CHAMONIX, France His hip so sore he questioned if he could ski, Bode Miller won a super-combi Sunday and took over first place in the World Cup overall standings.
Miller won for the fourth time this season and catapulted from third to first in the standings, overtaking previous leader Benjamin Raich of Austria.
"I was wondering this morning if I could ski," Miller said. "I fell Saturday during the slalom practice. I have a bruised left hip."
He has been racing in pain since Thursday when he crashed during downhill training. The New Hampshire star led after the downhill and finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 34.58 seconds after the slalom.
Slalom specialist Ivica Kostelic of Croatia moved from eighth after the downhill to finish second, 0.45 behind Miller. Rainer Schoenfelder of Austria was third in 2:35.92.
AUSTRIAN WINS SLALOM: At Ofterschwang, Germany, Americans Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn crashed out in the first run, while Marlies Schild went on to win her fourth World Cup slalom race of the season on Sunday. The Austrian finished the Ofterschwang course in a combined time of 1 minute, 40.85 seconds, ahead of Therese Borssen of Sweden by 0.42 seconds. Overall World Cup leader Nicole Hosp of Austria was third. Mancuso lost her footing trying to take a gate in the upper half of the first run. Vonn, who followed Mancuso down the slope, went out at nearly the same spot.
TAR HEEL MEMORIES: Fans of the North Carolina men's basketball program can get an in-depth look at the Tar Heels' storied past beginning today. The school will open a museum containing 450 artifacts and nearly 40 cases of memorabilia. Former players and the university donated items, including national championship trophies.
Among the more unique items: a letter from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to Michael Jordan wishing him well after Jordan had decided to play for the Tar Heels; and a watch Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith gave to a student manager after winning the 1982 NCAA title. Smith made the gesture after learning the NCAA had not provided enough for everyone on the team.
There is also a six-minute theater presentation, interactive displays of past players and videos of big moments in the program's history.
CANADIAN UNVEILING: Canadian athletes and a trio of fuzzy mascots will be in Halifax today to boost the profile of the 2010 Winter Games and announce details of the cross-Canada torch relay. Vancouver Olympic organizers also are trying to reach a significant number of Canadians particularly in the East who don't know where the 2010 Olympics are being held.
LIVERPOOL PLEDGE: Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks said he discussed selling part of the Premier League club to a Dubai-based group while pledging long-term commitment to Liverpool and manager Rafa Benitez. The Texan revealed talks with Dubai International Capital which lost out to Hicks and Gillett in last March's takeover about funding Liverpool's new stadium, which is expected to cost around $800 million. "I did talk to them once about a 10 to 15 percent participation, but that was months ago, and we gave them a valuation," Hicks told BBC radio in an interview broadcast Sunday. "They thought the valuation was too high, so we've had no conversations of substance since then."
MIAMI MARATHON: Jose Garcia broke away in the final mile and a half to capture the men's title in the Miami Marathon on Sunday, while Kelly Lijleblad held on to win the women's race. Garcia, of Guatemala, finished in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 43 seconds. He beat Kenyan runner Samuel Kiprotich, who had a time of 2:18:14, and Ethiopian runner Demesse Tafera, who finished at 2:18:29. Lijleblad, of Boulder, Colo., won the women's race in 2:47:13, beating Russian runner Nedezha Tuptova, who had a time of 2:48:09.