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.'c' -T i I ?PORT? A'i)I •FRENCH JlOTCEfj'h Vv T V- ATiTLTH'irs—N rv/ P»;o- R<JM:T) FIACK' (>' !T: R. AT PAISLEY—A LU.S TO Another boxing victory was obtained by Trance ov.-r ihe Cnicnl I:i::(:(;;il at Cardiff oil SATURDAY night, who;- STIVER of tl", fastest battles ever roeji hi ih. rii: Chants-. Ledcux, i ba::ta:n chn'np?in of K )". de- txx n t: !:¡], t- ?J:]'='l' \1': ,¡¡'(}:I,: Beynon rouht wonderfully for ,yea rounds. and many times the men behind Ledoux 'looked with anxious eyes across the ring at the novel sight of their little hurricane being rushed from one place to another. The -end came with dramatic sad-derm-oss, for in the interval between rounds seven and <. /h" Bey- JlOlt was found to be LiuuS, and his seconds thrcv. in the sponge. Willie Farrell. th-e aeior-box-r, who recently clefeat'd Jack Ward (Gloucester), has issi^d a. challenge to the world at gt. nIb.. i¡he light- weight limit, for £ 200 a-sule, for a contest under championship conditions. Payroll's chall enge is issued to white or black boxers. He is ready to meet Freddv Welsh on his re- turn to this oountry. In the meantime he will accept the first who puts up a substantial deposit. Rain, snow, and sleet fell in Edinburgh on Saturday, and rendered the Powderhall track -very heavy. A surpri • was provided in the third heat of the nn, -mile handicap, when Scott, of AjinarJale, favourite for the event outright, was beaten by T. Hughes, of Rose- -well, who showed such time (lmin. 56sec.) as to suggest the handicap was at his mercy. At the same time he had had a punishing race, and the question was whether he would conn- again. Evens could be had regarding his chance, but he ran a well-judged race and -won by six yards from Walker, an unlucky runner, seeing that this is his second failure in a big half-mile. A movement is being promoted by a number of 'Paisley gentlenx-n witit K vi ew to form è :new racecourse on lands to the west of Pai-s- Jey, near Liriwood. A provisional plan has been prepared, says the Sportsman, showing ia long racing track having a six-furlong straight. As the district has cxc-ellent train and car facilities the promoters are confident that the scheme would be a financial success. The proposal is ihat the meeting should be laeld as an auxilia.ry to the Ayr August fix- ture. The new movement is being mooted apart altogether from the recent overtures by the Town Council to the Jockey Club, asking what improvements would be required by that 3body for a renewal of the licence for the old course at St. James's Park. The site of the proposed new course is on land owned by the- Duke of AbeTcorn. By the death of Mr. Rhodes H. Cobb, oars- manship has lost one of its most enthusiastic supporters. Mr. Cobb, who was in his eighty- tninth year, was in 1858 one of the founders of the Kingston Rowing Club, of which lie was the first vice-president, an office that he held until 1883, since when he had been president. He was himself a keen oarsman, as were his sons, and the third generation is well repre- sented by his grandson, Mr. Rhodes VS. Cobb, -whose name has lately become prominent in -the rowing world. Despite some upsets of form in the holiday matches, the positions of the clubs in the three football leagues have not undergone much change. Blackburn Rovers have in- creased their lead slightly in the First Division; Hull City and Woolwich have gone above Notts County in the Second Division; while Swindon Town have well maintained their advantage in the Southern League. On Saturday Blackburn Rovers drew at Liver- pool in a heavy scoring match, Manchester United winning. Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers, however, were defeated. The match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hot- spur, at Tottenham, was won by the former lay two goals to one. Chelsea thus avenged their defeat by the Hotspur early in the season. Nothing more remarkable occurred than the victory of Preston North End over Ever- ton. On the two preceding days North End had twice lost to Blackburn Rovers, having 10 goals to 1 scored against them, whereas Everton, after whining at Old Trafford with ten men, had put on 5 to 0 against Man- chester United in the return. Yet at Deep- dale Preston North End managed to prevail. 1 goal in a hard match enabling them to leave the field conquerors. Despite this reverse, Everton have risen half-way up the table of results, but it is noteworthy that two Lanca- shire clubs figure at the bottom as well as at the top of the League. The largest crowd of the afternoon — 50,000 — saw the game at Liverpool, and at Whit-e Hart-lane equal in- terest centred in the meeting of Tottenham Hotspur with Chelsea, who in the presence of nearly 40,000 people had the satisfaction of reversing the adverse verdict which gave them such an unfavourable start to the season at Stamford Bridge. The last of the three da.ys' Christmas foot- ball among the clubs of the Second Division of the League was, like that of Boxing Day, noteworthy for the number of victories gained by teams playing at home. No fewer than seven of those who enjoyed advantage of ground were successful; Glossop and HuH City could only draw. whiJe to Woolwich Arsenal feU the distinction of being the only visiting side to win. Thies triumph of the North London club, on the Filbert-street ground at Leicester, crowned a most .success- ful three days. On Christmas Da.y they won at Bradford, followed that by beating Brad- ford in the return the following afternoon at Highbury; and, as already observed, wound -up with another away victory over Leicester jFo«.e. No other club in the competition can point to such a record. Hull City and Leeds City, who had won their first two games, onlv •drawing on Saturday—Hull at home with Blackpool, and I.^eds at Glossop. Two clubs, in Huddersfii'd Town and Leicester Fc-sse, lost all three holiday engagements. The amateur golf championship of India lias again been won by a Scotsman. Mr. G. C. Wliigham, who in the final over thirh-six I holes at Calcutta on Sunday defeated Mr. Tucker by* 11 up and 10 to play. This is Mf. Whigham's first victory ill the event, although -on 1911 he was only beaten oil the last nrren 4n the final by Mr. J. D. GatheralJ. Almost -every championship since its institution in 1892 has-been won by Scotsmen, the only Eng- lishman to secure the honour being Mr. B. A. Collins in 1S04. Mr. Jay Gould, the amateur tennis cham- pion of America, has i: sued a challenge to O. E. Covey, the world's champion. The, challenge has been accepted, and the match -will, it is understood, be played at Phila- delphia in March. In the Southern League, Swindon gained an easy victory over West Ham United, and -as the Crystal Palace could do no better than draw at Portsmouth the Wiltshire team still liolds a pronounced lead in the table. Mi waJI and Southend United both won their matches by a solitary goal, the former beat- ing Reading and Southend beating Watford. Always a popular fixture, the meeting of Swindon and West Ham United on the Swindon ground attracted fully 11,000 spectators. Unhappily, the match did not pass off without a regrettable incident, Holland, one of the Swindon forwards, and Brandon, the United's back, being ordered off the field. In the Second Division it may be noted that Woolwich Arsenal arc giving promise of returning to the First Division. They gained their th!r(l i,icef"ss ill a,, their third success in as many days. Leicester Fosse, oil 'tlipit. own. ground, yielding them both points. Fulbam defeated Clapton Orieie at Craven Cottage, in a vigorous game, bj two goals to !ii). At Blavkrnore, Essex, a village seven mile. from a railway, an inquest was held on Monday iou Annie Miiynard. of lied Rjse Farm. whe was found drowned in a pond. In a letter tJ lur sister she wrote that she cemJd nUl g¡¡;)(; the lonely coynir/ life.

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