John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

NEW YORK – As John Tortorella watches another Lightning playoff run – they are six wins from a Stanley Cup three-peat – one prevailing thought comes to mind. “We created a monster,” Tortorella said The Athletic on Wednesday. Tortorella is the last coach to beat Tampa Bay in a playoff series, in 2019 when the … Read more

Putin compares himself to a famous historical figure, worrying experts about his ambitions

LONDON – President Vladimir Putin has compared himself to Peter the Great, saying he shares the 18th-century czar’s goal of returning “Russian lands” to a greater empire. Speaking after visiting an exhibition to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Peter’s birth on Thursday, Putin drew a parallel to his invasion of Ukraine. “Peter the Great waged … Read more

Cowboys ‘Tony Pollard, Bills’ Jamison Crowder headline NFL players in contract year primed for breakout season

The contract year. Motivation unlikely any other. The one season upon which financial futures hinge for hundreds across the NFL. Have a down contract year, and you could be looking at the vested veteran minimal, or a relatively cheap one-year “prove it” contract. Erupt in your contract year, and you could be fielding a variety … Read more

Cowboys ‘Tony Pollard, Bills’ Jamison Crowder headline NFL players in contract year primed for breakout season

The contract year. Motivation unlikely any other. The one season upon which financial futures hinge for hundreds across the NFL. Have a down contract year, and you could be looking at the vested veteran minimal, or a relatively cheap one-year “prove it” contract. Erupt in your contract year, and you could be fielding a variety … Read more

South Asia protests over prophet remarks by India’s BJP officials | Islamophobia News

Thousands of Muslims have rallied across the South Asia nations of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan over derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad by two officials from India’s ruling party that has triggered a diplomatic backlash against New Delhi. Protests were reported from various Indian cities, including capital New Delhi, on Friday as Muslims marched after the … Read more

Back to Back: Sooners Win Sixth National Title

Story Links OKLAHOMA CITY – A ridiculously remarkable, record-setting season ended Thursday night for the Oklahoma softball team with the Sooners clutching the program’s sixth NCAA championship trophy. Such an achievement came as no surprise given OU spent every week atop the national rankings while leading Division I teams in a gaggle of categories both … Read more