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Incredible Comeback Keeps America's Cup in US

Team Oracle USA needed to win 8 straight races, and that's just what it did
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
Incredible Comeback Keeps America's Cup in US
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, center, follows tactician Ben Ainslie, right.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – The US team won the America's Cup in sailing today, and this is pretty much all you need to know about how huge of a comeback it was: It's a best-of-17 series, and Oracle Team USA trailed 8-1 just last week. Do the math, and you'll see why AP calls the victory by skipper Jimmy Spithill's crew over the New Zealand boat "one of the greatest comebacks in sports history." Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to eight straight wins on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the US. Sailing fans can head to Bleacher Report for more details and reaction. (Read more America's Cup stories.)

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