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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. The Lawn Tennis Association has arranged that, in the event of England defeating Bel- glum in the Davis International Cup at Folke- stone on July 7th, 8th, and 9th, the team will meet France at Wimbledon on July 11th, 13th, and 14th. Should England be again success- ful, the British team will leave for America two days later to take part in the finals at New York on August 6th, 7th, and 8th, when either Australia or Canada will be met. Harry Vardon, one of the members of the famous "triumvirate" of golfers, won the open golf championship on the Prestwick links on Friday for the sixth time, thus establishing a record that is likely to stand for a long time. He was followed home by his great rival J. H. Tavlor, who has won the cham- pionship five times; but the other member of the "triumvirate," J. Braid, also a five times winner, played disappointingly, and was some way behind. Mr. J. L. C. Jenkins, the amateur champion, finished first of the amateurs. The four great professionals, Vardon, J. H. Taylor, Braid, and Duncan, visited Turn- bertv on Saturday and took part in two in- terna ;onal matches, Vardon and Taylor re- presenting England and Braid and Duncan Scotland. The English pair were beaten in a four-ball match in the morning by 4 holes up and 2 to play, and a foursome after luncheon was halved after a grent struggle. Before a crcwd of about 10,000 people the Polytechnic sports took place at Stamford Bridge in very hot weather on Saturday. The competitors included nearly all the present- day crack English athletics, and the perform- ances accomplished were correspondingly brilliant. W. R. Applegarth, our champion sprinter, twice ran 200 metres in 21 3-5scc., equalling the Olympic record held by A. Hahn, made at St. Louis in 1904. Another record in which Applegarth took part W,;8 made by the Polytechnic Harriers, who raced against a Rest of England team of famous sprinters, and won the mile relay race (com- posed of eight separate furlongs) by 20 yards in 2min. 55 3-5sec. The promoting club were also successful in retaining the Lord Kinnaird trophy for the aggregate points gained in a series of events, their runners-up being the Surrey Athletic Club, who were a good second. The Marathon race for the Sporting Life. trophy over the road between Windsor and London was started from -the Royal Park by the King, in the presence of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. A very strong contingent of foreign long-distance runners took part in the event, including a picked team from Sweden, and two splendid runners from North Africa competing in French colours. One of these, Djebelia, wrested the lead from Studholme, of Small Heath, after going nearly twenty miles, and, keeping in front, he reached Stamford Bridge in 2hr. 46min. 50sec., beating West- burg, of Sweden, for first place by nearly 5min., the latter's time being 2hr. 51min. 19sec. Another Swede, Griiner, ran third. Studholme, the first Englishman to arrive, was fourth, Townsend (England) fifth, and Moulond, the other French-African, sixth. The entries for Henley Royal Regatta, which will be held on Wednesday, July 1st, and the three following days, closed on Friday. There is a very full list, although the total of 73 is four short of the "record" of 77 in 1909 and 1913 In the Grand Challenge Cup event Thames Rowing Club have entered, and, in spite of rumours to the contrary, will put on a crew for the chief event. With four Colo- nial and foreign crews engaged the racing will be particularly interesting. The entries from the Oxford colleges are the smallest for many years, being limited to two eights (University, the head of the river boat, a/id Christ Church) for the Ladies' Plate And two fours (Brasenose and Mag- dalen) for the Visitors' and Wyfold Cups. There are twenty-one entries of crews and scullers from Cambridge. Five schools com- pete for the Ladies' Plate, and the Thames Cup is again a very popular event. The entries for the four-oar events are below the average. Only two English crews compete in the Stewards' Cup, and the entry list for the Visitors' Cup is a very poor one. The entries for the Wyfold Cup include a pro- vincial four from the Union Boat Club, of Nottingham. The total of sixteen competitors for the Diamond Sculls has only once been exceeded, but there may be one or two with- drawals before the draw is made on Saturday afternoon. There was some exciting racing at the Royal Mersey Yacht Club's regatta at Holyhead on Saturday. The fixture was favoured with a aplendid sailing breeze from the southward, and this gave the boats a broad reach, a close naul, and a beat to windward. This just suited Hispania and Bloodhound, which scored popular victories. That of the first named was in the match for the cup presented to the club by the King. This is the second Royal trophy won by Mr. J. R. Payne, Hispania's popular owner, the first being" at the Royal Cork Regatta a few vears ago, when he won with the 15-metre Vanity. The King's cutter Britannia was again a winner in the big handicap class, though only by the bare margin of half a secoxid, from Wendur, her only opponent. Soplius Nielsen, of the Frem Football Club (Denmark), who played inside left in the team that recently won the amateur inter- im «ttn>fial match with England, has been ap- proached by two or three English clubs to P-n professional forms, and he will be seen ill the Liverpool or Crystal Palace team next season if terms can be arranged, says the Sporting Life Sophiis Hansen, the Danish goalkeeper, who will be following his profes- sion -it. during the 1914-5 football sea- son. win play for the famous Queen's Park Club (Glasgow). The results of the deliberations of the In- ternationa] Board have been announced b v the Football Association. The alteration to ten instead of six yards for an opponent's distance from the ball in the case of any free kick became law, and striking was added to the list of malprnctices that constitute foul play; also that the referee's decision on points of fact shall he final so far as the re- sult of the game is concerned. It was de- cided that an injured player sha]] be at on?c removed outside the nearest goal or touch- line, and the game resumed, and that after such suspension of play the ball shall be dropped, not thrown down. Willie Ritchie, who meets Fred Walsh for I the light-weight championship of the world at Olympia on July 7th, .will probably do his work for the contest at the same training quarters as Wells is occupying at Briglitoll, Ritchie has expressed himself as delighted with his probable training camp. Bombardier Wells, who meets Colin Bell for the heavy-weight championship of the British Empire at Olympia on June 30th, states that he has set his mind on defeating three men before he puts the gloves "aside. The ambition of his life is to challenge the winner of the Gunboat Smith-Carpentier con- test, and afterwards, if successful, to take part in the contest for the heavy-weight cham- pionship of the world. I was in anything but my best form on the two occasions on which I met Carpentier," he stated, on Satur- day, and I was suffering from dysentery when I met Gunboat Smith in America. To- day, however, I am better than ever I was in my life." The London championship lawn tennis meeting concluded at Queen's Club, Kensing- ton, on Saturday, without any surprises. F. G. Lowe and Mrs. Larcombe retained their titles in the ladies' and gentlemen's championships respectively without much jlifficulty. N. E. Brookes and A. F. Wilding Non the doubles, and in the mixed doubles A. W. Dunlop and Mrs. Larcombe had an aasy victory. «

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