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Oracle beats New Zealand to keep America's Cup

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    Oracle beats New Zealand to keep America's Cup

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fastest boat always wins the America's Cup, and this one went to a big black cat that almost used up its last life too soon.

    With one last spectacular push in a winner-take-all finale Wednesday, the United States managed to hang onto the Auld Mug in closing out the longest, fastest and, by far, wildest America's Cup ever with one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

    "I'm going to rank it No. 1. We never gave up," skipper Jimmy Spithill said.

    Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand sailing upwind in Race 19 on a San Francisco Bay course bordered by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Embarcadero.

    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. 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 trophy.

    For eight races, they sailed with no margin for error in a new class of boats that had a learning curve that was almost straight up.

    Even Ellison was motivated by Spithill's resolve after the Kiwis reached match point at 8-1 one week earlier.
     

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