PARIS (AP) _ France defeated Scotland 28-22 Saturday to gain at least a share of the Five Nations Rugby Union Championship. A victory against Ireland in two weeks would give France its third Grand Slam in 10 years.
In Cardiff, Wales picked up its first points of the competition by beating England 19-12. The Britons have not won in Cardiff since 1963. Ireland was idle.
France is 3-0 with six points. Ireland, Wales and Scotland are tied for second with two points each on 1-1 records. England has lost all its three games.
LONDON (AP) - Liverpool beat Luton Town 2-0 Saturday and took over the First Division lead in the English League soccer standings.
With first-place Everton playing Sunday and Arsenal losing 1-0 at Chelsea, the defending champions capitalized on its first victory over Luton in five games this season in league and cup action.
Jan Moelby and Mal Donaghy scored goals for Liverpool, which leads Everton by three points and Arsenal by four.
Everton will regain the leadp on goal difference if it wins at Watford on Sunday, while Arsenal, which will meet Liverpool at Wembley next month in the final of the Littlewoods’ Cup, has a game in hand.
Liverpool has 58 points in 30 games, Everton 55 in 29 and Arsenal 54 in 29.
Colin West scored the only goal of the game in his league debut for Chelsea against Arsenal.
BOSTON (AP) - Larry Bird and two other Celtics will be sidelined when Boston faces the Detroit Pistons Sunday.
Bird, who missed Friday’s NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers, continues to struggle with a strained lower back, team spokesman Jeff Twiss said Saturday. Bird is expected to return to action Wednesday for a home game against the Phoenix Suns.
Also missing from the defending NBA world champions will be Sam Vincent, who has a sprained knee, and Rick Carlisle, who is home with an intestinal virus.
Carlisle is expected to rejoin the squad Wednesday, and Vincent should be back Friday for a game in Indiana against the Pacers, Twiss said.
Without Bird, Vincent and Carlisle, the Celtics have only nine available players.
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) - Britons Paul Carrigill, Keith Waters and John Fowler shared the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Zambian Open at the Lusaka Golf Club with 6-under-par 213s. First place is worth $15,500.
Carrigill shot a 67, Waters had 69 and Fowler returned a 70 Saturday.
They led fellow Briton Mark Mouland and Sweden’s Peter Carsbo, who tied for for fourth with 215s. Mouland had a third-round 70 and Sweden’s Peter Carsbo shot an 80 Saturday.
Roger Chapman of Britain, the overnight leader, ballooned to a 76 and dropped to 218, while Kenya’s John Ngugi struggled to an 81 for 224 after starting out only one behind.