V-BYTES
V-MAIL
V-SPEAK
V-VAULT
V-FILE
V-BOARD
V-GEAR

SEARCH

  ESPNWeb  


ALSO SEE:
Vitale: Preseason Top 25

Vitale: Super Seven Sophs

Vitale: All-Marco Polo team

Vitale: Top tandems

Vitale: All-Solid Gold teams

Dick Vitale Archive


  Vitale Home     College Basketball     ESPN.com  

Tiger wins second consecutive British Open

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

July 17, 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.

STOCK UP

STOCK UP

•Tiger Woods won his second straight British Open title. It was also his 11th career major championship. Woods hung on to edge Chris DiMarco, who put pressure on. Remember when people wondered about Tiger when he struggled at the U. S. Open? He won an emotional championship this time around.

•Floyd Landis became the third American to win the Tour de France, joining Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong. Landis needs hip surgery soon and he showed great perseverance to win this race.

•Jered Weaver of the Angels became the first rookie to win his first seven starts since 1981. Back then it was Fernando Valenzuela who won eight consecutive starts.

•The San Francisco Giants have warmed up and are in the hunt in the NL West. Given the distraction over Barry Bonds and injury woes, Felipe Alou has done a solid job.

•James Blake beat Andy Roddick to win the ATP event in Indianapolis.

STOCK DOWN

•The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the worst records in baseball at 35-65. Jim Tracy's team was outscored 14-5 in dropping its last three games to Florida.

•Arturo Gatti simply wasn't strong enough to win a championship over the weekend, losing a title fight to Carlos Baldomir. You may remember Baldomir beat Zab Judah earlier this year.

•The Blue Jays and Shea Hillenbrand, what a controversy! You don't just dump a .300 hitter but this turned ugly quickly. Now Hillenbrand is on the Giants!

•Running back Ricky Williams broke his forearm in a CFL game.

•The Dodgers have lost five straight games. Los Angeles is 1-10 since the All-Star break.

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.