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SAN FRANCISCO -- Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match -- the Americas Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italys Luna Rossa again Sunday, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the premier event against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA. The best-of-17 Americas Cup starts Sept 7. The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1 minute, 28 seconds, and Luna Rossas lone win came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed. The Kiwis won the final race -- the lightest wind of the series thanks to a fog that blanketed San Francisco Bay -- by the largest margin: 3:20. "To win the Americas Cup, you have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup. And weve come here to win the Americas Cup," Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said. The Kiwis sounded their horn as they crossed the finish line and toasted sparkling wine on the boat from nearby Napa Valley while taking a victory lap near thousands who crowded the corner piers. The crew shared hugs and high-fives, and while theyll have a few days off to celebrate before practicing again, they know theres still more to accomplish. "We put a ban on long-distance travel. None of the boys are allowed to go to Vegas," Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies said. This is the fifth time since 1995 Team New Zealand has reached the Americas Cup match. The only time it didnt make it was 2010, which was a one-off between Oracle and Switzerlands Alinghi following a bitter court fight. Barker believes the challenger series helped his team learn the course and polish its performances, foiling faster -- and even upwind -- and pulling off more foiling gybes under all kinds of conditions. Oracle tactician Darren Bundock brushed that off, saying his team is better prepared because it has had closer competitions in two-boat practice races -- something no other team can do -- than anything the Kiwis faced in the challengers. In a race for the oldest active trophy in international sports, this years Americas Cup offers one of the more scintillating subplots in recent times. Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton, who also serves as a grinder even though hes 56, and Barker both accused Oracle Team USA of cheating after it was revealed the U.S. syndicate illegally modified its boats in the Americas Cup World Series, a warmup to this summers racing. Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who is CEO of Oracle Team USA, recently told The Associated Press that his syndicate is incredibly motivated because of Daltons barbs. "I dont have to give a motivational speech. This team is incredibly motivated to win. This has picked it up 10, 20, 30 notches. They can thank Grant Dalton," Coutts said. An international jury is expected to rule on the matter this week. Sanctions against Oracle could include a fine, forfeiture of races in the Americas Cup or disqualification from the regatta. Oracle even filed a protest alleging that the Kiwis had trespassed to gather information in the case. Team New Zealand responded that the allegation was "laughable." Oracle withdrew its protest. Additionally, Dalton and Coutts traded insults at a gala dinner in Auckland earlier this year. Dalton criticized Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison because his vision of a grand regatta with a dozen or more challengers fell far short, as the cost of the boats and the perceived peril of sailing them kept several competitors out. Coutts responded by criticizing Daltons record and wondering why New Zealand couldnt find someone younger to sail on the boat. Coutts, 51, who won the Americas Cup three times as a skipper and once as Oracle Team USAs CEO, doesnt sail on the U.S.-backed boat and didnt sail in the syndicates two-race sweep of Alinghi of Switzerland in the 2010 Americas Cup. Despite the country each represents, the crews are quite contrasting. Team New Zealand has a strong national identity, representing a small island nation where people are vastly outnumbered by sheep. Because they rely on government funding, the Kiwis have said Team New Zealand will cease to exist if it doesnt win the Americas Cup. Oracle, by comparison, has a multinational crew, including Australian-born skipper Jimmy Spithill. Only one American, tactician John Kostecki, was on Oracles crew when it won the Americas Cup in 2010. Jordan 3 For Sale Cheap Real . has left the San Jose Sharks to become the Boston Bruins director of player personnel. Cheap Jordan 3 Free Shipping . A night later, he was back to help lead a rout of the Detroit Pistons. 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One day after Barcelonas 4-3 win at Real Madrid featured three penalties, referees again dominated a wide-open game that saw Almeria ultimately move out of the relegation zone and one point ahead of Getafe which took its place.REGINA -- Its one of the most heart-breaking moments in Saskatchewan Roughriders history but Darian Durant uses it as motivation for the clubs crucial late-season run. Saskatchewan (9-5) hosts the Edmonton Eskimos (3-11) at Mosaic Stadium today after downing B.C. 31-17 last weekend to snap a dismal four-game losing streak. The Riders certainly control their playoff destiny, finishing their regular season with five games against West Division rivals, including three at home. You can watch the game live on TSN at 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt and get in-depth player stats, Twitter Trender and more on TSN.cas GameTracker. Following