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McPherson drafted by Nashville; Storm gets 3

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Published October 15, 2004

Nashville selected former Florida State quarterback and 2004 rookie of the year Adrian McPherson with the top pick in Thursday's Arena Football League dispersal draft in which players from the defunct Indiana, Detroit and Carolina franchises were made available.

The Tampa Bay Storm selected fullback/linebacker Jarrod Penright (10th), lineman Mike Sutton (27th) and fullback/linebacker Jeff Cogell (44th). Former UF receiver Chris Doering was taken 26th by Los Angeles.

Also, every fan at the NBA preseason game between the Heat and Magic tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa gets 2005 Storm season tickets if quarterback Shane Stafford hits a fullcourt shot (throwing a football). They can purchase tickets at half price if he converts from halfcourt.

TENNIS: Davenport is No. 1

Lindsay Davenport regained the No. 1 ranking for the first time since early 2002 by defeating Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. She officially will overtake Amelie Mauresmo, who skipped this tournament with an injury, next week to move atop the WTA rankings for the fifth time. Davenport was joined in the quarterfinals by Venus Williams, Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva.

CA TROPHY: Robby Ginepri advanced to the quarterfinals in Vienna, Austria, with a 6-2, 6-1 win over fifth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand.

COLLEGE: N. Florida to move up

North Florida's board of trustees voted to allow a move from NCAA Division II to Division I. The school must submit its formal application to the NCAA by Dec. 1. The earliest it could begin competing as a full member of Division I would be the 2009-10 season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Central Florida coach Kirk Speraw signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2006-07 season. He has a 171-154 record at UCF.

ET CETERA

HOCKEY: A 2-for-1 ticket offer drew 2,025 to the Original Stars League opener at Fredericton, New Brunswick. Oilers forward Jason Chimera had three goals and two assists, and Blackhawks wing Ryan Vandenbussche added two goals and three assists to lead Team New York to an 11-4 victory over Team Toronto.

BOXING: Briton Danny Williams , who recently derailed Mike Tyson's comeback with a knockout, will fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Dec. 11 at Madison Square Garden. ... WBA bantamweight champion Johnny Bredahl, 36, of Denmark is quitting because of lingering hand injuries.

OBITUARY: Barbara Broyles, wife of Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles, died Wednesday at home. She was 79. Mrs. Broyles was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1999.

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