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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I "LAWN TfiVMs TOURNAMENTS SOMERSET CRICKKI FINANCES—GOLF NOTICS—A SWIM- MING ASSOCIATION APPEAL BOXING- FOOTBXL.L. « A list of open lawn tennis tournament; which have already applied for dates appears in the official organ. The rota is, speaking gener- mucii the. same as last year, the cham- pi-oiislllil)s zit iiai-iii,- bven fixed to 4wgiii on liind. The fact that East- -urlleand Brighton have apparently both applied for the same date (heptember 7th) will doubtless be subject to revision by the Tournaments Committee. 111 view of the pe- itjon, fi-ee-ly signed by players last year, to make Eastbourne tho last grass court meeting of the season, it. is difficult to believe, says the Field, t'hit the committee would give East- Murnean earlier date than they have had "for twenty years. There is also the question of the referee, since Mr. Burrow, in control 4t Eastbourne, has already been booked for Brighton. If the Eastbourne date stands— -and we scarcely believe it will—the Brighton tournament would be seriously and perhaps irretrievably damaged. Just at a time when it was hoped that "uzity c-ricket in Somerset was on the mend eomes news of a bad financial year in 1913, -with a loss of £ 530. It is true, says Wan- derer" in the SjjorUman, that the club's -debts are only a half of those of twelve months ago, vis., £H but .special funds raised nearly £700. Every eco- nomy has been practised, but the decline in subscriptions and gate receipts, the latter in «pite of favourable weather, is indeed such as way give rise at the annual meeting to serious discussion. W. H. Home, the famous ^professional golfer, has been appointed to 'the Durban Club, South Africa. He is i-at present resid- ing at Littlestow-on-Sea, and will leave khortliy to take up his new appointment, -which has bee-n arranged by a prominent well- known amateur player. Home it; thirty-three years of age and is probably the tallest |player in the professional ranks, for he stands six feet high and is powerfully built. flia greatest achievement was the driving of a ball 388 yards at North Berwick in e greatest distance on record. Partnered by James Batley, he won the southern pro- fessional foursomes in 1909 and "Slashed seventh in the open championship at -Deal in the same year with an aggregate -of 996. P. H. Boomer, of Barten-cm Sea, 'Has been ,eppoiaited profefmioxwl to tlie new golf • club at St. Cloud, near Paris. A native of Jersey, Boomer is an ifiue player and a good coach. He competed in tite last open championship at Hoylake, but his aggregat-e of 164 did not enable him to qualify. Boomer has been professional to t he !Ba rton-on Sea Club for some severo years. Many rumours have ibeen heard lately as rto a possible discussion among the authorities eoncerned with the open 'golf Championship for revision of the qualifying condition* and general overhauling of the TegutatioDl. :A meeting has now actually been fixed. It wtll take place in London on January 17th, -When the committee which manages the open cham- pionship will confer with the -council of the Professional Golfers^ Association ''Jth the object of discussing new prgposals far the conduct of the event. The King has graoionsly acceded to the re- quest of the Clyde Yachting Club to send his yacht Britannia to compete during the Clyde Fortnight next summer. The committee of the Amateur Swimming Association met in London on Saturday uight, and among other matters discussed a.n appeal by the RoyaJ Life-Saving Society against a. decision of the Southern Counties Amateur Swimming Association. The latter body had decided to overrule the verdict of tiie judge in the King's Cup competitions at Highgate, and the Bath Club in July last., and compelled the society again to swim a heat in which Dr. W. Morrifj,, of the London Hospital, and G. Innocent, of the City Police, had tied. The order was that the heat should be contested again before .November 30th, but later the association re- opened the case on its tended the time to the end of February. The committee decided in effect that the Southern Association had evaded the rules of the asso- ciation proper by reopening ra case before any attempt had been made to comply with its order and thus settle an awkward case, inas- mucll as it might have 'become a.n inter- national one, the holder of the King's Cup, on the judge's verdict, being Oscar -Schiele, of Magdeburg, Germany. The supporters of Bandsman Blake, .the Great Yarmouth middle-weight boxer, have deposited 4:200 with the Spurting .Life to match him against Bombardier Wells, the contest to be for £ 200 a side. Dick Burge, on behalf of the proprietors of the Ring, London, offered a purse of £ 400 for the oontest to take place at their gymnasium. It may be pointed out that a -contest for the Lonsdale belt—the emblem of the champion- tihJp-mu-st take place at the National Sport- ing Club. Pat O'Keefe'a challenge to Blake will be accepted by the Yarmouth man pro- vided the side stake is for not le,s than £ 100. In recognition of his unbeaten record, And &1. all encouragement to Bandsman Blake, Dick Burge. having secured possession of Jem M;vc«'s Australian Belt, has decided to present it to Bandsman Blake. The presen- tation will take place at the Ring on Thurs- day, January lot.li, on which occasion the undefeated light-weight champion, Jack McAuhfTe. will box exhibition bouts witi, two other veteran boxers, Dick Burge and Jem Carn-ev. the gymnasium having been placed n.t. McAnliffe's disposal for that night. At the Crystal Palace on Saturday evening Mr. H. T. bumniett, president London and Southern Counties B.A., beat Mr. John ,-G-illespic, president English Bowling Asso- ciation, in a rink bowling match by 20 shots to 13. 'No fewer than 111 goals were scored oil Saturday in the First and Second Divisions of the Football League and the First Division of the Southern League. Perhaps the most sensational score was the defeat of Man- chester United by six goals to one at Bolton. CJhelsea's will against Oldham Athletic was Hot unexpected by their sanguine supporters, 4)0t the defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Derby was most disappointing. Aston Villa dii(I well to carry away one point from Black- burn, but the Rovers still have a nice lead in the competition. At the other end of the table Manchester Citv improved their position slightly, and Newcastle United and Preston North End were both defeated. The defeat of otullty ju the Second Division by Birmingham gave Hull City, who -on their game against the Forest at Not- tingham, the opportunity of heading the table Twitn a fine goal average of forty goals to fifteen. They are closely pressed bv Wool- wieh Arsenal, whose victory over Wolver- hampton Wanderers at Highbury afforded great satisfaction to their supporters. Clapton Orient naturally beat Glossop, but their 5—1 victory was highly gratifying. Fulham failed at Huddersfield, but Leeds City, with a score of 5—1, ga v Stockport a rare trouncing. Swindon experienced their fourth defeat in the Southern League, Plymouth beating them f}.r 3—1. At one period they looked to be win- ning the championship in easy fashion, but, though they still lead Crystal Palace by 3 points, they will have to play better to retain 4heir position. The highest score in the whole series of League games was the 6-0 victory of Norwich over Southend United.

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