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Jan. 28, 2008 | 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
•Tiger Woods looked as sharp as ever in his first PGA Tour event of the season. He ran away with the Buick tournament title.

•Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, a pair of 20-year old stars, took home the trophies at the Australian Open. Sharapova did not lose a set in the tournament, and her work ethic paid off. Djokovic knocked off Roger Federer in the semifinals and tough French up-and-comer Jo Wilifred Tsonga in the finals to win his first Grand Slam.

•There was an amazing story in figure skating. At age 14, Mirai Nagasu put on a show to win the gold at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She became the second-youngest woman to win the U.S. title.

•The New Orleans Hornets have the best record in the NBA's Western Conference. Byron Scott's team has won eight straight and David West put on a clinic against San Antonio in a recent win.

STOCK DOWN

•The Seattle Sonics have had a rough time, losing 14 in a row. The latest came Sunday night vs. Sacramento, when Kevin Martin hit a game-winning buzzer beater.

•The New Jersey Nets have had hard times too, losing nine straight. Lawrence Frank's team fell to lowly Minnesota Sunday.

•Roger Federer had his streak on 10 straight Grand Slam finals appearances end with the loss to Djokovic in the semis down under.

•Gregg Williams was let go by the Redskins. My friends, he is too good a coach to stay unemployed for long.

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.