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What is the term for an athlete's headshot?

I've heard the term before. And I've looked it up in a number of ways. I'm talking about the athlete's head shot that appears alongside his stats if it is shown quickly. Not necessarily the ...
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FC, does basketball and other sports have it?

I know that FC is short for Football Club, but does basketball have such word for teams? I primarily am asking this, because of a new game i am developing. I ask the player to enter the name of his ...
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Term or Stat for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for the team's win, both offensively and defensively?

Is there a term or a recorded statistic for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for winning the game both defensively and offensively? i.e... 1. The pitcher batted and had an RBI/Run, which ...
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In what sense is the term “pigeon” used in tennis

I have encountered the word pigeon in connection with tennis players, for example, have a look here, here or here. It seems to be a slang term - at least I did not find it in any news article. From ...
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Consensus on the goalie 'hole' numbering in Hockey?

In ice hockey, it seems fairly well agreed upon that there are 5 main 'holes' to aim for when shooting on the net. Upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right, and between the goalie's legs. ...
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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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What does “double pump” mean in basketball?

Can anybody explain the meaning of "double-pump" in the following sentence: Grant sprinted down the court and had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but Kentucky's swarming defense made ...
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What is Umpire's Call in a DRS review? [duplicate]

This question is particularly about "Umpire's Call". The linked question doesn't provide any information about umpire call. When a decision is reviewed in the Decision Review System (DRS) we can ...
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What is “double universe point” in ultimate frisbee?

The sport of Ultimate has many strange terms. One of them is "universe point", capably explained here. But what is double universe point, apparently happening at the end of this game?
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What do you call a javelin thrower?

Is there a name for a javelin thrower? in baseball we've got pitcher, batter etc.
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Why is the Third Man fielding position in Cricket called “Third Man”?

As a cricket fan from India, I mostly know about everything there is to know about cricket. Except why a fielding position, Third Man, located behind the batsman on the right side(off side) near the ...
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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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What is a league duck?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/10/liverpool-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli breaks league duck to sink Tottenham Liverpool's Mario ...
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better name for “set of downs”

Is there a more eloquent term for the set of downs from one first down to another? For example, 1st down, 2nd down, 1st down 2nd down 3rd down would be 2 "sets of downs". I'm looking for a better ...
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In any form of ball game, is there a term for when a ball gets caught in the wind and changes the play or affects how the play ends?

So far I haven't had any luck trying to find an answer to this question, but I am not all that familiar with sports as a whole - only baseball, and Fly Rule doesn't seem to apply. A term from -any- ...
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Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom

I've heard commentators and analysts refer to Seattle Seahawks' defense as the "Legion of Boom". I believe they call the secondary that name, to be exact. What is the story behind this? When and how ...
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What is the Spider 2 Y Banana?

In a Jon Gruden interview on ESPN, he calls a play Spider 2 Y Banana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV02cGw-PvQ I have no idea what to make of this. What do the words even reference, and what do ...
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Where does the term 'Castled' come from?

So you often hear when a bowler bowls a batsman that "he has castled him". Where does this term originate from and how has it come to be used in Cricket? I found an example in commentary. ...
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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 ...
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What is a healthy scratch?

NHL announcers constantly mention it, and I've seen some news articles online referring to players who used to be / are a healthy scratch. What is a healthy scratch? I didn't find anything on ...
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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

While reading this article on NHL.com I noticed that they mentioned several times that Jori Lehtera recorded a natural hat trick. I assume they say natural hat trick to contrast it to another type of ...
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Can a hat-trick be separated by a maiden over?

In the game of cricket, if one bowler gets two wickets with the last two balls of one over, then in their next over bowl a maiden, and then in their third over take a wicket with the very first ball, ...
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What does it mean to 'turn pro' in a sport?

In tennis (and for golf too, I believe), players are said to turn pro after a few years of Challenger and lower-grade Tennis. What does the phrase mean?
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What does it mean to rebuild a team?

I've heard a lot of people say (insert American sports team) needs a rebuild. It's usually said when a team is on a bad run or has one or two bad season, and I've only ever heard people say it ...
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why is 2/222 called Richie benaud score?

I came to know 2/222 is called Richie Benaud score. Why is it so? Does it have anything to do with his commentary?
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What do these horse racing terms mean?

What does it mean if a horse race is described as: Hcap, HCap Hrd, Mdn Stks, Nov Hrd, Beg Chs, Listed, INHF, Sell Stks
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What is it called when 2 players make a full run around a table in table tennis?

