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Schumacher remains in coma, condition critical

GRENOBLE, France -- Formula One great Michael Schumacher's condition was stable but still critical overnight as he remained unconscious after a brain injury suffered in a skiing accident, his manager said Wednesday.

Sabine Kehm told reporters Schumacher's condition has not changed since doctors said he showed small signs of improvement Tuesday after his second operation.

Schumacher, who turns 45 Friday, suffered critical head injuries when he fell and struck a rock while skiing Sunday morning during a family vacation at Meribel in the French Alps.

His 14-year-old son, Mick, was with him in a group of friends when the accident happened in a small, rock-strewn area of open ground between two groomed pistes. The seven-time F1 champion has since undergone two brain operations and remains in a medically induced coma.

 

Michigan State victorious

PASADENA, Calif. -- Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.

Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.

Michigan State's defence capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance.

 

Scott off Match Play list

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Masters champion Adam Scott is taking a six-week break after Hawaii, meaning he will skip the Match Play Championship.

Scott has never missed the Match Play Championship since he first became eligible in 2002. But since the World Golf Championship moved to Arizona in 2007, he hasn't stuck around very long. Scott was beaten in the opening round the last three years and has not advanced beyond the second round since 2005, when it was at La Costa Resort north of San Diego.

Scott is playing the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua and then the Sony Open at Honolulu next week. He says he won't play again until the Honda Classic, missing the entire West Coast Swing.

He enters the year at No. 2 in the world behind Tiger Woods.

 

Lovie to coach Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made, the person also says former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Buccaneers' defensive co-ordinator.

The 55-year-old Smith will replace Greg Schiano, fired Monday after going 4-12 this season and 11-21 in two years with the team. Frazier also was fired Monday.

Smith was 81-63 in nine seasons with Chicago, leading the 2006 team to the Super Bowl -- where the Bears lost Indianapolis. He was fired a year ago after the Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Smith was Tampa Bay's linebackers coach under Tony Dungy from 1996-2000, then spent three seasons as the St. Louis Rams' defensive co-ordinator on Mike Martz's staff.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 2, 2014 D6

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