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Tampa Bay Storm signs former Florida State Seminole, Land O'Lakes High quarterback Drew Weatherford

ARENA LEAGUE

Storm signs former FSU QB Weatherford

The Tampa Bay Storm, which begins play in the new Arena Football League next month, signed former Florida State and Land O'Lakes quarterback Drew Weatherford on Monday.

"We had a few spots open going into training camp and wanted to add some depth," coach and general manger Tim Marcum said of Weatherford and lineman Carnell Stewart. "Drew is a young kid with a nice arm and will compete for the backup position with BJ Hall."

Weatherford, 24, was a three-year starter at FSU.

The Storm, which opens its season April 3 at Tulsa, started practice Monday and will work out twice daily (at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.) through Sunday at Skyway Park in Tampa.

JURISPRIDENCE

Erin Andrews' stalker sentenced to 21/2 years

An Illinois insurance executive who secretly shot nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews got 2½ years in prison after giving a tearful apology that was harshly rebuked by his victim. Michael David Barrett, 48, pleaded guilty in December to interstate stalking after prosecutors accused him of following Andrews to at least three cities and shooting the videos through hotel peepholes. Andrews, a former Tampa resident, urged the judge at the hearing for a harsher sentence and said she fears for her life every time she enters a hotel. "You violated me and you violated all women," Andrews told Barrett. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said he gave Barrett the maximum sentence under the law.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic staved off triple match point in the third set to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Defending champion Rafael Nadal routed Mario Ancic 6-2, 6-2.

SOCCER: English star David Beckham, 34, had surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon. Dr. Sakari Orava said after operating that Beckham is expected to miss about six months; that time table would be toward the end of the season for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.

GOLF: Derek Lamely (66) won the rain-delayed PGA Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande. His 19-under 269 total was two shots better than Kris Blanks.

IDITAROD: Three-time defending champion Lance Mackey continued to lead 123 miles from the finish of the 1,100-mile dog sled race.

Times wires

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