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Baseball in the Big Apple

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September 25, 2006 | 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.

STOCK UP

• The Detroit Tigers clinched their first playoff berth since 1987.

• Notre Dame rallied from a 37-21 deficit to stun Michigan State in East Lansing.

• A salute to the Mets and Yankees for clinching their respective divisions.

• Trevor Hoffman broke Lee Smith's all-time saves mark. Hoffman now has 479.

• Alfonso Soriano became the first player in major league history to record 40 home runs, 40 steals and 40 doubles in the same season.

• The European Ryder Cup team deserves credit for blowing out the U. S. squad again.

STOCK DOWN

• The U. S. women's basketball team was upset by Russia in the semifinals of the world championships. The Americans took home the bronze.

• Boston College gave up a 34-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in a stunning loss to NC State.

• The Kansas City Royals, what else is new? Kansas City has lost seven straight.

• The U. S. Davis Cup team lost in the semifinals to Russia. Give Andy Roddick credit for giving his best on Sunday, though he lost 17-15 in the fifth set of a match that went almost five hours.

• The Tampa Bay Bucs lost again. The Detroit Lions remained winless, falling at home to Green Bay.

• The Cardinals were about to beat the Rams but fumbled inside the St. Louis 30 in the final minutes.

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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