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Sports news briefs — Compiled Dec. 29

Compiled from wire reports

auto Racing

Schumacher critical after brain surgery

• Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said.

The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

It was not clear whether the 44-year-old German was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital’s deputy director, said “he remains in a critical condition.”

The retired driver fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded.

Earlier in the day, the Meribel resort said Schumacher had been taken to Grenoble for tests and authorities said his life was not in danger.

But the situation began to look more serious when the resort said that orthopedic and trauma surgeon Gerard Saillant traveled from Paris to the hospital to examine Schumacher.

• Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 90. He is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. His cars won the Indy 500 in 1969 with Mario Andrettie driving and 1973 with Gordon Johncock.

winter sports

Schild sets record for slalom victories

• Overcoming several injury-plagued seasons, Marlies Schild of Austria finally set the best mark for most World Cup slalom victories in Lienz, Austria, by winning her 35th race to overtake Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list.

 Lindsey Vonn’s coach says no date has been set for the injured skier’s return to the World Cup, and that she might not compete at all before the Sochi Olympics in February. Vonn flew back to Vail, Colo., last week after hurting her surgically repaired right knee in a downhill race in France.

• Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season.

• Notre Dame’s Vince Hinostroza helped the defending champion United States wrap up a spot in the playoff round in the world junior hockey tournament, scoring twice and adding two assists in an 8-0 victory over Germany in Malmo, Sweden.

Other sports

Iowa State reserve guard set to transfer

• Iowa State junior reserve guard K.J. Bluford is leaving the 14th-ranked Cyclones after just 11 games. Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Bluford will transfer in hopes of getting more playing time.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving. Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.

— From wire reports



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