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Schumacher suffers head injury while skiing

Retired driver Michael Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One champion, was listed in critical condition after brain surgery Sunday. The 44-year-old was injured in a skiing accident in the French Alps, doctors said.

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

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

Schumacher fell while skiing in Meribel and reportedly hit his head on a rock. Meribel resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.

Schumacher suffered neck and spine injuries in a motorcycle accident in February 2009 in Spain. He recovered sufficiently to make a comeback in Formula One.

Granatelli dies at 90

Andy Granatelli, the former chief executive officer of STP motor-oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, died Sunday. He was 90.

Granatelli’s son, Vince, said his father died of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara, Calif., hospital.

Andy Granatelli’s honors included the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

Granatelli’s cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and ’68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969, with Mario Andretti driving his winning car that had a conventional engine.

In 1973, driver Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.


Jerome soars to victory

Jessica Jerome of Park City, Utah, competing in her hometown, earned the first American berth for the first women’s ski-jumping competition in Olympic history, winning the U.S. trials.

Jerome scored 248.5 points on her two jumps to secure a spot for next year’s Games in Sochi, Russia.

“Honestly, I don’t know if I can wrap my head around it yet,” Jerome said. “It sounds clichéd, but it is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go and represent my country.”

Nick Fairall of Andover, N.H., won the men’s competition with 253.5 points to earn his first Olympic spot.

The rest of the U.S. women’s and men’s Olympic ski-jumping teams will be announced Jan. 22.

Schild triumphs

Marlies Schild of Austria won her record 35th World Cup slalom event when she triumphed in Lienz, Austria. Schild, 32, had been tied for the all-time lead with retired Vreni Schneider of Switzerland.

American Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, placed second and said of Schild: “She is still one of my idols and she keeps inspiring me.”

Meanwhile, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a men’s World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy.

Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley, Calif., tied for 10th place, his best World Cup finish of the season.


Anelka causes outcry

Frenchman Nicolas Anelka is being criticized in his home country because of his actions after scoring a goal for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Anelka’s gesture has been described as an inverted Nazi salute.

Moshe Kantor, European Jewish Congress president, has asked the Premier League to ban Anelka.

“This salute is merely a lesser-known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched arm salute,” Kantor said.

Mixed martial arts

Silva’s career uncertain

Doctors declared the emergency surgery on Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Anderson Silva’s broken left leg a success.

Silva’s recovery period is three to six months, but the possibility lingers that the former middleweight champion might not fight again.

UFC President Dana White said it’s premature to guess whether Silva, 38, has the physical capability or desire to return to fighting.


• 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.

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