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Will the ATP Year End No. 1 be awarded after the ATP World Tour Finals or the Davis Cup finals?

Currently, in the ATP rankings, Roger Federer is, effectively, just 490 points behind Novak Djokovic with two tournaments, namely ATP Masters 1000 Paris & the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer, ...
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Is a top prospect usually called up at the beginning or middle of the season?

When it is known before the season starts that the team's top prospect will be called up that year, does it usually happen for Opening Day, or do they get the call later in the year? Also, are there ...
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Can you hold a tabletennis paddle with two hands?

By ITTF regulation, is it legal to hold a paddle with two hands? On one serve, someone managed to return by using his normal hand with the addition of his other to stabilize the paddle better. Is ...
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sports odds explanation for NFL

I'm looking at sports odds at for the first time and am a little confused. I understands that if ATS (against the spread) is negative, then the home team is predicted to win. Also, SP (spread) ...
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Why do players and some parent coaches tell the pitcher “you are only just a pitcher,you're not really a baseball player”?

I was very surprised by a comment from an assistant coach in charge of the pitchers. First night for my son in a new club, first night of trials for division 1. The group of pitchers were told ...
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In WPA 8-ball (where calling shots is required), is it legal to make two balls in on a single shot? [duplicate]

My coworkers and I are trying to determine if it is legal to pocket two balls on a single shot in WPA 8-ball where the shooter is required to call shots. In this WPA Rules of Play link, section 1.6, ...
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Why do coaches not more strongly discourage post-play celebrations, especially when the team is losing? [on hold]

This probably applies mostly to American football. This past Sunday a player (Lamarr Houston of the Chicago Bears) suffered a season ending injury while celebrating a sack. The play came during the ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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What offense fits 1 star youth basketball team?

I coach 7th & 8th grade basketball. My focus is always on playing the right way and building fundamentals. That being said I still like to put my players in position to win. I have 1 Star ...
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What was format of tennis year-end championships in the past?

I wonder how the rules and format of the year-end championship in the ATP tour and WTA tour evolved. For example I notice that in 1985 men played knock-out tournament, whereas in 1986 the ...
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NFL Play for Ineligible Player

Has there ever been a play in the NFL that is designed for an ineligible offensive player to at some point receive the ball? Examples from college include the fumblerooski (now banned in college too, ...
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Tennis finals winner with two lose?

Today A. Radwanska reach the semifinals in Singapore in the WTA finals after two losing match during the round robin. When in the past a tennis player (man or woman) won the finals after losing two ...
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NFL Fantasy Injury designations: difference between questionable vs doubtful

In the NFL and more in the context of Fantasy Football, what is the difference between each of the designations for questionable vs doubtful? Which one is more severe?
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Is it OK to cut a player from a rec level football (soccer) team?

I coach a U10 boys recreational soccer team. In my area, we generally have more players wanting to play than coaches available to field teams. That said, some degree of turnover on a team seems to ...
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What do you do to initiate and hold the edge during a carved turn on a snowboard?

I've read many books and many posts on other snowboarding forums, but there is always something new to learn from more experienced riders. I switch to the new edge just as I cross the fall line but ...
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Which wide receivers should I start for week 8? [closed]

In week 8 I have Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, and Andre Johnson as my receivers, I already have a solid FLEX so its down to two of these guys. Dez Bryant has been performing really well lately so I'm ...
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UEFA Champions League fixture with the most goals ever

Tonight, too many goals were scored. In four games six or more goals were scored. 21 goals had been scored only in the first half of just 8 games. And there are another 8 games tomorrow. In every ...
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In which countries do football club's second teams play in the main league system?

I know in Spain Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid's second team, play in the same league system as the first team. Are there other countries in which the same situation occurs, and if so which ones?
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Why can't corner flags be less than 1.5 Meters?

How come in football corner flags can't be smaller than 1.5 Meters high? Is there a safety hazard?
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Have two bottom seeds ever faced off before in a “World Series?”

Tomorrow, the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals will "face off" in the (baseball) World Series. They were both wild cards in their respective leagues, meaning that this will be a match ...
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How many championship rings does Troy Aikman have?

As I was watching Green Bay beat up on Carolina today, I saw a Papa John's Pizza ad featuring Troy Aikman. During the commercial, they show a closeup on his hand, bejeweled with his championship ...
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Are you allowed unlimited challenges in a hockey game?

In hockey, they often challenge penalty calls, goals, etc. Sometimes a goal is called back, sometimes it's awarded. Are you allowed to challenge everything? Why don't they often challenge offside ...
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Walkoff homer, decisive run scores but following runner leaves base path

This question is a hypothetical based on the last play of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS. San Francisco batting in the bottom of the 9th, score tied 3-3, runners Arias at second and Belt at first, one out. ...
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Why was Kansas City denied home field advantage in the 1985 ALCS?

In 1985 home field advantage in the league championship series was done on a rotating basis. In the American League it was East even years, West odd years. Why where the Royals denied home field ...
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Can a player rotate from the back line after the serve and become a blocker?

