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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, speaks with Bill Belichick after the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 news first broke, deflategate or ballghazi or whatever you want to call it felt like just another Patriots witch hunt fueled by envy and imagination. Not now. Not after multiple reports that 11 of New England’s 12 balls were under-inflated by 2 PSI in the first half, yet none of the Colts’ balls were under-inflated and none of the second-half balls lost any pressure, details Belichick didn’t …

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 the scene fit the game. These Patriots used a formula from their past to step …

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 Colts, New England’s retooled defense needs to prove its worth. Most expect the Patriots to …

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 …

Tim O’ Sullivan: Peavy to Sox a major coup? Time will tell

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ben Cherington spent wisely during his trade deadline shopping on Tuesday night, and Jake Peavy did not exactly come from the thrift shop. The right-handed pitcher was one of the biggest names available and has the potential to …

Tim O’Sullivan: It’s far from all doom and gloom for the Patriots

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It’s hard not to focus on the transition the Patriots will face this season, since most of it has been accompanied by flashing headlines and breaking news stories – Aaron Hernandez in jail, Alfonzo Dennard arrested, surgery after …

Tim O’Sullivan: Bruins’ road to Cup title just got rougher

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wrangling a win out of the United Center was tough enough for the Bruins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. Heck, it took them four overtime periods to do it. But after what happened …

Tim O’Sullivan: No healing relationship between Doc, Celtics

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A favorite go-to joke for Doc Rivers is reminding people he’s not a real doctor. He should be glad that’s the case, because if he was a practicing physician instead of a hesitant coach, the Celtics might drop …