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Colon wins Golden Gloves opener

Emanuel Colon got off to a winning start in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Mesquite, Nev.

The 141-pound Buffalo boxer dropped his foe Alemeo Carter of Kansas City twice during their bout at the Casa Blanca Resort en route to a convincing 5-0 decision. Colon, who had more than 80 fights as an amateur, is schedule to return to the ring for a second-round bout tonight.

Meanwhile, Buffalo super heavyweight Erik Rogers, the former Burgard and UB football player, squared off against New York Metro champion Elijah Thomas on Tuesday night in a fight that didn't end in time for this edition.

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Davydenko can't defend title

Colombian qualifier Robert Farah upset defending champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the BMW Open on Tuesday.

The seventh-seeded Russian, who also won the tournament in 2004, dropped serve four times.

Sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, the 2010 champion, edged out Philipp Petzschner of Germany 7-5, 7-5, and eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus outlasted Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 for his first clay-court win of the season.

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Derby field loses Mark Valeski

The first defection of Derby week came late Tuesday, when trainer Larry Jones announced he will not enter Mark Valeski this afternoon for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. That created an opening for long shot Optimizer, trained by 76-year-old D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner.

Jones said his colt is healthy but decided he wasn't up to taking on a very strong field. Mark Valeski's 5-furlong workout in 1:00.20 Monday didn't dazzle Jones. "We really were looking for a 'wow' work, and we don't think he gave us that feeling," he said. "When you go in the Derby, you've got to be ready to tackle the bears."

From News Staff and wire service reports