U.S. teen takes title in gymnastics

Posted: September 08, 2007

Shawn Johnson became the fourth American woman to win the all-around title in the world gymnastics championships, taking the crown yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 15-year-old from Iowa 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.

Nastia Liukin, who passed on her title as U.S. champion to Johnson last month, was fifth after falling off the beam.

Johnson joined Shannon Miller, Chellsie Memmel and Kim Zmeskal as Americans who won the world crown.

In the men's all-around, China's Yang Wei won his second consecutive title despite an ugly fall off the high bar, becoming the first man since 1926 to repeat as champion. Fabian Hambuechen delighted the German fans by winning the silver medal, and Hisashi Mizutori of Japan took the bronze.

Jurisprudence

A New Hampshire football player charged with murder in California is expected to turn himself in by Monday, authorities in San Diego said.

San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Rooney said prosecutors and the lawyer defending Henri "Hank" Hendricks were arranging his surrender to face charges that he was part of a gang that fatally beat professional surfer Emery Kauanui in May. Before he was suspended, Hendricks, 21, was a backup quarterback at the University of New Hampshire.

"He had nothing to do with it," Joe Cox, Hendricks' lawyer, said.

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Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon faces team discipline after being charged with two other players in connection with a nightclub fight during which he was stabbed in the chest.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller did not specify the punishment against Lymon. A school statement did not say whether he would play today against Eastern Illinois.

Two dozen people, including a professional female boxer, were charged in an undercover investigation of two New York gyms suspected of peddling steroids and other drugs to boxers, body builders and other clients.

Cindy Serrano, 25, who fights under the nickname "Checkmate," was awaiting arraignment on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance. She was ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Serrano's husband, Jordan Maldonado, 41, a manager and trainer at Envy Us Gym, also was facing charges and was ordered held without bail. A lawyer representing the couple did not immediately return a phone message.

Maldonado's gym and the other location, Powerhouse Gym, were padlocked under court orders.

Colleges

Oklahoma State lost its only experienced frontcourt player when 6-foot-10 center Kenny Cooper decided to transfer, coach Sean Sutton said.

Kate Bowes, an assistant at Albright the last three seasons, was named head coach for women's basketball at Rutgers-Camden.

Noteworthy

Memphis Grizzlies center Darko Milicic was fined nearly $14,000 by FIBA for a profanity-laced tirade at referees after Serbia's defeat at the European basketball championship on Tuesday.

Stanley Cup-winning goalie Tom Barrasso was hired as the Carolina Hurricanes' director of goaltender development.

Joey Abell of Minneapolis knocked out Philadelphia's Levon Warner at 2 minutes, 52 seconds of the first round of a scheduled eight-round heavyweight bout at the Blue Horizon. Abell is 16-1 with 16 KOs.

Steve Upsher of Philadelphia (15-1) won a unanimous decision against Jason Jordan of Akron, Ohio, in a six-round junior-welterweight bout.

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