Trending headlines: Gator, Nash, Tiger

Five items you may have missed today that are worth a quick look:

• Even Tim Tebow would find it hard to be nice to this Florida gator. Thomas Swiader moved to the Sunshine State just four months ago, but he’s already had an up-close-and-personal meeting with a hungry alligator while fishing in his kayak near Lake Triplet in Casselberry north of Orlando. The gator lunged out of the water and tied to chomp on him and his girlfriend’s dog, Buffy. Don’t miss the slow-motion portion of this video. (Story and Video Orlando Sentinel)

• Steve Nash is a proud Canadian and hopes to use his basketball skills and acumen to help Canada’s national basketball team return to the Olympics as its general manager. Nash will work for free. Canada has played in the Olympics since 2000, when Nash, who will be a free-agent in July, was on the team. Its goal: to qualify for the 2016 Games in Rio. Nash’s idol and fellow Olympic torch-lighter, Wayne Gretzky, ran Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team in 2006 while coaching the Phoenix Coyotes. (Arizona Republic)

• The Red Sox and their $146 million payroll are stuck in last place at 12-17 and appear to be going nowhere fast. One fan's tough-love advice: Just live with it. (Over the Monster Blog)

• Tiger Woods may not be in a public panic over his struggling game heading into this week’s TPC at Sawgrass, but that didn’t stop the likes of Nick Faldo, Peter Alliss and others to offer their opinions of what’s wrong with Tiger. Alliss, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, says Woods is "gone at the moment" and Faldo claims Woods has lost the self confidence that made him No. 1 in the world for so many years. Woods’ response: "They're not in my head," he said. "They must have some kind of superpower I don't know about." (Detroit Free Press)

• If you thought coaching was hard enough when it came to drawing up plays, running practice and keeping players in shape, here are nine legal responsibilities that every basketball coach at the club level might want to know. (Hoopskills.Com)

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