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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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: Cheering for Clippers would be a slap for Sterling

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yesterday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did what most of us would like to do – slap Donald Sterling with all of the force at his disposal. In response to the racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling, Silver fined …

Bruins refuse to be haunted by last year’s letdown

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Maybe they weren’t thinking about last year. Maybe they were truly living in the present and taking it one cliché, I mean game, at a time. But there’s no doubt the Bruins arrived at TD Garden yesterday with …

Transition season in the past, Concord girls’ lacrosse aims bigger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When Stephanie Johnson took over as the Concord High girls’ lacrosse coach last year, she was replacing a coach, Terry Anderson, who had been leading the Crimson Tide for 15 years. She also was inheriting a team that graduated 12 seniors, 11 of them starters, after an undefeated …

Tim O’Sullivan: Long and winding road to pitching success for Sylvester

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Unexpected detours and delays have marked Derrick Sylvester’s journey. But the Franklin High graduate likes the place that twisting path has led – Southern New Hampshire University, where he’s the staff ace and a senior leader for the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Cote’s hard work paying off in promotion to Charleston

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jordan Cote has been waiting for this. The last two seasons were a slow grind of rookie ball back fields, rehab bullpen sessions and simulation games for the Winnisquam High product. But on Friday, Cote learned he will …

Celtic great Cowens covers basketball and business in new book

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With more than three decades of experience in the business world, Tom Raffio has encountered a long list of success strategies. The president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental spent about 10 years compiling his thoughts on those strategies in hopes of writing a book. Then Raffio met …

Todd Cote a valuable presence as John Stark basketball manager

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life lessons can hit you from all angles. My Aunt Margo, who had Down syndrome, blessed me with plenty of lessons, none greater than her example of unconditional love. When I would misbehave as a kid, or even …

Patriots not as far away as you might think

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

After watching Seattle dismantle Denver in the Super Bowl, it would be easy for a Patriots fan to overreact. The simple logic is sort of scary – if the Seahawks put a 43-8 whipping on the Broncos, what would they have done to the Pats, who weren’t really …

Basketball gives Crecco a world of experience

Sunday, January 26, 2014

While most college basketball players dream of the NBA, playing professionally in Europe has its advantages. Players are exposed to new cultures, languages and experiences, and they can grow on and off the court. That’s certainly been the …

Tim O'Sullivan: Scales tilt heavily in favor of Manning

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winning the last round of a boxing match or the last debate of the campaign usually carries extra weight with the judges or voters. And if yesterday’s AFC championship game was the last head-to-head big-game matchup between Tom …

Patriots built to run

Sunday, January 19, 2014

There’s been much talk about the Patriots transforming themselves into a running team this season. How they’ve reinvented themselves in the face of changing personnel, channeling football’s smash-mouth past in an era that’s all about aerial stunts. Yes, …

Tim O’Sullivan: Ainge adroitly adds more assets with trade of Crawford, Brooks

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Danny Ainge is earning his money. The Celtics’ president of basketball operations completed his second three-team trade of the month yesterday, shipping Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State and getting a pair (or more) of draft picks from Miami in return. The Heat also sent Joel …