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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) heads downfield for a touchdown during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Ground attacks could determine Super Bowl outcome

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday, at last. Time for deflated balls, Tom Brady sniffles and Marshawn Lynch mumbles to take a back seat. Time to focus on a game that deserves it. Okay, sorry, one last thing about the allegedly altered balls – it has created a dramatic backdrop in New England of Us vs. Them. But that’s only the beginning of the Super Bowl XLIX matchup menu. It’s the best team from last year against the best team of this century with legacies on the line. It’s the established greatness of Brady vs. the rising star of Russell Wilson. It’s a showcase for the two best …

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 …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Legacies on the line as Brady, Patriots face Ravens

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some of the stakes are obvious. If the Patriots can beat the Ravens today, they’ll advance to their fourth straight AFC championship game and move one step closer to that elusive fourth Super Bowl ring. But what about …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Stewart flies under the radar as Bow’s offensive field general

Friday, November 14, 2014

There’s no single reason why Bow beat Bishop Brady, 54-14, in last week’s first-round playoff game. Or why the top-ranked Falcons (9-0) will be heavily favored in tomorrow’s Division III semifinal against Campbell, a team they beat 35-7 …

No stopping the insanity in Bow when it comes to defense

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOW – Most call it a three-and-out when a defense forces a punt after just three plays. Bow Coach Paul Cohen likes to call it “18 seconds of craziness,” six seconds for each play. So far this season, …

Coaching keeps Amy Dutton going as she wages her battle against cancer

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cancer couldn’t keep Amy Dutton from the sidelines. Despite being diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer in November of 2011, Dutton hasn’t missed a season as the Belmont girls’ soccer coach. In fact, Dutton has doubled down …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: What to look for in Patriots’ preseason game vs. Philadelphia

Friday, August 15, 2014

Final scores don’t really matter in preseason games, but the 23-6 final tally was an accurate portrayal of the Patriots performance in their loss to Washington last week. Like Bill Belichick said after his team’s preseason opener, “I …