Much has been done to improve bows, bowstrings and arrows since the Battle of Hastings, but pointing the arrow has not improved a whit until now. Gilbert Boenig, president of the National Field Archery Association, has not yet seen the bowsight, but as it has been described to him he feels that it does not violate NFAA rules, which prohibit use of range finders or of any device that is an aid in establishing the distance of any shot.
Female soccer players, according to Mr. Percy Ashley, a 73-year-old retired scrap merchant of Manchester, England, have better natures and are better travelers than the males. In 1949 he founded the Corinthian Ladies' Football Club because his daughter liked the game. It now has 50 players, their ages ranging from 13 to 27, and when not playing soccer they work as mill hands, secretaries and at assorted tasks.
Mr. Ashley's girls have played 344 matches in 14 seasons, have won 313, lost 15 and tied 16. They have booted a total of 2,145 goals and had only 400 scored against them. They have toured continental Europe, parts of Latin America, the British West Indies and Ireland, meeting and usually beating the best.
On a recent tour the Corinthians left Manchester at 4 p.m. in a bus, traveled 200 miles to London, caught the midnight plane to Germany, took a bus to Essen, slept 2� hours, toured Essen, played a soccer match at Bochum (a tie), got to bed at one in the morning, rose at six, were on the 250-mile road to Stuttgart by eight, played another game (another tie), took another bus to Frankfurt, flew to London, went back to Manchester by bus and arrived there Monday morning at eight, which left them half an hour to get to their jobs.
"Some of our brawny, highly paid men footballers would faint at the very idea of a tour like that," Mr. Ashley says admiringly.
Some of our brawny, highly paid baseball players, complaining about the rigors of a 162-game season, have already fainted, just from reading this.
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? Roger Maris, a hard bargainer with the Yankees last year, has reportedly consented to a $15,000 salary cut this year. He was paid something like $60,000 in 1962.
?J. Walter Kennedy, ex-Notre Dame publicist and first publicity man for the National Basketball Association, now serving his third term as mayor of Stamford, Conn., is foremost candidate to succeed Maurice Podoloff as president of the NBA.