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Oracle beats New Zealand to keep America's Cup
APTOPIX Americas Cup  Heal WEB
The crew on Oracle Team USA celebrates after winning the 19th race against Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup sailing event, as fans wave in the foreground Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) - photo by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — The big black cat almost used up its last life at the start, burying its bows in a wave and falling behind a boatload of Kiwis. Of course, it was only fitting in this America's Cup that Oracle Team USA would need to survive near-defeat again. 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.