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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I The attempt to raise a sensation in regard to the Calcutta sweep and the rather un- usually big field for this year's Derby has fallen very flat in racing circles, writes Asmodeus," for the stories circulated that certain owners who ran horses possessing but outside chances in the big race were induced to do so for a monetary consideration by those -who had drawn horses in the great IndÜw lot- tery is generally discredited. Moreover, it is difficult to see how the Jockey Club can or would prevent any owner from running a Diorse who is duly qualified to tako part in the Derby. Now, amongst the horses who started at forlorn odds were those owned by such good sportsmen as the Duke of Portland, Lord Carnarvon, Mr. Leopold de Rothschild, Colonel E. W. Baird, Mr. RusHel, M. Aumom, Mr. George Ed warden, Mr. James Buchanan, Mr. W. Clark, and Mr. Hulton. Would any of these gentlemen have had their horses saddled for a secondary consideration other than that connected with the race? The idea is preposterous. Lord Cheylesmore, presiding at a meeting of the National Rifle Association, said that at this year's Bisley the central for match xifle competitions would be 24in. in diameter to count six; for service rifle competitions the bull's-eye of the 500 yards target would be reduced from 18in. diameter to 16in. The time-limit for each separately-signalled shot at 600 yards and under would be 30see., and in all other competitic; s one minute from the time at which the target is clear. It is announced by the National flifle Asso- ciation, subj ect to final verification, that Colonel Schumacher's Empire Day Challenge Cup competition has been won by the 4th Bat- talion of the King's Royal Rifles, now at Hawal Pindi, with a score of 2,740 points out of a possible 4,000. Judging by the published particulars of tI e three American yachts from which an America Cup defender is to be selected, one gathers, says a Standard writer, that the Herreshoff boat approximates most nearly to the normal type fostered by the universal rule, in which case, should she turn out to be the "vessel chosen as defender in the Cup races, she will be in the receipt of a consider- able amount of time allowance; and it is more than probable that the great American de- signer has concentrated his powers on pro- ducing a boat which will be seen at her best at windward work and in running before the wind. Three of the races out of five, or possibly two out of three, will be sailed fifteen miles to windward and return," and it will be the object of the yacht of smaller rating, if not quite so fast as her larger opponent, to stick as close to her rival as possible on the turn to windward and blanket her on the return journey before the wind. Assuming Sham- rock IV. to be the faster all-round vachi. of the two, the actual result of the series of races for the Cup will depend largely upon whether or not she is relatively a good per- former to windward. In the event of Vanitie or Defiance being selected as defender, the same probabilities hold good, especially, we think, in the case of Vanitie, but not to such a marked degree as would be the case were Resolute the chosen vessel. The Russian Government has notified from St. Petersburg that Finland will not be allowed to take part under her own name in the Olympic Gaines in Berlin in 1916. and the Finnish Olympic Committee will probably very soon be dissolved by command of General Sevn. The' Russian Government (Reuter's Agency states) had previously ap- proached the International Olympic Commit- tee, but that body refused to exclude the Finns or the member for Finland (Baron von Willebrand), or otherwise place the Finnish athletes under Russian control. If the Berlin committee, directing the games, takes up an attitude similar to that of the Central Com- mittee in Paris it is difficult 'to see how the Finnish men can be prevented from going to Berlin, except.. by imprisoning them in a fortress and confiscating the money of the Finnish Olympic Committee. Finland was the fourth nation at Stockholm and Russia was fifteenth. The Scottish professional golf champion- ship, which concluded on Friday on the North Berwick Burgh course, provided a new win- ner. D. P. Watt, the Mortonhall professional, by accomplishing 9 fine fourth round ol seventy-one, ousted his brother Willie Watt (Dirleton) from the leadership, which he had held from the start, and won by a couple of strokes. 0 Yves, a one armed French golfer, who is an assistant professional at La, Boulie, Ver- sailles, intends, the Dally ill oi f says, to take part in the British Open Championship at Prestwick this month. Yves, an extraordin- arily fine golfer, has done La Boulie in seventy-three strokes. He does not expect to be in the running for the championship, but in ihe opinion of Arnaud Massy Yrek is good enough to survive the qualifying round at Troon on June 11th and 12th. The programme for the Lancashire amateur championship meeting arranged annually by the Lancashire Union of Gold Clubs pro- mises four full days' play on the Southport and Ai'nsdaie links on July 1st to 4tli. On the first dav there will be 3G holes stroke play, by which the first sixteen will qualify for the championship match play. The scores made that day will also count for the team cham- pionship. On the Thursday the first and second rounds of the' championship matches will be played, as well as a handicap competi- tion over eighteen holes among players having a handicap of ten or under; on Friday there will be the semi-ifnals and final of the championship, and a second division handi- cap; and on Saturday there will be a county match against the Midlands, who are new 4pponeli ts for Lancashire. The information is to lnnd that Emil Voigt, the amateur vegetarian runner, lias re- turned from Australia. Jt will be remem- bered that Voigt, who was a member of the Manchester Athletic Club, won the mile A.A.A. championship in 1910. He was als;o successful in winning the four miles A.A.A. championship two years consecutively, in 1908 and 1909. Voigt was the prime mover in the organisation of the Amateur Athletes' Union, which only became defunct when he left this country for Australia about three years ago. He was a strong advocate of making the A.A.A. championships peramhulatcrv. He endeavoured to induce the authorities to hold the championships alternately in the North, South, and the Midlands, as he believed it would be an effectual means of reviving in- terest in the sport. Mr. P. A. Timbs, the lion, treasurer, re- ported to the annual meeting of the Amateur Football Association that last season resulted in a loss of C5. though there was a balance in "hand of 4:73 17s. 7d. Mr. Wreford Brown said that although the A.F.A. had joined with the F.A. lie hoped all clubs would do their utmost to keep up the strength and status of the A.F.A., and while if they could not ap- preciably strengthen their position, 1m» "trusted that the Association would at least re- main as strong as it was at present. The famous stud of hackneys belonging to the late Mr. William Foster has been sold at Mel Valley, Birmingham. Chief interest cen- tred in Mel Valley Bauble, champion at the London Hackney Show this year, and de- scribed as the best pony, alive under 13'2. Bid- ding started at 200 guineas, and the pony finally went to Mr. Bourne, of Watford, for 1,150 guineas, which constitutes a world's re- cord. Mr. Bourne also purchased Mel Valley's Fame, a five,-year-olA bay gelding, for 526 guineas. G. Hierons and H. Cowdray, the Queen's dub professionals, will play an exhibition singles lawn-tennis .match at Queen's Club, "West Kensington, on Saturday, June 13th, at three o'clock. -They will also engage in two -or three doubles matches against prominent amateurs, but the final arrangements fot these are not yet definitely fixed.

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