Weekend Sports In Brief


PARIS (AP) -- Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident Sunday in the French Alps.

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 Schumacher 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.''

Schumacher fell at Meribel 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.

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) - Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as an Indianapolis 500-winning 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 hospital. Granatelli won the Indy 500 in 1969 with driver Mario Andretti and 1973 with Gordon Johncock.


CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski following one season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak.

Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns started 4-5, but collapsed in the final two months and the organization decided Sunday night to cut ties.

Cleveland ended its season with a 20-7 loss in Pittsburgh. The Browns dropped 10 of their last 11.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rex Ryan is staying put as coach of the New York Jets.

Owner Woody Johnson announced after the team's 20-7 victory over Miami on Sunday that Ryan, who has one year remaining on his contract, will return next season. The Jets were 8-8 this season.


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year after officers clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury Saturday night.

Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman's left leg 1:16 into the round.

Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title, submitting Miesha Tate with a third-round arm bar.


LIENZ, Austria (AP) - Austria's Marlies Schild set a World Cup record with her 35th slalom victory Sunday, overtaking Switzerland's Vreni Schneider on top of the career list in the discipline.

Schild beat American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.41 seconds. On Saturday, Austria's Anna Fenninger won a giant slalom.

BORMIO, Italy (AP) - Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course Sunday to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the season.

The Norwegian finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Hannes Reichelt of Austria.


KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, edging Brian Hansen on Sunday. The two-time defending Olympic champion won in 1 minute, 7.52 seconds.

Heather Richardson won the women's 1,000. On Saturday, Jonathan Kuck won the 5,000, and Jilleanne Rookard took the women's 3,000.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Jessica Jerome earned the first American spot in the first women's ski jumping competition in Olympics history, winning the U.S. trials Sunday.

Jerome scored 248.5 points on her two jumps to secure a spot in Sochi. Nicholas Fairall won the men's competition with 253.5 points to earn his first Olympic spot.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Todd Lodwick earned a spot in his sixth Winter Olympics, winning the nordic combined competition Saturday in the U.S. trials.

The 37-year-old Lodwick, who appeared in his first Olympics in 1994 at 17, won both the ski jumping portion of the event and the 10-kilometer cross country race.


HOBART, Australia (AP) - Wild Oats XI won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record-equaling seventh time, winning by more than 30 nautical miles Saturday.

Wild Oats, skippered by Mark Richards and owned by billionaire wine mogul Bob Oatley, completed the 628-nautical-mile race in 2 days, 6 hours, 7 minutes. Wild Oats set the race record last year at 1 day, 18 hours.

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