Oracle Team Wins America's Cup 9/26/13
SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle Team USA has completed one of the great comebacks in sailing history with a win over Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup. The U.S. team had to win eight straight races to claim the Cup and it did just that with skipper Jimmy Spithill leading the way. The victory retains 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. 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 Cup.
How big a win was this?
In sailing terms, it was the equivalent of the Boston Red Sox sweeping the final four games of the 2004 ALCS over the New York Yankees, the only 3-0 comeback in major league history. It's also comparable to the Philadelphia Flyers overcoming a 0-3 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL playoffs