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Spoken languages in team radio

I can recall moments from a few years ago when Fernando Alonso would be communicating with his race engineer Andrea Stella in either Italian or English, or sometimes even a mix of both, and they'd ...
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Is an intentional foul in “killers” pool considered cheating?

I was playing "killers", the billiards variant in Ireland a while ago. I was left with one life left and I did not feel I had a shot to sink any balls, so I decided I'd use my shot to make the next ...
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Ball in hand on the black - where can it go?

If I made a foul (such as scratching the cue ball), my opponent has the ball in hand. Where can they place it, if they are on the black?
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change of possession at halftime

Is the following correct? In a high school basketball game, the first half ends with the possession arrow favoring black. Therefore, to start the second half, black throws the ball in. Once the ...
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Does the run count? Third out, not forced, not by batter-runner

Runners on 2nd and 3rd, two out. Ground ball to shortstop, following order of events: 1) Runner from third crosses home plate. 2) Runner from second is tagged out by the shortstop for what is judged ...
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Are these two NFL rules overlapping?

I read two rules quoted on this website that seems to overlap: Rule 5, Section 1, Article 1: The game is played by two teams of 11 players each. If a snap, free kick, or fair-catch kick is made ...
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A batter overruns first base, but misses the bag. Is then tagged out. Does the runner on 3rd score?

Here's something that happened at a game recently and I can't find the answer to it: 2 outs, runner on 3rd. Batter hits a slow roller to third. The third baseman picks it up but makes a bad throw to ...
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A False Out Call by an Umpire

Situation: runners at second and third, no outs. A line drive gets caught by the short stop, who throws to third base to try and get a double play. The runner at third is called safe. However, the ...
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What if a shot going for 4 interfered by the spectators in cricket game?

This actually happened to the recent club cricket game I played last week. We needed 6 runs off 11 balls and had 3 wickets in hand. One of the batsman played a shot and ball was rolling slowly ...
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Are T20 Cricket games always played to the last ball?

Is there a point in a T20 match in which the losing team is mathematically eliminated (ie, no possibility of winning the match), and if so does the game end at that point? For example, Team A bats ...
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Climber rankings at Tour de France - must the winner finish the tour?

What if a few (2/3) stages to the end of the Tour de France a cyclist retires when he had a number of points that would make it mathematically unreachable by other cyclists in the climber ranking? ...
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Why is betting on yourself in a sporting event considered unethical?

I understand all the problems that a sports player betting against themselves can cause, but what is the harm caused by betting for oneself or one's team to win (note I am not saying win by X points, ...
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Differences between stroke and let

I was checking up on some squash rules and realised that I have never really grasped the difference between stroke and let in squash. Especially if there is no dedicated ref, how do you go about ...
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When playing pool, where can I shoot the eight ball to win?

If there are no balls on the table, other than the eight ball and the cue ball. In order to win the game, does the player have to shoot the cue ball down the table to hit the eight ball or can the ...
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Table tennis: receiver isn't ready for the serve - what are the rules?

I cannot find mention of anything about the receiver being ready or not when the serve takes place. I have known a lot of players that hustle the speed of the game somewhat, repeatedly serving when ...
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What if an entire team is suspended for amassing 2 yellow cards each?

Several players will the semifinals because they have amassed 2 yellow cards in the first 5 matches. What would happen if all 23 players had amassed 2 yellow cards? Would the semifinal be a walk over ...
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Do managers select their kick takers after learning which team will shoot first?

From a game theory perspective, I'm trying to find the optimal strategy for selecting penalty kick takers. Anecdotally (and I hope to quantify this relationship later) I've heard that it's always ...
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Dugout players assisting a fielder

In attempting to field a foul popup, a fielder leans over the railing of his own dugout. Suppose his teammates and/or coaches in the dugout support him with their hands, to keep him from falling ...
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Penalty shootout with unequal number of players?

A penalty shootout involves a best of 5, with 5 different players (who finished the match) from each team taking shots, alternating. If both teams score the same number of goals, it goes to a sudden ...
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Why isn't it counted as a hit in baseball?

It happened at the bottom of the 5th inning between Baltimore and Seattle on June 30, 2016. With the bases fully loaded, a batter hit the ball to the right field and the third base runner scored a run,...
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Updated power play rules for an ODI?

I've read the updated power play rules which has been modified last month in the wiki. But then have a slight confusion on when can the fielding team request for the power play. Mandatory ...
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How does the review work?

I've seen both the teams reviewing on a Test/ODI match. So there could be two scenarios such as: 1) When the batsman is given out, and the batsman reviews against it. 2) When the batsman is not ...
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Runner stays on first: tagged out for not trying to advance?

The situation: a runner on first with 1 out. The batter hit a ground ball to first, but the runner at that base stayed there. The fielder grabbed the ball, tagged first base, then tagged the runner ...
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Three Quarters in Rugby

I've got the idea of all the player positions in Rugby. Is there a position called Three Quarters, if I'm not mistaken?. Some used to mention it by that way, but I've got no idea what it really mean? ...
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What do the referees check when controlling the shoes of football players?

