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Sudden death Oracle Team USA makes it 8-8 in America's Cup


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Emirates Team New Zealand, left, sails against Oracle Team USA during Race 17.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA overtook Emirates Team New Zealand on the upwind third leg Tuesday to win their astonishing seventh straight race and force a winner-take-all finale in the longest America's Cup ever.

All but defeated a week ago, Oracle Team USA tied the faltering Kiwis 8-8 on the scoreboard by winning its 10th race overall. Oracle was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas.

If it hadn't been hit with the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's sailors would be hoisting the silver trophy in victory.

Instead, the epic 19th race is scheduled for Wednesday, weather-permitting, on San Francisco Bay.

The devil wears Oracle.

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