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Jan. 3, 2005 | 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 ...


Miami Heat -- The Heat keep on rolling and have won 14 straight games.

Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams -- The Broncos and Rams won at home to get into the NFL playoffs.

Texas QB Vince Young -- Young totaled 372 yards of offense and accounted for five touchdowns in a 38-37 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Iowa QB Drew Tate -- Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to help the Hawkeyes beat LSU.

Utah football -- Coach Urban Meyer's Utes finished the season with a perfect record but no shot at the national championship. We need a playoff in college football, baby!

Rutgers women's hoops -- Congrats to coach Vivian Stringer and Rutgers, which beat Tennessee and Texas in back-to-back games. The Lady Longhorns saw their home winning streak snapped at 41 straight. Rutgers rallied from an 18-point, second-half deficit against Texas.

QB Eli Manning -- Manning got his first win as Giants' QB.


Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills -- Carolina and Buffalo lost at home and missed out on the NFL postseason.

Ohio State football -- Ohio State continues to face problems with the football program. Troy Smith was suspended for the team's bowl game, and AD Andy Geiger admitted that some of the things former Buckeyes RB Maurice Clarett said may have been true.

Bobby Petrino -- The Louisville football coach was talking to LSU about its vacancy a week after accepting a new deal with the Cardinals. Petrino later withdrew from consideration at LSU, but what happened to loyalty?

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.

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