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Is tackling with both legs illegal?

According to the Wikipedia article on tackling, tackling with both legs is illegal. However, this tackle by Sol Campbell is clearly made with both legs, and it didn't appear to be called nor appealed ...
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How long can a goalkeeper wait for opponent to come get the ball?

On soccer it is common to see winning teams wasting time. Goalies have their own techniques to run out the clock. A situation that intrigues me is when a goalkeeper is allowed to get the ball but ...
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When can part of a match be replayed?

In the recent U19 Women's match between England and Norway, the referee made a mistake in not allowing a penalty in added-time to be retaken after a player encroached. This is a clear misapplication ...
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in basketball are you allowed to switch between hands while dribbling?

Are you allowed to switch between hands while dribbling in basketball?
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What is the position rule in sports when multiple contestants are on the same previous position?

Assume you have two contestant on position 1. What is the position of the next contestant? 2 (2nd time/score) or 3 (2 better then him/her)? Is there a rule or sports law if a podium/classification ...
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How does a player effectively take a charge

When I watch a basketball game, I see many players often draw a foul by driving to the basket. Sometimes, the offensive player (ball handler) gets an offensive foul because the defender takes a ...
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Away goals rules in soccer

I have a question about the away/home goals. In soccer, I lost a game away 2 - 0. I won the game at home 3 - 1. Did I win ? Thanks.
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Why are teams required to submit their batting order before the start of play?

As per laws of the game, a team can send their batsmen to bat in any order. Why then are teams asked to submit the batting order before start of the game? See the team nomination forms tweeted by ...
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Minimum points to guarantee qualification where top two qualify

Related to this question, what is the minimum points required to guarantee qualification for Euro 2016 in a five or six team group? In a four team group with home and away games and the top two ...
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Cricket Free Hit rule [duplicate]

My question is that if on a FREE HIT a batsman gets and inside edge and ball hits the stumps, can he take runs on that ball?
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In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given?

In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given? I saw this situation so many times happened; bowler appealed for UDRS for LBW, in UDRS it shows ball hits the ...
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The receiver moved his foot as I was serving in badminton. Is it legal?

There are always a lot of mind games around the service procedure in badminton. Last week I played a guy who twitched his foot every time I was serving. I found this very distracting at the critical ...
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Rugby penalty kick into touch-in-goal

In Rugby Union, when a penalty is taken as a kick into touch, imagine the following two situations: The kick goes over the try line (I think this is called in-goal?), but then into the touch area ...
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Rebounding your own miss when the ball only hits the backboard [duplicate]

is it legal to dribble the ball after rebounding your own miss when the ball only hit the backboard?
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What happens in a penalty shoot out if the ball goes outside the area, then into the goal?

If in a penalty shoot out the ball hits the goalpost and lobs outside the penalty area and then returns back into the goal without touching any player, will it be considered a goal or not? Please ...
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Can a goalie handle a headed pass which that player kicked up to himself?

It is illegal for the keeper to pick up the ball if a player on his team kicked the ball to him. On the other hand, he can pick it up if the player headed the ball to him instead. Combining these ...
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What does the “bonus” tag over the score in NBA games means? [duplicate]

Sometimes, while watching a NBA game, I see a "bonus" tag text over the telecast scoreboard. What does it means? Which rule or set of rules influence this?
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What happens if the ball is hit onto the non-striker's wicket?

I am an American so please forgive me for being unfamiliar with the rules of cricket, but I like the game. What happens if the batsman strikes the ball straight back up the field and it takes down ...
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Can a foul be overriden before it is taken?

Consider the following situation: a player for Team A is ruled offside (or, if you prefer, commits a foul on a Team B player). Before the ensuing indirect free kick can be taken, one of the players of ...
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Do the official USAV rules for coed volleyball require a female touch?

Is there an official USAV rule that states that in coed, indoors, 6vs6 volleyball, at least one of the 3 touches allowed by a team has to be done by a girl? I am playing in a coed league and they ...
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Is batsman allowed to “score” leg byes by kicking the ball while pretending to hit it with the bat?

If the ball strikes the striker's person, any runs scored are credited as leg bye extras provided that the striker was either attempting a shot or trying to avoid getting hurt. For balls whose ...
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Free throw rules

Scenario: High School Girls basketball game. Foul happens, 10th foul for the team that fouled. Double bonus for other team. First shot is missed. Shooting team rebounds shoots and makes the basket. ...
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What sports court is this, with a white circle inside a white square and 3-4 diagonal colored lines?

I saw this sports court the other day (at least I'm assuming it's not an alien landing site), and I can't figure out the rules for the game. I have no idea where I would even start looking. Below are ...
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Hit wicket and Run

Case 1) Batsman hits the ball, gets out hit wicket and ball crosses the boundary. Will the runs be considered or not? Case 2) Batsman did not hit the ball, gets out hit wicket and the ball crosses ...
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Ball hitting helmet - change of strike?

