Pawtucket Red Sox player Daniel Nava has been leaving a ticket for ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews at every game for the past three years. He has yet to meet her. Read about why he continues this tradition. Also, national columnists try to figure out cyclist Floyd Landis and whether he's telling the truth about Lance Armstrong, and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is taking heat again, but this time it's for his recruiting practices.

A Connecticut motorcycle racer died after a crash during Sunday's Loudon Road Race Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway. Morgan Rose of New Haven, Conn., was a novice racer who had been riding in the series for about a year, according to Loudon Road Race Series director Don Hutchinson. Hutchinson, who did not witness the event, told the Concord Monitor that Rose's motorcycle, a SuperSport-class Suzuki, collided with another rider's bike while they were racing side by side.

On the heels of Tuesday's incident in Orlando, where referee Joe DeRosa and an Orlando Magic fan got into a dispute, we scanned the web for other confrontations between fans and officials. We found video of many memorable incidents — some with Boston connections, including a fan-referee wresling match during the Celtics' legendary 1976 NBA finals triple-overtime win over the Suns. Check out the top 10 at the LEEInks blog.

Canadian doctor Anthony Galea is facing federal charges for allegedly traveling to U.S. cities (including Boston) and injecting athletes with performance enhancing drugs. However, Galea has at least one supporter: former NFL player and admitted steroid user Bill Romanowski, who calls Galea a "pioneer in sports medicine." Galea probably won't be thanking Romanowski for that endorsement. In other news, Lakers coach Phil Jackson reportedly has been told he'll need to take a 60 percent pay cut if he wants to return to the team next season.

American cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after being charged with doping, sent e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting and detailing his use of performance enhancing drugs, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Landis also accused other riders and officials of participating in doping, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

 

It's been an up-and-down year in Boston sports. There have been more than a few humbling defeats by the local teams, with the most recent embarrassment coming Monday at Yankee Stadium. In today's LEEInks list, we look at the worst losses of 2010. Check it out here.

Marlins shortstop (and former Red Sox farmhand) Hanley Ramirez does not have many supporters in his dispute with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Ramirez was benched following his lazy jog after a ball he booted in Monday's game, and he lashed out at his manager afterward. But Gonzalez isn't backing down. One national writer calls this Gonzalez' "finest hour." Read more about that, plus find out where the Red Sox rank on Forbes' list of the most valuable sports team brands.

“You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates.” — Dick Nixon



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The hot rumor over the past few days was that John Calipari would leave the University of Kentucky and coach LeBron James with the Chciago Bulls. One national columnist says the part about LeBron going to Chicago is right, but the coach won't be Calipari. Instead, it will be Doc Rivers, who has refused to sign an extension with the Celtics and would relish the opportunity to return home and coach the world's best player.

One man's uneducated guess at five headlines you'll be reading over the next week …

1. Allen (28 points) leads Celtics to 90-78 win and 2-1 lead over Orlando



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