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Lucas Gagne (32) makes his way onto the field before a Franklin High game. Gagne is the first player from Franklin to receive the Joe Yukica scholar-athlete award. (Courtesy photo)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Franklin’s Gagne a scholar and an athlete

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Joe Yukica-New Hampshire Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has been giving out scholar-athlete awards for 28 years. More than 300 New Hampshire high school and prep school football players have been honored by the Yukica Chapter, but none of them have been from Franklin. Until now. Earlier this month, Lucas Gagne became the …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Miaker comes home to run the Boston Marathon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A buzz ran through the Concord High track and field team. Wide eyes watched a lone figure gracefully circle the Memorial Field track. Quips of awe charged through the teenagers. “I could stay with him for half a lap, maybe.” “That’s like my 100 pace.” “Get inspired.” “That guy was in the Olympics.” …

Tim O’Sullivan: Boom or bust fortunes possible, but Red Sox should be intriguing and competitive

Sunday, April 5, 2015

There’s at least one certainty about the 2015 Red Sox season – it will be intriguing. Last year’s last-place roster has been reconstructed with alluring pieces – free agent big shots Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, future big shots Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts and a starting rotation that looks nothing like the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Enjoy the Patriots’ ride –they may continue to surprise you

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Let’s admit it. We’re spoiled, at least when it comes to the Patriots. If the Pats aren’t setting records, or running away with the league’s best record, or at least guaranteeing themselves a first-round bye by Thanksgiving, there’s …

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 …