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Brad Prasky punts the ball during Friday night's national quarterfinal against Chattanooga, Dec. 12, 2014. At half time the score was 21-15, Chattanooga.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tim O’Sullivan column: UNH puts the foot in football

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DURHAM – They can be easy to overlook. The coverage guys are mostly backups. The kickers are practically playing a different sport. But few who watched No. 1 New Hampshire beat No. 8 Chattanooga in Friday night’s FCS quarterfinal could overlook the kicking game. Special teams played a huge role in the 35-30 win that propelled UNH to a semifinal …

Some old-school running could helps Pats make history at Lambeau

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bill Belichick loves football history, and with his team traveling to Green Bay this week, Professor Belichick has plenty of lecture material – Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, The Ice Bowl, The Frozen Tundra, Titletown, USA. “Coach is really a historian, too. He’s been involved in NFL football for a long time,” Tom Brady …

Tim O’Sullivan: Excitement is back for Red Sox, and plenty more may be on the way

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There will be more fireworks at Fenway Park next year, and that’s a good thing, because the old place needed it. After last year’s lifeless, last-place campaign, it was obvious the Red Sox needed to add some spark to their lineup, and the team did just that by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley …

Stewart flies under the radar as Bow’s offensive field general

Friday, November 14, 2014

There’s no single reason why Bow beat Bishop Brady, 54-14, in last week’s first-round playoff game. Or why the top-ranked Falcons (9-0) will be heavily favored in tomorrow’s Division III semifinal against Campbell, a team they beat 35-7 …

No stopping the insanity in Bow when it comes to defense

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOW – Most call it a three-and-out when a defense forces a punt after just three plays. Bow Coach Paul Cohen likes to call it “18 seconds of craziness,” six seconds for each play. So far this season, …

Coaching keeps Amy Dutton going as she wages her battle against cancer

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cancer couldn’t keep Amy Dutton from the sidelines. Despite being diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer in November of 2011, Dutton hasn’t missed a season as the Belmont girls’ soccer coach. In fact, Dutton has doubled down …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pats are good – very good – but here a couple concerns

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Start making plans for the AFC championship game, Patriots fans. And while you’re at it, you might as well clear Feb. 1 on your calendar, because chances are good your team will be playing in Super Bowl XLIX …

Tim O’Sullivan column: All eyes on Niyomugabo at Merrimack Valley

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The officials were supposed to be protecting the quarterbacks. But when it came to Merrimack Valley’s Ivan Niyomugabo, the striped shirts changed from protectors into spectators. The Pride traveled to Monadnock on Friday and before the scrimmage, the …

Tim O’Sullivan: UNH and FCS know how to do playoffs; College Football Playoff could take a cue

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cowell Stadium was due for a facelift. Okay, it was overdue. But basic upkeep wasn’t the only motivation behind renovating the University of New Hampshire’s football stadium. In the simplest of terms, teams with better facilities have a …

Tim O’Sullivan: What to look for in Patriots’ preseason game vs. Philadelphia

Friday, August 15, 2014

Final scores don’t really matter in preseason games, but the 23-6 final tally was an accurate portrayal of the Patriots performance in their loss to Washington last week. Like Bill Belichick said after his team’s preseason opener, “I …

Tim O’Sullivan: Even with NFL success, NH’s Kelly remembers his roots

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chip Kelly is back in New England. But the Manchester Central graduate and former University of New Hampshire player and coach won’t make any trips to his old stomping grounds. Kelly arrived in Foxborough on Tuesday with his …

Five things to watch in Patriots’ preseason opener against Redskins

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It’s here. Patriots (pre)season begins tonight, and the return of the Flying Elvis helmets stirs blood across New England. That first-glimpse excitement will start in warmups, continue to opening kickoff at 7:30 p.m. … then quickly fade when …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pieces in place for Pats to win another championship

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ever since Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots in March, anticipation for the 2014 season took on a new feel. Being eager for the NFL season to start is nothing new in New England, but this is different. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Trade Big Papi? It’s time for Red Sox to entertain offers

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Let’s be honest. The Red Sox are broken, and it’s going to take some work to fix them. They are not better than their 39-48 record. They deserve to be in fourth place in the American League East. …

Tim O’Sullivan: ‘Dream falls short’ for U.S.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The game held the stuff of fairy tales and legends. An epic effort from the grizzled leader. Repeated adventures on the cliff’s edge. A burgeoning power showing itself on the global stage. Upstarts that refused to surrender. A …