It's the last ball of the over. The ball hits the helmet kept behind the keeper. 5 runs will be awarded, but my question here is, will the same batsman face the first ball of the next over?
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Free throw substitutions

What is the reasoning behind the rule that during multiple free throws for personal fouls, a substitute may enter the game only before the final attempt?
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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Alternate Team to Super Bowl?

On Monday, January 19, 2015 the NFL announced they were investigated the New England Patriots for deflating footballs (to make it easier to handle) during the AFC Championship game against the ...
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Is the ball out of bounds when hitting the referee?

In basketball, if the ball goes through the hands of a player and hits the referee (who is out of bounds) and comes back in the court, is it a live ball, or out on last player to touch the ball?
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Why did the NHL ban the spin-o-rama?

In 2014, the spin-o-rama shootout (and penalty shot) tactic was changed from 'explicitly allowed' in pre-2014/15 rules: The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he ...
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What is meant by “ineligible receiver downfield?”

In (American) football, only the running backs and ends (but not offensive linemen) are supposed to (try to) catch passes. Because of that fact, an offensive team can be penalized if its linemen are ...
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Does the tackle box in gridiron football extend through all the offensive linemen even if they're a long way apart?

Yesterday in the NFL playoffs the Patriots lined up in a weird formation in which Shane Vereen, a running back, reported ineligible. Vereen was "covered" by a receiver on his team, meaning there was ...
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At what point does an Incompletion become a Fumble?

I was watching an American Football game the other day (can't remember which, but it was a re-run of an older game) and there were two incidences: The ball is snapped to the QB, he performs a fake ...
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Placing a base runner on the wrong base after a mound visit

Situation: There is a runner on first base and the defense decides to have a mound visit or change their pitcher. The offensive players group up to talk about strategy and the coach tells the player ...
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Is a base runner out if he back pedals to first base to avoid a tag in a double play situation? [duplicate]

There came a situation in one game where there was a runner occupying first base (R1) and third base (R3), with one out. The batter then hits a ground ball to the left of the second baseman. He fields ...
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Can fielding side stall the game by not chasing the ball in play?

Suppose 3rd innings of a Test match is in progress. The batting side has piled on a heap of runs. The fielding side has little success in getting wickets and they are only hoping for a declaration to ...
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Why chasing team allowed to bat first in super over?

Super Over is the concept introduced in the T20 leagues to decide the winner of a tied game. It is basically a one over match with only two allowed wickets to the batting side. Why is it that the ...
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Can a player stretch into opponent's court to play a shot?

If you touch the net while playing a shot, you lose a point. (I remember seeing Federer lose a point a few years ago, as he fell on the net after hitting a smash shot.) However, a player could stand ...
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Fielder tosses the ball after legitimate catch. What's the minimum time a fielder needs to hold the ball after the catch is taken?

Sometimes in cricket a fielder immediately tosses the ball after legitimately catching it. Batsmen generally are out in such cases and I haven't yet seen anyone objecting to it. Is there a min ...
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What is a “football move” in the NFL?

It happens a lot: a receiver catches the ball, drops it, it is called a fumble on the field. Then there is some expert commentator giving his opinion on whether the receiver made a 'football move' ...
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Cue ball foul in 8 ball

We had a game the other night where the cue ball jumped off the table rolling on the wood surface and then hitting the metal silver lining around the pocket and returned to the bed of table, and I ...
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A fielder took the catch and made two steps backward and made contact with the boundary rope

A fielder took the catch and made two steps backward and made contact with the boundary rope. Will it be declared as a six or four?
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Can DRS be used to challenge which batsman was run out?

This could be a "hilarious" use of the Decision Review System, but nonetheless I want to know if it is possible. Suppose both the batsmen run to the same end (mix-up, as commentators like to call ...
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What's the justification for this rarely-invoked NFL fumble rule?

Yesterday, at the end of the Packers-Bills game (2014 Week 15), Rodgers fumbled into his own endzone. Eddie Lacy recovered it, but was unable to fight his way out, resulting in a game-winning safety. ...
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Declaring innings after the pitch is rolled?

In a Test match, the pitch is rolled at the start of each day's play. When the ground provides multiple rollers, the captain of the side currently batting has the choice of rollers. Captains use ...
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Quick free kick prevented by opponent

I was recently playing football in a recreational league, when a teammate was fouled. The referee awarded us a direct free kick, and seeing that the opponents were choosing to argue with the referee ...
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Consequences if linesman interferes with play?

(I've posted a similar question relating to soccer, but this is the one about hockey separately.) An example was at the Russian Olympics, US vs Canada in hockey. The linesman gets in the way of the ...
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1-point penalty for return fault - actually official rule?

I was participating in a volleyball match and the opponent threw the ball over the net because we had just gained service. The referee called a "foul" and gave my team 1 point for so. I am unsure if ...
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Is it possible to lose points while playing table tennis?

Can you be deducted points for conduct during a table tennis match? Also, if you are deducted points are you allowed a negative score?
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What is an attack hit in volleyball?

What exactly constitutes an attack hit in volleyball? For example, if I set the ball to someone else for an attack hit, and the set goes too far and it is blocked by someone on the opposing team with ...