O'Neal, Howard get into it during game


O'Neal, Howard get into it during game

BOSTON -- Emotions ran high in the third quarter of the Boston Celtics 87-56 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night as Jermaine ONeal and Dwight Howard were issued double technical fouls and had to be separated by teammates.

From ONeals point of view, he had grown tired of absorbing Howards elbows on defense. From Howards point of view, he didnt appreciate ONeal putting his hand in his face.

The end result was a tangle of players and a pair of technicals with 7:34 remaining in the third.

It didn't necessarily start with that particular play, said ONeal, who was also called for a personal foul on the play. It started with a couple elbows that happened that I didn't really like too much. This game is a very emotional game, and I think sometimes you react and sometimes it can be good for the team, sometimes it can be bad for the team.

Said Howard, I wasnt about to get into it or go back into it with him. But thats kind of crossing the line when somebody put their hand in your face. And I just got to put his hand out of my face. I didnt run up on him because its basketball. Were not MMA fighters.

The Celtics will face the Magic in Orlando on Thursday.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”