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


Ben Curtis -- Curtis was a surprising British Open champion. He was 13th in qualifying school last year to make the tour. He made the British Open by finishing 13th at the Western Open. He had never finished in the top 10 on the PGA Tour -- and this was his first major! Curtis was also the first golfer since Tom Watson in 1975 to win the British Open in his first appearance.

Houston Astros -- The Astros are hot, winning 10 of their past 11 games. Jeff Bagwell became the 35th player in major-league history to hit 400 home runs when he hit a pair on Sunday. Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman have been hitting well after the All-Star break.

Jason Kendall -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' catcher now has a 22-game hitting streak.

Kerry Wood -- The Chicago Cubs' starter pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout vs. the Florida Marlins. The Cubs needed a win badly, and that's what you need from your stars.


Kobe Bryant -- No matter how you look at it, he has tarnished his reputation. And I have a question: Why? Why did he put himself in that situation? Certainly, he is innocent until proven guilty, and we need to let the legal system do its job. But he never should have been in a situation where he could be accused of sexual assault.

Thomas Bjorn -- The leader after the third round of the British Open, Bjorn appeared to be in good shape until he shot plus-4 over the final four holes. On the 16th, he had a double-bogey by hitting back into a bunker twice in a row -- he looked like me on those final four holes!

Mark Roe -- Roe was in good position at the British Open after a 67 on Saturday. But then he was disqualified for signing the wrong scorecard.

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