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Kiwis defeat Luna Rossa, get Oracle

Updated: August 25, 2013, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match -- the America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy's 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 America's Cup starts Sept 7.

The Kiwis crushed the conditions ...

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