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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after executing a play during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Tim O’Sullivan column: From start to finish, the Patriots were finished

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The game felt wrong from the start. Confused coverages, a missed extra point and questionable calls all conspired to give New England the creeps in a familiar house of Mile High horrors. On top of that, Von Miller and the Denver defense were terrorizing Tom Brady. It was the perfect mix for the Broncos to beat the favored Patriots – …

Tim O’Sullivan column: With history against them, Patriots will prevail

Sunday, January 24, 2016

We’re back at the scene of the alleged crime – the AFC Championship game. A year ago in this very game, the Patriots routed the Colts, 45-7, and Deflategate came slouching into the world. Despite the distractions and accusations that followed, or maybe fueled by them, the Patriots, of course, won Super Bowl …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Edelman’s return comes just in time for Patriots

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It seems obvious now. The Patriots struggled offensively for the last seven weeks without Julian Edelman. He will return to the field for the first time since his Nov. 15 injury when New England faces Kansas City on Saturday in the AFC divisional playoffs, and how well Edelman can play will be one …

Tim O’Sullivan column: My son’s concussion and the longest five seconds

Monday, January 11, 2016

Personal experience can add a unique level of insight and depth to a story. That’s certainly true in this case, but I could have done without experience. Soon after we began working on this concussion project, my 15-year-old …

Boys’ basketball preview: Concord looking to rebound from down year in competitive D-I

Friday, December 18, 2015

Last season was a long one for the Concord High boys’ basketball team. The Crimson Tide lost its top returner before the season even began, dropped some tight games early and wound up 0-18. But last year was …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Optimists and pessimists can agree, Celts are on the upswing

Saturday, December 12, 2015

BOSTON – Extreme conclusions, occupying opposite ends of a spectrum, could be made from the Celtics’ double-overtime, heart-pounding, 124-119 loss to defending champion and history-chasing Golden State. The fan with Larry Bird on his socks who is voting …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Boston finds out that Curry, Warriors a must-see show

Saturday, December 12, 2015

BOSTON – December NBA games don’t normally do this. Honestly, first-round playoff games don’t even do it. But Friday night’s game in Boston against Golden State did it. The arrival of the NBA champions, reigning MVP Stephen Curry and their 23-0 start jolted me awake on Friday morning …

Tim O’Sullivan column: As days pass, Patriots’ loss, Gronkowksi injury lose their sting

Friday, December 4, 2015

The sting lingered longer than usual after New England lost to Denver on Sunday night. The 30-24 overtime loss hurt a little more because it ended the Patriots’ pursuit of perfection, aka exorcising 2007. The awful officiating slanted …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Giving thanks to our father figures on this holiday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

For the last 20-plus years, Thanksgiving tradition in my family has included a trip to Maryland to visit my father. That tradition was put on hold this year, but of course I was still thinking about my dad, …

Concord’s Thomson has a leg up on, well, everything

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feeling busy? Consider the Friday Dylan Thomson had a couple weeks ago and that feeling may fade. After a full day of school, Thomson got on the bus with his Concord High soccer teammates and traveled to Nashua …

Tim O’Sullivan: Pros and cons on both sides of the ball as Patriots prepare to defend title

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Just when you thought it was safe to focus on actual football, ESPN lurches out from behind a grassy knoll screaming Spygate. Really? Haven’t we devoted enough time to alleged misconduct in Foxborough recently? Fine. Let’s go there. …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Brady is free, as are Patriots fans to finally think about football

Friday, September 4, 2015

It was seven months of allegations, denials and opinions that were definitely overinflated. There were science-ish experiments with air pressure performed by media, fans and haters. Legal reports, days in court and sketchy sketches paraded one after the other. And after all that … nothing. The NFL spent …

Concord’s Pinkham looking to make it big on academy soccer scene

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If you were driving on Humphrey Street late last fall and suddenly found yourself in the middle of a soccer game, you can thank Christopher Pinkham for that. Pinkham, 16, can’t get enough soccer. So after he helped …

Allison ready to continue tradition of prolific UNH pass catchers

Friday, August 14, 2015

DURHAM – During the University of New Hampshire’s run of 11 straight appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, a common thread of prolific pass catchers has run through the program. It started with receiver David Ball, who …

Franklin’s Pickowicz building a body of success

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Brian Pickowicz was already tight with the weight room. He lifted for years at Franklin High, where he never missed a start in four years and 42 football games before graduating in 2012. The weights helped him make …