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CHECK alert in Chess by opponent? [migrated]

Suppose A and B are playing chess game A moves knight which is between king of A and Rook of B. Then automatically A's king gets check At that time can B kill the king and win OR B need to alert A ...
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What is the reasoning behind fantasy baseball's “Any off-season trade acquisitions must be your keeper” rule? [on hold]

Does anyone know the basis or reasoning behind this rule? Why is it instituted? Does it prevent something unruly from occurring?
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Why is the doubles match still played when the round is already won by a team in Fed Cup?

A Fed Cup round consist of 2 national teams playing 5 matches(4 singles & 1 doubles). Whoever wins 3 matches wins the round. Why do teams still play a dead rubber doubles match when the round is ...
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What are the powers of referee in a football match?

What are the powers and duties of a referee in a football match(defined in the football laws)?
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Is a batsman out when the ball(hit by the batsman) naturally turned back to his stumps(but ball first went out of his crease)

Is a batsman out when the ball naturally turned back to his stumps , but ball first landed out of his crease? This happened to us when we played cricket last week , the bowler was a spinner , batsman ...
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What happens if a player hits single one instead of a double with the last dart?

If a player has one dart to throw and requires two points to win, what happens if they hit a single one instead of a double one?
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Is it always an indirect free after after misconduct by a player?

According to the USSF's 'Advice to Referees', section 12.25: 12.25 RESTARTS FOR MISCONDUCT a. Offenses on the field of play If play is stopped solely to deal with misconduct committed on ...
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Do the laws of cricket allow running on the last ball, even after winning?

Say, teamA score is 368 (369 to win), and teamB is batting at 368 (or 366). One run (or 3 runs) will make them win. The batsman hits the ball for a six, so score is 374 (or 372) which is more than the ...
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How can a football team tie with another team?

I am, a football beginner, but still a fan. Now I've been wondering how could an NFL team tie with another team. I know that there, is OT, and I'm not sure if the game ends with a tie after 1 OT. ...
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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

Say it's 2nd and 5 at Team A's own 25 yard line and a runner makes of gain of 10 yards to the 35 yard line. What happens if offensive holding is called down field at Team A's 35 yard line? Offensive ...
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MLB Rule Changes, what is the process?

It seems many sports have a system but it isn't always followed. It may start with team owners and then voting to push it forward or 'commissioner' role may just implement something arbitrarily, ...
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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

I didn't find a dupe on this and it's an age old topic BUT.... Why do they call it a foul pole? Fly ball, hits the foul pole and it's a home run. That doesn't make any sense to me. So my ...
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NFL two turnovers in one play

During the last seconds of the 2015 AFC Championship (Broncos vs Patriots), the ball was intercepted by a Bronco, and while the guy was running, he accidentally fumbled the ball and the Patriots ...
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What sports are played on multiple surfaces

Other then Tennis what sports, at a professional level, are played on different surfaces.
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Reaching Violation VS. Charging Violation

Last night I was playing in a league basketball game, and barely managed to evade fouling out from reaching. However, I am not sure whether or not I was reaching, or if the referee had the rules ...
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Squash: does hitting the sidewall reset the bounce?

The ball hits the front wall then takes a bounce and then hits the sidewall. Is the ball allowed to take another bounce before being returned? Essentially the concept is that after hitting a wall ...
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Are there some major cup competitions not using away goals rule?

Away goals rule is often used in cups competitions and knock-out stages competition. It is applicable for two-legged ties, i.e. when the teams play one game home and one game away. If the two teams ...
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Hockey offsides: reconciling the definition of the zone with the tagging up rule

When a player is offsides in ice hockey, they can tag up by skating back to the blue line and having at least one skate in contact with the blue line, and then return back into the zone to continue ...
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What are reaching fouls in the NBA?

When a player tries to steal the ball from a dribbling player, the referees sometimes award a "reaching foul". I just can't see any difference between a steal and a foul
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What happens if an NBA team is reduced to less than five players by fouling out?

If an NBA team has 5 players left, and one player gets fouled out, do you keep the player in or let the team play with 4 players?
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NFL: Can timeout be called before first opening drive snap?

In the AFC Divisional Playoff round game between the Steelers and Broncos on Sunday January 17 2016, I noticed a hesitation longer than usual before the first snap from scrimmage on the opening drive. ...
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How are tennis tournament draws determined?

The draw in the 2016 Australian Open (mens) (womens) does not seem to follow the top-seed vs. bottom-seed format common in tournaments such as the NCAA College basketball tournament. For instance, ...
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Criteria to play for NBA all star game?

What are the criteria to play in one of the two teams of NBA all star game? And what about to take part to other speciality games (smash/3 points)?
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Caught behind by wicket Keeper - Who takes strike?

If the batsman is caught behind by the wicket keeper and the non-striking batsman runs and reaches the batting end, does the batting end change? In our match the batsman was out caught behind, and ...
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Why does kicking team get a new set of downs in this occurrence?

