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White Sox win ALCS

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Oct. 17, 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.

STOCK UP: The South Side gets ready for the Series.

The White Sox are going to the World Series for the first time since 1959. Their starting pitchers were awesome in the ALCS, with four straight complete games from Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia and then Jose Contreras sealing it for Ozzie Guillen's team. Also give credit to Paul Konerko for a great series.

The Astros are up 3-1 over the Cardinals in the NLCS and Houston's bullpen has done a great job, especially Sunday. Brad Lidge also has saved all three wins so far.

USC and Notre Dame. It was a classic, as both teams left everything on the field. Notre Dame is back, baby! Charlie Weis has this program back into prominence and the recruiting for the future has been outstanding. You have to give Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush credit for rallying the Trojans to the winning score. Bush ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

LaDainian Tomlinson tied the NFL record (now shared with Lenny Moore) for consecutive games with a touchdown with 18 as the Chargers beat the Raiders.

Shaun Alexander scored four touchdowns for the Seahawks in their rout of Houston.

Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges threw for 643 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Kansas State. The Red Raiders face Texas this week in a battle of unbeatens.

STOCK DOWN: Vikings' ship sinking fast

The Minnesota Vikings were humiliated by the Chicago Bears, 28-3. What has happened to Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota offense? Do they miss Randy Moss that much? The Vikings also had off-field problems, with some alleged improprieties on a boat cruise.

Vladimir Guerrero really struggled in the postseason for the Angels, going 1 for 20 in the ALCS.

Michelle Wie was disqualified from her first pro event after a minor rules violation. She had finished fourth but was DQ'd after the final round for signing an incorrect scorecard.

The Toronto Raptors were upset by Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game.

The Penguins are the only winless team in the NHL. They have Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux and company but no Ws.

California's football team was stunned at home by Oregon State.

Syracuse lost at home to Rutgers, 31-9.

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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