The World Cup overall title, in his first full season since returning from an accident that nearly cost him a leg, Hermann Maier. In August 2001 a car hit Maier as he rode his motorcycle in his native Austria, leaving him on the verge of kidney failure and with a right leg so badly shattered that it almost needed to be amputated. The former bricklayer, who had won the world title in 1998, 2000 and 'Ol, returned to the slopes in 2003, winning the Super G at Kitzb�hel in only his fourth race back, and this season he battled fellow Austrians Benjamin Raich and Stephan Eberharter as well as Bode Miller of the U.S. for the title. With a slim lead in the overall standings, Maier won the Super G at the Kandahar course in Italy last Friday, skiing what he said was "a perfect race, my best race after my comeback." When Saturday's giant slalom was called off because of fog, the 31-year-old clinched the title. (Miller, who had an outside shot at the overall title, could take solace in becoming the first American male in 21 years to win the giant slalom season title.) "It is amazing," Maier said. "At the start of the season my goal was to finish the season. So you can imagine how surprised I am."
By her owners, that Kerri, a champion Doberman pinscher, was drugged to keep her from competing in the world's largest dog show. Clive and Nancy Evans believe that the 22-month-old Kerri, who was named Britain's top Doberman bitch last year, was given meat laced with sedatives at the Crufts show in Birmingham, England, on March 6. "She was uncoordinated, listless and lethargic," Clive said. "We believe that someone is trying to knock us off the top of the ladder. These incidents have happened in the breed before. This is how competitive it is." Kerri recovered, and the show's veterinarian said while Kerri showed signs of sedation, there was no conclusive evidence she had been drugged.
On the cricket ground for the first time in 15 years, India and Pakistan. As recently as 2002 the cricket-mad countries were on the verge of a possible nuclear war. But in January they agreed to hold peace talks to discuss terrorism, weapons and the disputed province of Kashmir, and last Saturday they played the first of five one-day games in front of a capacity crowd of 33,000 in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The wicket diplomacy caused life in both countries to grind to a halt, as 600 million people were expected to watch on TV. They weren't disappointed. India won by five runs in the highest-scoring one-day international match ever, one that ended with the Pakistani crowd hailing the victorious Indian team with a standing ovation. "It can't get better than this," said Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Ramiz Raja after the match. "Cricket was certainly poorer without an India- Pakistan contest, and we are determined to make up for time lost."