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CURRENT SPORT. I I SOUTH AFRICANS BEAT LLANELLY. After an extremely hard, fast, and much more stubbornly contested game than the final score would seem to indicate, the South African Rugby, fifteen succeeded in defeating Llanelly at Llanelly by two placed goals, one penalty goal, and a try (16 points) to a try (three points). The visitors have won all five matches •which they have played in Wales, and have scored 58 points to six. This is a better record than that of the New Zealanders against Welsh sides, for in winning four and losing one of their five matches in the Principality the New Zea- landers scored 29 points to 14. Saturday's game was played under much more favourable con- ditions than the most sanguine could have ex- pected in such wintry weather. The ground, -after snow and straw had been removed, thougn soft in places, was in very fair order. The weather was fine, there being neither sun nor wind, while the air was cold and invigorating. The 10,000 spectators witnessed a very fast and interesting game, though the superiority of the ■South African backs individually and collec- tively ultimately gave their sides a decisive vic- tory. Disagreeable scenes were witnessed dur- ing and after the match, the referee being loudly hooted and pelted with snowball. The language of some of the spectators near the seats of a party of South Africans became so bad that Mr. Carden, the manager, had to call for the assistance of the police. At the end of the game there was a disorderly scene, but an attack on the referee was frustrated. OTHER RUGBY GAMES. Owing to the severe weather, there were no matches of any importance played in the Lon- don district on Saturday. Several games, how- ever, were decided in the provinces, the chief of which were: Devonport Albion beat Northamp- ton, at Devonport, by six goals and three tries to two tries; Exeter and Newton Abbot drew at Exeter, each side having scored one try; Birken- head Park beat Moseley, at Birkenhead, by one try to nothing. TEE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. The results of the matches in the first division of the League Championship on Saturday were: Everton beat Middlesbrough, at Everton, by five goals to one; Blackburn Rovers beat Aston Villa, at Blackburn, by two goals to one; Wool- wich Arsenal beat Manchester City, at Plum- stead, ..by four goals to one; Derby County beat Sheffield United at Derby, by three goals to none; Bury beat Sheffield Wednesday, at Sheffield, by two goals to one; Birmingham beat Preston North End, at Birmingham, by three .goals to none; Bolton Wanderers and Notts County drew at Bolton, neither side having scored; Bristol City and Manchester United drew at Manchester, neither side having scored. Ihe matches between Stoke and Liverpool, at Stoke, and Sunderland and Newcastle United, at Sunderland, had to be postponed as the grounds were unfit for play owing to the snow. In the second division the winning teams were: Chelsea, Grimsby Town, West Bromwicii Albion, Leicester Fosse, Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Hull City, and Barnsley. The games be- tween Stockport County and Clapton Orient, and Bradford City and Leeds City were drawn. THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE. X The results of the matches in the Southern Lea,gue on Saturday were as follows: —West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur, at Upton Park, by four goals to two Reading beat Mill- wall, at Reading by four goals to none Queen's Park Rangers Beat Luton, at Park Royal, by two goals to none Bristol Rovers beat New Brompton, at Bristol, by four goals to none Brentford beat Watford, at Watford, bv four goals to one Northampton beat Crystal Palace, at Northampton, by two goals to one; Fulham and Norwich City drew at Fulham, one goal all; Brighton and Hove Albion and Leyton drew at Brighton, one goal all; Southampton and Swindon Town drew at Southampton, one goal all Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth drew at Plymouth, one goal all, but as the ground was not considered fit for a League match only an ordinary game was played. OTHER MATCHES. After an interesting match the Corinthians beat Stockton, at Stockton, on Saturday, by .seven goals to three. The first half was evenly contested, the Corinthians scoring three goals to Stockton's two. After crossing over the Corinthians had much the better of the game. The Casuals, continuing their tour, met South Bank, at South Bank, on Saturday, and. after an even game they were beaten by three goals to two. HOOKEY. The snowbound condition of the grounds pre- vented the playing of hockey in the London dis- trict on Saturday. At Yeovil, however, it was possible to decide the match between Dorset and Somerset, in spite of the frozen state of the ground. Neither side was at full strength, but with E. W. Ebdon, an English international, in the Somerset goal, it was rather surprising that Dorset gained an easy victory by eight goals to two. Middlesex were to have visited the North of England to meet Lancashire, but, owinc to the snow, the tour was abandoned. ° U.S. GRIOKETERS FOR ENGLAND. The University of Pennsylvania will send a cricket team to England in June to play the leading Universities and colleges* The pro- gramme of the tour, which will last about fivo weeks, is being arranged by Mr. Alcock, secre- tary of the Surrey County Cricket Club. The, team will be composed of undergraduates, and will have an undergraduate as manager. BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP. Jeffries and representatives of the Rhyolite Club have signed articles for a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world, under Queensberry rules, with 5oz. gloves, between Jeffries and Bill Squires, of Australia. Of the Purse of 30,000 dollars the winner will receive 60 per cent., and the loser 40 per cent. The •contest will come off in April. THE TRANSFER OF BURGESS. At the desire of the Everton Football Club the committee of the League considered the transfer of H. Burgess, formerly of Manchester City. Everton contended that the City club were under an agreement made when they ob- tained the transfer of Hill from Everton to give them firat chance of securing Burgess. Man- chester City stated that Burgess refused to go to Everton. It was decided that Man- chester City did not carry out their arrange- ment with Everton, as the Mancunians did not give the Everton club sufficient time to pro- perly approach Burgess. DEATH OF A CRICKETER. Mr. G. R. Bardswell, formerly captain of. the Oxford eleven, and a member of the Lancashire eleven,c died in New Orleans on Saturday. Mr. Bardswell, who was thirty-three, underwent a serious operation some months ago, but it was believed that he had coinpfttely recovered. lie Was president of the Manchester and District Cricket League, and a member of the committee of the M.C.C. and Lancashire. He made many good scores in first-class cricket, was a useful howler, and an exceptionally fine fielder at slip.

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