Can a player rotate from the back line after the serve and become a blocker? Or is the designation of backline player at the time of the serve?
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What made Notre Dame, Notre Dame?

In the mid 90s I spent some time playing football and training at the University of Nebraska. I was in awe at how the football program generated such an advantage under Tom Osborne. You walked the ...
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Can a pitcher throw a strike during an intentional walk?

Intentional Walk I know that there have been times where a pitcher has thrown a ball over the plate enough for a hitter to get a hit, and even hit a home run in some cases. My question is more along ...
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How many tennis players have finished the year as Slam-less World No. 1?

Roger Federer is very close, theoretically & somewhat practically, to finishing the calender year as World No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam this year. How many tennis players (both men ...
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Shoes and shirts after football matches?

What is the destination of the football players' shoes and shirt after each official match? After the matches it is easy to view players exchanges eachother the shirts. Does they use a new shirts ...
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How many times a batsman can stop a bowler while he starts bowling the ball in Cricket? Is there any hard rule/limitation for the batsman?

I saw so many times that a batsman stopped the bowler while he is coming to bowl the ball. After he raises his hand bowler stops bowling that ball and he will go back and bowl again. It’s a usual ...
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Historic statistics

I've noticed baseball announcers, during an at-bat, using information on lifetime at-bats for the specific batter-pitcher combination. Have these statistics been extended into the past, to answer ...
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Can a player stand within the goal net (off the field) to avoid offside?

I remember a situation when I was offside when I played football in school. My college said that I could stay off the field (within the goal net) to avoid being offside during a free kick. Is it ...
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What criteria determines which team makes the national college football championship playoffs?

With the inaugural year of the college playoffs, what criteria/criterion determines who makes the national championship playoff? Also, does it make a difference if you win your conference, etc. I ...
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Father and son who were active players at the same time?

Has there ever been a father and son in any sport who were both active players at the same time?
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What should my heart rate be while running / working out? [migrated]

When I run for 8-10 minutes my heart rate goes to 195-200 bpm, I have used several calculators online to determine my maximum heart rate but they all seem to say to my maximum heart rate should be ...
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Has any baseball team used a “platoon” for fifth starters?

A pitcher can be either left- or right handed, but the better ones pitch reasonably well to both left and right handed batters. When you get to the fifth starter on the roster, however, many teams are ...
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Pitchers with postseason home run

Can you please list all pitchers who have hit a home run in the history of MLB playoffs? Bonus: Include position players who started a postseason game as the pitcher and hit a homerun
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Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup?

Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup (until 2005 known as the FIFA World Youth Championship) and FIFA World Cup? This would show players who excelled both in the young age and in their later ...
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Is hiking the football required or just a good idea?

In football, the ball starts at the line of scrimmage and from there is hiked back to the quarterback. Doing this creates room for the quarterback to make passing or running plays. Clearly hiking the ...
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Sabermetrics Applied to American Football, Specifically the NFL

Sabermetrics and advanced stats have become a big part of baseball in the recent years. Defensive shifts are growing rapidly. "Old School" stats are becoming less relevant compare to "New School" ...
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Linesman puts finger in the air after deking a face off

I was watching the LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks game tonight and saw something I hadn't see or realized before. There was a face-off in one of the defensive zones. The referee fake the puck drop and ...
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Does MLB Rule 7.13(2) (on blocking the plate) apply to players other than the catcher?

There was an unusual play in tonight's NLDS game between San Francisco and Washington. With runners at second and third, and one out, the Nationals pitcher P threw a wild pitch (on an intentional ...
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Why do Baseball players cover their bats?

In Baseball, why do the batters waiting to go and bat have some kind of cover on their bat? It's not a full cover, it just seems to be something that goes around the thick part of the bat. It looks ...
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Any application available which can assist in building best Fantasy Sports Team? [closed]

I m looking for an application which will help in building fantasy teams. Based on players skill or their performance from the past, application that can help in building best team for fantasy league. ...
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Why are CFB polls so week-to-week compared to NFL's power ranking style?

Disclaimer** I tried to make this question as unbiased and as unopinionated as possible. I notice a discrepancy in how teams are ranked in college football polls vs how they are ranked in NFL power ...
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Greyhound Racing Descriptions

When a greyhound race is described as A4 480m, what does that mean? I guess the 480m means that it is a 480 metre race. But what does the A4 mean? Or if it is S2 or OR?
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Why do basketball players wipe their hands on their shoes?

I see them do this all the time during basketball games, for some weird reason. It seems so unsanitary, considering they're running all over the place and wiping their hands there. I thought maybe ...
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why is 2/222 called Richie benaud score?

I came to know 2/222 is called Richie Benaud score. Why is it so? Does it have anything to do with his commentary?
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Who qualifies for a “save” in this example?

The starter left after five innings with a one run lead. (Actually, he was "pulled" after letting the first two batters on base in the sixth.) A reliever comes on, "strands" the two inherited runners ...
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Why do pitchers sometimes pitch “out of the stretch?”

My understanding is that this is done in critical situations, as when there are opposing men on base, usually more than one. Is this true and if so, why is that? Is it to increase the chances of ...

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