Quick hits — from auto racing to baseball

December 29, 2013 

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AUTO RACING

Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

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 racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

Schumacher, 44, fell while skiing off-piste in 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 to the scene.

WINTER SPORTS

Schild wins record 35th World Cup slalom

At Lienz, Austria, overcoming several injury-plagued seasons, Marlies Schild of Austria set the best mark for most World Cup slalom victories by winning her 35th race to overtake Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list. The 32-year-old Schild is a four-time World Cup slalom champion, but she missed a host of races after breaking a leg in 2008 and then tore ligaments last year.

Svindal wins Bormio downhill

At Bormio, Italy, overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season. The Norwegian clocked 1 minute, 54.08 seconds. Hannes Reichelt The top American finisher was Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley, Calif., in 10th, while Bode Miller struggled with the conditions and finished 35th.

BASEBALL

Dodgers talk to Puig after latest arrest

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. The team issued a statement that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The 23-year-old Cuban defector was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.

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