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Oracle Team USA slices Cup deficit

Updated: September 8, 2013, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a rough week of unprecedented penalties and three straight losses, defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA finally had something to smile about following a high-speed romp around San Francisco Bay.

Oracle Team USA's 72-foot catamaran came flying out of the fog around the fourth mark and stayed ahead of challenger Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 by 8 seconds Sunday.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill reached back with ...

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