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NHL Playoffs format

The NHL has been working around its overtime format. It used to be a 5 minutes 5 on 5 frame. It then got changed to 4 on 4 for a while and latter to 3 on 3 for the regular season. But watching the ...
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How is managed relegation of pole position pilot in F1?

What if the driver who did the best time in qualifying is relegated to a "lower" grid position? (For example for the change of the transmission or of the motor or other) What about the statistics for ...
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Does Naseem Hamed violate the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in this video?

Rule four of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules: If either man fall through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, ten seconds be allowed to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to ...
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Why LBW is given not when ball is not pitched in Stump line while bowling around the wicket

When bowler is bowling over the wicket and ball pitches out side off and is hitting the stumps, the LBW is given. But when bowler is bowling around the wicket and ball pitches out side of leg but ...
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Umpire induces appeal play?

What do the umpires do when a game ends on a scoring play, when an appeal (not video review) by the defense would succeed? For example: bottom of the ninth, tie score, one out, runner on third. The ...
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Can you kick a stick in NHL?

If a players drops his stick and a player of the opposing team kicks it away from him as he tries to reach for it, will the opposing player get penalized? A common situation would be when the goalie ...
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What happens if the fielder fails to walk in from outside the boundary ropes when the ball is delivered?

During the time of delivery, if a fielder fielding near the boundary line fails to come into the ground will it be called a NO Ball?
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Same president more teams in European cup?

Giampaolo Pozzo is owner of Udinese Calcio in Italy and Granada CF in Spain. What would happen if both teams were to qualify for the same European competition (for example, Europa League) ? In the ...
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What if a player uses his shirt

Ok, think about this - A player in the middle of a match flicks the ball up then when its in the air, he stretches his shirt on the bottom for the ball to enter inside his shirt. Now its inside his ...
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Runner on third tags up on caught ball, the other two do not, does the run score?

Does the run count in the following situation? The bases are loaded with no outs. The batter hits a line drive to the pitcher. The runner on third base tags up by touching third base, runs home and ...
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Base running in softball

First base is occupied. Batter hits the ball and is thrown out at first (first). Does the runner have to be tagged at second or is it a force out.?
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Football offside tag up

I just realized I didn't really have a definitive answer to this subtlety of the offside rule. When a player is in offside position at the time of the pass but not affecting the play, no offside will ...
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Does bat tampering exist in cricket?

I have been going through this post when I stumbled across this doubt. Is there anything like bat tampering in cricket? I did a quick search through the Lords Laws of cricket, however, I haven't ...
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What happens if a suspended player is used in match and the referee didn't notice

If a player gets a 2 match suspension and the referee fails to observe that this is the case until half time and his team uses him during the suspension period what penalty do the rules allow for in ...
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Does handicapping really do what it claims?

I have heard many times that the idea of horse race handicapping is that the handicapper aims to arrange that all the horses cross the finish line at the same time. But I am a little bit sceptical ...
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Is it a foul if no contact is made during an attempted reckless tackle?

If a player in possession narrowly dodges a very reckless and dangerously attempted tackle, but ends up losing the possession, will this still be ruled a foul despite no contact being made? P.S: I ...
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When do teams wear their away jerseys at international level?

When will teams wear their away jerseys during the Euro Championships? Will France always wear their home jersey during the tournament? For commercial purposes will all teams not want to play a ...
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Could an incorrect substitution result in a forfeit?

In a football match, one team said that they would replace player A with player B, but they actually replaced player C instead, and continued to play the game. Is it possible that this would result in ...
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Are LED stumps allowed by the Laws of Cricket?

Cricket's Law 8.1 states Two sets of wickets shall be pitched opposite and parallel to each other at a distance of 22 yards/20.12 m between the centres of the two middle stumps. Each set shall ...
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Is a ball which passes behind the batsman and over the stumps a wide?

If the ball goes behind the batsman, and then goes over the wickets without touching the wickets, then is it a wide ball?
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Why are Formula E cars limited at 225kph (140mph) by the FIA?

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129730-what-is-formula-e-everything-you-need-to-know-and-why-it-will-change-the-world says: The car's weight is limited to 896kg which includes the driver and a ...
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Do tennis players go off court for a break before the next set after an even number of games?

Do tennis players go off court for a break before the next set when a set concludes after an even number of games?
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When and why did baseball players start exclusively running the bases counterclockwise?

In modern baseball, the players always run around the bases counterclockwise (anticlockwise). However, a book written in the 1830's - one of the first to describe the version of the sport we know ...
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Did any cricket ball ever break during an international cricket match?

Did any such incident happen? What are the rules if a ball breaks during play?
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Why are Gabon playing in the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers when they're hosts and how will group I work?

I recently saw Sierra Leone beat Gabon in the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations 2017. Gabon and Sierra Leone are in qualifying group I. But Gabon are the hosts of AfCON 2017, so ...
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Does a goal kick have to be specifically be from the edge of the goal area or can it just be anywhere inside the area?

Does a goal kick have to be specifically be from the edge of the goal area, or can it just be anywhere inside the area? I've seen goalies taking them from somewhat inside the area, so I wondered if ...
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During the over can captain change the bowler?

