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It is recommended to keep a sitemap.xml up-to-date and free of errors*. If you merge the content of www.example.com/one-yellow.html and www.example.com/one-yellow-means.html into www.example.com/one.html you probably (ideally) redirect them both to www.example.com/one.html. Other URLs that have been removed may serve an HTTP status 404 (not foud) or ...
So long as the entries in the sitemap point to the correct URLs and Google knows to access the sitemap file and is doing so, you're fine. The name of that file is not relevant to the SEO. In other words, my sitemap could be www.mysite.com/f*ckyougoogle.xml and neither the spider nor the algorithm would care.
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