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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I JLMATEUK ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS—ROYAL CUPS FOR STEFPLECHASLRS-C ROSS- Co t'NTPY CHAMPIONSHIPS HOCKEY SWIHMIG- FOOTBALL: ASSOCIATION CUP GA-U-Es LEAGUE MATCHES. —————— .0 At » meeting of the general committee of ifche Amateur Athletic Association. held in London on Saturday, the report of the Championship Committee of Management "was considerecl, and it was agreed to extend fthe championships in July over two days, aiamely, July 3rd and 4th. The Champion- ship Committee of Management for 1914 *was elected as follows: Messrs. E. Hoyle i(North), W. Greenwood (North), A. J. iEgglesMm (Midlands). and W. Mabbett (Midlands). The following records were passed: W. R. Applegarth. 150 yards, 14 2-5see., at Cardiff on June 28th, 1913; C. Harleman, pole jump, 12ft. 6in.. at Stam- !ford Bridge on June 28tli, 1913. The report of the Olympic Games Committee was adopted, as was the report of the conference «f the Joint Handicapping Boards of Con- trol. The question of the International Amateur Athletic Federation was considered, and delegates were appointed to attend the next congress at Lyons, France. April 18th was selected as the day of the ten miles run- ming, the seven miles walking, and the tug-of- war championships, and for the annual general meeting. At Nottingham on Saturday H. C. Virr for the fourth year in sucr ssion won the billiard Amateur champ:onsliii) of the United King- dom, beating J. Nugent, of Dublin, very 40M b J. Nug easily by 1,038 points—'5.000 w 1;962. The Kilng and the Prince of Wales loth presented elegant cups. each of the value of P-25, to the West, Norfolk Hunt, for com- petition at their steeplechases, which take plac-e on Easter Monday. April 13th. The King's Cup will be run for in a light-weight race by horses belonging to members of tl ?. Hunt Club regularly hunted this seaso'n with -the West Norfolk Hounds. The Prince of Wales's Cup i.s for horses of subscribers to «my recognised pack of foxhounds, S'tag- Ihoumds, or harriers in 'Norfolk regularly bunted this season with S'ue1) hounds. The British Sea Anglers' Society has awarded its notable fish medals for the past reason to Mr. W. Claude Hales for a blue shark of 1331b. Mr. C. W. Johnson, tope Milb. and Mr. F. Dawn ore, for a spotted -riog-fish of 1:3Ib. 3oz. Mr. H. C. Nicholl, o,r Penzance, has won the society's Sarcelle and Reynolds' challenge cups, given for the most specimen fish taken from 'bout, pier, and chore. Other members have also been ow-&rded cups and medals for specimen fish. At Aberdeen on Saturday the twelfth annual ilockey match between Wales and Scotland was won by Wales, who scored 3 goals to 1. The Soots were severely handicapped by the loes soon after the start of G. G. Inglis, their left-back, who had to retire with a broken "Ilar-bone. For the rest of the time they !played four forwards. Despite this the Soot ticored first, -Ritchie putting through from an opening made by means of clever stick work on the part of Hugh Walker. Pallott, the "Welsh left wing, equalised, and in the second half the Welsh forwards were iilwa-vs promi- nent, making some very fine runs. Tltiiiter, well backed by his partner Pallott. put on two .further goals. This was the first time Wales Itad defeated Scotland since 1904. A satisfactory report was presented at the forty-fifth annual meeting of the Southern Counties Amateur Swimming Association on Saturday evening. In order to popularise tthè ladies' team championship in future the heats and final will be decided npon the same Evening. A similar race for junior ladies will Also be instituted this season. Haydock Park on Saturday was theseene of the Northern Counties Cross Country Senior and Junior Championships. The senior -event was run over a ten-miles course, and re- sulted :n a win for the ex-holders and former siational champions, the llaHamslure Harriers (Senior Champions of Yorkshire), with 58 points. The Warrington Harriers (holders) were second, with 89 points, and the Saltord i Harriers with 96 points, were third. E. Glover, <Jthe winning team (and holder of the Ama- teur Athletic Association ten miles champion- ship), was first man home, beating the Scot- 4ish International, G. C. L. Wallach (of the 'Bolton United Harriers), by 5see. in 58mín. 19sec. J. Cooke (llallamshire Harriers) was third, and W. Scott (Salford Harriers), the ten miles ex-champion, was fourth. The Ilal- Jamshire Harriers also won the Junior Cham- pionship, in which the distance was seven miles. The great attraction the competition for 4-be Football Association Cup has for the fol- lowers of the dribbling code was again evi- denced on Saturday, when, despite the miser- able weather which prevailed, the eight tios in the third round were witnessed by over 277,000 people, and the gate-money' taken amounted to £ 12,000. Only one game was Adrawn, that between West Ham United and Liverpool, aaid it. has been noticeable this year that more ties have been decided at the first time of asking than probably ever before. There were several surprises, the chief of 'which was the downfall of Blackburn Rovers, the League leaders, at home. Tin ir con- querors were Manchester City, whom t lit Rovers beat quite easily in a League match on the same ground the previous Saturday, by 2 goals to 1. though they were then without Shea, Lathe-ron. and Crompton. who were playing for England against Ireland. This IA not the first time Manchester City have upset calculations in the Cup-ties, however, for oome years back they overome Aston Vilia ,at Birmingham, when the team were apparently in invincible form. Crompton, the famous full-back of the Hovers, on Satur- day lost for another year hit? chance of secur- ing the Football As'oc'ai :on Cup gold medal. abou.t the only jvr(-tt. football trophy he has not yet wot; The downfall of M'llwall by 4 goals to 0 was also a surprise, for no one expected Sheffield United to w in by such a large margin, though it was realised that their suc- cess was quite likely. Burnley, too. defeated Bolton Wanderers in much easier fa-shion than was, thought possible, but in all these •case^ the state of the ground and ball may have had an effect on the. play of the teams. The Southern team<», on the whole, did badly, for of the four competing only Queen's Park Bangers wera sucwsifnl/ oft r_, The various League matches took second 1 iplitoe :n Saturday's proceedings, but there are some interesting results to record. In the First Division Manchester United went further bad: by losing 3-1 at Middlesbrough, but Derby County gained two valuable points at t he expense of Everton. J The most surprising results in the Second Division were the heavy defeats of Woolwich Arsenal and Fulham. Notts County and Hull Citv enhanced their chances of promotion, for both won their games. Clapton Orient made A capital fight with the Wanderers at Wolver- hampton, but were unable to avoid defeat. The leadership of the Southern League re- trains unchanged, as Crystal Palace won at Merthyr and Swindon defeated Watford. After their fine performance against Ply- mouth Argyle on Wednesday it was expected that Southend United would draw at Ports- mouth, but they failed to stay after a pro- mising start, and were easily beaten. The Rugby football matches on Saturday were contested u'nder depressing conditions, both for the players and spectators. The grounds were in a wretched condition, and in most instances rain was falling during the progress of the games, the ball thus becoming very difficult to hold. Under the circum- tances, good forward play was at a premium, as it was impossible to execute passing move- anents with any certainty.

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