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RugbyU: Celtic League result

Celtic League result on Friday: Glasgow 11 Ospreys 9 Playing Saturday Benetton Treviso v Edinburgh (1800GMT) Cardiff Blues v Ulster (1830GMT) Leinster v Munster (1900GMT) Zebre v Newport Gwent Dragons (1600GMT) Playing Sunday Scarlets v Connacht (1405GMT) afp

RugbyU: Celtic League table

Celtic League table after Friday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Leinster 17 13 1 3 414 269 10 64 Munster 17 14 0 3 411 241 6 62 Ulster 17 13 0 4 341 213 7 59 Ospreys 18 10 1 7 454 309 10 52 Glasgow 16 12 0 4 277 235 3 51 Scarlets 17 7 1 9 302 333 6 36 Connacht 17 6 0 11 271 320 8 32 Edinburgh 15 6 0 9 264 325 5 29

Football: Schalke grab Champions League boost

Schalke moved into second spot in the Bundesliga for the first time this season thanks to a 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin on Friday. Three days after a 0-0 draw at Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund, the Gelsenkirchen side moved up two places in the table as the battle for automatic qualification for the Champions League heats up. However, Dortmund can reclaim second place behind champions Bayern Munich on Saturday with victory at relegation-threatened Stuttgart.

Football: Much-travelled Hiddink set for Dutch swansong

Guus Hiddink will return as Netherlands coach for the second time after the World Cup finals in what could be his football swangsong. But you never know with a character like Hiddink whose 32-year career has also seen him coach South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He never seems to be able to say goodbye. This time Hiddink, 67, will take over from Louis Van Gaal -- who has guided the Dutch to the Brazil finals -- on a mission to make sure the European mavericks reach the 2016 European Championships.

Football: Hiddink to return as Dutch coach

Guus Hiddink will take over from Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach after the World Cup finals, the Dutch Footall Federation (KNVB) announced Friday. Hiddink, 67, will bring in former internationals Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy as his main assistants. He had already indicated this month that he would return. Hiddink was in charge of the Dutch team that came fourth at the 1998 World Cup. He ended that three year stint shortly after the finals.

Football: Blanc won't play Mourinho's mind games

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc insisted Thursday he will not be dragged into mind games with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League duel. Mourinho has proved a master of psyching out opponents during his career but Blanc will concentrate on matters on the pitch when they meet in Paris in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. "I will not get involved in that game. I am just focused on the match against Nice on Friday," said Blanc. "Mourinho will talk and comment, that's the way he works."

Platini makes plea to FIFA to ban third party owners

By Mike Collett ASTANA (Reuters) - The practice of players being owned by secretive agents, businessmen or investment companies out to make a quick buck is not only damaging soccer but is an affront to human dignity and must be halted, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday. He called on FIFA to outlaw the practice worldwide and praised the English FA for being the first to ban what are called "third party ownership" transfers.

Football: UEFA launches Nations League

European countries agreed Thursday to launch a Nations League tournament in 2018 to run parallel to the World Cup and European Championship. The tournament could take on immediate importance as it will offer four places in the European Championships finals. The 54 UEFA countries will be divided into divisions with promotion and relegation and offer an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship.

Football: English grassroots funding cut by £1.6m

The Football Association is to lose £1.6 million ($2.7 million, 1.9 million euros) from its public funding for grassroots football, the body responsible for financing sport in England announced on Thursday. Sport England said that the cut to the FA's £30 million funding budget was due to a drop in the number of people taking part in the sport, which has fallen by 100,000 since April last year to 1.84 million. "I want these decisions to send a clear message to those national governing bodies who need to change," said Sport England chief executive Jennie Price.

Football: UEFA launches Nations League

European countries on Thursday voted to launch a Nations League tournament in 2018 to run parallel to the World Cup and European Championship. The 54 UEFA countries will be divided into divisions with promotion and relegation and offer an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship. UEFA's Congress in Astana voted unanimously to start the league. "This is a big step for national teams in Europe and we hope that fans will support the new format," said Wolfgang Niersbach, chairman of the UEFA competition committee.
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