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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

An attacker beats the defensive line and then goes around the keeper on the edge of the penalty area, leaving them well behind. The attacker continues dribbling the ball towards their opponents' goal. ...
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Ball crosses the goal line but is caught by the keeper

A player on the opposing team kicks the ball and the ball crosses the goal line. However, before the ball touches either the net or the ground inside the goal, the goalkeeper catches it. Does the ball ...
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Scoring an American Football Game?

Is there an analog to baseball's scorecard for football? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_scorekeeping
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Is a balk scored differently from a "base on balls?

Let's say you have men on first and third. The batter draws a "base on (four balls), and goes to first. The man on first is "pushed" to second, but the man on third stays where he is, because there is ...
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I'm trying to figure out the rules and any online explanations of scorecards don't match up with the abbreviated TV graphics.
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What does this scoring format mean?

Looking at this soccer match page: http://www.espnfc.com/en/report/233737/report.html?soccernet=true&cc=null The score format says, "(2) 3 - 2 (3)". What do the brackets mean? The article also ...
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Why don't pro bowlers score higher?

Why don't pro bowlers score higher? After a bit of research it appears the average pro bowl is around 230-240 out of 300, but in my head this should be much higher. In bowling unlike other sports ...
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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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How are snowboard superpipe results calculated?

While watching the Winter X-Games during snowboard superpipe, there was a scoring mechanism that wasn't clear to me. Looking into it, Shaun White had won the event six years in-a-row, and had a ...
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Basketball scoring shot [duplicate]

In basketball, is it a legal shot if the ball pass from the bottom of the hoop back up above then back down through the hoop again? I guess it might be possible to attempt this shot if you are under ...
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Can one bowl a six?

Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball pitches, is missed by the batsman, is missed by the wicket keeper, and flies over the boundary. How much runs/extras? Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball doesn't ...
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How does one get 5 points in a football game?

During today's Niners vs Seahawks game, the score by the end of the first half was 0-5. What I don't understand is how the Hawks came to get 5 points. My understanding of football is : 6 points for ...
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Error or Earned Run?

There seems to be great disagreement about whether Starlin Castro made an error in the 5th inning of the Cubs-Athletics game on July 2, 2013. The AP recap of the game reads: "The Cubs collapsed on ...
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Sac Fly or not?

Runners on 1st & 3rd with one out. Runner on 1st attempts to steal as batter lines out to RF. runner on 3rd tags and scores before runner attempting to steal is doubled off of 1st. The run ...
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0:0 score in basketball

0:0 is quite common score in football (soccer), it's also happens in hockey. Is it possible in basketball? In other words does it ever happen in official game? If not what was the closest result?
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Unique baseball scoring situation: Who gets the Win?

The question is which pitcher gets the win A or B? My baseball team played a double header (each game 7 innings) recently. Pitcher A started game 2. Because he also pitched in game one (all 7 ...
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Do batting scores in abandoned matches still count for your career stats?

In the most recent T20I between England and New Zealand, only two balls were bowled before the match was called off. However, in that time, Lumb scored two runs, and then was caught behind. Does ...
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How is the net run rate calculated if the match stopped due to rain?

Here we already discussed how the net run rate is calculated. If the match gets stopped due to rain, then how is the NRR calculated? Consider both of these situations: Match stopped due to rain, ...
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What is the minimum over-rate?

We can see many times, the captains and the players of the bowling team were suspended for slow over-rates. How the over-rate for a fielding team is calculated? Is it vary between different forms ...
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In wrestling, how is scoring measured?

In wrestling, whether it be at the collegiate (collegiate wrestling) or high school (scholastic wrestling) level, how is wrestling scored on a per match in addition to a team basis?
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If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will 4 runs be added or not?

If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will four runs be added or not? Is there any rule about this?
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In the game of basketball, does the net have any part of points scored?

In the game of basketball, does the ball just have to go through the hoop for the basket to count or does it have to pass through the net as well? I know this is an extreme rarity, but what happened ...
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History of NFL scoring format

Can anyone tell me why the NFL uses the current scoring format of 6 points plus extra point for a touchdown, 3 points for a field goal, 2 points for a safety. Is there a history or story behind why ...
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Scoring in a table tennis league

At the office, we'd like to start a table tennis league with perpetual standings. That is, as each match is completed, the scores should be logged and individual player ratings should be adjusted ...
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What is the scoring system in sailing?

After watching the Olympics and seeing that Australia had less points then others but was guaranteed a gold or silver medal in the laser class. We were confused as to how sailing is scored.
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What is a 'Bogey Competition'?

I see in my golf diary there's a "Bogey" Competition to be held next weekend. What's a Bogey competition?
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Derivation of variables in the heptathlon point system equations

The point system equations for the heptathlon are listed at the following question - Heptathlon point system calculation My question is how did the founders of this scoring system come up with the ...
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Heptathlon point system calculation

Are there equations that are used to calculate the scores (as in diving and such)? If so, what are these equations? And if not, please state how the points are calculated.
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Gymnastics Scoring

In scoring routines in gymnastics, there is "theoretically no limit to the score a gymnast can achieve." However, the highest score judges can award for the execution of a routine is 10. Furthermore, ...
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On the scoring system for synchronised diving

Whilst watching the current London Olympics I noticed that out of the 10 scores shown for each dive in synchronised diving, a few a crossed out each time. Why are a few of the scores always crossed ...
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Alternate scoring categories for fantasy baseball

I'm currently playing in a standard 5x5 roto league where the scoring categories are: HR,RBI,Runs,Batting Average, Stolen Bases - Wins, Strikeouts, Saves, WHIP, ERA. We've used this system for about ...
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Lowest average to bowl a 300 game?

What is the lowest sanctioned average to bowl a perfect 300 game? I'm sure someone who is not a really good bowler got lucky and threw 12 strikes in a game. I wonder how bad that bowler was. I looked ...
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Why are forfeits in baseball scored as 9-0?

In baseball, when a forfeit occurs, the score is 9-0. Why 9-0? What does this score mean, and what is the historical reason for this value?
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Why is casual tennis scoring 5-30-40?

This question asks why tennis is scored 15-30-40, and I'm very satisfied with the answer. Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40? Some players use 5-30-40 for scoring casual games. Where does ...
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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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How to decide the “Par” for each hole

How is the "average number of strokes" decided for each hole? While watching golf competitions, the majority of players are far below the par. Shouldn't it then be adapted? If 90% of players are ...