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Oracle Team USA wins America's cup

AFP

Oracle Team USA won the 34th America's Cup on Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand in the tie-breaking 19th race of the finals.

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Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have won the America’s Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Spithill steered Oracle’s space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8 Wednesday. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas and had to win 11 races to keep the Auld Mug.

Oracle’s showed its incredible speed when it reeled in the Kiwis while zigzagging toward the Golden Gate Bridge on the windward third leg.

(AP)

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