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AL races down to the wire

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Sept. 26, 2005 | 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


Cleveland Indians -- Despite a loss Sunday, the Indians have been on fire, going 17-3 in their last 20. The New York Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10 as the American League East probably will be decided during their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.

New England Patriots -- They showed a lot by rallying to win at Pittsburgh after defensive back Rodney Harrison and offensive lineman Matt Light went down with injuries.

Jimmy Rollins -- The Philadelphia Phillies shortstop has a 30-hit game streak, helping his team stay in the wild-card hunt.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- They are 3-0 as Carnell Williams broke Alan Ameche's record for most rushing yards in the first three games of a career. Notice that Joey Galloway is a threat once again.

United States golf -- Jack Nicklaus led the American team to the President's Cup win over the International squad. Great putts on 18 by Fred Couples and Chris DiMarco won important matches.

Minnesota Golden Gophers -- Running back Laurence Maroney ran for 217 yards on 46 carries in a win over Purdue.


Green Bay Packers -- They are 0-3 for the first time since 1988, and the mystique of winning at Lambeau Field appears to be gone.

Louisville Cardinals -- What happened to this top-10 team? The Cardinals were blown out by South Florida.

Michigan Wolverines -- The football team is unranked in the AP poll for the first time in seven years. The Wolverines lost at Wisconsin over the weekend.

Northwestern Wildcats -- Couldn't hold on to a 23-7 lead, losing to the Penn State Nittany Lions, 34-29.

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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