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Bow's Andrew Schwartz, Nate Alford, Christopher Robbins and Kyle Milne take down Raymond's Andrew Downey during Saturday's football game in Raymond, Oct. 18, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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, the Falcons defense has been going insane. “We tell the kids to do whatever it takes, legally and cleanly, within six seconds …

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 on the coaching by moving up from the JV team and taking over as the …

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 that day. That’s the consensus around New England, and to be honest, you can count …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox do what they want in Game 1 victory

Thursday, October 24, 2013

All season long the Red Sox have done whatever they needed to win games. They were at it again last night in Game 1 of the World Series, but the Sox took things a step further – they …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox poised to prevail in tight series

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The formulas they used against Tampa Bay and Detroit won’t work against St. Louis, and the Cardinals present a tougher all-around challenge than either of those teams. But the Red Sox will do in the World Series what they’ve done all year – they’ll find a way to …

Welcome to The Sports Blog

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome back to the Monitor Sports Blog. After disappearing for a few years, the blog has returned from hiatus to bring you sports news from the Capital Region to Durham to Boston to anywhere our teams or interest travel. There will be live commentary and next-day opinion on …

Tim O’Sullivan: No surprise, Tebow experiment fails

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Patriots made their final roster cuts yesterday, and the cut that’s the biggest news is also the least surprising – Tim Tebow is no longer a Patriot. The choir boy quarterback had plenty of supporters, including team …

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots rookies face stern test in third preseason game

Thursday, August 22, 2013

There was supposed to be a learning curve for the Patriots passing attack this season, or at least a few growing pains. But there have been no hiccups or glitches for Tom Brady during the first two exhibition …

Tim O’Sullivan: Finally called up, Bogaerts ready to shine for Red Sox

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The wait is over. The Red Sox promoted Xander Bogaerts from Pawtucket to the big club yesterday, and it’s about time. The Boston bosses have been careful with Bogaerts, insisting they didn’t want to rush the 20-year-old phenom. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Brady’s minor injury could be major setback

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The last thing the Patriots needed was more preseason drama, and the last person they needed involved in it was Tom Brady, but that’s what happened yesterday in Foxborough. During a joint practice with Tampa Bay, Buccaneers defensive …

Tim O’Sullivan: Vailas and Goldrich make quarterback a strength for UNH

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DURHAM – The big question going into last season was who would be the University of New Hampshire’s starting quarterback, Andy Vailas or Sean Goldrich? As it turned out, both got their chances to start. So now, as the Wildcats prepare for their Sept. 7 season opener at …

Tim O’Sullivan: Santos eager to prove himself again – as a coach

Monday, August 12, 2013

DURHAM – Ricky Santos is right back where he started at the University of New Hampshire, and that has its ups and downs. Santos rewrote the UNH record book when he was the Wildcats quarterback from 2004-07. After …

Tim O’Sullivan: Five things to watch for in Patriots’ preseason opener

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The game won’t count in the standings, but New Engand’s preseason opener tonight in Philadelphia does matter. Just ask the millions of fans who have been waiting to watch their beloved Patriots take the field since last season …

Tim O’Sullivan: Belichick a fan of UNH product Kelly

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

When Chip Kelly addressed the media yesterday in Philadelphia, most of the questions he fielded concerned disgraced Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. When Bill Belichick addressed the media in Philadelphia, the person he talked about the most was …

Kearsarge’s Barthol set to fulfill dream of playing in Shrine football game

Friday, August 2, 2013

Practice for tomorrow’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl began a week ago. But Kearsarge’s Jordan Barthol has been thinking about this game for four years. Barthol went to the 2009 Shrine game as a fan and came home with …