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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: Toughest decisions yet to come for Celtics

Friday, June 27, 2014

Making the right choice on draft night is tough. By choosing Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick in last night’s NBA Draft, the Celtics created another choice, a choice that may be even tougher than …

Tim O’Sullivan: United States has more than faith on its side vs. Germany

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It’s a mismatch. Germany is a star on the world soccer stage. The United States is a hopeful interloper, a minor character begging for more lines. The team known as Die Mannschaft (translation: The Team) is a 4-to-1 …

Tim O’Sullivan: U.S. is in it to win it against Portugal

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The United States took the first step it needed to take at the World Cup. Now, can the Americans take the second? It’s a doozy. The U.S. scored early, scored late and hung on in between in its …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox and Rays take us out to the brawl game

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Yankees will always hold a special place in our … what’s the opposite of heart? Despising the New York pinstripes is part of our heritage here in New England. If given the option, I always pick, “What …

Tim O’Sullivan: The Spurs boring? Guess you don’t know Matt Bonner

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Most NBA fans will be rooting for Oklahoma City tonight in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The NBA itself probably hopes the Thunder beats San Antonio. Because if the Spurs win, they’ll take a 3-0 series …

Tim O'Sullivan: Sixth pick leaves Celtics with plenty of rebuilding options

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There was no good luck for the Celtics in last night’s NBA draft lottery, but there wasn’t any bad luck, either. Boston landed the No. 6 pick, which was the most probable outcome going into the night. The …

Bruins and Canadiens set for Game 7 – as we should have expected

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Of course Boston and Montreal are going to a Game 7, what else did you expect? The Bruins may have been the favorites. They may have finished with 17 more points than the Canadiens in the regular season. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Big bad B’s back in control

Saturday, May 10, 2014

For the first time all series, the Bruins brought their big and bad from the opening faceoff in yesterday’s Game 5. They also produced on the power play for the first time. Add those two together and you …

Tim O’Sullivan: Cheering for Clippers would be a slap for Sterling

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yesterday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did what most of us would like to do – slap Donald Sterling with all of the force at his disposal. In response to the racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling, Silver fined …

Bruins refuse to be haunted by last year’s letdown

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Maybe they weren’t thinking about last year. Maybe they were truly living in the present and taking it one cliché, I mean game, at a time. But there’s no doubt the Bruins arrived at TD Garden yesterday with …

Transition season in the past, Concord girls’ lacrosse aims bigger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When Stephanie Johnson took over as the Concord High girls’ lacrosse coach last year, she was replacing a coach, Terry Anderson, who had been leading the Crimson Tide for 15 years. She also was inheriting a team that graduated 12 seniors, 11 of them starters, after an undefeated …

Tim O’Sullivan: Long and winding road to pitching success for Sylvester

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Unexpected detours and delays have marked Derrick Sylvester’s journey. But the Franklin High graduate likes the place that twisting path has led – Southern New Hampshire University, where he’s the staff ace and a senior leader for the …