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Sports briefs: Skier Julia Mancuso takes break from slopes

Published December 30, 2013 11:57 pm

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winter sports • Off to a poor start during pre-Olympics races, U.S. ski racer Julia Mancuso says she's "taking a short break at home." Mancuso has won three Olympic medals but has only one top-15 finish through 10 World Cup races this season leading up to the Sochi Games, which begin Feb. 7.

In a Facebook posting Monday, Mancuso says, "You learn the most when things don't go as planned."

The 29-year-old Mancuso, who is from Squaw Valley, Calif., won a gold medal in giant slalom at the 2006 Olympics, and silvers in downhill and super-combined in 2010.

Schumacher placed in coma by doctors

Auto racing • Doctors in Grenoble, France, offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher's head injuries Monday, 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.

Sharapova wins comeback match

TENNIS • Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive comeback from injury, even in a first-round match in the season-opening tournament. Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 Monday in Brisbane, Australia, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with consistently aggressive service returns.

From wire reports