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Grim prognosis for Schumacher

Formula One driving great Michael Schumacher is placed in a medically induced coma after a ski accident in France.

DOCTORS OFFERED a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher's head injuries yesterday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation.

"We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive-care unit, said at a news conference.

"He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation," said Payen, the chief anesthesiologist treating the 44-year-old German driver. "We are working hour by hour."

Schumacher's wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick were at his bedside.

"The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked," his manager, Sabine Kehm, told reporters.

Schumacher earned universal admiration for his uncommon driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. His single-minded dedication to victory sometimes meant he was denied the same affection during his career that he received yesterday.


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Nic Petan broke a tie on a power play with 2:46 left in Canada's 5-3 comeback victory over Slovakia in the world junior hockey tournament in Malmo, Sweden. Canada (2-0-1) wrapped up a spot in the playoff round entering its Group A finale today against the defending champion United States (3-0-0).

Philly File

* Saint Joseph's forward Ronald Roberts, Jr. was named the Big 5 Player of the Week. The 6-8 senior helped the Hawks come back from an 11-point, second-half deficit against Boston University for a 73-67 win. He tied for the team high with 19 points, and had eight rebounds.