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Tough round for Oracle, but Americans will prevail

Updated: May 13, 2007, 11:48 PM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

The best moments in any sport come when one watches how competitors respond when the stakes are high.

The final race of the exhausting Louis Vuitton Cup between Emirates Team New Zealand and American entry BMW Oracle Racing was an example of a crucial test. The winner of the race would earn the top seed for the semifinals and the right to choose which of the other three teams it would race in that round.

The race between the USA and New Zealand was decided on a gradual wind shift. ...

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