ALBERTVILLE, France -- Two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher's ski helmet show the Formula One great was clearly skiing off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries, investigators say. The investigators say they have ruled out problems with his skis, trail conditions or signage. They also rule out speed as a significant factor. By Graham Dunbar. MOVED: 306 words, photos.
BERLIN -- Former international Thomas Hitzlsperger becomes the first German footballer to say he's gay. "I am expressing my sexuality because I want to promote the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes," Hitzlsperger tells Die Zeit. By Ciaran Fahey. MOVED: 551 words, photos.
LONDON -- A three-man independent panel will investigate cycling's doping past, including allegations the sport's governing body colluded with Lance Armstrong. The investigative panel will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the UCI wants the investigation completed this year. By Stephen Wilson. MOVED: 709 words, photos.
SOC--WCUP-AIR TRAVEL WOES
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Five months out from the World Cup, Brazilian authorities seem unsure about how to handle the crunch of 500,000 international visitors expecting to rely on air travel for the month-long tournament. The chief of staff for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says a presidential decree is being considered to open more air routes to foreign carriers, partly aimed at keeping down soaring prices. But the local aviation body says they will rely on domestic operators only. By Stephen Wade. MOVED: 630 words, photo.
SEOUL -- South Korea coach Hong Myong-bo is planning to lobby former Manchester United forward Park Ji-sung to return to the national team for this year's World Cup. Park retired from international duty in 2011, but Hong wants to hear it directly from Park, who plays in the Dutch league. By John Duerden. MOVED: 321 words.
MILAN -- Keisuke Honda says he dreamed of playing in the Serie A and wearing a No. 10 shirt when he was 12. Now it's a reality with AC Milan after signing a 3?-year contract. MOVED: 297 words, photos.
MADRID -- Lionel Messi is expected to make his return from injury as Barcelona plays Getafe in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie. By Paul Logothetis. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2115 GMT.
-- GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- SOC--Schalke-Sam. MOVED: 176 words.
-- BERLIN -- SOC--Hitzlsperger-Gay. MOVED: 111 words, photos.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Sri Lanka's fast bowlers exploited Pakistan's weakness against seam bowling by dismissing the home side for 165 to take control of the second test on the first day. Sri Lanka was 57-1 in reply, trailing by only 108 runs. By Rizwan Ali. MOVED: 146 words, photos. Will be updated shortly.
CRI--NEW ZEALAND-WEST INDIES
HAMILTON, New Zealand -- Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo make centuries and Kieran Powell strikes 73 from 44 balls as West Indies crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth one-day international, leveling the five-match series 2-2. MOVED: 649 words.
-- SYDNEY -- CRI--England-Players to the Rescue. MOVED: 157 words.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck has already beaten Peyton Manning and pulled off the second greatest comeback in playoff history. What to do for an encore? On Saturday, the second-year quarterback will try to upstage three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady -- on Brady's home turf. By Michael Marot. MOVED: 499 words, photos.
-- FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts -- FBN--Patriots-Brady. By Howard Ulman. MOVED: 587 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer finally got to find out what it's like to hit against Rod Laver. Federer, who burst into tears after receiving the Australian Open winner's trophy from Laver in 2006, rallied with the 75-year-old on Wednesday. By John Pye. MOVED: 130 words, photos. Will be updated shortly.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERIES ROUNDUP
SYDNEY -- Former U.S. Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Samantha Stosur rallied to win their second-round matches against tough French opponents at Australian Open warm-up tournaments. MOVED: 549 words, photos.
-- MELBOURNE, Australia -- TEN--Australian Open-Seedings. MOVED: 124 words, photos.
-- SALT LAKE CITY -- BKN--NBA Roundup. Hayward's career-high 37 lifts Jazz past Thunder. MOVED: 766 words, photos.
-- ANAHEIM, California -- HKN--NHL Roundup. Ducks beat Bruins 5-2 for 14th win in 15 games. MOVED: 507 words, photos.
-- AIGLE, Switzerland -- CYC--UCI-Doping Commission. 3-man panel to investigate doping past. MOVED: 131 words, photo.
-- CHICAGO -- BKN--Struggling East. Falling to lottery no sure thing for Bulls in East. By Andrew Seligman. MOVED: 874 words, photos.
-- BELGRADE, Serbia -- BKO--Serbia-Divac's Father. Father dies in car crash, mother also hurt. MOVED: 105 words.
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