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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 …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pieces in place for Pats to win another championship

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ever since Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots in March, anticipation for the 2014 season took on a new feel. Being eager for the NFL season to start is nothing new in New England, but this is different. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Trade Big Papi? It’s time for Red Sox to entertain offers

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Let’s be honest. The Red Sox are broken, and it’s going to take some work to fix them. They are not better than their 39-48 record. They deserve to be in fourth place in the American League East. …

Tim O’Sullivan: ‘Dream falls short’ for U.S.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The game held the stuff of fairy tales and legends. An epic effort from the grizzled leader. Repeated adventures on the cliff’s edge. A burgeoning power showing itself on the global stage. Upstarts that refused to surrender. A …

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 …