Tuesday Sports Minute: Schumacher Update, Top 25 Basketball, NFL Coaches

By Jim McCoy Tue 31st December SportsMichael SchumacherNCAA men's basketballTom Coughlin
GRENOBLE, France (AP) -Doctors in France say following a second surgery, Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher (SHOO'-mah-kur) is showing surprising improvement. The 44-year-old was skiing with his son in the French Alps Sunday when he fell and his head struck a rock. Doctors say Schumacher's brain has sustained extensive bruising. UNDATED (AP) - Four more NFL head coaches were dismissed yesterday, hours after Cleveland fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night. Washington's Mike Shanahan, Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano (shee-AH'-noh), Minnesota's Leslie Frazier and Detroit's Jim Schwartz were shown the door after all four posted losing seasons. The Buccaneers also dismissed general manager Mark Dominik. UNDATED (AP) - New York Giants co-owner John Mara has told head coach Tom Coughlin that he wants him to return for an 11th season with the team that he led to Super Bowl titles in 2008 and 2012. The Giants just concluded a 7-9 season and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. And Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated yesterday that Jason Garrett will remain the team's head coach. ATLANTA (AP) - Hawks center Al Horford will have season-ending surgery today to repair his torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder suffered the injury in Thursday night's 127-125 double-overtime win at Cleveland. Hotford is averaging 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season. UNDATED (AP) - The top five remain the same in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll. Top-ranked Arizona picked up 60 of 65 first-place votes, while No. 2 Syracuse claimed the others. Third-ranked Ohio State is followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Duke, Wichita, Baylor and Oregon.

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