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thing to write about Therefore the
defensive shift story.
In a practice game yesterday Jack
Fournier and John Collins suffered
slight injuries, but both will be back
at work today. Ed- Walsh tried to
pitch for the seconds and was
lammed by the regulars.
Condition of the Sox players is
good, just as in the case of the Cubs.
It is apparent that both Chicago
teams will start the season in the
best of physical shape, unless some
thing unforseen intervenes.
It is officially announced that Jess
Willard will not fight any one before
starting his engagement with a cir
cus. Official announcement wasn't
needed. In the first place, the cham
pion's injured hand precluded all
possibility that he could meet Fred
Fulton in Milwaukee for which bout
Tom Andrews offered him $30,000
and there also would have been little
time between now and the time Jess
joins the show for the bout to be
boosted and advertised.
It is not customary for a champion
to take on two big fights in a month.
He may be perfectly trained for the
first, but needs extra conditioning
for the second.
Andrews in his efforts to land the
match indicates he believes Fulton is
next to Moran as a challenger. The
Milwaukee fight expert has seen both
challengers in action and his opinion
is entitled to weight
Chicago cleaned up in the Amer
ican Bowling congress tournament
at Toledo, which came to a close yes
terday with the rolling of minor
events. Commodore Barrys won the
five-man title, Frank Shaw is tied
with two others for lead In the sin
gles, and will roll off tonight; Sykes
Thoma and Hank Marino copped the
doubles, and Thoma finished on top
in the all-events.
Welker Cochran beat Jake Schaef
er, 400 to 251, in a slow 18-2 billiard
game at the tournament at Mussey's.
Cochran's high run was 65, the game
going 37 innings. On the form dis-,
.played so far neither of the local cue
experts can stand up against Firmin
Cassignol, the French champion, who
is the third man in the contest. To
night Cassignol will play Schaefer.
Ralph Underhill has been elected
captain of the Northwestern basket
bill team for the 1917 season.
Charles Le Cros, Peoria, beat Char
ley Morin, 50 to 31 in a game of the
Interstate ThrefCushion Billiard
Jack Dillon and Battling Levinsky
fought ten rounds to a draw in New
York. Dillon forced the fight, but
was not so clever as the Battler.
Johnny Kilbane has a broken bone
in his left thumb, sustained in a New
York fight last week. He will be O. K.
in two weeks.
The first of the annual swimming
championships scheduled by the Na
tional A. A. U. will be held at the
Illinois A. C. tonight Stars from
four Chicago teams and Cincinnati
Gymnastic and A. C. tankers will up
hold the honors of the west against a
picked team of entries representing
eastern clubs in three junior title
events. Two championship events
are scheduled, and four invitation
contests will complete the program.
Ken Huszagh, C. A. A.; Clement
Browne, Hamilton club, and A. Sie
gel, I. A. C, will oppose a picked trio
of'easterners in tie 100-yard event,
with tiie Lherry Circle star or Browne
picked to win. The invading con
tentants will be Ted Cann, New York
A. C; A. C. Church, Brookline, Mass.,
Swimming club; Leo Handy, Brook
line, Mass., Gymnastic A. A., and J.
Kassel, Cincinnati G. A. C.
Exhibition Game Scores
Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 1.
Brooklyn 2, Athletics 0.
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"Fireworks were thrown from the
gallery and the audience rushed on
the platform, pelting the pacifists
with red ochre. The meeting ended
with the sinking of Rule Brittania,
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