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Aug. 16, 2004 | 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 ...


U.S. Men's Basketball Team -- Team USA lost by 19 points to lowly Puerto Rico. If you shoot 3-of-24 from 3-point range and the opposition hits 50 percent of their trifectas, you won't win too often. Coach Larry Brown and Co. have to bounce back in the next game against Greece.

Philadelphia Phillies -- The Phillies were swept at home by the San Francisco Giants, and manager Larry Bowa's team is down to .500 for the season.

Oakland Athletics -- The A's lost two of three home games this past weekend against the Kansas City Royals, the team with the AL's worst record.

Terrell Owens -- The star wide receiver made some negative comments about former teammate Jeff Garcia. I don't think T.O. has handled things well, to say the least.

San Diego Chargers -- The Chargers have botched the Phillip Rivers situation, and the former NC State quarterback is still holding out.


Vijay Singh -- Singh captured the PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff, beating Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. It's time to look at Singh as one of the best golfers in the world and maybe No. 1. He has won five tournaments, including this major, this year.

Michael Phelps -- The U.S. Olympic swimmer has already won his first gold medal, and you can expect several more, though he won't break swimmer Mark Spitz's record of seven (in the 1972 Olympics).

Cleveland Indians -- Despite losing Sunday, the Indians have won 10 of their past 12 games to close to within striking distance of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Manager Eric Wedge has done an incredible job.

Montreal Expos -- Despite being in last place, the Expos have won seven of their past eight games.

Mike Hampton -- The Atlanta Braves' pitcher is 6-0 in his past seven starts.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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