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[FROM OCR LOUDON CoKRESFONDENT.] December 4, 1914. IMPORTANT ATHLETIC LEGISLATION". The- present. European Avar naturally puts tho break on international athletic competition for a time, though it is probable that there will be increased activity ones peace has been signed in Berlin. Though there is a lull in Europe, it is good to note that the United States authorities are alive, to the requirements of the situation, as created by the spread of international competition. The late James £. Sullivan w.t- c gteat advocate of uniform jules lor foni-KtiCon, and his solv-v d:4 much to n luce the 1 iijrli&li authorities to bring lb" hammer-throwing rules into line with those pie\.uhn;t on the other side of t>e Ytl.uific It is aNo well understood what a stiong hand the late lion, senetary and tu\u-tuer of tho Ame'i can Athletic Union ph\ m ieg„id to the formation oi lint Intcrrutional Athletic Federation.

The new" regulation.-, nist iriiodiKid in the United States tho measui- v---mtnt of tiaAs. hi s. long Uu. ovudae, and the altei*d conditoiu > ill allow fit moiu loimt 'omparisou ,r i ug.ud ti> Furopwui and C. nt'd'htate- rei ouls 1 tie old iku of mea.suiing Am<nean tucks Idm tiuni tin border, instead ot 32 as m limlnid represented a d flu erne <u about one \atd in each quarter iulo tiack I his is onb* a slight diheriuce \tt .n < -■ of a Jongd'jitance root it w >ild rtj i-n-ent about or f second in each mil<\ I in h.te r l. P. (ouncfl m"de h'-s mi u ' iccoul at 'liav«.is Island, h\e laps to the niil\ an-1 most ,iuthormtc hv>> genoudlv uvaui'a his figtue-, >f 4mm - eqi il t > 4miu under English conditions id n.i i btiremnt Opinions arc at \ ai' uh'S.'i t >tho relative ditleicut© mother conditions—that it., tracks and atmospl e t e—m the Unuul Sta'ts. and Lngknd Tt is a jnbje t wh'ch Leais a toml d«-al of Ii okmg l it«, .lid tit ttn.e ilium occ.isj n the wi iter 1 rpea to _»o into tli ni'tki Amu i can icto'Js w,d be a lit hatd'r to beat n futurt -tliat i*. those "'td a on a una wl tr 'k— aid the "r,iiv ' tin nstinn \mll ha\p tu run abort tour n h\i %ai(U tin tin r than in thf <la\s wlun im i-i.rjait.ot. ]>ie\aded It "ill bt ritci o*tit _: to note Jmw fl ] s ml' affect th ■ in tl.iidinl leccrdis of iracks nke M ndith, IvnTat. Sheppatsl. takhrell, Tvoh hmai'itn, ant! ot^ei;,. A FIXE S'HAYEK. ilie history of athletics shows that we occasionally iind men, who might well K> termed freaks, who do really i-emarkahle feats. Siiine athltttei "fill the eye" as line ■specimens of young manhood, but this does not always ensure that, they have the »peed. stamina, judgment-, and dvtt-rmina-tion which go to make a champion, though there are instances of i.-hampious who wc-ro deficient in the last two. England now has a i\'al champion, who by n:> mean.--, looks the part of a great stayer. He is A. H. JS'ichoLbs, the internat'';mal cress-country champion, whose build makes many : " Why, lie I'ickis as though a gocxl puff of wind would blow him over." Thai i:o has all the four vss.vntials mentioned above ho well demonstrated when boating the pick ot Kng!and, Scotland. Wales, and France at Chesiiam last March. He showed what a fine natural runner he is in the interelub race between tlu- .Surrey and Derby athletic clubs last Saturday, lie works in the Government Small Arms Factory at Enfield, and is kept so busy nowadays that training is out of tho uuestion. Nevertheless, he ran clean away from his held in tho race under notice, and he is a genuine champion. We fear the worst about Sergeant 0. W. Hntsou now, nothiiitr having been heard about the one arxl four-mile champion since he was left among the wounded on the Aisne battlefield. "Whether ho will yet turn up and be fit to give Xk-holLs a race only time will show, but his many friends aro losing hone. A WORLD'S CFfA.MP.IOX. The mantle of J. Donald.-ou has now j fallen on W. A. Applegatth. the little Kn„'l};hn!an having beaten the Australian in their 100 Yards Match for the world'--. ; rrofessional championship. They met at | Manchester on Saturday, the conditions being fair, considering the time of year. Donaldson was a pronounced favorite, which was natural, remembering how ln> beat It. V.. Walker in at Saliord in September of 1912. Applegarth's boo. amateur record was 9*se t ', or equal to half fi yard .-lower. The latter was tho quickest to get into his stride (very natural in the case o£ the smaller man), and In- was about half a yard to the good at 50yd,, Donaldson made ,a big effort to reduce this, but was beaten by about Pin. The tin:,' of 9 9-10,-ec is quite equal in merit to the winner's best, remembering tho time of vear, and it is doubtful if Donaldson will be able to turn Uo- tables if thev meet at any other distance up to 220 yds. H i-; two years since he 'met Walker, and nearly live years he put up his -<.tisationai performance of 9 3-B~ec for iCOvrK when beating Postle and llojwav at Johannesburg. It is therefore reasonable to suppose that ho has K«t Mane of his furiii. whilst Applc-arth 'may make more improvement. Po-sibly 'an opponent manbe found for Appie-arth in the United States or Souib Africa, but he will take a lot of beating. JXTERXATIOXAL BUXIXt i. The 10-rounds 1 ,r>xhis match between Arthur Pelky, of Canada, and (,'. Sims, ~f Portsmouth, drew a. big crowd to the Cosmopolitan Club, Plymouth. lVlkv waquitc 2st i2S!bl heavier tliau the 'Devonshire man, but this wa s ~f 110 advantage. Ife certainly posse?-rd the harder''b. out his movements were slow compared to those of his rival. Sims started well, and kept jabbing his man with the left, which fairly roused Pelky. who in a. mix-up yot home a bluw which dropped Sims for 6-ee. After this- Sims was more'careful, and' dancing round hi= rival, ho managed to EstaW !S h a "0,.,-, i £ -,i „„ r , o]nt . =- -p e iK-v tned nard lor a knock-out. his.onlv chance, hut the home man held his own in the heivy c-vchanges towards the end, and Easily secured the award on points. BILLIARDS. L The second heat between Smith and Stevenson in the London tournament proved another triumph for the former, and still nirthcr enhanced the reputation of the voung _ Darlington player. He received oJJ point.? from Stevenson, and as the final scores were 4,000 to 2.541 in his favor the overwhelming waturo of his win will be clear. This__ week's heats of the tournament bring (..ray and Xewnian together, the latter receiving 300 points. ~Grav mad- a line break of 442 on the iirst dav Xewman's best- efforts being 233, 248, and" 243 Gray caught his rival with the scores at 1,25-1, but Xewman was 170 in front when play ended for the day. Thev alternated in the lead during thu second dav's playGray claiming an "ad vantage of 125 at tho finish. Xewman regained the lead the following day, and only required 184 to win when the Australian lacked 645. The latter then canto along with a grand break of 400, followed by another of 147, so that he won on the post by 153 points. The winner average? 68.26 for each vhit to the *ab!e at the last session, ant? well deserved bis win. THE TURF. About this time last year most "turfites" were confidently looking forward to the big things which The Tetrareh was expected to do in the dasesic events of 1914. How tho wonderful grev colt broke down, and had to be retired to the stud, is now history. Eemembering this, one f«els some caution in speculating on the possibilities of Friar Marcue carrying King George's colors to the fore in the Derby of 1915. The unbeaten son of Cicero gained irmeh fame bv the manner he won the Middle Park Plate and the Prince of _Wales's Stakes at- Goodwood, and there is good grounds for looking on him 33 the best two-year-old of the season. In view of European troubles, it certainly would be very popular if the British King gained a notable victory at Kpsont, ss_ it will be about that time 'that the Empire'* forces, by then about 3.000,000, will be gaining "one of the do- j cisiv© victories of the war. This is a sports column a nevertheless the writer j

