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SPORTING ITEMS. So far the Scotch football clubs on tour in Lan- cashire for the New Year's holidays have fared very badly. The owner of one of the most celebrated handi- cap winners, and on which he won a great for- tune, is now an omnibus conductor. Rumour already speaks well concerning some two-year-olds by Mask, who was himself possessed of fine speed when in training. The near fore-leg of Cyrus has given way, and as he is a horse that requires a large amount of exercise to get him in condition, it is doubtful if he will ever stand a preparation again. At Manchester, where it is said in future the horses are to be fed and stabled at the expense of the race fund, the features of the Easter meeting are a hurdle race of LI,000, and a steeplechase of 21,000. At Marden Deer Park, Caterham, Surrey, at 3 a.m. on the 1st of January, Venice, by Carnival out of Isoline, the property of the Marden Stud, foaled a fine bay colt by Beaudesert, which is the first foal of the year. appeaied in winnin-, The veteran Rocket appealed in winning colours in a Selling Hurdle Plate at Plumpton, on Friday, and once again changed hands, Mr Jodrell giving eighty guineas for him. He has had a few owners in his time. Harvester has made his re-appearance on the L- ,lJ,1 training-ground, anct. aitnougn He uauuci boots, aN ewmarket correspondent believes him to he thoroughly sound, and likely to be heard of in connection with the spring handicaps. Xaintrailles is likely to commencs wurk again in a few days, but it would be as well for mtend- ing backers of the colt for the classic races to re- member that he has several engagements in 1 ranee during the spring, for some of which he is sure to be sent to run. The Duke of Devonshire has granted the use of Saffron field, Eastbourne-a meadow of about ten acres in extent, fringed with trees and very level throughout—to the Devonshire Park Cricket Club at a merely nominal rental. A commodious pavillion will be erected without loss of time. The Christmas Cup, competed for at Haydock Park Coursing Meeting by the winners of the Old and New Years' Stakes, was won by Woman in Black, the property of Mr W. Osborne, who, with his brother John, presides over the Ashgill training establishment at Middleham. A Wick Correspondent says :—A ring plover took shelter on board one of our fishing boats lately when fifty miles out at sea, and was cap- tured, and it also was taken to Mr McKay's cooperage, but it died very soon afterwards. I cannot make out what took this bird so far from home. There were no gales at the time to account for it, and this pretty little plover is not given to flying far from the sea shore. "Ubique,"in Land and Watei-, Bays: I am authorised to issue the following challenge from the Australian amateur champion sculler, Mr W. G. Brett. Mr Brett challenges any gentleman amateur in England, America, or the world, to scull him over the championship* course on the Paramatta River for a J3500 trophy, or he will scull on the Thames course, taking or allowing 2100 for expenses, adding an additional B50 as an inducement fcr any one to go over to Aus- tralia." We may state that English amateurs do not contest for 2500 trophies, and Mr Brett should appeal to professionals. There was no betting on future events at the principal London clubs on Saturday afternoon. r The entries for the Grand National Steeple- chase, Liverpool Spring Cup, Prince of Wales's Cup, and other races to be run for at the Liver- pool Spring Meeting in March next will close to morrow. Entries for the Lincolnshire Handicap, the Lin- coln Cup, Batthyany Stakes, and other events of importance run for at the Lincoln Spring and Grand National Hunt Meeting are due to-morrow. }.-• Messrs Tattersall announce several horses to be disposed of at their establishment at Knights- bridge to-day, amongst the number being John Bright and Reprieve from the Kingsclere stable. The meet of her Majesty's Staghounds will be at Two-mile B rook to-morrow, and the Great Western Railway Company will run a special train to Slough, leaving Paddington at 10.25 a.m. On -Friday next the meet will be at Hawthorne Hill, and a special train for Windsor will leave Paddington at 9.40 a.m. e fi 17 The three-year-old filly by Mr Winkle- Polonaise, the property of Mr Bowes, died rather suddenly at Maltoa on Thursday night. As a two-year-old the filly took part in five events, but only credited her owner with the Wentworth (Post Produce) Stakes at Dcncaster, for which she walked over. For the cominsr sjason she was engaged iu the One Thousand Guineas, Epsom Oaks, and Doncaster St Leger. A general meeting of the Southern Counties' Cross-country Association was held on Friday evening, Mr T. Shore, president, in the chair. A motion by the South London Harriers to allow second teams to compete in the championship was lost. The proposed alteration in the date of the southern counties' championship gave rise to an animated discussion, and it was resolved that February 21,14, 7, and 28 should have precedence in the order named if fixed arrangements can be made with the Sandown Park authorities. The propositions that in future a conference of secre- tariesbe held tofix-thedatesofopen handicaps,with the condition that without sanction they are not to be altered, were carried. There was a large attendance, and much acrimony was introduced into the proceedings. On Friday afternoon J. Roberts, jun., and T. Taylor met at the Royal Aquarium, and signed articles to contest a billiard match of 10,000 points up (spot-barred), for £ 100, the champion conced- ing 3,000 points start. Taylor proved successful in both tosses—for choice of building and table. The match will be played at the Aquarium on Feb. 16 and following days, on a Burroughs and Watts' table. Ten pounds a side is now down to bind the match, and the remainder will have to be made good on the night of the Roberts v. Bennet match. The same pair has also entered into negotiations to contest 10,000 up, "all in,"on similar terms, to take place on March 2 next. Table and venue not yet settled.

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