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( SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS — RACQUETS AND TENISIS—HOCKEY—WELLS BEATS PIOOT .—FOOTBALL. —————— + —————— The fourth annual race for the cross-coun. Iry championship of Berks, Bucks, and Oxon -was decided on Saturday over a five and three-quarter miles course, starting from and :finishing at Hill Farm. High Wycombe. Nine -teams. representing half a dozen clubs, were entered, but the Slough Harriers declined to start owing to the hard state of the ground. There were fifty-three, runners, and W. J. Tucker, Reading "A," finished first in 32mm. 61 -5c..beating a team-mate in A. J. Pearse by about 180 yards. With the low "core of 32 points (the first five counting), High Wycombe Polytechnic Harriers, who -were third in the club placings at Eton last year, went up into first place, beating the Beading "A" team by 12 points. At Sutton-in -A sh field on Saturday the Mid- land Counties' Junior Cross Country Cham- -pionship was decided over a five-mile course, And resulted in a- win for the Sparkhill Har- riers by 10 points from the Sutton-in-Ashfield C. and A.C., with the lower score of 83 points to Sutton's 93. North Staffordshire H., Derby, and Birchfield were most prominent At the finish among the other competing clubs. The Essex Beagle, nine miles champion- ship and sealed handicap was decided on Saturday on the road encircling Wanstead Park. A. Lewin led f<.v three miles, then F. A. Riches anti A. H. Hoefner went to the front, and a. fine race ensued between the pair. Hoefner eventually defeated the holder by 12 yards in ;,2min., R. F. Runnings, an- other 130 yards away, being third. The last- named, with a start of 5min. lOsec., won the sealed handicap from W. H. Burton, 6min. in the handicap tune of 47min. 27.se c. Counting five a side, on the University system; of scoring, the first team of the Cam- bridge University Hare and Hounds beat the Ranelagh Harriers' first team, over a six-nule course, at PutiieN- by a. cingle point, the totals being Cambridge. 27 points; Rane- Jaglv, 28. The losing club, however, supplied, in H. Shelton, the first man home. The Amateur Tennis Championship will he begun at. QIH^II S Club. on April 29th. t h. t- l ve chal l en g e Entries clo.e on April :jth. The round, in which tin* Hon. N. S. Lytton, the holder, will defend his title., will be played ou May 9th. The date* of the Amateur Racquets Cham- pionships have now been fixed. The Singles Championship, for winch entries close on March 18th. will begin on March 2bni. The Doubles Championship commences a week later, on March'With, the entries closing on March 25th. Basil- S. Foster is the holder of the Singles, while with H. Brougham lie also holds the Doubles event. Both champion- ships will be at Queen s Club. The following hoc-key- team was eho~en to represent S-eotland against Wales at Aber- deen on February 21st: F. MeRae (Inver- ness) goal; R. H. Brown and S. C. Inglis (Edinburgh), backs; II. E Cook- son (Edinburgh Northern). A. B. Burt (Ruthergk-n). and S. McLean (Northern j Counties), half-backs; A. A. Ritchie (Bon, Accord, Aberdeen), D. H. Baker (Rnther- glen). H. E. Bacon (Western). H. S. Walker (Western), and G. J. M. Elliott (Edinburgh Northern). forward- At a meeting of the Hockey Association Council. held at. Beekenham. after the Norilt T. Soutli match, it was decided that, owing j to England's inability to raise a. strone enough tptirn. the project-fid New Zenlaiil tour should be postponed for one year. With ■regard to the German tour at Whitsuntide, iat. was decided that a. Hockey Association team should be s.cnt.. The Earl of Lonsdale has found a haute eeole riding horse to replace Mile. Baptist a Sc-hreiber's -stallion which died so mysteri- ously at the Wonder Zoo, Olympia. Among other Continental circus proprietors. Lord Lonsdale applied to Mr. Edouard Wulff, who has a .perfectly tra-iised chestnut. P-nichi Ke-rl, which he w.l] pH,n:u:i\ Ll'ill;: I roui Belgium t.o Lord Lonsdale's London stables. On arriva! at Ohtxpin the new ho)'?? will be Specially guarded day and night by grooms and detectives. O-u the afternoon of Febru- ary (3tli the management will give Mile. Sehreibcr a benefit performance ill the Big Circus, and Oil this occasion Lord Lonsdale -will {Id(',r the arena and publicly present the lady with the new horse, after which she will put i't through its. paces. Cruft's annual championship dog show, which will be held at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, on February 11th. 12th. and 13th, is expected this year to beat all records. There will be 7G9 classes, embracing every ae- knowledged breed of dogs. Some fifty judges will award £ 3.000 in prize money and 874, special prizes and cups. There was a sensational termination to the i boxing match between Bombardier Well* and Pigot, the French heavy-weight. at j 'I' l ie coll"e,,4t, Cardiff on Saturday lJight. The cüntest. I which was for a purse of £ 400 and £ 100 &- eide. was scheduled to go twenty rounds, but before the fight lnd been in progress two minutes the Bombardier lal (I out the Frenchman with a heavy blow. j Though the decision of the Football A -so- ciation. will not be taken until the beginning of next month as to whether the final of the English Cup is to be played at the Crystal Palace or elsewhere this year, the enthusi- asts who wish to see the gaute are rot run- ning any riNks of losing their s";its. for ii i% officially stated that aU the ring seats and the places on the covered Man <lr. have been applied for. so there will only be uncovered stand accommodation available should the Football Association decision be favourable to the Pal ace. The receipts at the Rugby Union inter- inatioiial match, England v. Wales, at Twic-k- enham, exceeded the taking* at any previous game played under the handling code. The amount was over ?4,1QC. The official ngurca of the attendance have not been published, but it is coinptite(I Iiat there must have been nearly 40,000 persons present. The provision ■ made since last season for the accommodation I of motor-cars on the ground was so much ap- preciated that 150 cars v-cre housed during the afternoon at a charge of 2s. each. The home clubs in the First Division of i the Football League fared rather badly on Saturday, only three obtaining the full points. The leaders, Blackburn Rovers, defeated Sheffield United, and thus .strengthened their position, but Manchester United only drew at Oldham. Tottenham Hotspur had a re- ive a.rsa.1 of next Saturday's Cup tie with Man- chester City, and were defeated by 2 goals to 1. If the Hotspur are going to remain in the Cup competition their forwards will need to show more dash and enterprise, for they were anything hut. convincing on Saturday. Cheleea could do no better than divide the points at stake with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, where Hunter missed a penalty atwarded the home team. All three London clubs in the Second Divi- sion won by one goal to rone. Woolwich Arse-nal gained two points in all exciting g3.me with Barnsley at Highbury. Bradford, who have fallen away from early promise, re- reived atHothcr check at Homerton, where Clapton Orient scored the only goal of the match. Fulham did well to win at Lincoln, even though the City occupy a low position. Swindon had a, severe check at Reading in the Southern League, where Bailey and Foster 5cored, wihout reply. Crystal Palace gained all easy victory over Cardiff City, and so draw within two points of Swindon. West Ham fared only a little worse than the Palace, for they scored four times, while the Queen's Park Rangers could only secure one coal. Millwall came off second best at Wat- ford, where the home club gained two valu- able Doints.

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