Federal court allows America's Cup sailor's suit to proceed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal court has denied a request by an international America's Cup jury to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a sailor punished before the 2013 regatta.

Matt Mitchell, formerly with Oracle Team USA, sued the International Sailing Federation - now called World Sailing - and its five-member international jury in September, asking that his penalty from the 2013 America's Cup be vacated.

Mitchell, a grinder from New Zealand, was suspended for the first four races of the regatta for what the jury said was his role in Oracle Team USA's illegal modification of boats in warm-up regattas. The suspension effectively ended Mitchell's America's Cup career.

Mitchell didn't sail in the 2013 America's Cup, in which Oracle stunned Emirates Team New Zealand by winning the final eight races to retain the Auld Mug.

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