Monday 21 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."

No details were given on Schumacher's condition.

Ferrari boss quits

MOTOR SPORT: Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo will step down next month and Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne is set to take on the role.

Di Montezemolo, who has seen Ferrari drivers win the Formula One title six times during his 23-year spell at the helm of the Italian manufacturer, will leave his post on October 13.

While Di Montezemolo has revitalised Ferrari as a car company, on the race track the Maranello marque has floundered recently. The 67-year-old said: "This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as chairman after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years."

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

"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, currently ranked 38th in the world, 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.

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