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Sports news briefs — Sept. 8

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Oracle Team USA claims first victory

• Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and stayed ahead of Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America’s Cup by 8 seconds Sunday in San Francisco Bay.

Finally, there were backslaps and smiles from the beleaguered defending champions.

It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle, which still has a long way to go to keep the oldest trophy in international sports. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history.

That meant the Americans started at minus-2.

Oracle needs to win 10 more races to keep the silver trophy.

Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier in the day, its third consecutive victory, and needs to win six more to take the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which held it from 1995-2003.

Race 4 was a thriller on a foggy, windy day on San Francisco Bay, with the foiling 72-foot catamarans sometimes veering on the edge of control.

After an even start, the boats sprinted across the bay parallel to the misty Golden Gate Bridge. Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill got there first and swung his catamaran around the buoy at 45.97 knots, or 52.9 mph. Oracle stayed ahead the rest of the five-leg course, but it was not easy.

olympics

IOC to bring back wrestling in ’20, ’24

• Wrestling, a sport as ancient as the games themselves, is back in the Olympics after seven months in limbo and even more determined to keep its place for centuries to come. The International Olympic Committee, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, fixed what it admits was a big mistake, voting wrestling back onto the program for the 2020 and 2024 Games. Presenting new leadership and a revamped sport, wrestling easily defeated bids from baseball-softball and squash to regain its Olympic status. The result capped a frantic six-month campaign by the wrestling body FILA to save its Olympic status after the IOC executive board surprisingly cut it from the list of core sports in February.

football

UCLA wide receiver dies after hit by car

• UCLA freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale was struck by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente, Calif. He was 20. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reports that Pasquale was struck about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was trying to cross a street. Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Strachan says the car’s driver stopped, called authorities and stayed with Pasquale until they arrived. The accident is under investigation.

• Duke quarterback Anthony Boone is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone. Coach David Cutcliffe said that Boone does not need surgery to repair the broken bone but has no timetable for his return. Boone broke his collarbone in the second quarter of Duke’s 28-14 win Saturday over Memphis.

other SPORTS

Parker leads France to win over Ukraine

• San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker scored 28 points to lead France past Ukraine 77-71 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and into the second round of the European basketball championship. Finland advanced earlier in the day, eliminating Russia with an 86-83 win in double overtime. In Celje, Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies scored 15 points apiece to lead defending champion Spain to an 89-53 victory over winless Poland. In Jesenice, Serbia beat Latvia 80-71 behind 25 points from center Nenad Krstic to advance, while Italy stayed perfect after four games with an 81-72 win over previously unbeaten Greece.

• Frenchman Alexandre Geniez won a grueling 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta that ended with a summit finish in his home country, while Vincenzo Nibali fended off his rivals’ attacks to retain the overall lead. Geniez broke away on a solo escape before the last of four category-one climbs to claim the 140-mile stage that started in the principality of Andorra, passed through Spanish territory, and finished at the Peyragudes summit. Geniez crossed the finish line in 6 hours, 20 minutes, 12 seconds.

• The Carolina Hurricanes fired owner Peter Karmanos Jr.’s son four days before the start of training camp. The team said it relieved Jason Karmanos of his duties as executive vice president and assistant general manager, but gave no reason.

— From wire reports


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