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The bike was invented by a Frenchman 249 years ago. . . . The Long Island University quintet, led by Kramer, has scored 129 points in two games. . . . They are known as the point -a-minute men. . . . Football coaches throughout the country are favoring a wide-open game to stand up against opposition of the professional football players. . . . Jerry Rodman and Harry Ruth, the Jewish six-day bike team, dropped out of the grind on the third day. . . . They were thirteen hours behind the Jewish bike team of last year, which stood the gaff for seventy-two hours. . . . The first gymnasium was established in Jerusalem in 174 B.C. and became a famous training ground. . . . In the 1932 Olympic Games the Danish boxer, Kurland, was second in the lightweight class and the Austrian, Hirschl, third in the heavyweight class. . . . The world champion weight lifter, Haas, is a Jewish chap. . . . Abrahams, who captained the Cambridge track team for several years, won the 100 metres in the Paris Olympics in 1924. . . . At present he is a member of the English Olympic Committee — which has not accepted the Reich bid to the Olympics. . . . An American Jew, Norman Cohen, captained the American fencing team in 1928 at the Amsterdam Olympics. . . . Kurt Weiss is considered the best hockey player in Germany. . . . Sammy Rothchild was the first Jewish player to represent New York in the big time hockey loop. . . . He was a member of the Americans in 1928 but failed to make the grade. . .?


Pete Berenson won the prize for the best foul-shooting average on last year’s Beaver quintet. . . . City has been undefeated on its home court for the last five years. . . . Bob Olin has had seven ring battles this year. . . . He received a “duke” in one when he drew with Abe Feldman but won all the rest. . . . Mecca Temple, one-time former music hall, convention plant, and lecture spot, is being converted into a wrestling and boxing plant. . . . The first heave and grunters are scheduled to cavort on the stage some time this week. . . . George Sheinberg, of C. C. N. Y., is listed among the three fastest men in the metropolitan area for the 440 free style. . . . He is captain of the team. . . . Les Patrick of the N. Y. Rangers, is on the hunt for a new goalie to replace Andy Aitkenhead. . . . The latter is more than wobbly. . . . Teddy Gerber, tackle on the Abraham Lincoln High School eleven, was elected captain of the 1933 team. . . . Dr. Potter, principal of New Utrecht High School, is an ardent sports fan. . . . He can give you the records of all champions in his school for the past twenty years.


That spectators, players and coaches alike are vitally interested in accurate basketball shooting has been proved by the enthusiastic response that has greeted the Ninety-second Street Y. M. H. A.’s announcement of its first annual basketball shooting contest which will be held tonight.

The tournament will be held in three divisions — collegiate, high school and Jewish community stars competing in their respective groups.

Nat Holman, director of the Y, said, “I should not be at all surprised if some sort of unofficial record for total consecutive records were to be set here tonight. Some of New York’s best-known amateur basketball players have filed their entry blanks.”


Now that the six-day bike grind has moved out of town for a few months, the story about the kibitzers around the track are making faster headway than the pedal pushers in their wildest sprints.

Joe Jacobs, Yussel to you, was #oncealed behind a black and vile-smelling stogie in a box at the races early one morning and was awakened from his lethargy by the snail-like pace the riders were setting.

“Why don’t you step on it and give the public a break?” ask## our own Yussel, the great public defender, of Alf Letourner, as he shuffled his way past.

Letourner had a whole lap, or a tenth of a mile, in which to think up a comeback. And it was a pip . . . or so they say.

As he rode by the Jacobs box next time he asked, sarcastically, “When did you ever give the public a break?”

Jacobs gurgled “We wuz robbed,” and collapsed under the weight of his cheroot.


The Ranger ice pack seems to be one of the Garden’s frozen assets. They’ve been knocked into the cellar by nearly every team in the hickory loop.

Some of the lads on the team are fighters. Some used to be.

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