From news services The entire arena serenaded Shawn Johnson with applause, and a United Nations worth of gymnasts paid her homage. “Congratulations,” her coach told her, “you’re the world champion.” She soaked it all in with a big smile of wonder and delight, accepting the cheers with the grace of the queen she now is. But it wasn’t until she finally saw her parents and felt their arms wrapped around her that the magnitude of what she’d accomplished hit. Johnson won the all-around title at the World Gymnastics Championships Friday in Stuttgart, Germany, capping a magnificent, whirlwind year with a performance full of megawatt-powered jumps and smiles. And only 11 months away, the Beijing Olympics. “They just said, `I’m so proud of you,’ and, `Enjoy every moment of it because it’s real,”‘ the American star said, unable to stop smiling. “I just broke down. I started crying. I couldn’t stop.” She finished with 61.875 points, a comfortable 1.25 ahead of Romania’s Steliana Nistor. Jade Barbosa of Brazil and last year’s champion, Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, tied for third. Jurisprudence An 18-year-old will spend the rest of his life in prison for the stabbing deaths of two employees at a restaurant owned by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios. Justin Blackshere, of Detroit, was sentenced to life without parole for the Jan. 2 slayings. The former busboy at Cheli’s Chili Bar was convicted last month on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of chef Mark Barnard, 52, and restaurant manager Megan Soroka, 49. ETC.: Two dozen people, including professional female boxer Cindy Serrano, were charged in an undercover investigation of two New York gyms suspected of peddling steroids and other drugs to aspiring boxers, body builders and other clients. Hockey Ducks forward Samuel Pahlsson underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, General Manager Brian Burke said. The 29-year-old Pahlsson had eight goals and 18 assists last season and added 12 points during the playoffs as the Ducks won their first Stanley Cup. He had the operation on Wednesday in Philadelphia, Burke said, and is expected to be sidelined for three to five weeks. Training camp opens Tuesday. The same doctor, Bill Meyer, performed a similar operation on Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Aug. 6. Giguere is expected to be ready to go when camp opens. ETC.: Former Stanley Cup-winning goalie Tom Barrasso was hired as the Carolina Hurricanes’ director of goaltender development. Basketball Memphis Grizzlies center Darko Milicic was fined nearly $14,000 by FIBA for a profanity-laced tirade at referees following Serbia’s defeat at the European basketball championship. Milicic, who signed a three-year deal with the Grizzlies in the offseason, made the comments – directed at referees Fabio Facchini, Virginijus Dovidavicius and Stelian Banica – following Serbia’s 68-67 loss to Greece on Tuesday. Serbia finished last in Group A, winless in three games for its worst finish in the tournament since its maiden appearance as Yugoslavia in 1947. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and coach Marc Iavaroni called Milicic to communicate their displeasure about the comments, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported. ETC.: Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert has a stress fracture in his left foot, but is expected to participate when the team opens training camp in early October. … Tamika Catchings could start rehabilitation on her injured foot in about six weeks. Her complete recovery from a torn Achilles tendon that cost the Indiana Fever a chance at their first WNBA championship appearance will six to nine months. … Oklahoma State lost its only experienced frontcourt player when Kenny Cooper decided to transfer. Soccer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed a three-year contract, ending speculation he may leave the club at the end of the season. The 57-year-old Wenger’s current agreement was to expire in June, prompting reports that he may quit. He is now set to become Arsenal’s longest-serving manager if he stays through the end of the contract in 2011. ETC.: Steven Gerrard will play in England’s European Championship qualifying match against Israel today despite a broken toe. The participation of his fellow midfielder Owen Hargreaves is still in doubt, however. … Italy forward Luca Toni is out and France captain Patrick Vieira is in for today’s Euro qualifier. Track and field American Sanya Richards set a season-best time in the 400 meters at the Weltklasse Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Richards won in 49.36 seconds on the new Letzigrund track, which organizers billed as “the fastest in the world.” Novlene Williams of Jamaica, bronze medalist at the world championships, was second in 50.85, and Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal was third in 50.95. Cycling Germany’s Erik Zabel won a sprint finish in Zaragoza, Spain, to take the seventh stage, and Vladimir Efimkin retained the overall lead at the Spanish Vuelta. Discovery Channel rider Allan Davis raised his arms in celebration after crossing the line with Zabel, but the Team Milram sprinter edged him to win the 109.5-mile stage in 3 hours, 52 minutes, 55 seconds. Efimkin, of the Caisse d’Epargne team, kept his 1:06 lead over Denis Menchov of Rabobank with an overall time of 28:26:56. Boxing The event scheduled for next Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been cancelled because of an injury suffered by Juan Manuel Marquez, who was to have defended his super featherweight title against Rocky Juarez in the main event. ETC.: Junior Witter retained his WBC light-welterweight belt by stopping Vivian Harris in the seventh round at Doncaster, England. Witter improved his record to 36-1-2. Beach volleyball Elaine Youngs and Jenny Johnson Jordan defeated Kerri Walsh and April Ross, 23-21, 14-21, 15-11, in the women’s final of the AVP Las Vegas Gods and Goddesses of the Beach event in Las Vegas, where players rotate partners.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!