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Can you use an opponent for leverage in basketball?

If an attacking player sees a defender slip for example and fall to one knee. Can the offensive player use the defenders knee as a platform to jump, like running up and jumping off the defender? Or a ...
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Is it a double hit in volleyball to play the ball rebounding from the net?

In volleyball, if the ball is rebounds from the net, can the player who hit the ball into net hit the ball twice, or is this a double hit?
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Can you block and hit the ball over the net in volleyball? [duplicate]

So playing with friends the other day and this happened. Team A set the ball for their attacking player (3rd touch), he tried to dink the ball behind the blocker. It was a horrible touch and the ...
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Why do NBA players avoid touching the ball after a made basket?

I notice this a lot in the NBA, where after a team scores a field goal, the players of that team that are positioned near or directly under the basket for an offensive rebound avoid touching the ball. ...
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What does the ITF rulebook consider to be “the service motion”?

According to Rule 18b of the ITF Rulebook: During the service motion, the server shall not... touch the baseline or the court with either foot. What, exactly, constitutes "the service motion"? I ...
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Is potting 1 ball in a turn a break in snooker?

I am confused about what counts as a break in snooker. The official rules have the following paragraph: Break A break is a number of pots in successive strokes made in any one turn by a player ...
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Under what circumstances the half race passing time in a marathon qualifies for a half marathon competition?

Few months ago, a track and field runner Carles Castillejo was involved in something quite interesting: he wanted to qualify to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship 2018 in Valencia, Spain, to be ...
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Is it legal to use a trick involving another player to pass the ball to the keeper without kicking it?

It says in Law 12, under "Cautions for unsporting behaviour", that: A player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour including if a player: [...] uses a deliberate trick to pass the ball (...
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Hasn't Kasper Schmeichel broke the rules when saving Modrić's penalty during the World Cup 2018, Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark?

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick - 1. Procedure explicitly states that: The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked. ...
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Is it a foul to pause during a run-for-shot in penalty shootout? [duplicate]

During the penalty shootout of Croatia vs Denmark of World Cup 2018, in Croatia's 2nd shot (Andrej Kramarić vs Kasper Schmeichel), when Kramarić was running for a shot, he paused briefly before ...
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Why is the FIFA overtime period divided into two halves?

My question is about World Cup extra time rules, but I guess it applies to FIFA in general. About the FIFA extra time period, the rules say the following: It shall always consist of two periods of ...
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Why is a penalty not given if a goal comes right after the foul?

In the game between Spain and Russia, in the World Cup 2018, one Russian defender (Ignashevich) tackled a Spanish player (Ramos) inside the Russian penalty area (video here or here). This was ...
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In football, what happens when a team commits an offence for which play need not be stopped, and then scores a goal immediately after?

In the Laws of the Game, there is a small—yet non empty—set of offences for which the referee must not immediately blow his whistle as he usually does for 'normal' fouls, but must instead allow play ...
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How can a completed match become a walkover?

During yesterday 2018 World Cup's match between Panama and Tunisia, a Polish-speaking sport commentator said that one of these countries (didn't hear exactly which one) had a football match with Cape ...
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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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What makes a defensive foul in basketball

I am trying to understand what a defensive foul is. What is the defender allowed to do? Can they not block the offensive player's path with their body? Looking at these videos it seems that the only ...
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Are there official rules and formats for small side soccer football without goalkeeper?

I would like to know are there any official, possibly FIFA, formats and rules of soccer football match that could play without goalkeeper and has each team member on field more than 4 but less than 9 ...
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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is being implemented in the World Cup 2018. Sometimes, an action occurs (e.g. a penalty), but the referee does not think in the first instance that it does so. Then, as ...
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Can a player decline advantage after a foul?

In association football, after a foul, the referee lets play continue but the team benefiting from the advantage immediately stop playing anyway, either because they would rather have a free kick or ...
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NBA mandatory timeout rules

From the NBA rule book, on pg. 22, there are the rules for mandatory timeouts, which state: If neither team has taken a timeout prior to 6:59 of the period, it shall be mandatory for the Official ...
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Impeding an opponent with contact : IFK or DFK ? (association football)

It says on page 3 (3rd bullet point) of this pdf document provided by IFAB that impeding the progress of an opponent with contact leads to DFK. This video on the Laws of the Game which appears to be ...
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When can a bowler start his run up? [duplicate]

In cricket, can a bowler start his run-up to the delivery before the batsman takes his stance?
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Where do fractional points in UCI ranking come from?

If you look at various UCI rankings, you often see riders that have non-integers as their rankings. For example, if you look at the current UCI World Ranking and this year's UCI World Tour rankings, ...
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Is it legal to ice your own kicker?

In the NFL a Coach can call a timeout right before the kicker kicks the ball in order to affect the kicker's chance of succeeding. In many cases, the kicker will take the kick twice, once right after ...
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How are doubles tennis players matched?

I have a few questions regarding doubles players playing together on the mens', womens' and the mixed tournaments. How are the doubles tennis players partnered up? Is this totally based on players' ...
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How are ends chosen to start a new set following a tie-break?

