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July 28
Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.


Lance Armstrong found the courage and heart to get to the winner's circle once again, tying the record with his fifth straight Tour de France championship. And this one was not as easy as the other four. Maybe they should start calling it the Tour de Lance, baby!

The San Francisco Giants are running away with the NL West. They have won 10 of their last 11 games in what was supposed to be a tough division. Felipe Alou's team has an 11-game lead in the division and will be tough to catch Barry Bonds and company.

The Chicago White Sox also have been on fire. Can they catch the Royals in the AL Central? They think so, baby! Chicago has won nine of its last 10 and the additions of Roberto Alomar and Carl Everett have given this team a boost.

Jack McKeon is getting better as he's getting older. He's past the age of 70 and his Florida Marlins are making a run at the NL wild card. Florida has won six of its last seven and are just two games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the wild card race after sweeping Larry Bowa's club.

Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays has won 15 straight games and is a lock for the AL Cy Young! Sorry Pedro Martinez, but you can pen it in for Halladay!


The Oakland A's are starting to make a run at the Mariners. Imagine where they'd be if Barry Zito was pitching well. He's lost three in a row, falling to .500 at 8-8.

Larry Bowa had to be going wild in his hotel room after the Phillies were swept by the Marlins. Bowa has to be unhappy with his team's pitching after they yielded 50 runs in the last seven games which led to a 2-5 record in those games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers need some offense; they've scored just three runs in their last four games over a span of 44 innings.

Ben Curtis, get out there and play! After winning the British Open, he blew off his commitment to the Greater Hartford Open and withdrew.

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