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Monday, December 8, 2008
Stock Watch

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

STOCK UP

Oklahoma and Florida scored impressive wins in their respective conference championship games. The meeting for the national championship should be special.

Manny Pacquiao showed why he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, destroying Oscar De La Hoya in their welterweight showdown.

North Carolina looked like an NBA team in its blowout of Michigan State at Ford Field. The school's women's soccer team won its 19th championship.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl earned career win number 400.

Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel threw for 447 yards and a Big East record seven touchdowns in the rout of Louisville.

A.J. Abrams scored 31 points to lead Texas past UCLA.

Pittsburgh earned its first nine-win season on the gridiron since 1982.

The Celtics have been on fire, sitting at 20-2 after a win on Sunday.

California running back Jahvid Best ran for a school-record 311 yards in a rout over winless Washington.

STOCK DOWN

Dallas Stars player Sean Avery was suspended for an off-color remark.

Plaxico Burress received a four-game suspension for his shooting accident at a New York City club.

Louisville needed a win over Rutgers to secure a bowl bid. Instead, the Cardinals were blown out on national TV by the Scarlet Knights, 63-14.

Ball State saw its undefeated season end when it was shocked by Buffalo in the MAC championship game.

Appalachian State was stopped short of its fourth straight FCS championship.

The Lions remained winless, losing 20-16 to the Vikings.

Maybe it is time for Oscar De La Hoya to retire.