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Does an out made after a failure to tag up count as a force out?

Consider the following play: There are runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The batter hits a line out to center for the second out. The runner on 3rd tags up correctly and crosses home plate. The ...
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Are there precedents for banning athletes from sport based on nationality?

There has been a lot of talk recently about excluding Russians and Belarusians from sport. The general idea seems to be that the sporting bodies don't want to give the players a platform to speak. ...
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Is a ball that bounces in fair territory and is then touched by a fielder in foul territory fair or foul?

I hit a short pop fly on the infield, the ball landed in fair territory and bounced foul; before it hit the ground in foul territory a infielder touched it. Is this a fair or foul ball?
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How do racing cars use aerodynamic ground effect?

My understanding is that ground effect works when the ground or other surface interrupts the downdraft thereby reducing aerodynamic drag. With cars, it seems that the explanations I've found describe ...
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What are the maximum points that an F1 driver can achieve in 2022?

We have 22 races, and three of the races have a sprint race. So, here is my calculation: 22 main races = 25 points (first place) x 22 = 550 points 3 sprint races = 8 points (first place) x 3 = 24 ...
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Can drivers pit in the sprint race if the weather changes?

The F1 sprint races have no mandatory pit stops, and drivers racing flat-out to the chequered flag. But what if there is a sudden change of weather during the sprint race? For example, let's say they ...
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How to choose two best losers [duplicate]

In a competition of 12 teams, 6 team qualified after winning their matches. 3 Lost their matches during regulation time. 2 lost their matches after playing goalless draw via penalty while 1 lost ...
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Ball placement for corner kicks in soccer

Increasingly I see players preparing for a corner by placing the ball on the extremity of the corner quarter circle. What advantage are the players trying to gain by placing the ball here instead of ...
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Is the runner on safe if the the fielder steps on the bag before him?

Consider this case. Runner's on first, batter hits ground ball and reaches first base safely. Runner on first advances to second, but fielder steps on the bag before him. Is the Runner safe or out?
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In team tennis matches, what is the purpose of numbering lineup positions by theoretical skill level?

Say, in a USTA adult league match or a NCAA match, what is the purpose of numbering lineup positions by theoretical skill level?
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How many European cup finals have been played in the stadium of one of the finalists?

How many times has the Champions League, Europa League, Cup Winners' Cup, or European Super Cup final been played in the stadium of one of the finalists? What were the results of each match?
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Why do some F1 tracks still have gravel?

In F1, in order to slow down cars, some tracks have some sort of gravel, such as the German Grand Prix, while some tracks have red and blue strips, such as the French Grand Prix. The gravel is a far ...
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In basketball, is one allowed to purposefully get the ball out-of-bounds off an opponent?

Imagine the scenario of "accidentally" dribbling the ball into an opponent's foot, and the ball gets kicked out of bounds. Or, in an even more extreme case, "passing" (or throwing) ...
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Under a financial point of view which is better for a low-intermediate club, to go to the Champions or Europa League?

If a low-intermediate club depends only of itself on its last game to finish on 4th or 5th on its Major National European League, which one would be the better option, considering a financial point of ...
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what is the difference between series and tournament in tennis?

I am working on the ATP tennis matches dataset and I have a series column which contains International, ATP250, Grand Slam etc... and a tournament column which contains Wimbledon, Lyon Open etc... ...
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Can I reshape a surfboard tail from squash to round?

I have an 8’ mini longboard that is great for most waves but turns get unstable with more powerful waves. If I reshape the tail by either adding to it or shaving it down will that likely be successful?...
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Why do combat sports use weight classes, but not other sports?

It seems obvious why there are weight classes in combat sports - bigger fighters have an advantage over smaller ones. But it also seems obvious that some physical attributes confer an advantage in ...
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Which car is faster? F1 2021 or F1 2022

We saw that Mercedes has porpoising problems on their 2022 car, but in 2021, the vehicle dominates the circuit like Redbulls. Let us consider that Lewis Hamilton uses a 2021 car to compete in 2022, ...
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Did the 1979 Lotus F1 car suffer from porpoising?

It is true that the 1979 F1 regulations will not be applicable in 2022, but it is also true that the ground effect aerodynamics in 2022 are similar to those used in the Lotus F1 cars from 1977-1979. ...
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change of refereeing method in basketball

I would like to know if a new regulation has been introduced in the NBA regarding player protests, in the last two seasons the referees have changed the method of reacting to protests, now just a ...
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Why are cricket bats smooth?

I have noticed that the surface of cricket bats are smooth. What's the science behind it? What would happen if the surface of the bat was rough? Would that increase our effort to play shots?
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How do smarkets multiples work?

Smarkets has a feature called multiples which seems to work like an accumulator. Who am I betting against when I make these bets? That's to say, who is matching the bet? As I understand it, if I bet ...
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Why don't ping pong players hit the ball lightly when opponents are far away?

Let's say player 1 is slamming, player 2 is receiving. I've seen professional players hit the ball so high when receiving slams (player 2), and they step back so far away from the table to receive ...
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Is it a hindrance to wave your arms around at the net?

I’ve seen someone do this repeatedly, and when I told him that in a league setting some might consider it a hindrance, he insisted it’s not a hindrance.
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What makes Chevy better than Ford?

This article states that Chevy has 788 NASCAR wins vs. 696 for Ford as of 2020. What makes Chevy better than Ford? Is this a volume stat (in which percentage won would be a better indicator of ...
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Who gets the win?

