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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: 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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: With no risk, Tim Tebow worth a look

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There are no guarantees for Tim Tebow in New England, starting with the reported two-year, non-guaranteed contract he signed yesterday. He’s coming to the Patriots as a quarterback, but whether he ends up throwing passes, catching passes or …

Tim O'Sullivan: Cote hoping to pitch his way up the East Coast

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jordan Cote has been experiencing some extremes this spring, his second as a member of the New York Yankees. The 20-year-old from Sanbornton is in Tampa at extended spring training with rehabbing major leaguers like Alex Rodriguez, Derek …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox flawed, fun, good enough to contend

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Red Sox have played nearly a quarter of the season (22.8 percent, to be precise), but what to expect from this team still feels like a mystery. Are they the rebuilding group that everyone expected before the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Celtics should stand pat, then hope for the best

Friday, May 10, 2013

When the Celtics finally fell to the Knicks a week ago, it was the first time Boston had exited the playoffs in the first round since 2006. That early departure, the ugly offense and the nightmare series for …

Tim O’Sullivan: Celtics hope to repeat glorious Boston history

Friday, May 3, 2013

Admit it, most of us were thinking it: The Celtics are dead. The Knicks were just the ones who decided to say it by wearing funeral black to what they thought would be the final game of this …

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots may be on receiving end in draft

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It’s always been difficult deciphering what the Patriots were going to do in the draft in recent years. This year, it might be near impossible. With few consensus top-end picks but a decent amount of quality depth, it feels futile predicting what any team is going to do …

Tim O’Sullivan: Running to honor a memory and fight cancer

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Maryse Conway of Bradford almost pulled off the miracle upset. After being diagnosed with both a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a rare immune system disease (HLH), she battled back to near full health until contracting a …

Tim O’Sullivan: Change for the better for Sox

Saturday, March 30, 2013

When the Red Sox open the season tomorrow at Yankee Stadium, they will have more question marks and fewer expectations than any Boston team since the early 1990s. But they’ll fit right in the 2013 AL East, where …