Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003

Nikiski cagers to host Seldovia

The Nikiski High School basketball teams will host Seldovia today. The girls game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 6:30.

Another Kiwi breakdown in America's Cup

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- With a groan and a crack, Team New Zealand's mast came tumbling down, the latest America's Cup nightmare for a sailing crew that used to be perfect.

The two-time defending champion Kiwis were knocked out of Race 4 on Friday when their 110-foot carbon-fiber mast snapped in two during a squall and fell into the rough Hauraki Gulf.

Alinghi of Switzerland, leading from the start, sailed alone around the rest of the six-leg, 18.5-nautical mile course to take a 4-0 lead in the best-of-nine series. Alinghi needs one more win to take the America's Cup back to Europe for the first time in 152 years, and to a landlocked country at that.

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