Monday, May 21, 2007


WHERE'S DENNIS CONNER WHEN YOU NEED HIM? It took five days for the wheels to come off the ultimate sailing machine, billionaire Larry Ellison's America's Cup challenger BMW Oracle. On the sixth day he yanked the driver. Now the once-heralded campaign is kaput. Ellison sacked his skipper and chief executive Sunday in hopes the drastic change would reverse a downward spiral, but with Chris Dickson watching on TV and understudy Sten Mohr at the helm, the U.S. entry came up flat losing by 33 seconds to Italian Lunna Rossa.

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