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Kentucky rallies for big W

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Dec. 20, 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 ...


Kentucky and Tubby Smith -- The Wildcats rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to win at Louisville. Patrick Sparks was brilliant for coach Smith, scoring 25 points.

Phoenix Suns -- The Suns have won eight straight games, including Friday night's thriller over Seattle. Phoenix has been a major surprise. Point guard Steve Nash has been a big plus as Phoenix is now 21-3 after going 29-53 last season.

New Jersey Nets -- The Nets acquired Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors in a steal. This shows Jason Kidd that the Nets are trying to put together a legitimate contender.

Allen Iverson -- The Philadelphia 76ers' guard scored 54 points in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning -- The Indianapolis Colts' QB is just one touchdown away from tying Dan Marino's single-season record for touchdown passes (48). I expect him to break it next week.

Jerome Bettis -- Some people thought former Notre Dame and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was finished. Think again, as the Bus ran for 140 yards on 36 carries in a 33-30 win over the Giants.


Oakland Athletics -- The A's traded starters Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder. Now there will be guys named Dan Meyer and Danny Haren in the starting rotation. So much for the aces of the staff, baby!

D.C. council -- What happened to the Washington, D.C. council that reneged on its stadium-financing deal that could cost the capital its baseball franchise. Are you kidding me?

NHL owners and players -- Obviously this lockout mess is going nowhere, so if they care about the fans, they will meet and settle this. It looks like that won't happen this season.

Atlanta Hawks -- The Hawks have lost five straight and are 4-20, with a worse record than the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

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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