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Michael Schumacher has "moments" awake

After more than three months in a coma after a skiing accident, former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," his spokeswoman said in a statement Friday.

"Michael is making progress," Sabine Kehm said. "He shows moments of consciousness and awakening."

Kehm gave no details about the condition of Schumacher, 45, a record seven-time F1 champion who suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident Dec. 29 in the French Alps.

The statement was a notable turn from the sparse, intermittent bulletins that previously had been given by the family and medical team caring for Schumacher in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Grenoble, France.

Nationwide: Chase Elliott, the son of former Sprint Cup champ Bill Elliott, won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Elliott, at 18 years, 4 months, 7 days, in the second-youngest winner in NASCAR's second-tier series; Joey Logano was 18 years, 21 days in 2008 when he won at Kentucky.

Johnson family mourns: Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson was in Fort Worth for Sunday's Duck Commander 500, still mourning the death of his brother-in-law in a California skydiving accident. Jordan Janway, 27, died Sunday in San Diego County; he was the brother of Johnson's wife, Chandra.

Obituary: Dan Wheldon's mother, Sue, died Thursday, her daughter Holly Wheldon said on Twitter. Dan Wheldon, a St. Petersburg resident and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, died in an IndyCar crash in Las Vegas in 2011. Sue Wheldon had Alzheimer's disease for several years.

Michael Schumacher has "moments" awake 04/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:46pm]
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