In a cricket match can the captain of the fielding team change the bowler during the over, for any reason aside from necessity (like injury)?
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What is the original inspiration for the use of the blue card in the “Clericus Cup” football association?

The Clericus Cup is a football association of Roman Colleges and seminaries in and around Rome. This new "league" was stated in 2007 with the encouragement of the Vatican and Cardinal Bertone in ...
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Can a pitcher switch throwing arms at any time during an inning, or in between pitches? [duplicate]

I have been playing baseball my entire life and I just thought of this question... if a pitcher is ambidextrous (can throw with both arms), is he/she able to switch throwing arms in the middle of an ...
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Other than a run out, how can a player be dismissed when a run is scored?

Other than a run out, is there a way in cricket where a player is but the team gets a run? I'm asking this as I once saw "W+1" on a scoresheet and wondered how that was possible.
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Does the slow over rate rule apply only up to the start of the final over?

After the India vs Bangladesh match at the 2016 World T20, MS Dhoni, referring to the slow over rate rule, said I knew that once 20th over started, you can take as much time as possible, you ...
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Is a ball which bounces into foul territory fair or foul?

In slow pitch senior softball, a ball is hit and lands fair between 1st & 3rd, then bounces left in the air foul. However the ball is caught before it hits the ground. Is it fair or foul?
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How do you choose the next Alpine Skiing Slalom's gate?

It's clear that in all the alpine skiing events you need to go from red gate to blue gate and you need to go round them. I cannot understand fully that in the slalom race. Most of the gates there, ...
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What happens if a player loses a shoe during a football match?

Sometimes it happens that a football player loses the shoe during the match. Does he have to stop playing or he can continue to play assuming the risk of injury? Also, is it possible to score a goal ...
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What is the rule in cricket if the wicket keeper steps forward and catches a ball before it crosses the stump / batsman?

What is the rule in cricket if the wicket keeper steps forward and catches a ball (ie before the bowl ends). (1) before it crosses the stump, (2) before it crosses the batsman?
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Do offences that lead a to a penalty inside the penalty box always result in a red card?

I read somewhere that a red card should automatically be awarded if a defender hand balls the soccer ball in the penalty area. I do not know whether this is substantiated, it seems rather harsh if the ...
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Why can't you hurdle someone in high school football?

The high school star running back runs down the field, he gets to the 40, a man is in his way, so he takes a flying leap, clearing the defender, and resumes his sprint to the end zone. The referee's ...
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Illegal Stick Rule In NHL

The illegal stick rule has cobwebs on it. When was the last time a team was penalized for it, due to its blade being curved too much? Who were the teams? Back in the day some teams had a great eye for ...
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Is a fielder within the 30 yard circle required to throw the ball without bouncing?

In the ICC World T20 match played between Hong Kong and Scotland, the commentator Nick Knight1 mentioned that a fielder within the 30 yards circle should throw the ball on the full (that is, without ...
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How do you differentiate good sets from bad sets?

As a referee, How do you differentiate good sets from bad sets? I'm a beginner volleyball ref. One of my main challenges is identifying double hits. I scanned the USAV rules and didn't see anything ...
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Cricket ball bounced over keeper and landed outside the boundary line! [duplicate]

Consider this situation : A short boundary behind the wicket and the pitch is having an extra(or abnormal) bounce. A fast bowler bowls a bouncer which flies over the keeper and lands outside the ...
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What's the UFC rules regarding steroid usage?

Per this article (1) and after watching this press conference video (2) it's so hilarious all the trash that McGregor is talking; funny stuff, but this brings up my question. What's the UFC rules ...
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Is using a visor allowed in pop warner football?

I play pop warner football, and I want to get an iridium visor, am I allowed to wear it? I know that in some leagues tinted visors are not allowed but are what about in pop warner?
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Can a sumo wrestler touch the ground before his opponent in the act of forcing him to the ground?

According to Wikipedia (emphasis mine for clarity), Sumo (相撲 sumō?) is ... where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler ... into touching the ground with anything other than the ...
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If a runner on first runs to second and the runner on second attempts third but comes back who is out if both runners end up on second base? [duplicate]

If you are on first and run towards second base and there is someone on second but they leave and come back, is the runner on second forced to go or is he simply just tagged out?
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What if the ball hits somebody in the head in cricket?

Not to long ago, a cricketer died as the ball hit him in the neck, I believe it was. So how come there isn't anything between the stands and the sportsmen in cricket, a net or something similar? ...
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Is this run out legal?

I saw this situation in a local cricket match. Fielder drops bails of the wicket mistakenly before he has received the ball in hand.After that he touches the ball to the wicket.Umpire gives out. ...
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Can a U21 football player play for the senior team as well as the U21 team?

I know that a 20-year old football player can play for his senior national team, but after playing in a match for the senior team can he return to play for the "youth" team?
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Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL?

Is the quarterback allowed to make an underhand throw in the NFL? If so, if the pass is incomplete is the play dead?
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In UK Pool rules, what happens if both players are on black and a player deliberately taps the white 1cm forward into nothing?

In UK Pool rules, what happens if both players are on black and a player deliberately taps the white 1cm forward into nothing? As I play, this is a foul but as the next player is on black they do not ...