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Player takes a corner kick which hits the post, and plays the rebound directly, is it legal?

One player takes a corner kick, hits the post and the ball goes back to the same player, without being touched by anyone else. That same player plays the ball immediately. Is it legal? Rule 17 says a ...
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NFL rules, overtime, double turnover

NFL overtime rules. Say first possession offense throws an interception but then the defender fumbles trying to make a return, and the offense gets it back. The offense gets a new set of downs due to ...
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If the last defender leaves the court, must the raider cross the baulk line?

In the following kabbadi situation: There is one player left on team A Team B player goes for a raid Team A player leaves the court The team B player doesn't cross the baulk line Will the team B ...
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too many players on the court

During this past season, my coach subbed in a player from the bench and that player did a poor job of communicating who was to be subbed out. This resulted in our team having six players on the court (...
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Why does the game stop after the kicking team catches a punt?

I am a occasional football watcher from Europe, so please excuse my stupid question. My question is the following: The standard outcome of a punt is a catch by the defending team and some running ...
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Can an out of bounds player down a football in the field of play?

In Steelers/Ravens game on Jan 6, 2024, the Steelers kick returner (Godwin Igwebuike) intentionally went out of bounds and touched a kickoff while lying across the sideline, being both in bounds and ...
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college touchdown rules for endzone catches

If the player catches the football after he runs behind the line at the back of the endzone is it a touchdown? Is he out of bounds?
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What happens if a batter accidentally hits the ball twice?

What happens if a batter accidentally, and as part of once action, hits the ball twice while playing shot? Will it be regarded as a normal shot, no runs or out? If it makes a difference, the double ...
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What constitutes a false start on the offense in American football?

I thought I knew the rules of American NFL football but maybe this is a nuanced rule regarding false starts. I know everyone on the offense needs to be set for 1 second/1 count before snapping. ...
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Was there ever a rule requiring diagonal serve in table tennis singles games?

When I was a kid (born in the mid-70s, in Sweden) and we played (for fun), we required that the serve was diagonal in a table tennis singles game. I've spoken to people all over Europe that applied ...
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Are football fields 100 yards long. Document by reconciling space between yard markers

How can football field be 100 yards long when there are presumably 32" between each 4" yard marker. It does not add up when you measure from fifty-yard line (or any other). From the 1 yard line, there ...
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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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Was this actually a missed horse collar tackle?

The game between the Eagles and the Bills on November 26, 2023 had some very physical moments. One of which involved Hasson Reddick breaking free and delivering a massive tackle on Josh Allen whereby ...
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What happens in rugby if a penalty kick at goal goes into touch

What happens if a team take elect to take a kick at goal and the ball accidentally or intentionally goes into touch? E.g. what if they elect to kick at goal from their own 5m to run down the clock in ...
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Is it a technical foul to throw the basketball underhand against the wall in disgust with yourself

In my basketball game today, I had a very light foul called against me and out of disappointment with myself I underhand threw the ball and it hit the wall. The throw was kind of more of a toss, or ...
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Can a runner achieve a first down when offensive holding is called down field?

Say it's 2nd and 5 at Team A's own 25 yard line and a runner makes of gain of 10 yards to the 35 yard line. What happens if offensive holding is called down field at Team A's 35 yard line? Offensive ...
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Are you allowed to neck stall all the way to the goal? [duplicate]

Are you allowed to lift the football onto your neck using your foot or any part other than your hand, and hold it with your neck, and then walk all the way to the goal and score?
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Sinking cue ball after the 8 ball in pool

When I designate the pocket I'm putting the 8-ball and I am successful and then follow it in with the cue ball - do I still win?
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Eight-ball is sunk with the cue ball in the correct pocket [duplicate]

What happens if I shoot the 8 ball in the correct called pocket and it goes in along with the cue ball? Does the answer change if the cue ball enters the pocket first, on an otherwise legal shot?
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Can a car that retired join back the race?

Just saw this on the F1 facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Formula1/videos/1075139512643030/ It talks about an old austrian grand prix, where it took 3 starts to get under way. The 3rd one being ...
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Run out on wide ball

If any batsman or non-striker batsman gets run out on a wide ball, will that ball be counted as a legal delivery, or still be called a wide with extra run ?
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NFL rules question (completed pass)

If I catch a pass while jumping next to my sideline and land with one foot in and then step out of bounds, in the NFL, that's not a complete pass. But what if I catch it on the one foot and then hop a ...
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Can you juggle the ball then punt it at a goalkick

During a goalkick, are you allowed to have the ball start in the goalbox, but then you juggle the ball up into the air and punt it like that? Is that legal?
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Timed out in cricket

I've learned that timed out means the batsman takes over 3 minutes to enter the field of play after a wicket falls. Which batsman will be given out for this? (ie, whether the batting team had any ...
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When can you get up again after falling on the ground?

