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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forced third out? [duplicate]

If bases loaded , batter hits ball and runner from third scores before out is made . 3 rd out was made by tagging runner from 1st to second after runner scores . Even though 2nd base is force out does ...
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If you catch a basketball with both feet on ground can you jump backwards on one foot and then forward again on the other foot [duplicate]

If you catch a basketball with two feet on the ground and dribble it into the paint after you pick it up can you jump backwards onto one foot similar to a stepback or fade away like a shot fake but ...
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Loose ball hitting a defense player that is already out of bounds

In basketball, a "loose ball", is deflected by an offensive player directly to a defensive player already out of bounds. Does the possession changes from offense to defense?
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Earliest time a Captain can offer a Draw

In First Class cricket - typically towards the end of the final day - it is not uncommon for the fielding team's captain to offer a shake of hands to the batsman and declare the game a draw. This ...
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In football, are there any post-match repercussions for not upholding the spirit of the game?

These include offenses that are committed during the game, but not penalized by the referee. Feigning an injury Obstructing the vision of the referee during a key moment Damaging the ball Fighting ...
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Where can you serve from the sides in table tennis?

Rule 2.6.4 from the ITTF handbook says: From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be ...
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How is the double stepback legal?

James Harden popularized the double stepback. Sometimes, it's called a travel. Sometimes, it's not. ...
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In NHL, can an attacking player possess the puck without touching it during delayed offside?

Consider the segment from 1:22 to 1:28 of the video at https://twitter.com/sportsnet/status/1469495840079327233 These events occurred in this order: An attacking player A0 is in the attacking zone. ...
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Is a forward pass measured relative to the passer or the pitch?

In Rugby, if the ball carrier is running at high speed, and then passes the ball to a player behind them, the ball might still actually travel forwards due to the the momentum of the passer, but end ...
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When do you cross the finish line in Alpine Skiing - when your skis cross or when your head crosses?

I'm watching the women's slalom event in the 2022 Winter Olympics, and every single skier has bent over to put their head forward as they cross the finish line. It is similar to how a runner in a ...
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Why do basketball teams warmup and start on the opposite sides of the bench?

I have played basketball for a decent number of years now, and watched basketball for longer than that time. What I've noticed is that Basketball teams always warm up opposite of their bench, and ...
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Does your partner have to also be behind the line when serving in pickleball?

This question is really just to confirm what I've read in the rules or really what is not specifically written in the rules... USAPA rules state the following: 4.L. Service Foot Faults. During the ...
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Penalty on punted ball goes out of bounds

Sometimes when the kicker punts the ball and it goes out of bounds, there is a penalty because ball went out of bounds and other times there is no penalty when that happens. Can someone please explain ...
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Steps allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down?

Looking for clarification, in basketball how many steps are allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down? So in other words drag dribbles, floats, push cross, etc. According to the rules you ...
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Can a player unretire when the postseason starts who hasn’t played all season and be eligible play in the postseason

Eric Weddle unretired and is signing with the Rams for their postseason run??? I never heard or seen that in my life is it against any rules?
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Can the referee in a football match request a video review?

In pro soccer, can the referee request VAR to analyse an incident even though there is no warning from VAR to the referee?
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What procedures does the FIA take when there are thunderstorms?

For the 2022 Formula 1 Season, Miami is hosting one of two races in the USA. Miami, and Florida as a whole, has a bit of a reputation for quite severe thunderstorms, and particularly whereby sporting ...
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Does strength of victory include teams a team has tied?

In figuring the NFL's strength of victory tie-breaker, what about teams a team has tied? In other calculations, a tie is counted as half a victory.
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Offensive foul: why doesn't the basket count?

The FIBA Interpretations contain example 33-2: Example: A1 is in the air on the shot for a 3-point field goal. A1 extends his leg which contacts his defensive player B1. The interpretation is as ...
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What sports have field/equipment differences for men vs. women? [closed]

I was doing a little bit of reading about which sports use the same setup for women vs. men. For example, the WNBA uses a smaller basketball than the NBA, but the same size court, but tennis seems to ...
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Are you allowed to set the ball over the net sideways instead of forwards/backwards in indoor volleyball?

I looked through the indoor volleyball rulebook, and can't find anything on this in there, through Google, nor in any previously asked questions here. I was told many times before that you cannot ...
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What's the official term for the batting player in women's cricket?

In men's cricket, the term "batsman" or "batsmen" is used to refer to batting players - both by commentators as well as the respective cricket board score cards/commentaries. But ...
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Why TD when recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" to the end zone, in American football?

Why was it a touchdown in the Falcons vs. Cowboys game when a blocked punt was recovered ball on "½-yard line", but the momentum carried the player over to the end zone? The player was ...
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In F1, which tyre to start on if the "fastest time"-tyre is damaged?

During Q3, if the driver loses a tyre due to a puncture, which tyre would he start with in the race the next day? Secondly, if the pole sitter tries to improve his lap time in Q3 and while doing so ...
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In American football can it not be Illegal use of hands on the ball carrier?

It's fairly common that the defense is called for an: "Illegal use of hands - Hands to the face". But, I've seen it a couple of time now, when the ball carrier (offence) does the same thing ...
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What is the fairest point system for league table for a group friends playing a 1v1 game amongst each other every once in a while?

For context, me and my colleagues want to set up a point system for a 1v1 table tennis league table in our office which would get updated every time people play each other. We want to award points for ...
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Formula 1: How does Sprint Qualifying affect the starting grid on race day?

The 2021 F1 season introduced "Sprint Qualifying" (hereby abbreviated as "SQ") in some races as an experimental event during the race weekends (i.e. Monza and Brazil GP). SQ is ...
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Is it legal to hit a shuttlecock around the net posts in badminton?

In tennis and table tennis, it is legal to hit the ball around the net and net posts, i.e. the ball need not pass over the net as long as it gets to the legal court area on the opponent's side (...
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In uk pool red hitting yellow and sinking just the yellow [duplicate]

If you deliberately play your ball red onto an opponents ball,yellow, but only sink your opponents ball not your own. Surely bthis is a foul.
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What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded?

What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded? Should it be a dead ball or should any result - either a dismissal, do ...
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Runners passing each other at home base in baseball

Consider the case where bases are loaded with 1 out, and the batter gets a base hit to the right. Runners on third and second score without a throw. But the runner on third missed home while picking ...
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Is this Out or Not Out in cricket?

Is this Out or Not Out in cricket? The batsman hits the ball with his bat, and the ball then hits the fielding helmet not being worn directly, it is then caught by the fielder without the ball ever ...
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