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Pats owner Robert Kraft has handled his business while letting the on-field experts do theirs. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Giving thanks to our father figures on this holiday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

For the last 20-plus years, Thanksgiving tradition in my family has included a trip to Maryland to visit my father. That tradition was put on hold this year, but of course I was still thinking about my dad, maybe even more so. That got me to thinking about the patriarchs on our New England sports scene. We’re blessed with some of the best. So to the men who are responsible for carving our sports turkeys, here’s a gravy boat of thanks. Let’s start with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get, and deserve, the lion’s share of the praise when it comes …

Concord’s Thomson has a leg up on, well, everything

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feeling busy? Consider the Friday Dylan Thomson had a couple weeks ago and that feeling may fade. After a full day of school, Thomson got on the bus with his Concord High soccer teammates and traveled to Nashua South. He posted a shutout in goal and scored on a penalty kick to lead …

Tim O’Sullivan: Pros and cons on both sides of the ball as Patriots prepare to defend title

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Just when you thought it was safe to focus on actual football, ESPN lurches out from behind a grassy knoll screaming Spygate. Really? Haven’t we devoted enough time to alleged misconduct in Foxborough recently? Fine. Let’s go there. Plenty of Patriots fans are thinking it. The last time this team went through a …

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 …

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 …