Winthrop basketball player

DeAndre Adams

died yesterday, 4 days after sustaining head injuries in a car accident.

The 20-year-old guard had been in a coma since the accident Saturday. He was returning home to Austell, Ga., when his car left the road, flipped and hit a tree.

Adams had been in a drug-induced coma for 4 days at the Atlanta Medical Center before he died, the school said. Adams, a sophomore, played in all 35 games last season, averaging 2.1 points, 2.8 assists and 1.1 rebounds.

He was competing in a summer league in Atlanta. Adams had dropped off one of his Winthrop teammates, Mantoris Robinson, at a relative's house and was on the way home when the crash happened.


* Martina Hingis, a runner-up at Roland Garros in 1997 and '99, pulled out of the French Open because of a hip injury. Also withdrawing is top-20 player Mario Ancic (mononucleosis). In another development, drug tests at the French Open will be handled at a lab in Montreal rather than the Chatenay-Malabry lab in France. French officials said the decision was made to save money and increase the number of tests and not a reflection on the French lab, which is under scrutiny for its handling of Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' samples.

* Rafael Nadal extended his record winning streak on clay to 78 matches by beating Oscar Hernandez, 7-5, 6-1, to reach the third round of the Hamburg (Germany) Masters. Roger Federer struggled to beat Juan Monaco, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

* Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo was upset by 29th-ranked Samantha Stosur, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome.


* Mark Ewing, a 31-year-old entrepreneur and day trader who quit his job 2 months ago to "take some risks in life," parlayed a $10,000 buy-in into $250,000 by winning the World Series of Golf in Primm, Nev. The 10-handicapper from Newport Beach, Calif., knocked out two professional poker players, an electrician and a former railroad conductor at the end of the 3-day tournament.

* Former British Open champion Greg Norman has withdrawn from next week's Senior PGA championship for personal reasons.

Auto Racing

* John Andretti, who has spent the past dozen years in NASCAR, joined Panther Racing as a teammate of Vitor Meira and Kosuke Matsuura for the May 27 Indianapolis 500. It would be his first competition in the Indy Racing League, which began 2 years after his last appearance in an Indy car in 1994.

* Veteran driver Jimmy Kite spun in the first turn and hit the outside wall during practice for the Indianapolis 500. He was not injured and was cleared to drive after a mandatory checkup at the infield hospital.

Philly File

* Temple guard Dustin Salisbery has been invited to the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, Fla., later this month. Salisbery earned his invitation with his performance at the Portsmouth Invitational.

* The Overbrook High School Hall of Fame will have its annual dinner Friday night at Bala Golf Club. Inductees are: New York Knicks forward and former Drexel star Malik Rose; former Overbrook coach Cecil Mosenson, who coached Wilt Chamberlain; Gene Levin, a former all-Public baseball star and member of a city title basketball team; and former Daily News staffer Harriet Lessy. Dinner is at 7:15, with tickets available at the door for $55. Proceeds are used for financial grants to graduating seniors.

Sport Stops

* The IOC launched the bid process for the 2016 Summer Olympics, inviting the world's 203 national Olympic committees to submit candidate cities. Chicago already has been endorsed by theU.S. Olympic Committee.

* French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour has filed suit against publications accusing him of doping during his fencing career, despite an apology by one of the media outlets. Lamour is expected to become the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Last week, Danish newspaper Extrabladet cited former anti-doping officials Jean Pierre de Mondenard and Gerhard Treutlein as saying the two-time Olympic fencing champion twice tested positive - for caffeine in 1987 and for pholcodine, a cold cure, in 1989. Two online publications - one in Denmark and one in Canada - then ran similar stories. *