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Steelers stop unbeaten again

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Nov. 8, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down ...


Pittsburgh Steelers -- The Steelers have beaten two previously undefeated teams, New England and Philadelphia, in consecutive weeks. The Bus, Jerome Bettis, rambled for 149 yards on 33 carries Sunday against the Eagles.

Texas -- The Longhorns were down 35-7 to Oklahoma State before scoring 49 straight points to win 56-35. RB Cedric Benson scored five touchdowns for the Longhorns.

Hawaii QB Timmy Chang -- Chang became college football's all-time leader in passing yards, moving past Ty Detmer.

Notre Dame -- The Irish scored a big 17-13 win at Tennessee. All of those who doubted coach Ty Willingham and expected a loss, think again, baby!

Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz -- These four NBA teams are all 3-0. Last season, these teams combined to go 146-182, a total of 36 games below .500. Dwyane Wade had 37 points and 12 assists for Miami on Saturday night. Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Jazz on Saturday.


NCAA -- The NCAA issued a one-game suspension to Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State after he reimbursed the Portland Trail Blazers for a trip to a workout before last year's draft. He should have been declared eligible right away.

Arizona Diamondbacks -- The D-Backs did a poor job of handling the Wally Backman situation. Backman was in their organization, so they should have done a background check on him before. Originally the team was supportive, but then they pulled the rug out from under him. If he was a player today, there never would have been a press conference over these past problems.

Lance Berkman -- The Houston Astros outfielder injured his knee playing flag football. He may miss the start of next season.

Miami -- The Hurricanes lost their second straight game, this one at home to Clemson.

New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets -- The Knicks and Nets both lost at home by more than 30 points on Saturday night. At the Knick game, the stars were Paris Hilton and Howard Stern, not Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford!

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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