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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I A.A.A. CHAMPIONSHIPSâLACROSSEâAI:MV AMB NAVY BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS PIBUO SCHOOLS RACQUETSâ RI:GBY FOOT CAM,â LEAGUE MATCHES. ââââââ?ââââââ? The Amateur Athletic Association's seven miles walking, ten miles running, and limited tug of-war cliampionships took place oil Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge in glorious weather. A crowd of fully 3,O{)O spec- tators witnessed some excellent contests. Among the entrants to the walk were H. V. L. Ross (Uxbridge and West Middlesex A.C.) and R. Bridge (Lancashire W.C.), who pro- vided a sensational finish by dead-heating last vear in 52min. 8 1-5sec. Bridge, much the younger man, had come on a deal, and was fully expected to win. an expectation which lie realised, though in slower time than in 1913. Among the runners were many men of mark, though the names of A. H. Nicholls (Surrey A.C.) and C. H. Ruffdl (Highgate II.), the heroes of the cross-country season, -were missing. Further disappointment was caused by the scratching of E. Glover (Hallamshire H.), the holder of the title. His absence left the issue very open, and after C. F. Price {the Welsh champion) had done most of the leading, F. Fennah (Crewe H.) came away to win well from J. Daly (Con- uaught Rangers). After a close struggle the tug-of-war was won by the 116tli Battery U.F.A., who beat the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Portsmouth) by two pulls to one. In their annual lacrosse match with the South, played at Manchester on Saturday-, the representatives of the North gained an overwhelming victory, beating their op- ponents--by 20 goals to 5. From the opening the home side played brilliant lacrosse, and ^completely nonplussed their opponents, whose handling was by no means as clever. The annual championships of the Royal Navy and Army Boxing Association were con- cluded in the Connaught Drill Hall, Ports- mouth, on Saturday, when the winners in the officers' competitions were: Feather-weight, Lieutenant A. R. Banks, Royal Naval Col- lege of Physical Training; light-weight. Lieu- tenant A. B. Butterworth, Army Service Corps; middle-weight, Sub-Lieutenant L. H. Bayley, his Majesty's ship Dominion; welter- -weight, Lieutenant G. Le C. Martel, Royal Engineers (the holder); light heavy-weight, Ueutenant W. M. Collier, his Majesty's ship Dolphin; heavy-weight, Lieutenant W. F. ilakeig-Jones, ;R,N. Barracks, Portsmouth. The winners in the men's events resulted as follows: Feather-weights, Private Stout, 2nd Leinster Regiment; heavy weights, Private Voyles, Irish Guards; light heavy- weights, Bombardier Carton, 30tli Brigade "Royal Field Artillery; light-weights, Able Seaman Mannion, his Majesty's ship Colling- "wood; middle-weights, Lance-Corporal J. Jones, South Wales Borderers; welter- weights, Able Seaman Gray, R.N. Barracks. A large gathering, which included Prince 'Albert, witnessed the final of the public a^chools' racquet championship at Queen's Club, in which Charterhouse gained their eighth victory by defeating the holders, Well- iugton, by four games to two, after a splendid match. The contest lasted an hour and a-half, and was exciting and full of incident. Char- terhouse had the better-balanced team. and both their representatives (I. D. B. Mortier Williams and J. H. Strachan) served well. The Wellington pair were E. A. Simpson and C. P. Hancock. Thousands saw the finish of the Rugby reason in the London district at Twickenham in glorious weather on Saturday, when the Harlequins closed their season with a victory over a powerful fifteen of the United Services by 4 goals to 2 tries (26 points) to 2 tries (6 points). There was an almost unprecedented occurrence at the start, for play had not been in progress more than a minute or so before it was discovered that the Services were play- ing sixteen men Naturally the extra man, a forward, was at once withdrawn. The game was played at a very fast pace, and the spec- tators were rewarded with a splendid display .-of three-quarter work by the home side. Lam- bert was the particular star. In the Midland Counties Cup Final at vicester on Saturday, Coventry beat Moseley tjv two goals and a try to a try. Afterwards Moseley entered a protest against Maddocks and Judge playing for Coventry. The grounds of the protest are that Maddocks's name had not been sent in on February 2nd, and that Judge had no residential qualification. The 'protest will be considered on Saturday. 'Blackburn Rovers, having made themselves certain of the Championship nine days pre- viously, the only matters of any importance at issue in the First League matches on Saturday were the questions as to which club should secure second honours, and whether Preston North End's fate would be definitely wettled. Aston Villa defeating Tottenham Hotapur, Oldham Athletic losing, and West Bromwidh Albion merely halving points with Sheffield Wednesday, the famous Binning- liam team are assured of second place. Six times have the 'Villa carried off the Cham- pionship, and six times have they been run- ners-up for that honourâthrice in the course ..of the last four seasons. A remote possibility -of Preston North End retaining membership -of the First Division existed, but for that, to have come about it was necessary not only that Preston should win their two remaining en- gagements, but that Sheffield Wednesday â¢should lose both of the encounters before that club. Preston North End duly gained a vic- Ttfry, but, with Wednesday securing a, point at West Bromwieh, that success availed nothing. Accordingly, at the end of the sea- son. Preston North End find DeHiv County return to the Second Division. The Derby team go â dowu after two seasons in the semicir division. To all intents -a.iiel purpo-sesthe question as to which cluib wil) accompany Notts County from the Second to the First Division of the League -was settled on Saturday. Briefly, Bradford won and Woolwich Arsenal drew, the position of affairs being that Bradford- are two points ahead of the Arsenal, who have two games to fulfil, against -the one wliieli Bradford require to cowplete their pro- gramme. It will 'be seen, therefore, that should both clubs win the remaining engagements they will finish the season level on points. In that event Bradford have nothing to fear from the Arsenal, owing to the fact that the goal average of the Yorkshire club is much supe- rior to that of the rival team. Meanwhile danger threatens both these organisations, and it may be that a dramatic surprise is in store, for Leeds City, with a victory away from home on Saturday, have once more come into the struggle for second place.. Their chances, too, are almost as good as those of the Arsenal; but like the North London club, they cannot go up unless Bradford lose. Everything depends upon that contingency. Tkaten by Bradford. Lincoln City concluded th,eir programme on Saturday, and like Notts Forest will have to apply for readmission, for nothing that can happen to Leicester Fosse can save the Lincoln club from being last but Ãue tfi the competition. In-and-out form remains a prominent fea- ture of the Southern League competition, M it has Tx-on all the season, and on Saturday the inability of Swindon to beat Exeter City, whilst Crystal Palace were scoring 3--0 against Norwich City, leaves the question of the championship open until the last Satur- day available for football, besides suggesting that the one satisfactory way for settling the destination of premier honours would be a match between the two leading clubs. On Easter Monday Swindon won by three goal3 and Crystal Palace played their third succes- sive draw. The reversal of these latest re- suits leaves the clubs level in points, but Swindon, thanks to their slightly superior goal average, claim first place. This advan- tage seems likely to entitle them to succeed Plymouth Argyle as holders of the trophy, for en Saturday they have a difficult task at Cardiff, and an equally troublesome one faces Crystal Palace at Gillingham.

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