I had always thought that when the ball carrier was on the ground, they were down and the play was over. Recently I have seen a fair number of plays such as interceptions or fumble recoveries where ...
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Why is there sometimes a penalty when a 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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Why is a chargedown not regarded as a knock on in Rugby Union?

Generally in Rugby Union when a player knocks the ball forward from their hands without making a clean catch, a scrum is called for a knock on. But when a player kicks the ball and the ball is knocked ...
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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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when playing court tennis, is the server's partner allowed to move during the serve

In doubles tennis, is the serving partner allowed to move 3-4 steps in the seconds before and during the serve? The incident is this - the server prepares to serve from the left. His partner stands by ...
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Can the goalkeeper play the ball again after missing a drop-kick release?

If the goalkeeper tries to release the ball using a bad drop-kick, but misses the kick and the ball lands outside the penalty area, can they run up and kick it?
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With the NFL moving the extra point back, is it still possible to fake the kick and go for two?

Under older NFL rules, it was legal, even if unusual, to line up for an extra point kick but make a try for the endzone to score two points. The linked question and answer are from before a ...
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How far along the crease can a non-striker stand?

In cricket, how far along the crease is a non-striker allowed to stand to the right or left? Could they stand at the boundary and still be in their ground, or is there a limit to the "width" ...
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Why is a baseball runner "out" when you hit him with the throw to first?

A few games ago Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers scooped up a bunt down the first base line and pegged the runner square in the back who was just running straight down the baseline like anyone would. ...
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Tennis rules question regarding serving out of sequence rule

In the UK, the LTA, basically the UK tennis governing body has a rule: If a player serves out of turn during a standard game, the player who was originally due to serve will serve as soon as the error ...
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Can a forced runner be tagged out when standing on base?

Runner on first and runner on second, no outs. Ball is hit to shortstop but the runner on second stays on base. Can SS just tag the runner who is still standing on second base, then touch second base ...
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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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Advantage is given after a reckless slide tackle and the affected team scores. Yellow still to be given?

Orange team commits a yellow card slide tackle on blue, but play is allowed on through advantage. The blue team scores. Should the orange player still receive a yellow card for the challenge?
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What happens after eleven kicks from the penalty mark?

On April, 20 2017) Besiktas and Lyon took eight (8) kicks from the penalty mark each. What would have happened if the balance had kept up to the eleventh (11th) kicks? Which player would have taken ...
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How can a Judo fight be won?

I recently watched a Judo fight and I was confused about the scoring system. How exactly can a fight be won?
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Is it a good ball or inbound violation?

In basketball, let's say a player is inbounding the ball, tosses the basketball at the referee who’s inside the playing court, and the same player takes the ball back to action afterwards. It is a ...
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Are there any UEFA regulations for longer added time in football?

Recently we can see matches getting longer and longer. It started with Qatar and FIFA asking referees to prolong added time as much as possible, if there were any delays. Apparently more than 9 hours ...
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How does a body check affect the ruling on Delay of Game penalty call?

In the NHL (and other leagues and levels I'm sure), a 2 minute minor penalty is assessed when a defender in his own zone clears the puck over the high boards. This penalty is waived if the clearing ...
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Beachvolleyball: When can you block an opponent beyond the net?

In beachvolleyball, the rules about blocking a ball beyond the net and what is considered an attack hit are a bit unclear to me. Here are the relevant rules: (from https://www.fivb.com/en/...
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Who serves when in table tennis?

I have never understood who serves first, and when it switches, in table tennis. Could anyone explain it?
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Why does the infield fly rule only apply if runners are on 1st and 2nd?

The other day something prompted me to review the infield fly rule, which says (emphasis mine): An infield fly is any fair fly ball (not including a line drive or a bunt) which can be caught by an ...
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Hitting a ball while gaolkeeper is kicking it [duplicate]

In football is it allowed to snatch a ball that the gaolkeeper is kicking which is in mid air
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Can a woman feature in EPL?

I know this may be a silly question but I couldn't help asking out of curiosity. We know that there is a separate league for women's football in England, but say if there is a female who is really ...
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In soccer, has a player ever been cautioned for offenses against his or her own team?

Have there ever been any incidents where a player got cautioned (or sent off!?!) for a wild tackle against his own player. In the Tottenham-West Ham game, there was a funny quick moment in which, ...
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LBW with an edge

If the striker gets an edge that would have hit the wicket but strikes the batsman instead is it leg before wicket?
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Is a free kick justified in this situation?

I encountered a frustrating scenario in a soccer match that I would like your opinions about. During a play, the attacking player prepared to take a shot, but I was quicker and managed to kick the ...

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