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July 22
Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.


You have to give Ernie Els a lot of credit for winning the British Open. He took advantage of Tiger Woods' struggles on Saturday. Els hung tough in the four-man and second playoff to win the Claret Jug! He has been there before in Grand Slam pressure.

Pedro Martinez would not be denied on Friday night. Between a rain delay of over two hours, a big crowd of Yankee fans, and the Bronx Bomber lineup, Pedro was ready and came through with a brilliant performance. He is making strides towards another Cy Young.

John Smoltz could be a Hall of Famer as a starter or reliever. He has 36 saves already and is making a run at Bobby Thigpen's single-season record of 57 set in 1990. Give Bobby Cox and the Braves pitching staff a lot of credit for the Braves' success.


What about Tigers Woods shooting 81 on Saturday? He's human, and he showed what a class act he is after the bad round by talking to the media and handling the situation. Hey, his stock is always up normally.

Sugar Shane Mosley talked the talk, but he couldn't walk the walk against Vernon Forrest in the WBC welterweight title fight on Saturday. Forrest has beaten Mosley twice in the pros and once in the Olympic trials.

Jeff Weaver and Ryan Dempster have struggled since switching teams. Weaver gave up five home runs on Sunday against the Red Sox, tying a Yankees record for most round trippers allowed in one game. Dempster has an ERA over 11 since joining the Reds.

MLB... players and owners. If there is a strike or lockout, they will lose me. Both sides should go in a room and settle this thing.

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