Fridays walkthrough, Riders coach Corey Chamblin selected Durant to address the team and the veteran quarterbacks message was simple -- at this time of year players must be totally focused and pay attention to even the smallest detail. And he pointed to the 09 Grey Cup, where a too many men penalty against Saskatchewan gave Montreal a second chance at a last-second field goal for the devastating 28-27 victory. "Its a reality," Durant said. "I wanted to let the guys know that its real and it can happen and if you dont pay attention on walkthrough days or you dont get right in certain situations it can cost you a football game, better yet a championship. "You have to lock in." Chamblin said Durants message was loud and clear. "Darian is the leader of this team, as the quarterback goes the team goes," Chamblin said. "One of the greatest things about life is when you have setbacks youre able to learn from them . . . if you cant learn from those youre deemed to repeat them again." Saskatchewan enters weekend action tied with B.C. for second in the West Division behind front-running Calgary (11-3). With the Lions visiting the Stampeders on Friday night, the Riders are in a must-win situation in their quest for a home playoff game. And for running back Kory Sheets, playing three of the next four games at Mosaic Stadium certainly enhances those chances. "Thats a big advantage," said Sheets. "No one wants to come to Saskatchewan." A point not lost upon Durant. "Its all about getting into a spot where we can host a game here," he said. "Were still in good position, the schedule gods have set us up that we have three of these last four games here but we have to take it one at a time. "Edmonton isnt going to be an easy team. Theyre hungry so we have to make sure were ready." Sheets ran for 80 yards and two TDs last week against B.C., his first after missing three games with a knee injury. The win over the Lions keeps the Riders in the race for a home playoff game, which they can achieve by either finishing first or second in the West Division standings. Predictably, Sheets -- the CFLs second-leading rusher with 1,302 yards -- and the Riders are thinking big. "Were looking for a first-round bye," Sheets said, which would happen if the Riders finished atop the West Division standings. Many football pundits pointed to Sheets return to the lineup as a big reason why the Riders snapped their dubious losing streak. But Sheets wouldnt take the credit. "It wasnt me,, one man being back in there," Sheets said.dddddddddddd"I think it was more the energy I brought." Sheets return certainly enhanced Saskatchewans rushing attack and gave the Riders offence a more balanced attack. But Durant said when the weather turns cold, having a potent ground game will certainly be an advantage. "Kory Sheets is a concern for everybody," said Eskimos defensive end Odell Willis. "Hes a great back in this league. Hes putting up great numbers. Hes doing great things. You have to be aware of where he is at all times." Another key figure could be defensive lineman Alex Hall, obtained earlier this week from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Hall has a CFL-high 15 sacks and his arrival certainly rejuvenated Saskatchewans defence. "You could see a couple of D-linemen had great pass rushes during the week," Chamblin said. "Usually when you bring a newer player in, its like anything else guys get excited especially when you bring in the league sack leader." Saskatchewan slotback Geroy Simon said he can sense his teammates getting into a playoff frame of mind. "The intensity level is starting to ramp up," Simon said. But Chamblin emphasized the team continues to take the same approach it has all season, that being one game at a time. "Id say its playoff atmosphere, its getting cold outside," Chamblin said. "But we still preach 1-0." Its been a rough season for Edmonton, which is coming off a lopsided 47-24 home loss to Montreal. But the Eskimos still boast a solid aerial attack with starter Mike Reilly (3,345 yards, 21 TDs) and slotback Fred Stamps (59 catches for 1,066 yards and 11 TDs, both CFL highs). Reilly started against Montreal despite suffering a concussion the week before against Toronto. He completed 13-of-21 passes for 180 yards and two interceptions before giving way to rookie Jonathan Crompton, who was 13-of-26 passing for 204 yards with three TDs and three interceptions. "I feel good. Im ready to play," said Reilly on Friday. "Its going to be loud. Its going to be crazy." Despite his concussion, Reilly will not stay in the pocket if the opportunity to run presents itself. "If thats what the defence gives us," said Reilly. "As long as they play the game theyve been playing all year, Ill play my usual style." Both Reilly and Stamps acknowledged Edmontons precarious playoff position. "We feel good as a team. Were fine," said Stamps. "Were going to take it one game at a time." Edmonton will be without linebacker JC Sherritt, who is out indefinitely after re-fracturing his left thumb against Montreal. The CFLs outstanding defensive player last year initially fractured his thumb in a 30-29 loss to Hamilton on Aug. 2. He required surgery and missed four games before returning to the lineup. "Its disappointing not to have JC," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, who feels injuries must be treated with respect so they dont get worse. This will mark the third meeting this year between the two teams. Saskatchewan took the first two games -- both in Edmonton -- and will host the Eskimos again Nov. 2. ' ' '

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