Oracle stays alive
Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA stayed alive for the second straight day at the America’s Cup final, pulling away from Emirates Team New Zealand to win the re-sail of Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds on San Francisco Bay.
Oracle’s victory Friday came an hour after light, shifty wind thwarted the Kiwis’ chances to wrest the Auld Mug from software billionaire Larry Ellison.
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The New Zealanders led by about a mile at one point in Race 13. But the race was abandoned because it wasn’t completed in 40 minutes, the result of organizers trying to fit two races a day into a two-hour TV window.
“It would have been nice to have another 10 minutes,” Kiwi skipper Dean Barker said with a frustrated smile.
An hour later, after the wind had increased, Spithill and the Oracle team took charge.
Team New Zealand, which reached match point Wednesday, leads 8-3. But Oracle Team USA has won four of the past six races. It needs six more wins to complete a miracle comeback.
“We believe we can win,” said Spithill, a 34-year-old Australian who lives in San Diego with his American wife and their two young boys. “It’s as simple as that.”
Newman earns pole
Ryan Newman set the New Hampshire Motor Speedway qualifying record with a lap of 136.497 mph to win the pole and headline a top 12 loaded with Chase drivers for Sunday’s race in Loudon.
Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled 10 of the top 12 spots. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was second and joins Newman on the front row; Jeff Gordon was third and Kurt Busch fourth.
Joey Logano qualified sixth, Kevin Harvick was eighth, series points leader and last week’s winner Matt Kenseth was ninth, and Greg Biffle from Vancouver, Wash., starts 10th. Jimmie Johnson is 11th and Kyle Busch 12th.
Martin Truex Jr. starts fifth the same week he found out NAPA was dumping sponsorship of his Michael Waltrip Racing No. 56 car after the race-fixing attempts at Richmond.
Foster admits taking money at Tennessee
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.
“Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,” Foster said in the EPIX documentary. “I really didn’t have any money.”
Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005 to 2008, expanded on his comments after the Texans’ practice.
“I feel very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years,” Foster said. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus or anything like that. … I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.”
Fresno beats Boise St.
Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive that helped host Fresno State (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) avoid a fourth-quarter collapse and snap a seven-game losing streak to Boise State (2-2, 1-1) with a 41-40 victory.
France stuns Spain
France ended Spain’s reign as European champion with a 75-72 overtime victory in Ljubljana, Slovenia, behind 32 points from Tony Parker and set up a final against Lithuania, which beat Croatia 77-62.
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