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In his Jan. 31 Stock Watch report, Dickie V praises Arizona coach Lute Olson for donating $1 million in his late wife's name to fight cancer.

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Jan. 31, 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 ...

Lute Olson -- The Arizona coach deserves a salute for donating $1 million in his late wife's name to a University of Arizona fund for cancer research. Olson's wife, Bobbi, died of ovarian cancer on Jan. 1, 2001. She was only 65 years old.

Kansas basketball -- Coach Bill Self's Jayhawks looked their best all season in a 90-65 win over Texas on Saturday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. It was "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" time as Wayne Simien scored 27 big points.

Serena Williams, Marat Safin -- Safin and Williams won Grand Slam singles titles by capturing the Australian Open. It's nice to see them back in the winner's circle because they fought so hard. Serena beat Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport to win the championship. Safin upset Roger Federer and hometown hero Lleyton Hewitt to capture the men's event.

Baltimore Orioles -- The Orioles are on the verge of adding Sammy Sosa to a lineup that already includes Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez, Melvin Mora and Rafael Palmeiro. The Sosa trade awaits a physical and approval from commissioner Bud Selig. Wow, Sosa should hit a lot of home runs in Camden Yards.

NBA's Atlantic Division -- The entire Atlantic Division has been struggling. No team is at .500.

Darius Miles -- The Portland Trail Blazers' star was suspended for snapping at coach Maurice Cheeks. Miles has to get his act together. These guys just don't get it ... they make the big dollars but act like second-graders.

Dallas Mavericks -- The Mavericks lost at home Saturday night to the Philadelphia 76ers (without Allen Iverson due to a shoulder injury). Don't blame Erick Dampier, who had 26 rebounds for Dallas.

Soccer referee -- A soccer referee in Germany admitted to fixing games.

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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