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Dec. 6, 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 ...


Illinois -- The Illini blew out Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and beat Arkansas in Little Rock. Coach Bruce Weber's team looks like the team to beat in the Big Ten.

New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles -- These teams just keep on rolling at 11-1, scoring convincing victories Sunday.

San Diego Chargers -- The Chargers now have a two-game lead in the AFC West after beating the Denver Broncos.

Seattle SuperSonics -- The Sonics are 15-3 under coach Nate McMillan. The team went 37-45 last season.

Dirk Nowitzki -- The Dallas Mavericks star had 53 points in a game vs. the Houston last week.

Harry Statham -- Statham, basketball coach of NAIA McKendree College, passed Dean Smith as the all-time winningest college hoops coach.


The BCS -- Are you kidding me? Auburn goes unbeaten through the SEC and has no shot at a national title! Pittsburgh isn't in the top 10 and gets a BCS bowl, while California loses out and ends up in the Holiday Bowl against Texas Tech.

Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds -- Their testimony about steroid use was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Notre Dame -- Notre Dame decided to fire football coach Tyrone Willingham and then got burned by Urban Meyer.

Ken Jennings -- Jennings finally lost on Jeopardy. He had won 74 straight games and $2.5 million, but he finally went down.

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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