both the Times and the Post said, which they believe could lead to a rollover and possibly "serious injury or death."

Toyota quickly suspended sales of the vehicle following the report Tuesday, both the Times and the Post said.

This is the first time since 2001 that Consumer Reports has issued a similar "don't buy" warning, both the Times and the Post said. They issued it because the vehicle failed the federal government's system for reviewing new models.

Lexus has not yet voluntarily recalled the vehicle, the Times said, but they are willing to provide a loaner for any concerned customers.

By Sam Preston

Phil Mickelson won his third Master's title Sunday, according to both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

He finished with a 16-under-par total, and became the fifth golfer in the history of the Master's to win his third green jacket, the Times said.

His birdie putt on the last hole landed him a three-stroke victory over the second place competitor, Lee Westwood of England, both the Post and the Times said.

Mickelson was joined in the winner's circle by his wife, Amy, and three children, the Post said. His wife has endured a tough battle with breast cancer over the past year, and so emotions were doubly high with the win Sunday evening.

He said his wife has not had a lot of energy to get out and do things recently, and so sharing this win together really meant a lot, the Times said.

By Sam Preston

A Wisconsin man was shot to death Saturday in what Sheriff's believe to be jealousy in a love triangle, according to both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

The victim, 24-year-old Kyle B. Ryba, was killed by the husband of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Stephanie N. Ball, both sources said.

Ball was wounded in her right leg, and the shootings took place in her father's home, the Press said.

The suspect is a 21-year-old Minot, N.D., man, whom Ball had been separated from for two weeks, the Tribune said.

The suspect was making his way back to North Dakota when he surrendered three hours later, both sources said. He was picked up in Cottage Grove, and is now in the Washington County jail pending his sentence.

Google to stop censoring search results in China

By Sam Preston

Google announced on Monday that it was going to stop censoring information on its website in China, according to both the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Google has been working with China since January 2010, the Times said, to try and decide if there is a way to operate an unfiltered search engine under the country's laws, the Post said.

However, Chinese officials made it clear Monday that this was not possible, according to both the Times and the Post. In response to this, Google has redirected all searches within China to its search engine based in Hong Kong, a special part of the country with its own economic and political systems.

This move is completely within Chinese law, according to both the Times and the Post. However, it has left authorities in Beijing quite upset, and now Google may face being shut down in the country altogether.

The Internet in China has always been censored, with measures as intense as paid online commentators to direct discussion of the government, the Times said. Google's decision on Monday ends a four-year bet that its search engine in China, even if censored, brings more information to the citizens.

Gophers steamroll No. 3 Wisconsin 6-1

By Sam Preston

Minnesotas men's Gopher squad beat the Wisconsin Badgers 6-1 today at Mariucci Arena, both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press said.

This game marked the end of the regular season for both teams, according to the Times and the Press, and also marked family day as well as senior day for the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota will be graduating five seniors this May: Tony Lucia, Mike Carman, David Fischer, Ryan Flynn and Brian Schack, the Tribune said.

The senior's will definitley be missed, according to both sources, as they rallied a fair amount of points today. Lucia netted two goals, and linemate Carman netted another two goals and had two assists.

Following this game, both the Gophers and the Badgers knew their matchup in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the Press said. Seventh-place Minnesota (17-17-2, 12-14-2) will open a best-of-three series on Friday at fourth-place North Dakota

By Sam Preston

On Thursday evening, following the Canadian women's gold medal victory over Team USA, they came back out on to the ice with cigars, champage and beer, both the Star Tribune and the Vancouver Sun said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said that the olympic governing body plans to send a letter to Hockey Canada asking for more details on what happened, the Star Tribune said.

IOC executive director Gilbert Felli said that he didn't feel it was a good representation of sports values, and promised an investigation, the Vancouver Sun said.

Members of the team publically apologized for their behavior on Friday, saying that they have learned and promise to uphold the values of the Olympics moving forward, the Star Tribune said.

Steve Keough, a Canadian Olympic Committee spokesman said that "in terms of actual celebration, it's not exactly something uncommon in Canada," the Star Tribune said.

Adams was further quoted saying that "people are in search of a story that doesn't exist... they're looking for someone to say it's terrible," the Vancouver Sun said.

By Sam Preston

Come the prime time hour today, Team Canada will face Team USA for the first time in this year's Olympic hockey tournament, The Washington Post and The New York Times said.

The winner of this game will not only automatically receive the bye into the quarterfinals, but they will also be deemed as the Group A winner, both the Post and the Times said.

Team USA is currently ahead of Canada 6-5 in points in the round robin tournament. The Americans won their first two games, while the Canadians won their first game and then scraped their way to a win in a shoot out in their second game, the Times said.

On paper, Canada is the favorite, the Times said. But, "the pressure on Canada is 'unremitting and unrelenting,'" Team USA General Manager Brian Burke said, according to the Post.

Team USA is very young, with an average age of 26.5, the Times said. But they lack the firepower and star power of a Canadian squad led by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, the Post said.

The game airs on CNBC at 6:40 p.m. Central Time, and is sure to be one of the most intense matches of the Olympics.


14-Year-Old Commits to UW Hockey

According to the NCAA, no college is allowed to begin recruiting players until the end of their sophomore year. However in this case of a talented 14-year-old who has aspirations to play, he went ahead and approached the school.

The NCAA has no rules against players contacting schools that they are interested in, and so when this young man went for Wisconsin, they had no problems hearing what he had to say. Jordan Schmaltz gave a nonbinding verbal contract to the UW coaches last week, accoring the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Schmaltz's father, Mike, said that he feels the offer is surreal, as his son hasn't even had his first day at Verona Area high school yet. UW Madison offered Schmaltz a four year a full scholarship four years before he can use it, according to the Sentinel.

Schmaltz said that he accepted the offer because he likes the campus and the coaching staff.

Story of choice

This story of my choice is from the local newspaper of where I am from, Milwaukee, WI. It is a story that I heard about from one of my friend's who lives there, because this story is more or less directly related to them. They are a student at UWM and are in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, which is where this article comes into play.

The article talks about two recent graduates from the UWM Bachelor of Fine Arts program, who are currently involved in a show put on by the Youngblood Theatre Company in Milwaukee. The show is called 'Red Light Winter', and it had just ended its opening day ealier that day on Saturday the 23rd. The two men listed in the article were invloved in the show, and one of them was even a main character.

As I mentioned earlier, it was the opening day of the show, and to celebrate what was later reviewed as an excellent performance, some of the members of the cast head out to a house party. The night carried on with nothing out of the ordinary at first, that is until the room mate of the cast member whose house it was came home. The room mate, a 37-year-old man, didn't seem to mind to mind the company at first as he joined the group for a cigarette soon after he got home. However, a little later, he complained of noise and and started to get upset with the other tenant of the house.

After some arguing, the 37-year-old man is reported to have taken a kitchen knife and stabbed two of the guests, one in the abdomen and another also in the abdomen as well as cutting him on the chest and shoulder. Both were taken to the hospital and treated for their wounds, though the one who was cut was released after some light patching-up, whereas the other man was enlisted in critical condition.

The 37-year-old man was arrested, and the actor in the hospital remained there. The show was cancelled as a result of the incident, and all money raised on opening night was donated to his cause. The show also set up a fund in his name to try and raise more money for the youg actor. Like I said before, I heard about this from my friend because he was once in a show with the two actor's that were stabbed. He called me to tell me about it the day after it happened, and then once I saw it show up on my hometown paper's website, I knew this should be the first entry of my blog. This was news I knew about before any news outlet.

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