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Knicks get their man


Aug. 1, 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

New York Knicks — The Knicks finally got their coach when Larry Brown signed on, returning to his native New York. Brown is the only coach to win both an NCAA title (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA championship (Pistons, 2004).

Atlanta Braves — The Braves have won six in a row and have a five-game lead in the NL East.

Greg Maddux — Maddux became the ninth pitcher in MLB history to record 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts when he recorded his 3,000th K last week.

Sammy Sosa — The slugger passed Frank Robinson for fifth on the all-time home-run list.

Andy Pettitte — Pettitte has been a big plus for the Astros. In his last eight starts, he is 6-0 with an 0.80 ERA, 45 strikeouts and just 11 walks.

Allen Doyle — Doyle came from nine shots down entering the final round to win the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.

Manny Ramirez — Ramirez asked to be traded from Boston once again. Then he changed his mind and decided he wanted to stay ... what was he thinking?

Major League Baseball — MLB had the trade deadline on the same day as the Hall of Fame inductions. Imagine if Ramirez had been traded, showing up the special day for Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Peter Gammons?

San Diego Padres — The Padres are 1-12 in their last 13 games and have slipped below .500. Does anyone want to win the NL West? The Arizona Diamondbacks are now tied for first.

L.A. Angels of Anaheim — The Angels' bullpen fell apart the last two games against the Yankees.

Thomas "The Hit Man" Hearns — Hearns won a fight on Saturday night ... at age 46. At that age, why did he have to come back and box? Yes, he won when the fight was stopped after eight rounds, but Hit Man, please stop this insanity.

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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