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New England Patriots tight end Timothy Wright (81) trots onto the practice field in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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 that day. That’s the consensus around New England, and to be honest, you can count me among that majority. But there are some problems with all this certainty. First, when the public is sure about anything in sports, the public is often wrong. Second, success in the NFL fluctuates wildly from year to year. With analytics growing more sophisticated in recent years, predicting these variables has become … 0

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 coaches and officials decided to use a quick whistle when it came to plays on … 0

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 better chance of hosting Football Championship Subdivision playoff games. With its upgraded facilities – new … 0

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, … 0

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 … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots will have too much for pesky Colts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The general feeling in New England is confidence, maybe even cockiness, and why not? The Patriots should have little trouble dispatching Indianapolis in tonight’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, right? Admittedly, that does feel right. The Colts … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots fans, keep an eye on these guys

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Patriots fans can relax this weekend. They won’t have to sweat another last-gasp finish, or watch another Pro Bowler hobble off injured. Instead, they can enjoy playoff football while their team enjoys a bye. While most of the … 0

2013 – a year of tragedy and triumph in New England

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It was an odd year for sports here in New England, a year when terrorism and murder demanded our attention as much as titles and superstars. Our region has grown accustomed to center stage on the national scene … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Enjoy the Patriots’ ride –they may continue to surprise you

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Let’s admit it. We’re spoiled, at least when it comes to the Patriots. If the Pats aren’t setting records, or running away with the league’s best record, or at least guaranteeing themselves a first-round bye by Thanksgiving, there’s … 0

UNH football team has season depending on finale with Maine

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The mission is simple for the University of New Hampshire football team. The Wildcats must win their regular season finale on Saturday against Maine to have any chance at extending their FCS playoff appearance streak to 10 straight years, the best current run in the country. But don’t … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox redeemed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ever since July, Shane Victorino has been striding to home plate at Fenway Park to the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” The Boston fans have been singing along, serenading the Boston right fielder with the line, “Don’t … 1

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox home in on another World Series title

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The derisive “19-18” chants were silenced nine years ago when the 2004 Red Sox ended 86 years of heartbreak. Yankees fans can no longer use the long-ago year to mock their Boston counterparts, but 1918 is relevant once … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: No clean sweep for messy Sox this time

Friday, October 25, 2013

Put the World Series brooms back in the closet. The Red Sox won’t be needing them this time around, unless they can use them to clean up their defense.  After the Cardinals embarrassed themselves in the field in … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox do what they want in Game 1 victory

Thursday, October 24, 2013

All season long the Red Sox have done whatever they needed to win games. They were at it again last night in Game 1 of the World Series, but the Sox took things a step further – they … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox poised to prevail in tight series

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The formulas they used against Tampa Bay and Detroit won’t work against St. Louis, and the Cardinals present a tougher all-around challenge than either of those teams. But the Red Sox will do in the World Series what they’ve done all year – they’ll find a way to … 0