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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Brady’s Bell brothers looking to ring in a championship

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jourdain Bell enjoyed his freshman year at Bishop Brady – making new friends, returning to a traditional classroom after two years of home school and rising to the challenge of varsity basketball. And things only got better when his younger brother Joe arrived at Brady the next year. “It was like a gift …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Celtics move forward with trade for point guard Thomas

Friday, February 20, 2015

Danny Ainge didn’t have to do anything. Boston’s president of basketball operations had already made nine trades this NBA year before yesterday’s trade deadline. He had already stockpiled mounds of assets and created enough salary cap and roster flexibility to rebuild the Celtics, the Maine Red Claws and any other pro hoops team …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …