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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 …

UNH football team has season depending on finale with Maine

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The mission is simple for the University of New Hampshire football team. The Wildcats must win their regular season finale on Saturday against Maine to have any chance at extending their FCS playoff appearance streak to 10 straight years, the best current run in the country. But don’t …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox redeemed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ever since July, Shane Victorino has been striding to home plate at Fenway Park to the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” The Boston fans have been singing along, serenading the Boston right fielder with the line, “Don’t …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox home in on another World Series title

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The derisive “19-18” chants were silenced nine years ago when the 2004 Red Sox ended 86 years of heartbreak. Yankees fans can no longer use the long-ago year to mock their Boston counterparts, but 1918 is relevant once …

Tim O’Sullivan: No clean sweep for messy Sox this time

Friday, October 25, 2013

Put the World Series brooms back in the closet. The Red Sox won’t be needing them this time around, unless they can use them to clean up their defense.  After the Cardinals embarrassed themselves in the field in …

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 …