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When shooting the 8-ball, can it bounce off another ball into a pocket if it is called?

If I am shooting the 8-ball for a win, and my opponent has a ball near the pocket I'm aiming for, can I call something like "8-ball off the 2 ball into the corner pocket"? I thought this was allowed, ...
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Is beamer counted as a bouncer in ODI cricket?

Is beamer counted as a bouncer in ODI cricket? I.e. if a bowler bowls a beamer then whether he is allowed to bowl a bouncer in that over?
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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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Can a NFL player play for two different NFL teams in the same post season?

Let's say Julio Jones got released right after the 2022 playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Would Julio Jones be able to go play for the Kansas City Chiefs one week ...
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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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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper catches the ball after it has crossed the goal line?

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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Non-moving attacker exception to the offside rule; what is it? When was it implemented?

I didn't know there is an exception for offside for attackers if one does not retrieve or attempt to retrieve the ball, move towards it, or move at all while another attacker receives it (or not) ...
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Can the bails be kept in the hands when a wicketkeeper attempts a stumping?

If the wicketkeeper removes the bails, but keeps them in their hands, is it out or not? Do the bails have to land on the ground or can they remain off the ground once removed?
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Basketball sits on the back of the rim motionless after an attempted shot. What is the ruling?

Saw this in one of the NBA play off highlights but no one said how it was ruled. A shot attempt bounces on the rim and settles to a dead stop on the rim's bracket never entering the basket itself. Is ...
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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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Why is the Edinburgh Half Marathon world record eligible?

In order for times set in a road race to be eligible for a world record, the course needs to satisfy some rules, two of which are: The start and finish points of a course, measured along a ...
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A batter overruns first base, but misses the bag. Is then tagged out. Does the runner on 3rd score?

Here's something that happened at a game recently and I can't find the answer to it: 2 outs, runner on 3rd. Batter hits a slow roller to third. The third baseman picks it up but makes a bad throw to ...
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Is dribbling off your body and then continuing to dribble legal in basketball?

In basketball, it is illegal to touch the ball with both hands between dribbles. However, when a player is dribbling and a dribble bounces off their waist or knee and bounces on the floor, is it ...
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Rule for stopping / starting the clock when running out of bounds with the football in NFL & NCAA

What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football. What I have found out is that ...
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2 outs with bases loaded, runner misses second

This happened the other day in a game I was watching. There were 2 outs with the bases loaded. The batter hit ball over the left fielder's head. He reached the 3rd base, and 3 runs scored. The ...
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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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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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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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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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Walkoff homer, decisive run scores but following runner leaves base path

This question is a hypothetical based on the last play of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS. San Francisco batting in the bottom of the 9th, score tied 3-3, runners Arias at second and Belt at first, one out. ...
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Outdoor Volleyball: Is overhand contact with fingers on a serve legal?

Which USAV Outdoor Volleyball Rules regulate the action of receiving a serve overhand with fingers? This is a contentious topic where I play. I found a rule that allows double contact even when ...
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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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Batter Misses Home Plate on Home Run Appeal Process

Similar to NCAA softball game several years ago, youth baseball player hits homerun over fence and touches all bases except home plate during celebration. Player celebrates with team and gets to ...
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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 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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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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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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What differences are there between the XFL rules of today and the rules of XFL past?

As the title states - I know XFL was a league in the past, with rule differences between them and the NFL. I see the list of XFL/NFL rule differences of the current XFL league exist here, but I'm ...
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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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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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NBA "and one" rule - an edge case

My question is very similar to this one, although it is a little different and may have a different answer. (Also, I think the answer to that question somewhat misses the point). Consider the ...
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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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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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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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Doubles serve rules in table tennis

In doubles table tennis does the rules allow you to serve to the side of the table (red line) or only to the end of the table (green line)? Player B is serving.
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In singles table tennis, is it considered bad sportsmanship to intentionally serve deceptively, even if following the ITTF rules?

According to the ITTF Handbook, the rule about diagonal serves only applies to doubles: As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then, touches ...
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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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Golf Glove Rules

Is it legal to wear a golf glove that has some of the "fingers" missing (cut off)? The idea for doing this comes from reading Hogan's book "Five Lessons". Hogan talks about the muscles that are ...
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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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Backspin takes tennis ball over the net and back, but hits the player who hit it?

I had a strange situation on court and I don't know who wins this point. Player 1 hits a ball with a ton of backspin which lands on players 2 side of the net. The backspin causes the ball to bounce ...
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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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