According to the official NFL rules about punting, http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/12_Rule9_Scrimmage_Kick.pdf Rule 9 (Scrimmage kick), Section 3, (Catch or recovery of ...
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Double switch in Baseball?

I know it is specific to the National League home games but what is the purpose/strategy and the rules of a double switch in Baseball?
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Is a ball which spins significantly and misses leg stump a wide?

If a cricket ball pitches outside off stump, but then turns so sharply that it misses leg stump, is it is a wide ball or not?
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1 yellow, 1 red & 1 yellow card

If a player receives a yellow card in a game, then a red card in another game (serves a 1 match suspension) then receives another yellow card in a later match. Does he have serve a suspension for the ...
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Why are fumbles in the NFL automatically reviewed when the result is a turnover but not when the fumbling team recovers the ball?

It seems to me that the likelihood of refs getting a fumble recovery call right does not depend on which team recovers it. Sure there are simple fumbles where there's no scrambling for the ball and ...
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Dealing with “cheap” opponents

I recently joined a competitive basketball city league, and I've been dealing with some "cheap" stuff on the court - pulling on my jersey, pulling on my arms before a rebound (I'm taller than ...
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Football field: Defensive goal line “plane” is actually the back of the painted line?

In the NFL and presumably in most football leagues, the goal lines, yard lines, and hash marks are all four inches wide. The hash marks/yard lines are painted at 36-inch intervals; that is, they ...
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How do national teams get status to play in test cricket by ICC?

The all teams playing in ODI & T20 cricket are not able to play test cricket. so, which conditions as per ICC norms are to be fulfilled by national team/board to get the status of test playing ...
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How can an NFL team with a worse win-loss record than a division rival clinch a playoff berth before their rival?

As of week 16 of the 2015 NFL season, the top two AFC West teams are the Broncos and the Chiefs. Specifically: Notice the x next to the Chiefs indicates they have clinched the playoffs. So they ...
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Why no draw in main US sports?

What are, if they exists, any historical reason why there is not draw in the main US sports (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB)? I know that draw is possible in NFL, but this events is so rare that I think is it ...
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Why do NFL QBs spike the ball after penalty causes refs to call play dead?

QB snaps the ball Refs call penalty - off-sides, false start, or other line-related penalty Before or as refs blow whistle, QB drops back 2-4 steps After penalty called, QB spikes ball into the ...
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Can a disable person play cricket as others play?

If a player is physically different from other players like if he has artificial body parts can he play cricket like others in ICC?
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Are linemen required to use a 3-point-stance in American football?

In American football, are linemen required to use a 3-point-stance? If they wanted to, could they stand (without moving) next to the line of scrimmage before the snap? Are there different ...
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Badminton : is it legal to receive a service out of zone?

You have to stand in your receiving rectangle for the service. Does this mean that you cannot leave it until you've properly received and sent back the shuttle?
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If a runner gets pushed back into their end zone and does not try to advance again, is it a safety?

If a runner gets forward progress out of their end zone but gets pushed back into their end zone and tackled, is he awarded with forward progress or is it a safety? Example: Team A is on their own 2 ...
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Foul after a goal

What if, in soccer, right after the attacking team scores a goal, the defending team makes a foul? Say, it was a corner, and the ball already crossed the line, and then a defending player ...
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Can you legally use the gutter to pick up a split?

If I were to bowl the bowling ball into the corner of the gutter to pick up a split (usually 7-10 split applies here), is it still legal if it goes in the gutter completely, comes out of the gutter, ...
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What are the qualifications needed for dressage judges?

At the international highest level of dressage (Grand Prix), what are the qualifications a judge has to have in order to qualify as a judge?
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Is there a technical name and rules for a double-touch in badminton?

Double-touch (at least that's what people call at my court) is when the shuttle touches the racket more than once in an instance. So, what are the rules regarding this? Does the point count? If ...
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Is pitch tampering legal?

I have seen a video where the goalkeeper have tampered the pitch so that the striker slips while attempting the penalty strike. (I don't recall the game, but it's from the German leagues). The ...
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What happens if an NFL kicker totally misses the ball on a kickoff?

If during a kick-off, for example at the beginning of a half or after a score, the kicker totally misses the ball when he goes to kick, what happens? Would it be a penalty for delay of game?
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What is the six yard box for in soccer?

What is the six yard box in soccer for? Does it for anything at all, and if not why is it even here in the first place?
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Invasion of lane in swimming

If does it exists, how is regulated the invasion of lane in swimming? It is allowed to "invade" the next lane during the stroke under water?
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Soccer Goal Uncertanty by Referee

If a referee isn't sure about a goal, the teams are arguing, and there is no goal-line technology, what should the referee do?
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Can a player receive two yellow cards if advantage is played?

If a football player A fouls player B in a manner such that they will receive a yellow card, but the referee plays the advantage rule, and subsequently player A fouls another player, can the referee ...
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In a video challenge in volleyball, does the challenging team have to specify the challenged fault?

Assume the following situation: In a high-class (high enough for a video challenge system being in place) volleyball game an attack hit goes out of bounds and the referee assigns the point to the ...