Starting pitcher went six innings with the score 3-0. First Relief pitcher pitcher gave up 3 runs so score was 3-3. Then 2nd reliever held 2.2 innings to a final score of 6-3. So who gets the win? ...
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What are the rules regarding return of serve in tennis doubles?

I was playing up front in tennis doubles. The server hit a trick shot to my partner in the receiving court. The ball hit in the serve court near the center line, bounced and spun into my side. I ...
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How have Red Bull and Ferrari managed to overcome the 2022 car problems but not Mercedes?

It seems like a major issue of 2022 Formula 1 cars is porpoising but what is more interesting is, how have Red Bull and Ferrari managed to overcome this problem, and what have they done differently ...
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What are the current rules for modern pentathlon?

The rules for a modern pentathlon competition have changed several times since it was created in 1912, such as combining running and shooting, and an announcement in 2021 that equestrian would be ...
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In cricket, is there a distinction between bowlers who excel in maidens and those who excel in taking wickets?

I did not grow up with cricket, so I ask this question to get a better intuition for the game. Are there some bowlers who specialize in maidens, while others who take higher number of wickets at ...
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What is the difference between new and scrub tyres and what is the advantages?

In the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, the battle game between Verstappen and Hamilton changed thanks to the 2-stop strategy by Mercedes. When Lewis pit for the second time, Lambiase (Verstappen's engineer) ...
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Qualifying criteria to an ATP tournament

How many ATP points, or what ATP ranking, does a player need to participate in the qualification of an ATP 250 tournament? The rules do not seem clear on this point.
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Why do drivers not pit to change tires when they have a puncture or blowout?

In the 2020 British Grand Prix, Hamilton suffered a tire puncture on the final lap of the race, barely getting his car across the finish line in time to hold off his closest challenger, Max Verstappen....
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Why is "kicked ball" a violation in basketball?

This may be opinion-based, but can anybody explain why "kicked ball", i.e. striking the ball with any part of the leg, is a violation in basketball? I've always thought it seemed like a fair ...
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Porpoising and FIA simulations

To arrive at 2022 regulations, it is said that FIA ran thousands of hours of simulations on what should be the design of the F1 car. But while they did so, was the porpoising effect brought out ...
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Why is being blocked in basketball called being "packed"?

What's the etymology of this term in basketball, that being blocked is called being packed? I never heard a block being called a pack until I saw this question: In the NBA, if your shot gets blocked, ...
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In the NBA, if your shot gets blocked, does it still reset the shot clock?

I'm just wondering about when specifically the shot clock gets reset, especially in cases where the shooter gets blocked (or packed, as known informally). Is all that matters that a shot was attempted?...
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How it is possible to lead every lap in a race in order to achieve a Grand Slam?

I recently heard about the F1 Grand Chelem/Grand Slam Records. To achieve this, the drivers need to: Score pole position and start the race in pole position Win the race from pole position Set the ...
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TST7s team didn’t qualify Australia can we still keep the tickets [duplicate]

If you get allocated TST7s tickets and your team doesn’t qualify to be in the World Cup, can you keep the tickets and still attend.
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What is the highest test innings without a century being scored?

In the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh currently underway the South Africans scored 452 in there 1st innings without a batsman scoring a century. That made me wonder what the highest ...
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Earned or unearned run?

No outs. Next batter hits a ground ball to pitcher; pitcher throws to 2nd for force out, then short stop makes bad throw to 1st. Guy that originally started on 2nd scores on bad throw. Is that earned ...
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During a basketball game, what rules prevent players from acting in distracting/heckling ways to throw off opponents?

During a freethrow, distracting the shooter is clearly disallowed according to the rules. But during the game, what is preventing players from trying to distract each other? For example, by screaming ...
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In baseball, how are players stopped from heckling/distracting each other, the batter in particular?

For example, for fielders distracting the batter, I'm thinking of Physical distractions, like waving their arms, or everyone breaking out into the thriller dance, etc.. Vocal distractions, like ...
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Defining the wagon wheel

The wagon wheel in cricket is that... spokes they put out, and define scoring areas. The areas are: Behind square Offside Behind square Legside In front of square Offside In front of square Legside ...
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How is spectator interference handled in basketball?

I'm wondering how the NBA handles spectator interference. As an example, during a free throw, what if the audience screams "BRICK" as they shoot, or someone pulls down their pants behind the ...
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During a basketball freethrow, what happens if you try to distract the shooter?

During a freethrow shot in Basketball after a foul, players stand in front of the freethrow shooter. What happens if those players try messing with the freethrow shooter? Like yelling "BRICK"...
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Before Bucks-Nets on 03/31/22, had both franchise leading scorers started the same game for a single team?

On March 31st, 2022 the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets played. During the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo became the Bucks' all-time leading scorer. His teammate, Brook Lopez, is the Nets' all-time ...
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Snowboard Clothing in Competitions

Whenever I watch snowboarding competitions like Slopestyle or Big Air on the TV it always strikes me how baggy some of the competitors clothing is. Is there a cost to wearing baggy clothing in terms ...
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Player of the year awards

Has any player won both the Naismith player of the year and defensive player of the year in the same season before 2021-22?
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Can you kick a fumbled football?

In football, if the ball is fumbled and can an opposing team member kick the ball on the ground forwards before diving on it to take possession? Follow up from the previous question: if the ball is ...
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