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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, speaks with Bill Belichick after the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the news first broke, deflategate or ballghazi or whatever you want to call it felt like just another Patriots witch hunt fueled by envy and imagination. Not now. Not after multiple reports that 11 of New England’s 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 PSI in the first half, yet none of the Colts’ balls were under-inflated and none of the second-half balls lost any pressure, details Belichick didn’t …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Patriots’ AFC championship win has an historic feel

Monday, January 19, 2015

After LeGarette Blount scored his second touchdown, or maybe it was his third, the hulking running back playfully posed among the Minutemen of Gillette Stadium. Blount smiled behind his facemask, the Minutemen smiled beneath their tri-corner hats and the scene fit the game. These Patriots used a formula from their past to step …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It all hinges on defense for Patriots in AFC championship

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The defense is supposed to be the difference. It’s supposed to be the thing that lifts this Patriots team back to its Super Bowl-winning heights. Today, in the AFC championship game against wunderkind quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts, New England’s retooled defense needs to prove its worth. Most expect the Patriots to …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: Toughest decisions yet to come for Celtics

Friday, June 27, 2014

Making the right choice on draft night is tough. By choosing Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick in last night’s NBA Draft, the Celtics created another choice, a choice that may be even tougher than …

Tim O’Sullivan: United States has more than faith on its side vs. Germany

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It’s a mismatch. Germany is a star on the world soccer stage. The United States is a hopeful interloper, a minor character begging for more lines. The team known as Die Mannschaft (translation: The Team) is a 4-to-1 …

Tim O’Sullivan: U.S. is in it to win it against Portugal

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The United States took the first step it needed to take at the World Cup. Now, can the Americans take the second? It’s a doozy. The U.S. scored early, scored late and hung on in between in its …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox and Rays take us out to the brawl game

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Yankees will always hold a special place in our … what’s the opposite of heart? Despising the New York pinstripes is part of our heritage here in New England. If given the option, I always pick, “What …

Tim O’Sullivan: The Spurs boring? Guess you don’t know Matt Bonner

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Most NBA fans will be rooting for Oklahoma City tonight in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The NBA itself probably hopes the Thunder beats San Antonio. Because if the Spurs win, they’ll take a 3-0 series …

Tim O'Sullivan: Sixth pick leaves Celtics with plenty of rebuilding options

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There was no good luck for the Celtics in last night’s NBA draft lottery, but there wasn’t any bad luck, either. Boston landed the No. 6 pick, which was the most probable outcome going into the night. The …

Bruins and Canadiens set for Game 7 – as we should have expected

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Of course Boston and Montreal are going to a Game 7, what else did you expect? The Bruins may have been the favorites. They may have finished with 17 more points than the Canadiens in the regular season. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Big bad B’s back in control

Saturday, May 10, 2014

For the first time all series, the Bruins brought their big and bad from the opening faceoff in yesterday’s Game 5. They also produced on the power play for the first time. Add those two together and you …