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OVERSEAS SPORT.

*-i NEXT YEAR'S DERBY. FOOTBALL INCIDENTS. [FROM OUH OWif COBRESPONDENT.] LONDON, 31st December. It is stated that D. Maher will ride the Earl of Rosebery's Neil Gow in next year's Derby. He had been given the choice of two mounts — Lord Rosebery's Neil Gow, winner of £10,306 last season, and Mr. "Fairies" Lemberg, winner of £9360. Each colt has strong claims to favouritism, and, that being so, the services of so talented a jockey as Maher were naturally in great request by the two owners mentioned. It- may be supposed that some sentimental regard for Lord Rosebery's colours assisted Maher in coming to a decision, inasmuch as he won the Derby of 1905 on his lordship's Cicero. No one knows better than Maher and Percy Peck, the colt's able_ trainer, that NeU Gow is an? awkward horse to ride, but the fact that the famous jockey will ride must reduce the doubts in the case. Lord Rosebery's candidate is a brilliant young horse ; he is wintering splendidly ; and all concerned with him are to be -congratulated on having successfully retained the jockey that best understands him. It may be added that Maher will ride Bayardo in all his races next year. FATAL FOOTBALL ACCIDENT. The death has taken place in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary of James Main, •the well-known Scottish international back. Main was playing for the Hibernians on Christmas Day against Patrick 'Thistle at Glasgow, when he was accidentally kicked in the stomach. He took no further part in the game, but was able to go to West Calder, where he resided, the same evening. On Sunday, however, he was removed to Edinburgh Infirmary, and operated on for rupture of the bowel. He was never out of danger, and ( his death, while a painJEul impression in Edinburgh, was not unexpected. The deceased was only 25 years of age. The annual msejiug of the InterAthletic Association of the ■United States was held at New York. this week. The principal subject for: -discussion was the question of the reform of the American rules of football, which were originally modelled on the English Rugby game'; but have -been sof altered as to regjjjt in gladiatorial displays, in which the object is to win r games by elaborately preconcerted team ■work. Harvard was represented at themeeting. Yale and Cornell have already shown their sympathy with the demand, for revision, and Columbia is among the new members of the association." The majority of the meeting were in favour of the retention of the American' game, with the elimination of "mass"'' play and other dangerous features, while a small but influential section argued for the substitution of Rugby or Association rules. The South African Association has decided to invite an English team to visit South Africa in 1910. It was also decided to affiliate* with the Internation- • al Federation. A motion submitted by the Western Province in favour of a postponement of the invitation in view of the depression at present prevailing, and also of the clashing of the proposed visit with the tour of the Rugby teani, which is also coming to South Africa, was defeated by 14 votes to 1.

The urgent quest-ion of the extension of the foreign settlement in Shanghai was settled on 16th December, when the American Association adopted a resolution supporting the proposals of the municipality for transmission to the State Department. Sir Peter Bam, senior member for •Capetown, arrived recently in .London in connection with tho work of the South

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OVERSEAS SPORT., Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 36, 12 February 1910

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OVERSEAS SPORT. Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 36, 12 February 1910

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