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SPORTS AND PA S IT IVIES. I o .H.l. J.. 1: k i\ jj.¡. THE A.A. A. PEOGIIAT.IME—LANCASHIRE C-OXTNTY CKTCKKT—AM.VTKI:A SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS —BOXING i; ]'ION SIIIP,GoT,UIN(-,FooT- BALL — POISONING FOXKS A BILLIARD CHALLENGE • Doubtless, in view of the Olympic Games, -the Championship Committee ha-s Had under "consideration the addition of several events no the A.A.A. programme and the spreading of the meeting over two days. It will, there- fore, be rccommauded to the Amateur Athletic Association General Committee that the following scheme- be adopted First day (Friday, July 211d, commencing as late as is practicable in the afternoon): Heats of the quarter-mile and half-mile fl-at races and quarter-mile hurdles, with final iheat of the latter, a new event; heats of the one mile relay race (880 yards, two furlongs, and a quarter-mile)-—instead of at a separate aneeting as formerly—putting the weight, ihop-step-and-jump, and throwing the discus (two new events), and four ndc. flat race. Saturday, July 3rd: Throwing the ham- mer, throwing the javelin (new event), high jump, long jump, pole jump, 100 yards' heats and final, 220 yards' lie-at-i and final, quarter- anile final, 120 yards' hurdles heats and final, lialf-mile final, one mile final, two miles' «teepleehase, two miles' walk, and final of way race. The Lancashire County Cricket Committee kave received a. lettc" from A. II. Hornby (accepting the captaincy of the eleven for the forthcoming season. It is reported that A. C. Maclaren will be able to play for the greater part of the sea-son. Letters have been sent to Lieutenant R. R. Brooke -and Messrs. R. A. Boddington, W. Brearley, A. Hartley, K. G. McLeod, A. E. Lawton, and iL H. Spooner, expressing the hope that "their services will be available. The English championships of the National Bkatimtg Association, open to all English ama- teurs, were decided on Saturday at the Man- chester Ice Rink. The combined hand-iai- li&nd figure-skating competition was again won by the holders, C. B. Dewhurst and Miss A. Dyson, of Manchester. The challenge cup for single skaters (English style) was secured by Dewhurst, with a score of 182 points, A. R. B-urness, of St. Moritz, the bolder, being second, with 170. The English Chal- lenge Shield for combined skating by teams of four fell to the holders, Wimbledon, with 294 pionts, Manchester being second, with 263. Jack JohThSon has written to the National Sporting Club saying that he considered an offer of £ 5,000 to meet Sam Langford ridicu- lous. The tone of the letter appears to be ,ouch as to preclude the possibility of Jolmsom making a public reappearance in England. Percy Jones iPerth.), champion of England, and Eugene Criqui (France) have signed articles to box for the flyweight championship -of the world on March 26tli at Liverpool Stadium-. The match is for £ 100 a side and a purse o<f £ 400. and will take place on the eve of the Grand National. All the stake money is to be forfeited if either man fails to do the 'weight. In the Midland Amateur Boxing Champion- ships the heavy-weight title was won by 'Hedges, of Birmingham; the middle-weight by 'March, of Birmingham; the light-weight by Thomas, of Birmingham; the feather-weight by Shelley, of Rugby; and the bantam by Hemming, of Birmingham. It has been suggested (although the com- mittee of the Mid-Surrev Club has not yet given consent to the arrangement) that the international golf niat-ch between England and Scotland, which this year will not form part of the Open Championship meeting, should be held in the Old Deer Park, Rich- mond, towards the end of October. The teams will be twelve aside, singles being played in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon. The proprietors of Country Lift. 'will give gold medals to the winners and silver medals to the losers, also a challenge ,oup to be held by the club to which the .captain of the successful side belongs. The course chosen for trial matches among James Braid, George Duncan, J. H. Taylor, and Harry Vardon to test the merits of the old-style gutta-percha ball against the rubber- eore, is that of the Sandy Lodge Club. The .event takes place on April 2nd. Effortog are being made at Cambridge to get up an athletic meeting between' Cambridge University and a team of Old Blues at Fen- uer's on March 14th, to take the place of the match with the Amateur Athletic As-sociation, which has fallen through. In the presence of the King—who was greeted on his arrival with the heartiest cheering ever heard on a football ground— and the Prime Minister, England defeated Ireland in Rugby football at Twickenham on Saturday, by a placed goal and four tries (17 points) to a placed goal, a dropped goal, And a try (12 points). Ireland beat England by 3 goals to 0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday, thus establish- ing records in Association football. Never before had Ireland achieved success in this country, and their triumph, following that over Wales, gives them two victories away from home within a month. Blackburn Rovers continue to make ground in the First Division of the Football League. They went another step towards championship Itonours by defeating Manchester Citv at Blackburn. On the other hand. Manchester United, who had. up to three weeks ago, run the leaders very close, were beaten again, and on their own ground, Burnley scoring the only goal. Aston Villa have now found their best form, and gained a fine victory over Sheffield Wednesday, at Sheffield. Neither of the Lon- don clubs could claim a point, and the fact that Chelsea were beaten at home by the lowly-placed Newcastle United was very dis- appointing to their supporters. Still, the better team gained success on the day's play. Tottenham Hotspur made a good fight at Brad- ford, and were only defeated by 2 goals to 1. The most surprising result in the Second Division was the defeat of Woolwich, who damaged their chances of promotion by losing to Huddersfield at Highbury. Fulham did as veil as was expected of them by dividing the points at stake at Blackpool, but Clapton Orient could only score once against Leicester Fosse. With Crystal Palace winning a remarkable game against Bristol Rovers, and Swindon only being able to draw at Coventry, the Palace established a good position at the head of the Southern League table. Queen's Park Rangers lost at Plymouth, Millwall only drew at Gillingham, but West Ham United did well to gain success at Southampton. Five foxes were recently found dead at Up- minster Common, Great W-airley, Essex. On the contents of their stomachs being analysed strychnine was discovered. "Pieces of rabbit rubbed with the poison, and also other dead foxes, were .subsequently found in the Warley district. On Saturday the Master of the Essex Union Hunt issued a personal reward of £50 for information leading to the dis- covery of the perpetrators. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to An-imals also announce a reward of £10. The police have taken up the matter. Cecil Harverson is, says the Sportsman, authorised by hios backers to challenge Tom Reece and Tom Newman to play level matches of 16,000 up' for £W a-side. As Harverson is leaving England for Africa on April 4th it is impossible for him to play this season, but his backers are ready to make the matches for Bexfc season, and fix them before his departure.

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