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Two dismissals off a single ball

Is it possible to dismiss both batsmen off the same delivery (i.e., by a catch and a run out)? If the ball touched the lower end of the bat, edged up and touched the bat again, will it be given out? ...
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Ball touching the ground during a catch in cricket

If a fielder takes a catch and the ball touches the ground (ball is in hand only, but it’s touching the ground at the same time), is it considered as out?
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Advantage played on offside

Team A is with the ball and attacking. Team B is the defending team. Can team B play an advantage on an offside by team A?
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What is the six yard box (goal box) for in soccer?

What is the six yard box in soccer for? Does it serve any purpose at all? and if not, why is it even here in the first place?
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Is taking a step before dribbling the ball a travel?

I've recently started playing basketball and was wondering about some of the comments made about this (pretty cool) NBA commercial featuring LeBron James. It looks like he takes 1 step after receiving ...
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Was Jelavić's goal offside?

Nikica Jelavić was clearly in an offside position when he received the ball and scored, in Croatia's 3-1 win over Ireland, for Euro 2012. Having received the ball through one of Ireland's defenders ...
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1 yellow, 1 red & 1 yellow card

If a player receives a yellow card in a game, then a red card in another game (serves a 1 match suspension) then receives another yellow card in a later match. Does he have serve a suspension for the ...
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How long can a goalkeeper wait for opponent to come get the ball?

On soccer it is common to see winning teams wasting time. Goalies have their own techniques to run out the clock. A situation that intrigues me is when a goalkeeper is allowed to get the ball but ...
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What or who decides whether extra time is given in football?

How is extra time decided to be given in football, either when the teams have scored the same number of goals, or when one team has scored more goals? Can teams have extra time by requesting it, in ...
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Jersey numbers in NCAA basketball

I noticed that jersey numbers in NCAA basketball are confined between 0-5 (for both digits). There seem to be no jerseys with numbers between 6-9 (for both digits). I can imagine the practice of ...
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Football - Two injured players from the same team

Watching the premier league game of Liverpool vs Chelsea today, there was a point during the game that Chelsea had two players injured at the same time. The commentator mentioned that if there was ...
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what about a switch bowling action

In the current era of cricket, we see batsmen using switch hits to play a ball. That is, while playing a ball they change their batting side (left to right handed and vice versa) just before the ball ...
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Playing for another country

Dirk Nannes, a former Netherlands cricketer now plays for the Australian Cricket team. How is it possible for a single player to play for more than one country. What are the rules for such a scenario?
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What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
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On an onside kick, what happens when a return man signals fair catch and is obstructed from reaching the ball?

Team A is still down by two points with less than one minute remaining in the game and they are kicking off to team B after just scoring a touchdown. Team B realizes they are going to try an onside ...
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Which coin is used for tossing?

We can see coin tosses in international matches of Cricket. Which coin is used for tossing? Is there any special coin for tossing in those international matches?
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What will happen when the batsman or bowler gets injured in super-over?

Three players from the batting side will be selected to bat in the super-over. If the batting side loses two wickets, their innings will end. One player from the fielding team will be selected for ...
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When is the new ball due for all forms of cricket?

Is there a standard time fixed in Test, ODI and T20 formats of Cricket, when a fielding side captain can ask for a new ball? If the captain of the fielding side doesn't ask for a new ball, will he be ...
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What happens when a player loses a shoe during the course of the game?

What is the ruling about losing a shoe when the ball is still in play? Can the player still play or does he need to get it back before continue playing?
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What do the cards in table tennis mean?

I saw in an Olympics table tennis match a Chinese athlete being given a red card. I think she lost the point but I'm not too sure. So why would would some receive a red/yellow card in table tennis ...
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Differences between NBA and European/FIBA/Olympic basketball rules

I recall about zone defense and travelling being major differences but I'm sure there are more small differences.
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Skip a media timeout in NCAA basketball?

In NCAA basketball, there are media timeouts at the first whistle after the 16:00, 12:00, 8:00 and 4:00 minute marks of each half. What happens if there is no whistle from the four minute mark until ...
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Does MLB Rule 7.13(2) (on blocking the plate) apply to players other than the catcher?

There was an unusual play in tonight's NLDS game between San Francisco and Washington. With runners at second and third, and one out, the Nationals pitcher P threw a wild pitch (on an intentional ...
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What determines a double hit in volleyball?

In volleyball, if the other team pass, set, hits it over to me and I kick it and then it hits my chest, but it's only one action/motion, would that count as a double hit fault? What about if the ...
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If a player loses his footwear while scoring a goal will it be considered a legal goal?

Suppose a player loses his footwear accidentally while playing and then scores a goal without wearing his footwear. Will it be considered a legal goal?
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Is it a goal if the ball goes through the net?

I was recently debating this with a friend, who argued that a goal does not stand if it goes through the net. I could not find an answer anywhere in the FIFA, FA or UEFA guidelines on the rules of the ...
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How can an American football team tie with another team?

