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Brad Prasky punts the ball during Friday night's national quarterfinal against Chattanooga, Dec. 12, 2014. At half time the score was 21-15, Chattanooga.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tim O’Sullivan column: UNH puts the foot in football

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DURHAM – They can be easy to overlook. The coverage guys are mostly backups. The kickers are practically playing a different sport. But few who watched No. 1 New Hampshire beat No. 8 Chattanooga in Friday night’s FCS quarterfinal could overlook the kicking game. Special teams played a huge role in the 35-30 win that propelled UNH to a semifinal …

Some old-school running could helps Pats make history at Lambeau

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bill Belichick loves football history, and with his team traveling to Green Bay this week, Professor Belichick has plenty of lecture material – Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, The Ice Bowl, The Frozen Tundra, Titletown, USA. “Coach is really a historian, too. He’s been involved in NFL football for a long time,” Tom Brady …

Tim O’Sullivan: Excitement is back for Red Sox, and plenty more may be on the way

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There will be more fireworks at Fenway Park next year, and that’s a good thing, because the old place needed it. After last year’s lifeless, last-place campaign, it was obvious the Red Sox needed to add some spark to their lineup, and the team did just that by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: Bruins’ road to Cup title just got rougher

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wrangling a win out of the United Center was tough enough for the Bruins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. Heck, it took them four overtime periods to do it. But after what happened …

Tim O’Sullivan: No healing relationship between Doc, Celtics

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A favorite go-to joke for Doc Rivers is reminding people he’s not a real doctor. He should be glad that’s the case, because if he was a practicing physician instead of a hesitant coach, the Celtics might drop …

Tim O’Sullivan: With no risk, Tim Tebow worth a look

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There are no guarantees for Tim Tebow in New England, starting with the reported two-year, non-guaranteed contract he signed yesterday. He’s coming to the Patriots as a quarterback, but whether he ends up throwing passes, catching passes or …

Tim O'Sullivan: Cote hoping to pitch his way up the East Coast

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jordan Cote has been experiencing some extremes this spring, his second as a member of the New York Yankees. The 20-year-old from Sanbornton is in Tampa at extended spring training with rehabbing major leaguers like Alex Rodriguez, Derek …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox flawed, fun, good enough to contend

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Red Sox have played nearly a quarter of the season (22.8 percent, to be precise), but what to expect from this team still feels like a mystery. Are they the rebuilding group that everyone expected before the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Celtics should stand pat, then hope for the best

Friday, May 10, 2013

When the Celtics finally fell to the Knicks a week ago, it was the first time Boston had exited the playoffs in the first round since 2006. That early departure, the ugly offense and the nightmare series for …