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Concord kicker Dylan Thomson (3) punts the ball in the first quarter during Saturday's 42-7 loss to Goffstown at Goffstown High School, Sept. 5, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 the undefeated Crimson Tide (now 6-0-3) to …

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: Brady is free, as are Patriots fans to finally think about football

Friday, September 4, 2015

It was seven months of allegations, denials and opinions that were definitely overinflated. There were science-ish experiments with air pressure performed by media, fans and haters. Legal reports, days in court and sketchy sketches paraded one after the other. And after all that … nothing. The NFL spent more than $3 million and wasted more than three million hours of our collective lives …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: Even with NFL success, NH’s Kelly remembers his roots

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chip Kelly is back in New England. But the Manchester Central graduate and former University of New Hampshire player and coach won’t make any trips to his old stomping grounds. Kelly arrived in Foxborough on Tuesday with his …

Five things to watch in Patriots’ preseason opener against Redskins

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It’s here. Patriots (pre)season begins tonight, and the return of the Flying Elvis helmets stirs blood across New England. That first-glimpse excitement will start in warmups, continue to opening kickoff at 7:30 p.m. … then quickly fade when …