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Schu' has made 'some progress'

MOTOR SPORT: A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his brain injury in a skiing accident says the F1 champion has made "some progress".

But Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the French hospital in Grenoble where he was treated, warned that any recovery would take time.

The typical convalescence period was one to three years, he suggested.

"I have noted some progress but I would say we should give him time," said Payen.

"It's like for other patients, we are on a timescale which goes from one year to three years and we need to be patient," he said.

Wade and Olesen lead way

GOLF: John Wade shares the lead with Thorbjorn Olesen on eight under after the opening day of the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The 46-year-old Australian made a blistering start at Lake Karrinyup, carding four birdies on his first five holes on the back nine, before adding an eagle on the 15th.

He picked up two further shots after turning in 30 to set the pace before being pegged back by Denmark's Olesen, who notched eight birdies to join him in finishing on 64, with the rest of the field at least two shots behind.

Dubliner Peter Lawrie needs a win to retain his tour card but shot a three-over-par opening round.

Belfast's Gareth Maybin, most likely in need of a top-ten finish, is at one under, while Waterford's Kevin Phelan, who needs to aim for a top-three placing shot a level-par 72.

Meath native Damien McGrane, who has safely retained his card, is the best-placed Irish player at two under.

Ferrer and Murray on track

TENNIS: David Ferrer and Andy Murray stayed on course for a semi-final meeting at the Valencia Open with comfortable second-round wins.

Top seed Ferrer was impressive on home soil in a 6-3 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco while Murray eased past Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4.

Murray overtook Ferrer in the race to reach the World Tour Finals in London with victory against his rival in the final in Vienna on Sunday, getting revenge after Ferrer had won their match in Shanghai the previous week.

They will clash for the third time in as many weeks provided Murray defeats Kevin Anderson and Ferrer betters Thomaz Bellucci - both men were given walkovers into the quarter-finals.

Toole set for his Irish debut

RUGBY LEAGUE: James Toole is primed to make his Ireland debut alongside his brother Josh after being drafted into coach Mark Aston's 20-man Irish squad for tomorrow's crucial European Championship clash with Scotland in the Tallaght Stadium.

Like Josh, who was man of the match in the Wolfhounds' opening 22-12 win over France, James plays his rugby league in Australia but has Irish heritage

Lewis begins defence of title

DARTS: Adrian Lewis begins his defence of the 888.com European Championship title against Jelle Klaasen today, as Michael van Gerwen bids for glory in a third successive weekend on the PDC circuit in the event in Germany.