STORY HIGHLIGHTS Australian wine mogul Bob Oatley has announced plans to enter a team in the America’s Cup The vintner filed his challenge to the Golden Gate Yacht Club Oracle Team USA are the defending champions of the elite sailing trophy The Americans fought back to defeat Emirates New Zealand (CNN) — Australian tycoon Bob Oatley is turning from wine to water as he announced his intention to build a team to challenge defending America’s Cup champions Oracle Team USA. The renowned vintner filed his intention to challenge for the 35th edition of sailing’s blue ribbon event Monday. Oatley — a man who is described as “as famous for his wine as he is for sailing” — lodged his intent with San Francisco Golden Gate Yacht Club. The club is classed as the “defender and trustee” of the trophy after its team, owned by American billionaire Larry Ellison, won the 34th America’s Cup last Wednesday. Oracle Team USA staged a magnificent comeback from 8-1 down to sail to a 9-8 win over Emirates New Zealand to claim the oldest trophy in sport. The American boat was packed with an international crew and skippered by Australian Jimmy Spithill. A Comeback for the Ages The sailors who race the America’s Cup Oatley said seeing what the sailors from the southern hemisphere achieved on the waters of San Francisco Bay persuaded him it was the right time to enter an Australian team to challenge Team USA. “Given Australia’s previous success in the America’s Cup, the Admiral’s Cup and Olympic yachting, and as proud Australians, we think it is time for our nation to be back in our sport’s pinnacle event,” Oatley said. “The recently completed America’s Cup in San Francisco has revolutionized the sport for sailors and fans, and we were excited to see how many Australians played key roles on the teams and in the regatta organization.” Oatley lodged his entry through the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. The entrepreneur owns the island off the east coast of Australia and has taken to the waters with great success, seeing his crews win the Admiral’s Cup and consecutive Sydney to Hobart yacht races. Details on the dates and venue for the next edition of the America’s Cup are due to be published in the first few months of 2014.
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Even though UTEP and Southern Miss are poised to build on their recent success, newcomer Louisiana Tech is on the rise and former powers Charlotte and UAB are taking strides toward recapturing their glory days, the 2013-14 edition of C-USA figures to feature a jumble of decent teams but none among the nation’s elite. The best bet to emerge from the morass and take control of the league may be UTEP, which returns five of its top seven scorers and its four leading rebounders from last season’s 18-14 team. The Miners’ upside would be higher had McDonald’s All-American Isaac Hamilton not backed out of his letter of intent over the summer and transferred to UCLA, but the returning talent is accomplished enough that it would be a surprise if UTEP isn’t in league title contention. Small forward Julian Washburn is formidable perimeter defender who blossomed into a scoring threat late last season, though his outside shooting remains a major weakness. Veterans John Bohannon and Cedrick Lang, 7-foot-1 Matt Willms and top freshman Vince Hunter combine to form a strong frontcourt, but the Miners have questions at point guard, where a replacement for last year’s starter, Jacques Streeter, must emerge. In addition to UTEP, it would be a surprise if Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech weren’t factors in the league title race. Three starters return for Southern Miss from a 27-win NIT team and the Golden Eagles also add 6-foot-5 wing Aaron Brown, a Temple transfer who led the team in scoring during its five-game August exhibition tour of the Bahamas. Four starters including standout guards Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby return for Louisiana Tech from a team that also won 27 games last season but must prove it can handle a step up in competition from the WAC to C-USA. If one or more of the three leading contenders falter, there are a handful of teams more than capable of taking advantage. Tulsa returns three starters from Danny Manning’s inaugural season and gets back forward Rashad Smith , a sophomore who led the Golden Hurricane in scoring through four games before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Charlotte should also be strong in its first season back in C-USA thanks to the return of guard Pierria Henry, forward Willie Clayton and two other starters from a 21-win team that advanced to the NIT. And Middle Tennessee and UAB also could factor in the league race if the Blue Raiders’ eight newcomers prove ready to contribute immediately or the Blazers’ five key returners make significant progress. Even at the height of Memphis’ run, C-USA has often struggled to shake the reputation of being a one-team league and earn multiple NCAA tournament bids. It won’t be any easier to win respect now that the Tigers are gone, but at least the league promises to have a far more competitive title race. MAKING A LIST Best shooter: Akeem Richmond, East Carolina.
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28, at his home in Daphne. According to university officials, classes have been cancelled from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday so students and faculty can attend a public memorial for Moulton which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Center arena on campus. His widow, Geri, will receive guests immediately following at the same location. A candlelight vigil was held at the Moulton Bell Tower on campus on Monday evening. Also the third and final public forum in the universitys search for Moultons permanent replacement, scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, has been postponed, officials said. The forum was to feature Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, dean of the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, who was also to meet with several campus groups before the public meeting. A new schedule has not been announced for the introduction of Ross who, along with finalists Jerome Gilbert and Sheri Noren Everts , is vying for the USA presidency.
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