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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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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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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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Why couldn't the referees cancel the timeout in the Jets game?

In this week's Jets-Packers game, the wrong person called a timeout from the sidelines (only the head coach is allowed). The referees played correctly, watching the field instead of who is calling ...
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Baseball runner called out but still runs like he was safe drawing a throw allowing another runner to advance

Here is the situation. Runners at first and second nobody out. Grounder to second throws out the runner going to second. Called out clearly by the umpire. The relay to first for the double play is ...
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Where should the play restart from an offside?

I got my referee license yesterday, and am wondering where the restart should be for an offside offense? One instructor told me the second to last defender, while another told me where the attacker ...
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Is considered a bouncer if a batsman hits it?

Suppose a bowler bowls a shoulder height ball at the batsman and the batsman hits a four or gets out. Can the ball be called as a bouncer?
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Ball tampering in cricket

What is "ball tampering" in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? Any punishments for tampering? Can somebody list the name of players who were punished?
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Where does the assistant referee have to watch to realize offside in soccer?

How is it possible for the assistant referee to realize when a player is offside or not? If the assistant referee is in line with the last forward how can he see when the ball leaves the other player ...
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What medal did the referee in the FIFA world cup get?

The referee, Nicola Rizzoli, seemed to have received a medal in yesterday's finale. What kind of medal is this?
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Can a batsman be run out after the ball is dead?

Can a batsman be run out after an umpire signals over? My friend was batting outside the crease, and the ball went to a fielder. He was not taking a run. The umpire called Over and my friend went to ...
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Calculation of runs after the umpire decision gets reviewed

During the last match between Sri Lanka and South Africa. Jayawardane was given out as LBW and the ball went for boundary after got hit the pads. The batsman reviewed it. The decision was reversed, ...
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Bad light issue in ODI Cricket

We know that the bad-light issue in cricket is always happening in test matches to finish that day's game. Since, the traditional cherry or the red leather ball is harder to pick under lights. But, ...
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What language does referee use to communicate with soccer player? [duplicate]

What language does a referee has to use to communicate with players in those different situations: FIFA matches UEFA matches National league matches In all this case it is possible to have players ...
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Change of strike in case of batsman is bowled?

Our bowler banged it in short of length, in line with the off stump, and the batsman swings across the line sending the ball straight up over the pitch. Both batsmen immediately set off for the run ...
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What will happen if an umpire get injured in a cricket match?

If a player gets injured in a match, there are substitutes to replace. What about umpires? I saw a news in BBC site dated 5 July 2009 that, An old umpire of aged 72 got died after being hit on ...
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Player throwing himself into another running player's way

Alternative title: Please explain why the situation leading to Antonio Valencia's red card was not also a foul on Lucas Digne's part. In yesterday's match Ecuador - France, around the 49th minute a ...
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Should a roller derby skater receive a penalty for removing their mouthguard on track between jams?

I've received conflicting advice from various Head Referees concerning whether I should give a skater an Equipment Violation penalty for removing their mouthguard in a valid Pre-Jam Position (see ...
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End of the game: does the referee have to wait for the end of an action to blow the final whistle or can they do it whenever they want?

I was watching today's World Cup game between France and Switzerland. At the end of the game the referee blew the final whistle while the French team was attacking and right after a French player ...
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Is there any goal keeper who received red card in FIFA World cup?

I heard that the referee can give red card even for goal-keepers in football. Is there any goal-keepers who received red card in FIFA world cup matches? If yes, please provide the details.
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What guidelines would a World Cup official follow when deciding whether to book a player for hitting another when contesting a ball in the air?

During the U.S.'s World Cup match against Ghana today, I was surprised to see that the player who kicked Clint Dempsey in the face while contesting a ball in the air wasn't booked. I've seen bookings ...
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Who decides the venue for ODI matches?

Who decides the match venue of One Day International cricket matches: ICC or the Country cricket boards?
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How detailed is penalty kick encroachment in football

The laws of the game prohibit encroaching on a penalty kick whether it is an attacking player or defending player. The keeper is supposed to remain on the line until the kick is taken but in practice ...
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Where is the lower limit for a (baseball) strike?

Yesterday, watching the Pirates-Mets game, I saw the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen called out on a third strike. The pitched ball was clearly over the plate, but "low." IMHO, it should, or at least could, ...
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In IPL match MI vs RR - who would enter into the playoff in case of “no ball”

During the IPL7 last league match between MI vs RR, the scores were leveled at 189. Had the bowler bowled a no ball who would enter into the playoff, MI or RR?
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Who will enter into the final in case of rain in first qualifier?

What happens if it rains in the first qualifier in IPL 2014 match between KKR and KXIP? Who will enter into the final? On what basis?
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Why did Mumbai Indians get an extra delivery to win with a better run rate?

