With Ainslie aboard, Oracle loses twice to Kiwis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Emirates Team New Zealand beat defending champion Oracle Team USA twice more on Thursday, moving closer to taking the America's Cup Down Under for the second time in 18 years.

Team New Zealand leads 6 to minus-1 and needs three more victories to reclaim the trophy for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, was docked two points in a cheating scandal. It couldn't catch the Kiwis even after replacing tactician John Kostecki with British star Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

The Kiwis continued their dominance sailing upwind on San Francisco Bay. They overtook Oracle Team USA on the third leg of Race 6 and won by 47 seconds.

Barker led rival Jimmy Spithill the whole way in Race 7 to rout Oracle by 66 seconds.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 27 Nov 2014 12:02:33 Processing Time: 639ms