After a tie-break, how is it decided which end to start serving from in the following set? Do players get a choice or do they keep the current end for one game or swap immediately?
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In badminton, which part of the shuttle determines ‘in’ or ‘out’?

The basic rule of whether a shuttle is considered ‘in’ or ‘out’ in badminton is whether it: lands outside the boundaries of the court i.e. not on or within the boundary lines (Laws of Badminton, §...
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Are men allowed to compete in underwear or only shorts in Olympics marathon?

In Olympics marathon race, are men allowed to run by wearing only underwear, or underwear can only be worn by women while racing?
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Can you ever touch the ball with two hands between bounces while dribbling?

Look at this video at 6:42. NBA rules today state that this is not legal. Is this legal under NFHS/NCAA rules? He tosses the ball behind his back with his right hand and then continues his dribble ...
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Forward tees for men/women

When men and women are both playing forward tee box and using handicap strokes do you use the one below it which says (women’s) difficulty on the card for both men and women, since that is the actual ...
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Is it offside if a striker receives the ball behind all defenders and goalkeeper of the opponent?

The offside rule is between the last two players, which is usually the goalkeeper and a defender, so people just think that being in front of the last field player is not offside. But in this case, ...
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Why can't a cricket match be played on other day in case of rain?

As most outdoor sports can be played in rain , Cricket has a disadvantage. Shouldn't a match be played the next possible day in such cases ?
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What happens when 2 balls partially fall into a pocket and then get stuck?

In a recent game of pool, my opponent hit a shot that resulted in 2 balls getting stuck in between a pocket's walls. They were both still touching the table surface, while at the same time partially ...
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Can a bowler change hands for different deliveries in the same over?

Can a bowler, within the same over, bowl three balls with their right hand and three balls with their left hand? Can they do this alternating sides or must they complete all deliveries with each hand ...
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Foul in soccer chasing a free ball

The other day I was playing in a game soccer and the ball deflected into an empty space. Myself and an opposing player started to chase the ball down when I was called for a foul. We were running ...
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Playing after buzzer beater with almost no time left

In LeBron James's buzzer beater against the Raptors the ball passes through the net with 0.3 seconds left. There are buzzer beaters with plays starting with 0.3s left, such as this one. I thought the ...
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Is there any reason why you get 4 points for a win and 2 for a draw in AFL

Is there some way you can get 1 point or 3 points for a match? If not, it appears to be easier to do the standard 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 for a loss. Is there some historical reason ...
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Can a batsman use a reverse grip?

My 10 year old son is right handed batsman however has a left handed batsman's grip i.e. left hand down and right hand on top on the grip. Is that allowed in international cricket as per ICC rules?
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Is a batsman out bowled if they kick the ball onto the wicket?

Consider a stituation where a batsman plays at a ball and the ball hits his pad. The ball becomes momentarily stationary and behind him. The batsman is out of his crease and while he is attempting to ...
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Can a baseball runner lead off of first in a direct line to the pitcher?

I believe that a base runner is allowed to make their own base line when running the bases. I don't believe that there is anything in the rules that prevents a base runner from running all the way ...
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Is blocking a soft hit considered a block? [duplicate]

If team B attempts to block a ball and team A tips the ball rather than attacks the ball but the ball does come in contact with Team B, is that considered a block contact or first contact? I would ...
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Why do baseball managers argue with umpires in situations where they know it won't help?

As I understand it, in baseball, some subset of the calls made by an umpire are open for review, at the request of one of the team's managers. In those cases, the managers are allowed to leave the ...
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Why do centres take face offs in hockey?

I almost always see the centres take the face offs in the NHL. Is this part of the rulebook? If not, why isn't more common to see other players take face offs. I can understand why defensemen don't ...
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Who is awarded the goal?

If a footballer plays a free kick and the footballer intention is to play the free kick direct to the goal post, but it touches the footballer team mate before entering the goal post, who is awarded ...
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Why was junior Italian player Viviani disqualified for accidentally hitting a ballboy?

In this video you can see Italian player Viviani at the Australian Open. Apparently, at the end of an exchange, she hit the ball with her racket and this hit a ballboy. This was completely accidental, ...
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What happens if a bird or some other animals takes the baseball?

Let's say a baseball gets hit to outfield. Before a player can get it, a bird swoops down an steals the ball and flies away. What do the rules say, what would happen? Also what happens if a similar ...
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Leroy Sané goal vs Liverpool rebounded off Milner so was offside the correct decision?

Was the offside decision in Manchester City vs. Liverpool in the 2nd leg of the Champions League 2017/18 quarterfinals correct? Here's the video footage of the episode.
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How are NFL division titles determined when a team has best record within division, but not in overall games?

Can a NFL team win their division games and have the best record for games within the division, however not have the best overall record, and be the division champion?
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In Table Tennis, does a 7-0 lead mean that set is won?

Suppose we are playing a match/set for 11 points with 2 serves each. If one team get a lead of 7-0, does that mean that the team won that match/set? What is the case for a match/set for 21 points? 11-...
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Can the third umpire overturn a decision without being referred from the field?

In cricket, one of the officials is the third umpire. Usually, they deliver a decision only when there is a referral from the on-field umpires or from a team in UDRS. Can the third umpire give or ...