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Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) blocks the shot by Arkansas guard Anton Beard (31) during the first half of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament championship game, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Honest truth? Celtics don’t need to stockpile rookies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Danny Ainge is using a rare pre-draft strategy with the media – honesty. Or at least he seems to be. “We’re having discussions to move up with both of our picks in the first round. We’re trying to move up with at least one of them. I think there will be some movement,” Ainge told reporters at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Mass., on Tuesday. “Right now we don’t even know where we are drafting or the position we’ll be in. We think there’s going to be a lot of activity on draft night. So stay tuned. Our draft pick may have been traded …

Bow’s Denise Sandahl a natural on the steep hill of Mount Washington

Thursday, June 18, 2015

When Denise Sandahl first joined the cross country team as a junior at Goffstown High, she enjoyed the social aspect more than the competition. And when she ran the Mount Washington Road Race for the first time last June, she was pleased to find another easygoing group of runners. “The groups of people …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Franklin’s Gagne a scholar and an athlete

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Joe Yukica-New Hampshire Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has been giving out scholar-athlete awards for 28 years. More than 300 New Hampshire high school and prep school football players have been honored by the Yukica Chapter, but none of them have been from Franklin. Until now. …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Miaker comes home to run the Boston Marathon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A buzz ran through the Concord High track and field team. Wide eyes watched a lone figure gracefully circle the Memorial Field track. Quips of awe charged through the teenagers. “I could stay with him for half a …

Tim O’Sullivan: Boom or bust fortunes possible, but Red Sox should be intriguing and competitive

Sunday, April 5, 2015

There’s at least one certainty about the 2015 Red Sox season – it will be intriguing. Last year’s last-place roster has been reconstructed with alluring pieces – free agent big shots Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, future big …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Eyeing future Celtics in the NCAA Final Four

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Every Final Four showcases future NBA players, some years more than others. There’s no doubt where this year’s Final Four ranks – more, way more. At least nine players who will take the floor tonight in Indianapolis are …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tim O'Sullivan: Tom still terrific as a dynasty is reborn

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Lombardi Trophy that Tom Brady held above his head in the confetti last night in Arizona was more than just a reward for staging the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and leading his team to a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …