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UConn's McCombs argues with girlfriend, arrested

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - University of Connecticut tailback Lyle McCombs was arrested Saturday, accused of yelling, pushing and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a residential hall, police said.

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The 166-pound sophomore was charged with second-degree breach of peace, police said. The fight occurred just after midnight Friday on campus in Storrs.

Police said McCombs, 20, was released after he posted a $500 bond.

``I just got put in a bad situation,'' McCombs said after UConn lost 19-3 to Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. ``I could have handled it better, but it is what it is. I apologized for my mistake.

``As far as football goes, I think I'm good. I just have a few things to take care of and it will be wiped away,'' he said.

McCombs was benched for the first quarter of UConn's game Saturday at Rutgers for what the school called a violation of team rules. He went on to rush for 32 yards on 12 carries.

``I got the whole story from a very reliable source,'' UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said after the game. ``That's all I'm going to say about it.''

McCombs, from New York's Staten Island, had a breakout season as a freshman, carrying the ball more than 275 times for more than 1,100 yards.

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