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HAMILTON, BERMUDA---Peter Burling and
Emirates Team New Zealand are threat-
ening to sail---and cycle---away with the
The 26-year-old Burling calmly steered
the Kiwis' fast 50-foot catamaran to two
more dominating victories against Jimmy
Spithill and two-time defending champion
Oracle Team USA yesterday to remain unde-
feated in the showdown on the Great Sound.
Although they've won four races, the Ki-
wis lead Oracle 3-0. Because Oracle won the
qualifiers, the challenger started the 35th
America's Cup match with a negative point.
Burling, an America's Cup rookie who has
won Olympic gold and silver medals with
grinder Blair Tuke, steered the Kiwis to vic-
tories of 49 seconds and 1 minute, 12 seconds
on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.
Team New Zealand needs to win four more
races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal
New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland,
where it resided from 1995-2003. Oracle
needs to win seven to keep the silver trophy
in the hands of American software billionaire
Well-funded Oracle Team USA has five
days to try to come with some answers to
counter the spot-on design innovations by
the scrappy Kiwis, who are getting by with
much less funding.
Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.
This is a rematch of the epic 2013 Amer-
ica's Cup, when Team New Zealand, then
skippered by Dean Barker, reached match
point at 8-1 before Spithill lead Oracle Team
USA to eight straight victories on San Fran-
cisco Bay to retain the oldest trophy in in-
ternational sports. (AP)
MOSCOW---Arturo Vidal brushed off
a hotly disputed video review to give
Chile a 2-0 win over Cameroon in the
Confederations Cup yesterday.
Vidal's 81st-minute header after a pass
from substitute Alexis Sanchez gave the
South American champion a win which
was anything but routine, before another
goal was decided by video review.
The Chileans had thought they'd taken
the lead in first-half stoppage time when
Eduardo Vargas slotted the ball past Fabrice
Ondoa after a pass from Vidal.
Referee Damir Skomina awarded the goal
and Chile's players started an elaborate goal
celebration, but the decision was then sent
for video review---the key piece of new tech-
nology being debuted by FIFA at the Con-
Players milled about in confusion, some
briefly appearing to think the referee had
blown for half-time, and Chile's many trav-
eling fans struggled to understand what was
The review found Vargas offside by a mat-
ter of inches, enraging him and Vidal, who
angrily petitioned Skomina when he blew
for half time.
After Vidal put Chile ahead in the 80th,
Vargas scored Chile's second---but only after
Sanchez charged through the Chilean
defense, but saw his shot saved by Ondoa,
only for Vargas to score the rebound. The
review found Sanchez hadn't been offside
when he received the ball. (AP)
Portugal, Mexico draw 2-2
KAZAN, RUSSIA---Title contenders Por-
tugal and Mexico fought out an enter-
taining 2-2 draw in the Confederations
Cup yesterday, with each team scoring
in the last five minutes.
Portugal looked set for a late win when
Cedric Soares scored with a deflected shot in
the 86th minute, but Hector Moreno equal-
ized for Mexico with a header in stoppage
Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off a tumul-
tuous week off the field, had set up Ricardo
Quaresma's opening goal for Portugal, and
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez hit Mexico's
equalizer just before half-time.
The result left European champion Por-
tugal and Gold Cup winner Mexico trailing
host Russia in Group A. Russia opened the
tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zea-
land on Saturday.
Soares' goal had to be confirmed by video
review but it eventually stood. Portugal had a
first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a vid-
eo review, when the game was still scoreless.
Mexico controlled possession and spent
more time in Portugal's area, but the Euro
2016 champions were a constant threat on
the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at
the Kazan Arena.
Ronaldo played well and made the first
goal but did not score.
He attracted headlines last week after
being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of
defrauding the country's tax authorities. A
report by a Portuguese newspaper two days
before Sunday's game said that the Madrid
forward had made the "irreversible" decision
to leave the Spanish club because he was
upset with the allegations. (AP)
Hello Girl is napped
to go one better and
make it third time
lucky in a 2-y-o
Fillies' Novice Auc-
tion Stakes over six
furlongs of 'good to
today; all signals are
in place, including
jockey Robert 'win-
ning machine' Winston.
Pound for pound there isn't a better man around
than Winston, a man who would have been 'King'
had he not suffered horrendous facial injuries in a
terrible fall at Ayr all those years ago, when well clear
in the jockeys' championship; his come-back, and
dedication, provides a wonderful example to us all.
Nowadays the Irishman, a one-time force on the
Northern circuit, is now based South, mainly to con-
tinue a successful association with Dean Ivory (son
of Ken!), who operates successfully from the family
stables in Radlett, Hertfordshire. What a spectacular
three-years spell they have enjoyed.
Apparently both were delighted with the recent
Kempton effort of Hello Girl when this Bated Breath
filly ran on strongly to be beaten only two lengths, in
a fast-run race won by 20/1 shot Electric Landlady;
significantly the rest finished three lengths and up-
wards in arrears which always indicates solid form
in juvenile races, over sprint distances.
Hello Girl faces 13 rivals, any one could improve
considerably, or be fancied on debut by 'fashion-
able' trainers, but her recent time-handicap mark
is good enough to win this-type 'auction' race nine
time out of ten.
On the eve of Royal Ascot there is always a crack-
ing Windsor evening fixture and Indian Warrior,
mount of James Doyle, also ticks enough boxes in
the 2-y-o ten-runner Novice Stakes over a 'good
to firm' surface.
Indian Warrior delighted James and trainer Ed
Dunlop when beaten a short-head/half length by
Last Voyage and Choice Encounter over course and
distance five weeks ago; wisely, and significant-
ly, this twice-raced Sepoy colt has been given five
weeks to recover from what must have been a tough
The aforementioned fancies represent an each-
way double to die for and, hopefully, the daily patent
will be supplemented with long-overdue success
for Richard Hannon-trained Prerogative, an ul-
tra-consistent Rock Of Gibraltar gelding which
has, unbelievably, failed to win from eleven outings.
Expect Pat Dobbs to be positive and Prerogative
to rule throughout. Can you imagine Monday night
at this Berkshire track without a Hannon winner?
In-form Balgobin takes Ky Alta
T&T's Keishan Balgobin won his second add-
ed money race in as many days while Barbadian
Kyle Carter grabbed his first of the season, as
the pair took the headlines at Northlands Park
The 27-year-old Balgobin scored in the $50,000
Ky Alta Handicap in race five when he brought 8-5
chance Trooper John with a late run to beat the three
year olds by three quarters of a length in one minute,
Carter, meanwhile, also produced a flying late
run aboard 13-1 outsider Ready Intaglio to win the
$50,000 Spangled Jimmy Handicap in race seven to
leave his mark on the eight-race card at the western
Canada racing oval.
Just 24 hours after winning the RK Smith, Balgobin
was back in the limelight. Going a mile, Trooper John
settled off pace as 32-1 longshot Teeplay, ridden by
Balgobin's cousin Ridge Balgobin, set the fractions
along the rails with 25.54 seconds for the quarter
and 50.26 for the half. (CMC)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo falls down during the Confederations Cup, Group A match
between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand
competes during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, yesterday, in the
Great Sound of Bermuda. AP PHOTO
get ready for
Nottingham, 3.00 Hello Girl
Windsor, 3.10 Indian Warrior
(e.w); 5.15 Prerogative (e.w)
Burling, Kiwis win 2
more to take 3-0 lead
Chile beats Cameroon 2-0 as
video reviews draw controversy
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