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NICE, France - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is showing signs of recovery followi
NICE, France - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is showing signs of recovery following a life-threatening crash, and is breathing unaided after being taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital. Jake Rogers Jersey .Bianchi, who crashed during last months Japanese Grand Prix, remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries, his parents said in a statement on Wednesday.The 25-year-old Bianchi lost control of his Marussia car and hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers.Following a challenging period of neurological intensive care, we are able to announce that Jules has made an important step, the statement from Philippe and Christine Bianchi said. Jules is no longer in the artificial coma in which he was placed shortly after the accident, however he is still unconscious. He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable.A three-person team at Nices neurosurgery service will now take care of him.We are thankful that the next phase of Jules treatment can continue close to home, where he can be surrounded and supported by his wider family and friends, his parents said. We owe the medical staff (in Japan) an enormous debt of gratitude for everything they have done for Jules, and also for our family, during what is a very difficult time for us.Bianchi, who was part of Ferraris young drivers program, had been touted as one of the stars of the future.At the Monaco GP in May, he secured the Marussia teams best ever result with a ninth-place finish.In rainy, gloomy conditions in Suzuka on Oct. 5, Bianchis car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed out at the same spot one lap earlier.Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, who survived a life-threatening accident in 2009, called it the worst race of my life.A 10-man working group was set up to review the accident and will present its findings on Dec. 3.Following the crash, FIA, the sports ruling body, announced the composition of a newly established Accident Panel, which will also propose new measures to improve safety at circuits. Willie Hernandez Jersey . On paper, it looks a little like Andre the Giant taking on a midget wrestler. It has all the makings of a rout with the Americans adding an eighth win in nine outings of this biennial event. The Yanks have eight players in the top 15 in the world while the Internationals have just one. Victor Martinez Jersey . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum. . Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bays depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday. After a prolonged stint in the OHL and a successful season in the AHL, new assistant coach Steve Spott will find himself behind the Leafs bench next season, coaching a team he grew up rooting for. Spott joined TSN 1050 to discuss how hell bring some neww ideas and philosophies to the Leafs staff and why his ability to act as a buffer between Randy Carlyle and the players was the “biggest reason I got the job. Harold Castro Jersey. ” Spott: Communication with players key, Carlyle ' ' '

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