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Knicks' Marbury files grievance

Stephon Marbury has filed a grievance over the fine the New York Knicks gave him for missing a game in Phoenix last month. Marbury believes he was given permission to miss the game and has asked the National Basketball Players Association to begin the grievance process, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press yesterday. The point guard left Phoenix before the game Nov. 13, after clashing with Isiah Thomas when the coach was considering removing him from the starting lineup. Marbury returned to New York and the Knicks fined him a one game's salary, which would cost more than $180,000. Marbury has missed seven of the past 10 games after the death of his father Dec. 2. It is not known whether Marbury will play today when the Knicks host the Los Angeles Lakers. The grievance was first reported by the New York Post.

More basketball -- Charlotte's game at Milwaukee was delayed 15 minutes after weather problems wreaked havoc on the Bobcats' travel plans. The Bucks' won, 103-99. Dense fog closed the airport in Milwaukee, preventing the Bobcats from leaving Charlotte immediately after their 105-95 victory over the Knicks on Friday night. Instead, the Bobcats decided to leave the next morning. The team assembled at Wilson Air Center at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport early yesterday and eventually departed for the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison and a 60-mile ride to the Bradley Center. They arrived over Madison only to find out that airport was closed, too. After circling 60 minutes and hoping the weather would clear in Milwaukee, the plane flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for fuel and food for the team. The next leg of the odyssey was an attempt to fly to Green Bay and Austin Straubel International Airport, but that airport was closed as they neared the city. The Bobcats ended up flying into Chicago's Midway Airport and taking a charter bus to Milwaukee. They arrived at the arena about an hour before the scheduled start time, leading to the short delay.

Horse racing -- Long-shot Into Mischief beat favorite Colonel John and Bob Baffert's highly touted Massive Drama at Hollywood Park in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity in Inglewood, Calif. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Into Mischief took the lead in midstretch and held on to win. The 2-year-old, trained by Richard Mandella, won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1 minute, 40.82 seconds. The race is considered one of the early indicators of Kentucky Derby contenders. The unbeaten Massive Drama was another half-length back in third.

Hockey -- The Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg missed the game against the Minnesota Wild because of back spasms. His injury could be a cause for concern if it lingers because he is second in the NHL with 25 goals and 50 points.


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