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Judge won't allow INS to put Detroit's Probert in jail

Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings can remain free while he appeals a deportation order from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Horace Gilmore said the statute being used by the INS to try to detain Probert was unconstitutional because it called for detention without a bond hearing.

Probert was entitled to a hearing to determine risk of flight or danger to community and he could be detained if either applied, said Sandra Soderbort, Gilmore's clerk.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Markman in Detroit said he would recommend an appeal.

Markman said a 1988 act of Congress requires that foreign citizens convicted of the aggravated felonies of murder, drug trafficking or certain firearms offenses be held without bond to prevent flight while they appeal deportation.

Probert, 25, has been playing for the Red Wings this season, but has had to stay behind because of the deportation order when the team plays in Canada. He sued to fight the immigration service's plans to lock him up until his deportation appeal was heard.

The deportation order followed Probert's conviction on cocaine importation charges but is based on his chronic abuse of alcohol, rather than the drug charge.

Gretzky tries for 2,000th point tonight at Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Manitoba _ One more point will make the point that Wayne Gretzky's career has been one for the books.

The next goal or assist will be the 2,000th point of Gretzky's unmatched 12-year career. It could happen tonight, when Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings play the Winnipeg Jets. And it will mark a round-number plateau never before within reach in hockey.

Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in scoring 1,850 points. Gretzky is in his 12th season.

Howe holds the career goals record at 801. Gretzky is fourth with 684, and will likely pass No.

3 Phil Esposito's 717 this season.

"I'm the first one to stand here and say I'm proud of what I've done, but I'm also the first to say my 2,000 points were different than Gordie Howe's 1,800 points," Gretzky said. "It's a different style of game now."