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LOUISVILLE---Long shot Black Onyx
is a late scratching for the Kentucky
Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the
The scratching occurred yesterday,
so Black Onyx's number one post
position will be left empty in today's
It came too late for Fear the Kitten
to get into the Derby. The colt was on
the list of also eligibles as the 21st
qualifier in the point standings which
determine the field.
Trainer Kelly Breen gave no
immediate explanation for Black
Onyx's scratching. It leaves jockey Joe
Bravo without a Derby mount.
The three-year-old colt is two for
two since Breen took over training last
winter. Black Onyx qualified for the
Derby by winning the Spiral Stakes at
Turfway Park. He was 50--1 on the
morning line. (AP)
MUNICH---Ivan Dodig of Croatia caused another
upset at the BMW Open yesterday by ousting
fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine
6--4, 6--4 to reach the semifinals.
It was the third straight-sets victory of the week
for Dodig, who beat Russian two-time champion
Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, and followed
up with victory over second-seeded countryman
Marin Cilic on Wednesday.
The 56th-ranked Dodig next faces third-seeded
Tommy Haas, who defeated fellow German Florian
Mayer, the sixth seed, 6--4, 6--1.
Haas, a finalist in 2000, is bidding to win the
title for the first time on his tenth appearance.
Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby
BMW upset run
Klitschko s disparaging gaze,
Francesco Pianeta did not give
much away during an open
workout before he challenges
the Ukrainian for his WBA and
IBF heavyweight belts today.
The undefeated Italian, who
overcame testicular cancer,
merely went through the
motions in the last public
appearance before their bout in
The 28-year-old Pianeta, who
has lived in Gelsenkirchen since
he was six, was briefly
Klitschko s sparring partner last
year and knows the formidable
challenge of dethroning the 37-
year-old Klitschko, who was also
based in Germany.
"I know him from inside the
ring. Together with my coach
Dirk Dzemski we have a tactic
to draw Wladimir out of his
comfort zone. Then he s vul-
nerable," Pianeta said.
Klitschko (59--3, 51KO)
referred to Mike Tyson s famous
quote, "Everybody has a plan
until they get punched in the
face," adding: "Pianeta will be
super motivated and wants to
use his big chance but I am very
experienced and will show him
One thing Pianeta (28-0-1,
15KO) can be sure of---the biggest
payoff of his career to date.
"It s certainly more than
usual. I m satisfied," Pianeta said.
He was diagnosed with tes-
ticular cancer in 2009 and
vowed to use the money for
"I want to give something
back. And then I want to donate
for the church and a mosque.
As a Christian I grew up with
many Muslims," he said.
The Italian said he could see
Klitschko s "weaknesses" from
their sparring days "and will use
them for me. I know many
experts see me as the underdog
but I like this role and will shock
the boxing world."
Klitschko, whose older brother
Vitali holds the WBC belt, hasn t
fought since November, when
he was taken the distance by
Poland s Mariusz Wach. It was
his first bout since the death of
longtime trainer and friend
Emanuel Steward. He previously
enjoyed comfortable wins over
American Tony Thompson,
Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck
and Britain s David Haye.
But the Ukrainian expects a
stiffer challenge from Pianeta in
his 23rd world championship
"I have a lot of respect for
Francesco Pianeta. He is young,
a southpaw and has an immense
fighting spirit. He will do any-
thing to reach his goal," Klitschko
If, as expected, Klitschko adds
Pianeta to his lengthy list of
wins, attention will turn to a
likely bout with Alexander
Povetkin of Russia, the "regular"
WBA champion after Klitschko
was elevated to "super cham-
pion" by the WBA after his win
Povetkin became the manda-
tory challenger for Klitschko
with his win over American
challenger Hasim Rahman last
Italian pledges to
give $$ to charity
Cancer survivor faces Klitschko
MADRID---Spanish prosecutors have opened
an investigation into individuals involved in the
Lance Armstrong scandal, the nation s anti-dop-
ing agency said yesterday.
The agency said prosecutors in the eastern
province of Alicante are examining the Spanish
citizens mentioned in a report by the US Anti-
Doping Agency into Armstrong s doping activi-
The USADA report that led to Armstrong s even-
tual confession that he had doped to win seven
Tour de France titles from 1999-2005 mentions
Spanish doctors Luis Garcia del Moral and Pedro
Celaya and trainer Pepe Marti. Armstrong has
since been stripped of his Tour titles and banned
for life by USADA.
Spain s anti-doping agency said the investigation
is currently limited to Alicante, although the USADA
report indicates Armstrong s ring extended to other
parts of Spain.
The move comes just days after a Madrid court
found doctor Eufemiano Fuentes guilty of endan-
gering the health of athletes through blood dop-
The court suspended Fuentes one-year sentence
and ordered the destruction of evidence that could
implicate more athletes.The judge s decision to
destroy more than 200 blood bags has been heavily
criticised by anti-doping organisations.
Armstrong s activities in Spain spanned from
the mid-1990s through 2010. Doping was not
considered a crime in Spain until 2006, meaning
actions before then would have to be charged as
endangering public health as in the Operation
Puerto case against Fuentes. (AP)
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko warms up during a public training in Heidelberg, Germany,
yesterday. The 36-year-old WBO, IBF and WBA champion will fight German-Italian Francesco Pianeta
(inset) in Mannheim today. AP PHOTO
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