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Italy wins World Cup


July 12, 2006 | 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.


•Congratulations to Italy for winning the World Cup on penalty kicks.

•Roger Federer won his fourth straight Wimbledon men's singles title, though he had a battle with an improving Rafael Nadal. Two of the four sets went to tiebreakers, and this could be the rivalry tennis needs.

•Amelie Mauresmo won the Wimbledon women's singles title, her second Grand Slam this year she also won the Australian.

•The Bryan brothers completed a career slam by winning the men's doubles.

•The Tigers lead the AL Central at the all-star break. Back in 2003, this team lost 119 games. Jim Leyland has done an amazing job.

•LeBron James got an extension. Ben Wallace agreed to a free-agent deal for four years and a reported $60 million. Maybe these guys can give me some cash.


•Red Sox outfield Manny Ramirez gets stock down for pulling out of the all-star game. He simply did not want to play.

•Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun allegedly used ephedra, a banned substance. He is expected to be suspended for four games.

•The Phillies and Indians are well below .500 at the all-star break. Both of these teams were supposed to make noise this season.

•The Cubs are 20+ games below .500. I know Derrek Lee was hurt and the pitching staff with Kerry Wood and Mark Prior have been banged up, but this is another disappointment.

•Evander Holyfield has decided to fight again. At age 43, he should retire. He is 2-5-1 in his last eight fights.

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