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Oracle wins twice to stay alive in America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — This has become the America's Cup that just won't end, thanks to fickle wind and Oracle Team USA's remarkable resurgence.

Twice down by seven races, the defending champions from the United States no doubt have all of New Zealand on edge, including the thousands of Kiwis who pack the waterfront to cheer on the boys aboard Emirates Team New Zealand.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful in tricky conditions Sunday on San Francisco Bay, winning Races 14 and 15 to cut the Kiwis' lead to 8-5.

Oracle won Race 14 by 23 seconds and Race 15 by 37 seconds in light, patchy wind.

Spithill steered his 72-foot catamaran to huge leads in both races before the Kiwis cut the margin on the fourth leg. It was a day for back slaps and fist pumps aboard Oracle Team USA, which has won four straight since the Kiwis reached match point on Wednesday.


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