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Marbury pays price for publicity stunt
Stephon Marbury's publicity stunt at Staples Center Tuesday night didn't come cheaply. Marbury paid $2,600 for his courtside, front-row, baseline seat - which was face value, The Post has learned. Marbury, on his cell phone most of the night, watched the Knicks blow a 15-point halftime lead to the Lakers. According to a Lakers' official, a Marbury rep called the front office looking for two courtside seats for the game, but the club only had one left - the last seat along the baseline, in the corner. Marbury is making $21.9 million this season, but hasn't played a minute. While celebrities Penny Marshall and Spike Lee, and Lakers' Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza made their way over to say hello, none of the Knicks players acknowledged the banned point guard. (New York Post)
Vermeil won't deny interest in Chiefs
Former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil told me today that he has not been, nor expects to be, contacted about returning to Kansas City in any front-office capacity. Vermeil, who spent five seasons as Chiefs coach earlier this decade, said that talk centering on Vermeil being hired in a Bill Parcells-like football operations director position was nothing but a "big rumor." Still, he wouldn't shoot down the idea that he might be interested in such a position. "I don't talk about that," he said Thursday. Was he saying he wouldn't be interested in such a thing? "I didn't say that," he said. "I said no one talked to me about that." (Kansas City Star)
UT's Shipley requests sixth season
Texas officials have filed an appeal with the NCAA requesting a sixth season of eligibility for wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who missed the 2004 and '05 seasons because of injuries, coach Mack Brown said Thursday. The NCAA can grant an additional season of eligibility in such injury-related cases but a player must complete the final regular-season game of his senior season before applying for the extra year. Brown said he is optimistic Shipley will receive the extra year, based on past precedents and the player's medical history. A ruling is expected in January. "I think I deserve another year. I missed over two whole seasons," said Shipley, who was sidelined by knee and hamstring injuries during the early stages of his college career. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Must-See Photo
Keyunta Dawson (top) and Raheem Brock (bottom) team up for a sack on David Garrard during the Colts' 31-24 victory at Jacksonville on Thursday. (AP)
Must-See Video
Steve Nash pokes fun at the Spurs while promoting the environment.

Game To Watch
Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. ET -- Kobe Bryant vs. a rejuvenated Dwyane Wade in Miami.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Bo Jackson
1984 -- The Sabres' Scotty Bowman becomes the NHL's all-time winningest coach with his 691st victory.
1990 -- Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson is named to the NFL Pro Bowl one year after being selected to the MLB All-Star Game as a Royals outfielder.
2007 -- The NHL suspends Islanders forward Chris Simon 30 games -- the longest ban in league history -- for stepping on the Penguins' Jarkko Ruutu.

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