Oracle say no to 2021 America's Cup - report

Oracle Team USA will play no part in the 2021 America's Cup challenge, according to reports out of a US yachting magazine.

It is believed that after the 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Team New Zealand in Bermuda earlier this year, Oracle's owner - billionaire Larry Ellison - has decided enough is enough.

In an email to sailing journalist Bob Fisher, former Oracle syndicate leader says that Oracle play no part in the 2021 challenge in Auckland.

"My understanding is that Oracle/Larry will not be entering," Coutts said in an email.

Writing in Yachts and Yachting, Fisher wrote that: "One Rich American Called Larry Ellison has had enough - the cost of the Cup has proved too high even for him. Which leaves one to wonder just who will show up?"

Oracle have made no official commitment to the 2021 America's Cup as of yet.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA start their race five match up of the 35th America's Cup challenger series. Bermuda. 27/5/2017
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Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA start their race five match up of the 35th America's Cup challenger series in Bermuda. Source: Photosport



'I'm happy to knock him out' – Joseph Parker relaxed before facing Hughie Fury

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker was his usual, calm, self when asked about his upcoming WBO title defence with Hughie Fury in Manchester.

Parker will travel from London later this week, where he'll prepare to meet Fury in the ring.

After it was revealed yesterday that the fight would be controlled by British judges, essentially handing Fury the advantage, Parker made it clear that he's preparing no differently than usual.

"If you allow pressure to hit you, then it'll definitely take it's tole on you," Parker said.

"I know what my job is, I have a great team around me who can take care of the things that I don't need to take care of."

"I'm happy being here, I'm happy fighting next week, I'm happy to knock him out."

The Kiwi heavyweight is feeling no pressure before his September 23 bout. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: Joseph Parker handed custom West Ham jersey by Winston Reid

Joseph Parker has caught up with fellow Kiwi sporting superstar Winston Reid, in London while preparing to face Hughie Fury in Manchester.

Reid, who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League, gave the unbeaten Kiwi heavyweight his own customised football kit, with his name and the number one on the back.

"You're going to be number one in the world," Reid told Parker.

"Good luck with everything."

The Kiwi heavyweight and EPL superstar caught up before Parker's fight with Hughie Fury. Source: 1 NEWS