I am a football beginner, but still a fan. I've been wondering how could an American football team tie with another team. I know that there is OT (overtime), and I'm not sure if the game ends with a ...
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Can the captain change players' positions without permission from a coach or manager?

In football, can the captain move players from one position into another, during the game, without the coach or manager telling them to? Does the coach or manager need to give the captain permission ...
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If you can't change an injured goalkeeper, what can you do?

In football (or soccer for NA people), I wonder what would you be able to do if the following scenario was to happen: All 3 player substitutions are used. The Goalkeeper is made unable to continue ...
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Is it a foul if no contact is made during an attempted reckless tackle?

If a player in possession narrowly dodges a very reckless and dangerously attempted tackle, but ends up losing the possession, will this still be ruled a foul despite no contact being made? P.S: I ...
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Why the limit on manager mound visits?

I recall that Don Mattingly was forced to remove his pitcher due to two mound meetings in an inning. I've read articles that indicate that a limit was placed on manager-led mound meetings to speed up ...
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Can a player get his second yellow card while being replaced? What happens then?

In football, a yellow card can be given to a player when he/she is losing time on purpose. Typically, a team wining the match will make changes on the last minutes to lose some extra time: the player ...
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Shuttle getting stuck to the net after crossing

I've never seen this happen before but it happened twice in one game recently (by 2 different players!). The shuttle hit the tape and went over the net but then got caught and never hit the ground. ...
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How does the match time work in soccer?

How does match time works in soccer? I think I know a little bit about how it works, like how they add injury time to the end of the regular time, but I do not know it for sure.
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When do teams wear their away jerseys at international level?

When will teams wear their away jerseys during the Euro Championships? Will France always wear their home jersey during the tournament? For commercial purposes will all teams not want to play a ...
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Does the tackle box in gridiron football extend through all the offensive linemen even if they're a long way apart?

On 10 January 2015 in the NFL playoffs, the Patriots lined up in a weird formation in which Shane Vereen, a running back, reported ineligible. Vereen was "covered" by a receiver on his team, meaning ...
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In 8-ball, do I win if I shoot in the 8 ball and my last ball in the same shot?

If I am able to shoot in the 8-ball and my last object ball in a single shot and I call the 8 ball in a pocket, do I win? Does the order in which the 2 balls leave the table matter?
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When can you lift your pivot foot and go for a shot?

I was called for a travel in just a pick up game a couple months ago. I was also reading on Wikipedia information about the travel rule about the situation and it seems that there are conflicting ...
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Is a match forfeit always scored as 3-0 regardless of situation?

A match forfeit is usually scored as a 3-0 loss to the team forfeiting the game. But, could a team use this to your advantage by forfeiting a game in which they could potentially lose by more? For eg:...
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When a QB slides, is it considered a dead ball?

I was watching the Niners-Lions game last week and saw something that has me a little confused. I was under the impression that when a quarterback slides in the NFL, the play is considered dead when ...
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What should a referee do if he physically obstructs a player?

In the Euro 2012 match between Spain and Ireland, the referee actually ended up tackling down a player who was receiving the ball from his defense and moving off to dribble through the incoming ...
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Is it a foul in ultimate if the pursuer unintentionally clips the runner from behind?

When I play recreational ultimate, I pursue my man or a player a lot. Sometimes, out of nowhere, their back foot clip my thigh while running and they trip. It looks bad from far away and a foul is ...
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What is seedings in grouping the teams in cricket?

I've noticed in the T20 World Cup 2012, that India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa were placed in the same group for the Super8 stage. All these teams have won all the league matches in the ...
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In football, is the inside of each goal part of the field of play?

I know this is the kind of question that could easily dismissed with a 'No, it is not'. However, the Glossary section of the 2016/17 Laws of the Game reads that (link, p. 163): Field of play (Pitch)...
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What happens if a basketball stops on the rim as time expires?

In Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Allen's layup attempt stopped on the back of the rim: youtube This is ruled a jump ball. ...
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Enforcement of traveling in basketball

In most levels of basketball, from youth leagues to the college level, traveling seems to be enforced fairly regularly. However, at the NBA level, traveling seems to be rarely enforced, with the rules ...
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Who can compete at Universiade?

Under which conditions are sportspeople eligible to compete at Universiade? Additionally, I also wonder to which extent it is common that same person represents a country at both world championships ...
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Where does the assistant referee watch to realize when a soccer player is offside?

How is it possible for the assistant referee to realize when a player is offside? If the assistant referee is in line with the last forward, how can he see when the ball leaves the other player if he ...
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Football - Who gets the match ball, if 2 or more players score hat-tricks in a game?

In football, if a player scores a hat-trick, he usually takes the match ball with him as a souvenir. But if 2 or more players score a hat-trick in a single game, then who gets to take the match ball ...
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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper, but not the ball, enters the goal?

Is a goal scored if a goalkeeper holding the ball enters the goal, but keeps the ball out of the goal?

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