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Manager says Schumacher ‘is not in a coma anymore’

Nearly six months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital on Monday and was transferred to Switzerland to continue his recovery.

Schumacher “is not in a coma anymore,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing the German driver had left Grenoble University Hospital, where he had been treated since his accident Dec. 29.

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Kehm gave no further details of his condition or medical outlook, saying only that the 45-year-old Schumacher would “continue his long phase of rehabilitation.”

Schumacher’s accident happened on a family vacation as he was skiing with his 14-year-old son in the French Alps. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were deeply embedded.

Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma.

In late January, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up.


Hernandez’s attorneys seek dismissal of murder charge

Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys sought to have a murder charge dismissed, saying prosecutors don’t have enough evidence to tie the former New England tight end to the June 2013 killing of a semipro player.

But prosecutors said they can show Hernandez was with Odin Lloyd when he was shot and that Lloyd’s killing was part of a pattern of Hernandez committing acts of violence after nightclub disputes.

Hernandez, 24, faces murder charges in a separate case in which he is accused of gunning down two men in Boston in July 2012. He has pleaded not guilty in each case and is being held without bail.

Also Monday, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges he attacked a handcuffed inmate and threatened to kill a guard and his family while at a county jail.

Police detain ex-RB Barber

Retired running back Marion Barber III, 31, was detained and taken for a mental-health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas suburb.

Mansfield, Texas, police spokesman Thad Penkala said it wasn’t clear what led to the calls that prompted a response from police Sunday.

Penkala said officers took Barber to a hospital for a mental-health check based on conversations with the former Pro Bowl performer. Barber spent six of his seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before finishing his career in Chicago in 2011.


L.A. fans celebrate Cup title

Darryl Sutter patted the glistening rim of the Stanley Cup, and a roar erupted from the Los Angeles Kings’ joyous fans.

“See this baby right here?” the coach asked. “She’s been gone for a couple of years, but oh, we’re happy she’s home.”

The Stanley Cup champions’ offseason party got into full swing with a triumphant parade through downtown Los Angeles and a rally at the Kings’ arena to celebrate their second Cup in three seasons. An estimated 300,000 spectators lined Figueroa Street for the parade of about a mile to Staples Center.

Los Angeles beat the New York Rangers in five games in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final that ended Friday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti cursed while addressing the arena crowd early in the live-TV broadcast, drawing some laughs.

College baseball

Texas eliminates Louisville

Louisville lost to Texas 4-1 in an elimination game at the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Cardinals dropped to 1-6 in the CWS since 2007.

In a matchup of teams that won their first game, Vanderbilt defeated UC Irvine 6-4.


• The overnight rating for the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament on NBC was 3.3, the lowest for the final round of any major on broadcast television (as opposed to cable) since the 2008 PGA Championship got a 3.0 on CBS, according to Sports Media Watch.

Martin Kaymer won by eight strokes Sunday.

When Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open by eight in 2011, also with the closing round on Father’s Day, the overnight rating was a 5.1, according to Sports Business Daily. Injuries prevented Tiger Woods from playing in either of those events.

• Florida A&M hired Byron Samuels, 50, as its men’s basketball coach. He was a Washington State assistant coach for the 1994-95 season.

Samuels replaces the fired Clemon Johnson, a former Sonics center.

• Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his hometown of Austintown, Ohio.

A judge set bond for Mahone, 20, at $75,000. Mahone has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities.

• German Tommy Haas, 36, needs a fourth operation on his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the tennis season. He is ranked 20th in the world.

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