World champion pairs skater Tatiana Totmianina was released from the hospital yesterday, a day after suffering a concussion in a fall during the free skating program at Skate America.

Totmianina fell to the ice Saturday night when partner Maxim Marinin was performing a one-handed lift.

Speaking to reporters from a wheelchair at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Totmianina said she has little memory of anything that happened Saturday, including her accident.

She sported a bruise on her right eye, but joked about the move that led to her injury.

"Actually, it wasn't something unusual . . . but it wasn't successful," she said. "How it happened, I don't remember. . . . Yesterday, I don't remember almost anything."

Her coach, Oleg Vasiliev, said the fall occurred because of a technical error, but he wouldn't elaborate.

Larry Jones, the chief of trauma at the hospital just blocks from Mellon Arena, where the accident occurred, said CT scans, X-rays and neurological tests did not reveal any severe injury. . . .

Bode Miller's quest to become the first American in more than two decades to win the World Cup Alpine skiing overall title got off to the perfect start.

Miller captured the season-opening giant slalom by more than a second yesterday in Soelden, Austria, reasserting his dominance of the discipline he won last season.

No American has won the overall title since Phil Mahre in 1983, but Miller believes he is ready to break that drought. He finished fourth overall last season. . . .

Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra and newcomer Maria Lamb won races at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating Team competition in West Allis, Wis.

Parra breezed to victory in the 5,000-meter race, the same event he won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The 18-year-old Lamb won the 3,000 at the Fall World Cup Qualifying that determines which U.S. skaters will compete in international events this season.

Parra won in 6:43.36, followed by Joey Cheek at 6:53.90 and Clay Mull at 6:56.53.

* OLYMPICS: Hammer thrower Adrian Annus returned the gold medal he forfeited because of a doping violation at the Athens Olympics, but said he hopes to get it back after an appeal to the sports world's highest court.

Annus gave the medal to Pal Schmitt, president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, behind closed doors at a Budapest hotel yesterday after refusing to go to the committee's headquarters. Annus's spokesman, Gabor T. Pal, said Annus returned the medal because he feared other Hungarian athletes would face sanctions by the International Olympic Committee if he failed to cooperate.

Annus was disqualified for failing to take a post-Olympics drug test ordered by the IOC, which suspected samples he gave in Athens were manipulated.

Japan's Koji Murofushi was awarded the gold, while Ivan Tikhon of Belarus gained the silver and Turkey's Esref Apak took the bronze. . . .

* TENNIS: Marat Safin defeated David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3, to win the $3 million Madrid Masters and moved closer to a berth in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Houston next month.

Safin earned $534,000 and captured 100 points, moving ahead of Britain's Tim Henman into sixth place in the battle for the eight spots in the Tennis Masters Cup. . . .

Australia's Alicia Molik beat Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, snapping the 17-year-old Russian's 12-match winning streak and capturing the Swisscom Challenge title in Zurich.

* WOMEN'S SOCCER: Abby Wambach became the fourth player in U.S. women's national team history to score five goals in a game, leading the Americans to a 5-0 win over Ireland Saturday in the seventh game of the "Fan Celebration Tour" in Houston.

Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers and Tiffeny Milbrett also have had five-goal games for the United States.

Wambach opened the scoring in the 47th minute off a long pass from Mia Hamm and added goals in the 75th and 78th minutes, also off feeds from Hamm. Wambach scored an unassisted goal in the 82nd minute, and teamed with Hamm to complete the scoring in the 90th minute.

* ROWING: The Cambridge University Boat Club of England won the men's eights title after the U.S. national team crashed into a bridge at the 40th Head of the Charles Regatta yesterday.

The national team, representing the Princeton Training Center in New Jersey, had a comfortable lead but crashed into the Eliot Bridge about 400 meters from the finish line. The U.S. team -- winner of nine consecutive titles -- finished sixth, more than 29 seconds behind the winner.

The U.S. men's fours, also representing the Princeton Training Center, beat Harvard University by less than a second.

* PRO BASKETBALL: Dallas Mavericks center Evan Eschmeyer, who missed all of last season following knee surgery, retired Saturday.

Eschmeyer, 29, played 153 games during his four-year NBA career with New Jersey, Dallas, and Golden State. He averaged 2.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per game.

-- From News Services

Russian figure skater Tatiana Totmianina was knocked unconscious when she fell onto her head during a pairs routine Saturday at Skate America.