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Oracle Team USA completes comeback, retains America's Cup

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - What a difference a week made for Oracle Team USA.

Long on the brink of having the America's Cup wrested from its grasp, Oracle Team USA won Race 19 on Wednesday -- its eighth straight win -- to retain the trophy.

The Oracle team captured the winner-take-all decisive race by 44 seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand, completing an incredible comeback in which it had to win 11 races instead of nine because of a two-point penalty incurred before the event started.

The New Zealand team led the first-to-9 regatta by an 8-1 margin after capturing Race 11 a week ago but was unable to get its ninth win.

In 2010, Oracle Team USA defeated the Swiss team Alinghi to become the first American winner since 1992.

09/25 21:46:33 ET

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