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Clermont Auvergne and Toulon progressed directly into the Top 14 semi-finals on Sunday, while Montpellier and Racing 92 secured home barrage play-offs. As the competition entered its 26th and final round of the regular season, the only certainty regarding the next stage of the competition was that Clermont would be present in the semi-finals.The final round of fixtures fitted the pieces of the barrage play-off puzzle into place and saw Toulon secure the last direct route into the last four. At the Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont finished the regular season in style. They notched up a half-century against La Rochelle, 57-8, that included a well-taken hat-trick from David Strettle. Josua Tuisova continued his rich try-scoring form for Toulon Toulons bonus-point home victory over Bordeaux-Begles also meant that they earned a week off and secured the second semi-final spot.Bordeaux played with 14 men for 60 minutes after Metuisela Talebula received a red card for a reckless boot and the visitors struggled to cope with the man disadvantage.James OConnors length-of-the-field score was the pick of the hosts six tries, while Josua Tuisovas brace took his personal tally up to 11 this season. Racing 92 and Montpellier finished the regular season facing each other and at the full-time whistle in Paris, both had secured home barrage play-offs.  Juan Imhoffs pace and dynamic footwork continues to trouble defences Racings 40-25 victory was a comfortable one but they could not secure the bonus-point that would have pushed them into third place in the table. The result means that Montpellier will now host Castres and Racing 92 welcome Toulouse to the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir in the two barrage play-offs. Toulouse and Castres both head into their away knockout matches off the back of solid Round 26 victories. Toulouse dismantled Grenoble 53-14 at the Stade Lesdiguieres and Castres delivered a 35-14 victory over Stade Francais on home soil.Watch both of the 2016 Top 14 play-offs live on Sky Sports 3 HD on June 11 and 12. Also See: Japan star set to join Toulon Harinordoquy to retire Jones: No contact with Armitage Fixtures and results Luis Gonzalez Jersey . Anything less than gold for either nation is considered a disappointment.   Yet for Switzerland, advancing to the semifinal might be a victory in itself. Custom Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys . Many of those eyes are in the United States of America, a country that the sport has wanted on its side for some time. On Sunday the football Gods delivered once again, only this time it was time for good old USA to experience as much heartache as joy. http://www.diamondbackssale.com/diamondbacks-randy-johnson-jersey/ . They named Mark Washington as their defensive co-ordinator on Thursday and appear to be closing in on an offensive co-ordinator. Curt Schilling Jersey . - Jordan Addesis shootout goal helped the Plymouth Whalers to a 3-2 win over the Sault Ste. Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys .J. Hardy to avoid a three-game sweep after blowing a big early lead. Odour had a leadoff single in the seventh and scored the tiebreaking run with the help of two errors by Hardy as the Rangers went on to beat the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday night.MILWAUKEE -- Struggling through one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Brandon Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks wish they could play the Los Angeles Lakers every night. Knight scored 30 points and Ramon Sessions added 22 to lead the Bucks to a 108-105 victory over the Lakers on Thursday to break an eight-game losing streak. The Bucks swept the season series for the first time since 2006-07, as Milwaukee beat Los Angeles 94-79 on Dec. 31. Knight scored a career-high 37 points in the first meeting. "Im not sure what it was, but I was able to have two good games against them," Knight said. "Some teams you just match up well against and we did this year against the Lakers." Knight also hit the key shot, a 17-foot jumper with 16 seconds remaining to give the Bucks a 105-99 lead. "They did a good job of cutting off a drive to the basket, but I was able to step back and get a good jumper that went down," he said. "It really felt nice to win a game like that." Khris Middleton added 14 points for the Milwaukee, which won for only the 14th time this season. The Bucks hit 55.7 per cent from the field, just the eighth time this season the Bucks have shot better than 50 per cent. "We feel very fortunate that we were able to play well both times that we faced them, but I dont really sense pride in beating them twice to be honest," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. Drew said Knight and Sessions really opened the floor for Milwaukee. "We probably ran more pick-and-roll than any other game we played. But we really were just focused on trying to open up the floor and both guys were getting to the basket and making shots," he said. "They seemed to play well off one another tonight. I played them both heavy minutes but they responded very well." Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured midway through the fourth quarter when he stepped on Nick&nbbsp;Youngs foot while driving to the basket and hurt his left ankle.dddddddddddd He was helped to the locker room and did not return. Drew said the team would know more about Antetokounmpos injury on Friday. The Lakers had won two straight, including a 127-96 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday when they scored 51 points in the third quarter. Jordan Hill had 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, while Young added 17 points. Young said the Lakers cant overlook any team, no matter its record. "This is the NBA where anyone can win on any night," he said. "You have to give them credit. They were more aggressive than we were at the end and really took it to the basket hard." Young hit a 3-pointer and Hill made a jumper to trim the lead to 103-99 with 1:43 remaining. Knights 17-foot jumper then gave the Bucks a six-point lead. Young countered by hitting a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining, but the Lakers were unable to foul and Zaza Pachulia layup made it 107-102. Kent Bazemore hit a desperation 3-pointer for the Lakers with 2 seconds remaining, but Sessions was fouled and hit one of two free throws to make the score 108-105 with 0.6 seconds remaining. Young was unable to get off a final shot. "I felt like we could get it done, but it didnt happen," Young said. The Lakers played without Pau Gasol, who was out with vertigo for the second straight game, and Steve Nash, who has missed 18 of the teams last 19 games with nerve irritation. Notes: The Bucks announced Thursday that forward Ersan Ilyasova would be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a right ankle and foot injury. ... O.J. Mayo also missed the game for the Bucks as he sprained his ankle in the teams loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. . Lakers centre Chris Kaman arrived at the arena just 30 minutes before the game, but still started and scored 13 points. ' ' '