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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

Welcome to The Sports Blog

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome back to the Monitor Sports Blog. After disappearing for a few years, the blog has returned from hiatus to bring you sports news from the Capital Region to Durham to Boston to anywhere our teams or interest travel. There will be live commentary and next-day opinion on … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: No surprise, Tebow experiment fails

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Patriots made their final roster cuts yesterday, and the cut that’s the biggest news is also the least surprising – Tim Tebow is no longer a Patriot. The choir boy quarterback had plenty of supporters, including team … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots rookies face stern test in third preseason game

Thursday, August 22, 2013

There was supposed to be a learning curve for the Patriots passing attack this season, or at least a few growing pains. But there have been no hiccups or glitches for Tom Brady during the first two exhibition … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Finally called up, Bogaerts ready to shine for Red Sox

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The wait is over. The Red Sox promoted Xander Bogaerts from Pawtucket to the big club yesterday, and it’s about time. The Boston bosses have been careful with Bogaerts, insisting they didn’t want to rush the 20-year-old phenom. … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Brady’s minor injury could be major setback

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The last thing the Patriots needed was more preseason drama, and the last person they needed involved in it was Tom Brady, but that’s what happened yesterday in Foxborough. During a joint practice with Tampa Bay, Buccaneers defensive … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Vailas and Goldrich make quarterback a strength for UNH

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DURHAM – The big question going into last season was who would be the University of New Hampshire’s starting quarterback, Andy Vailas or Sean Goldrich? As it turned out, both got their chances to start. So now, as the Wildcats prepare for their Sept. 7 season opener at … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Santos eager to prove himself again – as a coach

Monday, August 12, 2013

DURHAM – Ricky Santos is right back where he started at the University of New Hampshire, and that has its ups and downs. Santos rewrote the UNH record book when he was the Wildcats quarterback from 2004-07. After … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Five things to watch for in Patriots’ preseason opener

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The game won’t count in the standings, but New Engand’s preseason opener tonight in Philadelphia does matter. Just ask the millions of fans who have been waiting to watch their beloved Patriots take the field since last season … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: Belichick a fan of UNH product Kelly

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

When Chip Kelly addressed the media yesterday in Philadelphia, most of the questions he fielded concerned disgraced Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. When Bill Belichick addressed the media in Philadelphia, the person he talked about the most was … 0

Kearsarge’s Barthol set to fulfill dream of playing in Shrine football game

Friday, August 2, 2013

Practice for tomorrow’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl began a week ago. But Kearsarge’s Jordan Barthol has been thinking about this game for four years. Barthol went to the 2009 Shrine game as a fan and came home with … 0

Tim O’ Sullivan: Peavy to Sox a major coup? Time will tell

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ben Cherington spent wisely during his trade deadline shopping on Tuesday night, and Jake Peavy did not exactly come from the thrift shop. The right-handed pitcher was one of the biggest names available and has the potential to … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: It’s far from all doom and gloom for the Patriots

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It’s hard not to focus on the transition the Patriots will face this season, since most of it has been accompanied by flashing headlines and breaking news stories – Aaron Hernandez in jail, Alfonzo Dennard arrested, surgery after … 0