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Ellison's Oracle squad should have had more American feel

Updated: May 23, 2007, 2:39 PM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

It's hard to believe, but Larry Ellison has spent more money trying to win the America's Cup over the past six years than the total of every 12-meter syndicate between 1958 and 1983, combined. And yet, for the first time in the 156-year history of the America's Cup, no American boat will race past the semifinals.

But a closer inspection of the sailors on the top teams featured a large number of Americans in key roles. The original Deed of Gift for the America's Cup called for a "friendly ...

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