cannot, help but predict that tho many fine sportsmen in Lord Kitchener's army will prove that the new force now being prepared is the best that over went into battle.

King George won £11,744 in stakes during tho year, and his forward position among owners is very satisfactory. Top place -belongs to Mr J. B. Joel, with 22 wins worth £30.724. This success was largely due to Princess Dorrie winning tho Two Thousand Guineas and Oaks and tho success of Black Jester in tho St. Lcger. Mr Joel also owns tho leading stallion in Polymelus, whose family have won £29,607 during the past flat racing season. It falls to the lot of Alox. Taylor to head the list of winning trainers, the master of Manton having turned out winners which secured £52,052. The Wiltshire tumor is followed by C. Morton, of Wantage, but at a icspectful distance, his total amounting to £31,267. Turning to jockeys, S. Donoghuc is an easy first with 128 wins—percentage 18.52. One of the features of the season has been the advance of M. Wing, a young apprentice to Alfied Sadler, jun. He rode 59 \\Hindis. a big improvement on his 18 of last season, and he looks a likely jockey for the future. rOOTB \LL. II" most important of Saturday's Putcdn matihes was the fixture between G iniscn Of luers and Xaval Officers, at' Dovei. The plavors included Birkett and stoop, ot the Hjilequins and another international m A T Mo in, of Scotland, he-id*-. othei will 1-nown players. Birkett led the (lanison team, and had a lot to do with the success of his side by 9 p ants to 3 Another important Rugger match on Saturday resulted in Oxford T T nivrvs't\ A team beating St. Paul's N hooi In 36 noiutt, to 6 —Soccer. One of the features of the League games on \ as tho remarkable scoring in the Scottish matches. Falkirk and Kilrnnook won matches by 5-1 and 5-2 respectively, and Morton, Hibernians, and Celtu each stored 4 {reals when beating Airdrieonians. Partick, and Dumbarton. More tall scoring was seen in the English Lea Tim games. Blackburn scoring 6 goals without response when visiting Blank} Ihe vi'it of Astou Villa to I neip-c-ol led to another big crop of goals, i'o VJII storing 6to the 3by the home side Oldham rugn-tciod 5 to the Iby tin ir Manors from Middlesbrough, and Ever ton (at home) beat Sheffield Wedneschv b\ 4 to 1. The prolific scoring by Oldham strengthens the position of the club at the top <>t the first division. True. Manchester City is only a point behind, but the present form of the leaders is very convincing'. The City team only just beat West Ilromwich on Saturday, Bronnvell scoring the only goal of the inatch.

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THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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