In the final league match of IPL 2014 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai needed to win the match in 14.3 overs (87 balls). However, after 14.3 overs Mumbai could managed to tie the ...
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When was the third-umpire review system entered in cricket?

When was the third umpire review system(not DRS) entered in cricket?
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How does the referee communicate with players in football(soccer) matches, when they are from different countries?

I always see in TV referees communicating with the players in international football matches(both club and national competitions). It seems to be universal: not only in European matches, but also in ...
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Run out rules in cricket if one player doesn't run

Suppose A plays the ball and doesn't run out of his crease, but B runs and reaches A's crease and then the ball hits the stumps at B's crease. Who is considered out or can either one sacrifice his ...
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Rugby Union referee yells something like, ~“Use-Its”~?

Or something that sounds like that. A side has retained control of the ball after a ruck, and the ball is just laying there on the ground and the player is hunched over with his hands on the ball ...
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How much does a referee/umpire earn in a year?

Is it possible to create a draw with the earning of the referee in the most important sports in Europe (Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball/Tennis/Cricket etc.)?
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How much time hold Cricket if Match delayed from Rain?

I am really very confuse, How much to wait if Match delayed from Rain? If rain delay game from first inning? if rain delay game from second inning? What is the procedure 20/20 over, one day and ...
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Does a ball count if it hits an umpire?

What happens in a scenario where the batsman plays a shot down the ground and it hits the umpire? Isn't it unfair to the batsman to lose a certain boundary had there been one? Does the ball count as a ...
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Can an Umpire call “Play” with only one batsman in the ground?

Can an Umpire call "Play" with only one batsman in the ground? I follow up the above question with another one....A wicket falls in the last ball of the over just before the call of Time for drinks ...
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What other sports have an offside rule

The offside rules has a major impact on the way football is played by making it more difficult to play a simple offside trap or in the past by stopping "goal hanging". I was wondering what other ...
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Team foul but not a personal foul

When are team fouls not person fouls? Is it correct that offensive fouls are not considered personal? Are there are other such fouls? Also is if you have one technical and one flagrant 1 is that an ...
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Why was the ball hitting the spider cam not declared as a dead-ball?

As per the ICC rules, If a batsman hits the ball and ball strike to spider cam then this ball consider as dead ball. But, during the IPL match between RCB and DD, the ball hit by Yuvraj Singh ...
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Contact of a player with the net

The FIVB rules state that: (11.3.1) Contact with the net by a player is not a fault, unless it interferes with the play. (11.4.4) A player interferes with the opponent’s play by (amongst others): ...
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The “four hits” fault

Let me describe a specific situation: Team A serves the ball. Team B executes three hits to return it - they pass the ball, set it and then attack. After the attack, the ball touches both the top ...
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What counts as a foot fault when serving and when attacking from the back court part?

In volleyball, what exactly is considered a foot fault when a) serving and b) attacking from the back court part (i.e. by a player from the back row)? Three possible options come to mind: players ...
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How do you decide whether a ball is in or out

In volleyball, how do you decide if a ball is in or out? Is it like in tennis, where you would look at the ball from the top perspective at the moment it touches the ground and see if it crosses the ...
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Types of technical fouls in NBA

Generally there are various types of technical fouls in NBA at what sort of situation which technical foul will be called?
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Maximum overs for a bowler in a reduced over match

In the limited overs cricket match, the overs can be divided between bowlers by maximum 10 per bowler in ODI and 5 in T20. If an one day match gets interrupted by rain and started after some time by ...
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Procedure if a football player, when sent off, refuses to leave the pitch

What would happen when a player, after being shown the red card, refuses to leave the pitch?
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Referee's mistakes in football/soccer [duplicate]

Please somebody explain, why can't referee just wait a few seconds, and look at the at the telebim, and then decide if it was a foul, or if ball crossed the goal line. It would solve many issues.
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How is the Net Run Rate calculated in ICC World Twenty 20 Events

I have some doubts regarding net run rate in the ongoing ICC world twenty 20 2014 event.It takes a while to read so please don't hesitate and give me a solution regarding this. My doubt is that in ...
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Can a batsman hit the ball after getting bowled in a no-ball or free hit ball?

This can be easily done in slow/medium pace deliveries. Consider a batsman getting bowled in a no-ball or a free-hit ball and the ball remains near the batsman. Is it allowed to hit the ball with ...
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Is it allowed to hit the ball twice to save the wicket?

If the batsman hit the ball and hits the ball while going to the wicket if he stops the ball by the bat he is out or not out?
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Red card for clear goal scoring opportunity

I was watching the two big games in the Champions League this week and both of the games were spoiled by the red cards (the card in the City-Barca game was a clear red as it was a clear clear goal ...