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A teenager died aboard a Delta flight while on his way to visit relatives  KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A 16-year-old boy from a military family died on Saturday while traveling on an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight to celebrate the Christmas holidays with relatives, officials said.

The 9 a.m. flight had been in the air about half an hour after taking off from Seattle when the boy had a medical emergency, said Spokane, Washington‘s assistant fire chief, Brian Schaeffer.

The plane was diverted to Spokane, where paramedics were unable to resuscitate him, Schaeffer said.

Details of the medical emergency were not available.

The boy had an extensive medical history, but there was “absolutely” no indication anything would go wrong on the flight, Schaeffer said. He added the boy was traveling with his mother.

“They’d been dealing with deployments and being moved around, and it was really tragic to have this happen when they were trying to get together with their family,” Schaeffer said.

Schaeffer said arrangements were being made to deliver the boy’s body to family members in Atlanta.

1) Celtics Use Unselfish Play to Torch Cavaliers

Crawford Records Triple-Double

The Celtics led from start to finish against the Cavaliers and cruised to a 103-86 blowout win Friday night in Boston. The C’s shot 50 percent from the field in a game that saw all of Boston’s starters score in double-figures.

Several Celtics logged impressive box score lines in the win, including Jordan Crawford’s triple-double performance (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and Jeff Green’s season high in scoring (31 points). Avery Bradley shot 9-of-11 from the field en route to 21 points while Jared Sullinger dropped in four 3-pointers in the win.

2) Patriots make a series of transactions

The Patriots announced that they have signed DT Sealver Siliga to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed TE D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster. In addition, the Patriots signed rookie T Patrick Ford to the practice squad.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have signed DT Sealver Siliga(Pronounced – SIL-ver SEE-ling-gah) to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed TE D.J. Williamsto the 53-man roster.

In addition, the Patriots signed rookie TPatrick Ford to the practice squad.

Siliga, 23, was signed by the Patriots to the practice squad on Oct. 23, 2013. He has spent time with San Francisco, Denver and Seattle since joining the NFL as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2011 out of Utah. The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder, was released by the 49ers at the end of his first training camp and was then signed to the Denver practice squad. He began the 2012 season on the Denver practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in September. He played in one game for Denver in 2012. Siliga was traded by Denver to Seattle in training camp this past summer and spent part of the year on the Seahawks practice squad before being released on Oct. 4.

Williams, 25, played in seven games with one start for Jacksonville this season before being released by the Jaguars on Nov. 4. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (101st overall) by Green Bay out of Arkansas in 2011. Williams was waived by Green Bay on Aug. 31, 2013, and claimed off waivers and awarded to Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013. He has played in 33 NFL games with three starts and has nine receptions for 70 yards.

Ford, 23, was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent out of Eastern Kentucky on Aug. 13, 2013, and was released on Aug. 26, 2013. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, was a three-year starter at Eastern Kentucky, serving as both a guard and tackle during his collegiate career. He spent the majority of his final two seasons at left tackle.

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