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April 21
Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.


Kansas, Bill Self -- Kansas made a great choice in replacing Roy Williams with Illinois coach Bill Self, a former Kansas assistant. Self is a young, talented, established coach who has done a solid job at each place he has run a program, including Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois.

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NBA stars -- They shined brightly on the first weekend of the playoffs. Allen Iverson of the Sixers lit up New Orleans' defense for 55 points. Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavs scored 46 against Portland. Tracy McGrady of the Magic was outstanding, scoring a franchise playoff-record 43 points in an upset over Detroit. Paul Pierce of the Celtics scored 40 points, hitting all 21 free throws in a shock city win over Indiana. It shows what I know, I shut the TV off in the fourth quarter thinking that game was over! And Stephon Marbury hit the winning off-balance 3-point shot as Phoenix stunned San Antonio.

New York Yankees starting pitchers -- They have been incredible so far. Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, David Wells, Andy Pettitte and Jeff Weaver have combined to go 13-0. That's the first time a staff has done that since the late 1800s!

Tampa Bay Lightning -- How about the Lightning? I don't know much about hockey, but I know the Lightning are headed to the second round of the playoffs. Wow, first the Bucs, now the Lightning -- if only the Devil Rays can get it going, baby!


Detroit Tigers -- The Tigers are now 1-16. They play the next six games on the road, three in Oakland and three in Seattle, so it won't get easier. Hey, tell GM Dave Dombrowski I could play on that team!

Fans who rush the field -- If you've been following the sports news, you know that a fan at the White Sox game ran onto the field and went after umpire Laz Diaz. That's twice in Chicago in two years, and that stuff shouldn't happen. Fans should stay off the field -- it is flat-out ridiculous.

Detroit Red Wings -- What happened to the Red Wings? They were swept by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. It's the first time since 1952 that the defending Stanley Cup champion was swept the next season.

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