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RugbyU: French Top 14 table

French Top 14 standings after Saturday's first two matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Toulon 25 15 1 9 643 451 11 73 Montpellier 25 14 1 10 623 515 12 70 Clermont 24 14 1 9 628 456 11 69 Castres 25 13 2 10 554 462 10 66 Racing-Metro 24 14 2 8 427 398 5 65 Toulouse 25 12 2 11 510 434 12 64 --------------------------------------- Bordeaux 24 12 0 12 552 516 11 59 Stade Francais 24 13 1 10 477 456 5 59

RugbyU: French Top 14 results -- 1st update

French Top 14 results on Saturday: Perpignan 31 Toulon 46 Oyonnax 19 Toulouse 19 Playing later Biarritz v Brive, Grenoble v Bayonne, Racing Metro v Clermont, Stade Francais v Bordeaux Friday Castres 22 Montpellier 15 afp

RugbyU: Toulouse play-off hopes on hold after Oyonnax draw

Toulouse will have to wait till the last Top 14 game of the season in a fortnight to see whether or not they qualify for the play-offs after being held 19-19 by relegation-threatened Oyonnax on Saturday. The point sees the 19-time champions -- who have reached the semi-finals at least for the past 20 seasons -- occupy the sixth and last place for the play-offs, five points ahead of Stade Francais and Bordeaux-Begles who play each other later on Saturday.

RugbyU: Sale stun Chiefs to seal European place

Sale will play in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup after making sure of sixth place in the English Premiership table with a 55-12 win away to Exeter on Saturday. The Champions Cup will replace the European Cup and the top six teams in the Premiership are guaranteed a place among the continent's elite. Sale's win gave them an unassailable 12-point lead over seventh-placed Wasps. "That was obviously one of our aims from today because there was a bit of pressure on us having played well all season," said Sale boss Steve Diamond.

U.S. launches Dragon spacecraft to International Space Station

Washington, Apr 19 (EFE).- A Falcon 9 rocket of the SpaceX company blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying into orbit the unmanned cargo spacecraft Dragon, which will dock at the International Space Station on Sunday. The rocket took off Friday at 1925 GMT from Launch Complex 40 on the Atlantic Coast. This is the third resupply mission undertaken by the private SpaceX firm.

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RugbyU: French Top 14 table

French Top 14 standings after Saturday's early match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Montpellier 25 14 1 10 623 515 12 70 Toulon 24 14 1 9 597 420 11 69 Clermont 24 14 1 9 628 456 11 69 Castres 25 13 2 10 554 462 10 66 Racing-Metro 24 14 2 8 427 398 5 65 Toulouse 25 12 2 11 510 434 12 64 --------------------------------------- Bordeaux 24 12 0 12 552 516 11 59 Stade Francais 24 13 1 10 477 456 5 59

Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises from sunken ferry

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- Search and rescue efforts were again expected to continue overnight, officials said Saturday, with hundreds still remaining missing in a deadly ferry accident in waters off South Korea's southwestern coast. The official death toll reached 33 after four more bodies were discovered in waters near the site of the tragic accident, according to officials from the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado penalty

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado's five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team's first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for running into the back of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber at the previous race in Bahrain, will be deemed to have been served even though the former Williams driver lines up last anyway on Sunday.

RugbyU: Toulouse play-off hopes on hold after Oyonnax draw

Toulouse will have to wait till the last Top 14 game of the season in a fortnight to see whether or not they qualify for the play-offs after being held 19-19 by relegation-threatened Oyonnax on Saturday. The point sees the 19-time champions -- who host Grenoble in their final match -- occupy the sixth and last place for the play-offs, five points ahead of Stade Francais and Bordeaux-Begles who play each other later on Saturday.
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