Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Jurors Award Andrews $55 Million in Nude Video Suit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Jurors Award Andrews $55 Million in Nude Video Suit

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Jurors award Erin Andrews $55 million in suit

A jury in Nashville, Tenn., awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame.

After a full day of deliberations, the panel said the stalker, Michael David Barrett, a Chicago-area insurance executive, was responsible for 51 percent of the blame and the two hotel companies would share the rest, which comes out to nearly $27 million.

Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys and family.

Jurors heard from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the 2008 video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. She had asked for $75 million.

Andrews said Barrett's arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away. She broke down on the stand repeatedly, saying she continues to suffer.

Sharapova says she failed drug test in tourney * Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

The five-time major champion took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles. The former world No. 1 doesn't know what sanctions she will face from the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova, 28, said she tested positive for meldonium, which she said she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium became a banned substance this year under the WADA code, and Sharapova said she didn't notice its addition to the banned list.

"I know that with this, I face consequences," Sharapova said. "I don't want to end my career this way, and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game. …

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