I am currently watching the UEFA EURO 2016 matches and I saw the referees checking the shoes of the players. What are they looking for?
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Would the player be fined after getting convicted for fake injury?

I have come across this gif on Facebook, where the goal-keeper of the opposite team disproves the injury of a player (I'm not sure about what match it was). So, would players who get disproved ...
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In U14s Rugby (UK) is it possible to score a pushover try from a scrum?

I'm sure I've seen suggestions that for anyone U19 or lower, the greatest distance a scrum can be legally pushed is 1.5 meters. Can this please be confirmed? A reference would be great. If true, ...
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Is a candlepin pin “downed” if it pops back up?

When playing candlepin bowling, if a pin falls down but stands back up again as the pins are all bouncing around, does it count as "downed"? (See example video of a pin that stands back up.) The ...
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Does the run count, or is it considered a force-out [duplicate]

Scenario: Bases loaded, two out. A ground ball is hit to third base. The runner from third crosses home plate before the runner from second is tagged out on their way to third base. Does the run count?...
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Can a starting pitcher be replaced before their first pitch?

Can the visiting team change their starting pitcher once the line ups are given to the umpires and the game begins? Example- Joe Strikeout is the starting pitcher on the line up card. The visitors ...
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Football (soccer) mixed teams

Are there statutes governing professional football that prevent either club or national teams from deploying a mixed team of both men and women? Are such teams prohibited at all levels, or only under ...
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When is a dribble completed in the NBA

I recently watched the shaqting uncalled travels, and was wondering why some of those were travels. In the NBA rulebook, it states that a dribble is complete when the ball comes to a rest. However in ...
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Does Duckworth-Lewis Method consider “free-hit” situations?

Say Team-A has a certain score and Team-B is batting with 4 balls remaining. Bowler gives a no-ball. It starts raining heavily and play is stopped immediately with 4 balls (including the free-hit) ...
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When can you get up again after falling on the ground?

I had always thought that when the ball carrier was on the ground, they were down and the play was over. Recently I have seen a fair number of plays such as interceptions or fumble recoveries where ...
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Are football players allowed to screen the goalie?

Are football players allowed to screen the goalie? It gives them an edge. I know that in hockey players are allowed to screen but I'm not sure about football.
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What is the minimum weight to box at a specific weight class?

I don't box or participate in the combative sports so I might be asking a stupid question but please humor me. What is the minimum weight required to box/fight at a specific weight class. I can see ...
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What are the rules in baseball about how close a fielder can stand to the home plate?

In baseball can a player stand three feet from the plate in SWAT-like gear? Your team could have a line of players standing there and then a few fielders for the balls that get through and a first-...
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Would this baseball defense work?

To my recollection, if a fielder attempts to catch a batted ball before it hits the field, but then misplays it AND it falls into fair ground, then it is a fair ball. I just witnessed a high pop up ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

I am a huge hockey fan but I am not 100% clear on the rules.. This has to do with the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So after last night's overtime victory, goal scored by Conor Sheary.. Crosby was ...
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Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0?

Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0 to the non-forfeiting team? Is there any reason for this score?
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What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball?

What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball. Since the ball is dead, I would assume the base would not get stolen. I also know that on a ...
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Does a run count on a passed ball on a third strike?

Under the following scenario would the run count? With a runner on third and 2 outs, the batter swings and misses the third strike and the catcher does not catch the ball. Further the runner on ...
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Can the referee stop play for an injury or any other reason?

I know that traditionally if a player is injured someone will kick the ball out of bounds in order to stop play. My question is whether the referee has any discretion to stop play for an injury or ...
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F1 Tyre Regulations for 2016?

Is my understanding of the new tyre regulations for 2016 correct? This season sees teams/drivers given three tyre choices for each grand prix: one prime and two option tyres, with the second option ...
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Why does a player have to serve a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty?

When an ice-hockey team has too many players on the ice, it is given a "Too Many Men on the Ice" penalty. The rules recognize that this is not the fault of any individual player, and so assign a ...
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Can a batter in baseball hit a foul ball twice?

Unsure if that is that most accurate way of stating my question but what happens if a batter hits a foul ball that goes near the batter and he attempts to hit it again and misses or hits the ball foul ...
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Can a run count despite a third out?

Scenario: the bases loaded, one out. The Batter hits fly to left fielder who catches ball for 2nd out. The runner on third legally tags and scores. The runner on second however, never tags up as he ...
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Why is the swim so short relative to the bike and run in triathlons?

The origin of the distances for the Ironman triathlon were discussed in a previous question, but it seems odd that almost every triathlon I see, the swim section is incredibly short in comparison to ...
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Is it still a force at 2nd?

Man on first, grounder to 1st baseman, he steps on 1st to get the runner out and throws to 2nd for the double play. Is it a force at 2nd or does it become a tag play?
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Is it possible to win a cricket match by 0 wickets? [duplicate]

Suppose we have an ODI match between Team A and Team B. Team B batted first and scored 300 / 6 in 50 overs. After 49.5 overs, Team A reaches 300 / 9. Player X, who is on strike, is on 98. He wants to ...