Video of skiing accident sought
A French state prosecutor in Paris said Sunday that he wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher’s fall at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps eight days ago, in which he hit his head on a rock, has left the 45-year-old in a medically induced coma for a severe brain trauma.
Questions have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, and Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, announced Saturday that his family has given French authorities a camera affixed to his helmet to help elucidate the case.
Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy told The Associated Press by phone that French investigators are also taking steps to obtain a copy of a smartphone video cited in a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. Quincy declined to comment further before he holds a planned news conference sometime in mid-week.
Hewitt upsets Federer for title
In Brisbane, Australia, Lleyton Hewitt won his first title since 2010, upsetting his longest-standing rival on tour, Roger Federer, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the Brisbane International final.
The 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 27 times dating back to 1999. Hewitt has nine wins against the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Federer was broken three times and committed 22 unforced errors in the first set, making some uncharacteristically basic mistakes including an air swing and two shanked forehands.
• With the Australian Open just more than a week away, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens withdrew from warm-up tournaments and another American, John Isner, could soon join them.
Williams pulled out of the Hobart International.
“I don’t believe she has an injury,” tournament director Mark Handley said.
Stephens injured her left wrist at the Hopman Cup team event on Friday in Perth, and withdrew from her scheduled appearance at the Sydney International.
Isner also appeared in doubt for an Auckland ATP tournament, where he is the third-seeded player, after re-injuring his right ankle at the Hopman Cup.
• In Chennai, India, top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka regained the Chennai Open title without dropping a set in the tournament when he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 7-5, 6-2.
Reserves fail top-tier teams
Manchester United and West Ham paid a big price for fielding heavily weakened teams in the FA Cup when they were knocked out in the third round on Sunday, while Chelsea and Liverpool advanced relatively comfortably.
Swansea capitalized on the 80th-minute sending-off of substitute Fabio Da Silva by scoring in the last minute through Wilfried Bony in a 2-1 win at United, the latest setback for David Moyes in his turbulent first season with the English champions.
United has lost four of its past six games at Old Trafford in all competitions and failed to reach the fourth round for only the second time in 30 years.
Like United, West Ham used a lineup full of reserves ahead of its League Cup semifinal against Manchester City on Wednesday. The injury-hit Premier League struggler was crushed 5-0 at second-tier Nottingham Forest in the third round’s biggest shock.
Chelsea took a 2-0 victory at Derby, while Liverpool avenged last season’s surprise defeat to third-tier Oldham, 2-0.