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Conner's fate put into hands of race jury AMERICA'S CUP


SAN DIEGO -- An America's Cup International Jury convened last night to consider America3's protest that Team Dennis Conner's keel change in the wake of Sunday's near-sinking was illegal both in application and protocol. After 4 1/2 hours, the jury decided to reconvene today.

A ruling in favor of America3 would, in essence, end Conner's campaign and send America3's Mighty Mary into the defender finals against PACT 95's Young America. A ruling in favor of Conner would put his Stars & Stripes back on the water against Young America today, needing a victory to eliminate Mighty Mary from the semifinals.

On the water, America3 was pushed to within one race of elimination when Kevin Mahaney's Young America beat Mighty Mary, which is sailed by 15 women and one man.



Citizen Cup for Defenders

Young America, Kevin Mahaney, def. Mighty Mary, Leslie Egnot, 1 minute, 11 seconds.

Louis Vuitton Cup Challengers

Team New Zealand, Russell Coutts, def. oneAustralia, John Bertrand, 2:39; NZL-39, Chris Dickson, def. Nippon, Makoto Namba, 2:26.


Citizen Cup

x-Young America, 7 points; Stars & Stripes, 3; Mighty Mary, 2.

Note: Victories are worth one point. Young America began round with two bonus points and Stars & Stripes with one.

Louis Vuitton Cup

x-Team New Zealand, 9 points; oneAustralia, 5; NZL-39, 4; Nippon Challenge, 0.

x-Denotes clinched spot in the finals.


Citizen Cup

Young America vs. Stars & Stripes; Layday: Mighty Mary.

Louis Vuitton Cup

NZL-39 vs. Nippon; oneAustralia vs. Team New Zealand.

Note: Team New Zealand will forfeit its last three semifinal matches; competing teams will still have to complete 18.55 nautical mile course to earn the win.

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