In modern table tennis it is a common practice to acting the fool when the match is almost over. I.e. players used to flip the side and play a little bit awkward analogue of table tennis when you need ...
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What is a “Baltimore chop” and why is it called that?

(I'm double asking because i'm pretty sure i know the answer to the first half, but would like confirmation anyways.) Playing baseball yesterday, a batter chopped a ground ball hard, over the ...
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Why is it called a “payoff pitch”?

A pitch on a full count (3-2) is also known as a "payoff pitch". I assume it's because the at-bat usually ends there (pays off), but it seems to preclude a foul ball. In fact, i just heard "the ...
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What does “bagel girl” mean in tennis?

I encountered term bagel girl in connection with a tennis player. I understood approximately the meaning of this term from the context, but could some clarify it in more detail? Is there also male ...
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What does the batting strike rate signify?

If player has batting strike rate of 300 what does that mean? If bowler has strike rate of 20 then we say he has taken 20 balls to take a wicket. what can we say in case of batsmen?
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Ball tampering in cricket

What is "ball tampering" in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? Any punishments for tampering? Can somebody list the name of players who were punished?
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The difference between top goalscorer and golden boot winner

My bookmaker has prices for the golden boot winner and the top tournament goal scorer in the World Cup. What is the difference between the two awards?
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“Pressing high” in football (aka “soccer”)

I've heard the term "press high" repeatedly while watching the World Cup. What does it mean? Do teams that press high generally enjoy more possession or less?
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What is “indrinking”

I popped into the middle of a conversation on the ratio today. It was about the Dutch national football, about to play in the Worl Cup second round facing Mexico in Fortaleza. The conversation on the ...
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Is there a “hypernym” for “free base.”

Is there a common word for "base on (four) balls," hit by pitch, balk, or anything else that might let a batter get on first base without hitting the ball? The term I liked to use was "walk," but I've ...
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Which word is used for 4 wickets in 4 balls? Question about 4 in 4 not multiple hat-trick [duplicate]

Which word is used when bowler takes 4 continuous wickets in 4 balls? (such as hat-rick for 3 wickets in 3 balls)
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What is the difference between chinaman and regular leg spin?

What is the difference between a chinaman bowler and a leg-spinner? The trajectories and direction of both the deliveries are the same. And why do they call it Left arm unorthodox spin? I can ...
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Half volley shot of cricket

The half volley is a tennis shot but why this word entered in cricket and what is half volley shot of cricket?
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Difference between leg-spin & flipper

What is the difference between Leg spinner's leg-spin & Flipper?
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why is a team's front office called front office?

I heard of the expression "the team's front office" in US professional sports teams like the NBA, and I would like to know what does it exactly mean and why is it called "front" office.
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Rugby Union referee yells something like, ~“Use-Its”~?

Or something that sounds like that. A side has retained control of the ball after a ruck, and the ball is just laying there on the ground and the player is hunched over with his hands on the ball ...
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Do Ice Hockey commentators say score or scores?

Is it actually called a goal or do they call it a score and therefore shouting "score!" is like shouting "goal!" in football? Or do they shout "scores!" as in scores a goal/point? Is either ...
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Difference between medium fast and fast medium

What exactly is the difference between a medium fast bowler and a fast medium bowler? At first they seem like they have no difference at all but then, you hear commentators and experts talk about a ...
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What is a pass rusher?

Is it just another name for a running back or a wide receiver? It seems to me that it would be anyone who takes the pass from the QB and runs the ball which pretty much seems to be what the RB does. ...
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Why is a “squeeze bunt” referred to as such?

This refers to a bunt with the runner on third base. Why isn't a bunt referred to as a squeeze bunt with runners on other bases? Or is it a special type of bunt (e.g. toward the first base line) to ...
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In baseball, what is the “inside corner”?

When I listen to baseball games, announcers will mention that pitches are on the inside corner. Presumably, the inside corner of the strike zone. What I don't understand is that the strike zone, to ...
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What does “ripper” mean in cricket?

I have seen the below context "Ishant Sharma removed Shane Watson with a ripper" in Cricinfo. What does "ripper" mean in the cricket?
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What does it mean to refer to a player as a “dagger man”?

What does it mean to say that a player is his team's "dagger man," and in what sports does it apply? I presume it has something to do with being a player who scores. Does it matter how they score ...
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Meaning of shortcuts like “128S/96Q/64D/32X” for tennis tournaments

In several places, where you can find information about tennis tournaments (for example: 2014 WTA Tour or 2014 ATP World Tour at Wikipedia), there are often shortcuts like this: 28S/32Q/16D ...