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May 9, 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 ...

Steve Nash — The Phoenix Suns' point guard earned the NBA's MVP honors, though I would have voted for Shaquille O'Neal. Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson and Nash are the only true point guards to win the award.

Miami Heat — The Heat have won five straight playoff games for the first time in franchise history after beating the Washington Wizards in Game 1 Sunday.

Giacomo — A 50-1 long shot, Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby with jockey Mike Smith aboard. It was Smith's first Kentucky Derby win.

Chicago White Sox — The White Sox have won eight in a row and sit at 24-7, the best record in the majors. Most people couldn't name their lineup.

Atlanta Braves — The Braves have won five straight, outscoring the opposition 43-10 in those games. Manager Bobby Cox's team just keeps on winning.

Paul Pierce — The Boston Celtics' star was ejected in Game 6 of the Indiana series; Pierce knew he was going to be fouled and should have kept his cool. The Celtics went on to win Game 6 in overtime, but the Pacers won the series with a 97-70 victory in Game 7.

Houston Astros — The Astros have lost six games in a row, including Sunday's 16-0 shellacking. Manager Phil Garner's team has really struggled.

Freddie Mitchell — The Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver opened his mouth, and now he is a former Eagle after being cut Friday. No player is bigger than the team is.

Bellamy Road — Kentucky Derby favorite Bellamy Road was a disappointing seventh Saturday. It has been a rough season for George Steinbrenner, who owns Bellamy Road and the Yankees. But his Yankees have come back and responded with two straight shutouts.

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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