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COURTS/POLICECoombs-McDaniel arrested

Injured Hofstra basketball player Jamal Coombs-McDaniel was arrested Friday and charged with alleged possession of marijuana in the console during a search of his car on a Brooklyn street, a spokesman for the NYPD said yesterday. Coombs-McDaniel also could not produce a license.

The arrest occurred at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue. An arraignment date will be set by the district attorney's office in Brooklyn, the spokesman said.

Coombs-McDaniel, a 6-7 transfer from Connecticut with two years of eligibility, was suspended the first two games of the season for what Hofstra coach Mo Cassara termed a violation of team rules. Early in the season, four other Hofstra players were suspended after being arrested and charged with burglary of electronic equipment from campus dorm rooms.

Coombs-McDaniel never made it on the court after knee surgery and is not expected back next season. A Hofstra spokesman said the university will not comment until it has "complete information.'' Cassara did not return a call seeking comment.


Stallworth hurt in balloon crash

NFL free agent Donte' Stallworth was hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him, his girlfriend and another person crashed into power lines in South Florida, his agent said. The 10-year NFL veteran won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent. Rosenhaus said one of the passengers was Stallworth's girlfriend, but he would not say if she was hurt.


Three-way tie at Tampa Bay

Kevin Streelman shot a 6-under 65 and was tied for the lead with Justin Leonard (67) and George Coetzee of South Africa (68) in the Tampa Bay Championship.


Nadal continues to roll

Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Nadal is off to the best start of his career at 16-1, including 13 wins in a row after coming back from knee surgery.

-- AP

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