Wednesday 23 January 2019

Schu' leaves hospital bed

MOTOR SPORT: Michael Schumacher has left hospital to continue his recovery at home but the former Formula One champion faces "a long and difficult road ahead" after his skiing accident last year.

"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," said the brief statement issued by manager Sabine Kehm.

"There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

A spokesman for the university hospital in Lausanne, confirmed that the 45-year-old German, a seven-times world champion, had been discharged.

No details were given on Schumacher's condition.

Carton to host World

GOLF: Ireland will host the men's and ladies World Amateur Team Championships in 2018.

Carton House in Kildare has been selected as the venue for the Espirito Santo (ladies) and Eisenhower Trophy (men) in back-to-back weeks, the International Golf Federation confirmed at its biennial meeting in Japan where the 2014 editions of the tournaments are currently being held.

This is the first occasion the Eisenhower Trophy will be staged in Ireland.

Both events are 72-hole stroke play team championships, with 72 nations participating in this year's event in Karuizawa.

"Being selected to host the most prestigious amateur golf event in the world is a great achievement for Ireland," said chief executive of the Irish Ladies Golf Union Sinead Heraty.

Doherty progresses

SNOOKER: Ken Doherty booked his berth in the first round proper of the Shanghai Masters after beating Huang Jiahao in the wildcard round, while Fergal O'Brien has progressed to the second round.

Doherty opened up a commanding 4-0 lead before his Chinese opponent battled back to claim the next three frames.

However, Doherty, currently ranked 38th in the world, took the next frame and now faces Mark Selby in the first round.

Fergal O'Brien beat Robert Milkins 5-1 in his first-round game, helped by breaks of 75 and 63.

Joe Swail was beaten 5-4 by Shaun Murphy in the first round.

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