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Johnson out at Queens Tournament

Although she averaged 233.67 for 12 games, former champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was eliminated in match play of the USBC Queens Tournament on Tuesday at Oncenter in Syracuse, going 2-2 on the day. It took two of the tournament finalists to do it.

Johnson suffered her first loss to Missy (Bellinder) Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., 688-627. Parkin eventually earned the No. 2 position in tonight's stepladder championship finals (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

After a resounding win over Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, 763-717, Johnson had her hopes ended with a 698-694 loss to former champion Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev. Macpherson captured the No. 5 spot in the finals with a 733-664 victory over Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas in the contenders' bracket finals.

Elysia Current, 26, of Ephrata, Pa., is the No. 1 seed in the finals.

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Haynesworth in trouble again

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor sexual abuse for allegedly fondling the breast of his server in a hotel restaurant in Washington.

A grand jury returned an indictment formally charging Haynesworth over the alleged incident at a downtown Washington hotel in the early hours of Feb. 13. If convicted, the 29-year-old two-time All-Pro faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the government's evidence shows Haynesworth slid a credit card down the front of the server's dress and fondled her breast.

Haynesworth also faces charges in Virginia for allegedly punching a man during a road-rage assault. His trial is scheduled for May.

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The Factor won't be one at Derby

The Factor won't be a factor in the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday the 3-year-old colt is still recuperating from throat surgery after finishing seventh in the Arkansas Derby on April 16 and will not run in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

"I just feel like the window is closing on him," Baffert said. "I'd hate to rush him into this thing."

The Factor appeared to be an early Derby favorite after winning both the San Vincente and Rebel Stakes over the winter. But he never fired in the Arkansas Derby, fading badly in the stretch behind winner Archarcharch.

A postrace examination discovered a flipped palate, leading to minor throat surgery. The procedure, combined with The Factor's preference to run from the front, left Baffert wary about his horse handling the Derby distance.

The Derby is limited to 20 horses, with spots going to the 20 horses with the most graded stakes earnings.

From News and wire service reports.

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