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Are players allowed to convert a penalty kick into a “multiple passes goal”? [duplicate]

Is it legal in football that a player scores a goal in penalty by creating a pass (in forward direction as per rules) to another teammate and get passed back and repeat the passes until they want to ...
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How does retired hurt and absent hurt affect career average?

If a batsman has retired hurt while batting, will this inning be added as an inning in his statistics (Does it affect his career batting average)? What about the innings count in the case of absent ...
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Is it possible to change playing styles in cricket?

Can a player playing as a right hand batsman for a few overs switch to his left hand for rest of his innings? Can a player bowling spin for 2 or 3 balls in a over switch to being a fast bowler in the ...
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Are there any rules regarding the position of the Wicket Keeper?

After watching an IPL match I had this doubt. In the match the wicket keeper stood close to the 30 yard circle and the umpire Simon Tauffel came up to the wicket keeper and asked him to move forward. ...
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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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What determines the spot of a field goal kick in the NFL?

Is there a limit to how close the ball gets spotted behind the line of scrimmage during a field goal attempt? I regularly watch the NFL and on the field goals the holder awaits for the ball about 8 ...
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Why wasn't Schwartz's challenge during the Thanksgiving Lions/Texans reviewed?

During the Nov 22, 2012 Detroit Lions/Houston Texans game, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz challenged a scoring play where the runner appeared to be down by contact. Since scoring plays are ...
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Basketball Tip-off possession and subsequent possession

To begin a basketball game, a tip-off is typically used to determine the first possession of the game. Then, in the second half, the team that did not start with the ball in the first half gets the ...
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Where should the play restart from an offside?

I got my referee license recently, and am wondering where the restart should be for an offside offense. One instructor told me the second to last defender, while another told me where the attacker ...
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The “four hits” fault

Let me describe a specific situation: Team A serves the ball. Team B executes three hits to return it - they pass the ball, set it and then attack. After the attack, the ball touches both the top ...
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On a no ball, can both batsmen carry the stumps and run forever?

When a bowler oversteps (or in rare cases, has the back foot touching the return crease) during the delivery stride, the umpire usually calls a no ball while the ball is still in play. On hearing this ...
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Is there a rule that protects the goalkeeper in the 6yard-box?

After yesterday's red card for Nani in Manchester United against Real Madrid (March 5th 2013) I decided to read the entire Rulebook Laws of the Game by FIFA (IFAB), including the guidelines for ...
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Can a goalkeeper chip the ball to the head of a teammate from a goal kick to circumvent the backpass restriction?

If you've been following the 2019 International Champions Cup, you've certainly not missed Benfica's unorthodox goal kick against Milan (clip on Twitter). If you can't see the video, just know the ...
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Has the Lambeau Leap been banned at all NFL stadiums except Lambeau Field?

The Lambeau Leap is a celebration started by Green Bay Packers players who leap into the stands after scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field. The celebration has spread across the NFL though, because I'...
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

After the mens 4x100 relay final races in Rio on August the 19th the commentators said they exchanged the baton outside the box. What does that mean?
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Are there any rules in baseball which prohibit teams from “borrowing” players via trade?

Every season near the trade deadline, we see teams that are out of it trading expensive players and/or free agents-to-be, typically for younger players or prospects. For example, Matt Garza, set to ...
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Football Field Size

Just the other day I was talking to a colleague and he was telling me soccer fields can differ in size, up to 20 meters in width. Can somebody give me the exact word on this?
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Super over for super over

If the runs scored in a super over by two teams were level, how will the winning side be determined? E.g. Team A scored 10 runs in 6 balls and Team B scored 10 runs in 5/6 balls with two wickets lost;...
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Change of strike in case of batsman is bowled?

Our bowler banged it in short of length, in line with the off stump, and the batsman swings across the line sending the ball straight up over the pitch. Both batsmen immediately set off for the run ...
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energy efficiency of the 2014 Formula 1 cars?

How much more energy efficient are the new 2014 Formula 1 cars compared to the 2013 cars?
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What is the minimum over-rate?

We can see many times, the captains and the players of the bowling team were suspended for slow over-rates. How the over-rate for a fielding team is calculated? Is it vary between different forms of ...
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Stumping from fast bowling?

Is it possible to dismiss a batsman by stumping off a fast bowler with the wicket keeper not standing up to the stumps? To be more specific, for stumping a batsman, is it mandatory to keep the ball ...
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Positioning of fielders in cricket

In a test match is there any rule that minimum number of fielders should be present on the off side or the leg side.
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Could a player be in an offside position off the field of play?

Before you immediately say 'yes', let me explain why I asked this question. According to Law 11, a defending player who leaves the field of play for any reason shall be considered to be positioned on ...
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Is there a rule for when K-Balls are used?

In the NFL, special balls ("K-Balls") are used for kicking plays. These balls are harder and slicker than the balls used during normal play. My understanding is that kickers don't really like using ...
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Football: Can player enter twice?

In an official football match, if a player has been substituted, can that player enter in the match again (the trainer must use another substitution)?
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Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different jersey?

Why does one player on a volleyball team have a different color jersey than the rest of the teammates? I notice that this player only plays on the back row and never plays in the front row, and that ...
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Can a player stretch into opponent's court to play a shot?

If you touch the net while playing a shot, you lose a point. (I remember seeing Federer lose a point a few years ago, as he fell on the net after hitting a smash shot.) However, a player could stand ...
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Use of the designated hitter (DH) in the MLB

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League starting in 2013, each league (National and American) will have an even amount of teams (15). As a result, the debate regarding designated ...
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Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0?

Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0 to the non-forfeiting team? Is there any reason for this score?
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Is it legal to go under the net to play a ball going out, back in play in volleyball?

Is it legal to go under the net, on the other players side in indoor volleyball to play a ball that was going out? From my understanding, you would have to hit it around the net, then another team ...
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What are the most common 8-ball rules professionals play by?

There must be some sort of agreed upon general rules, which most professionals are accustomed to when competing internationally. The only set of rules I've crossed were (APA) American Pool ...
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Foosball five-man wall bounce rule

I've been playing foosball for a while now, but mostly in college and at friend's houses. Just recently I watched some friends playing in a state tournament, and there were some really funky rules ...
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Requirements for Touchdown Catch Near the Goal Line

When a ball carrier has possession in the field of play, and carries the ball toward the end zone, the requirement for scoring a touchdown is that the ball cross the plane of the goal line. The ...
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Doubles rules in table tennis

I curious about what the official rules are for playing doubles in table tennis. It seems like every time I play, someone has a different set of rules from what I've played before. For instance: Do ...
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Is header allowed in basketball?

I know kicking ball in NBA is not allowed, how about header? is header like football allowed in basketball?
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Unclean hits in tennis

How are “unclean hits” judged in tennis? I mean situations like a ball slipping on a racket, or unintentionally hitting the racket twice (e.g. when the player does not hold the racket firmly enough). ...
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How does a double elimination bracket work?

I know that a double elimination bracket operates like two single eliminations: there is a "winners" upper bracket and a "losers" lower bracket. My requirements I need a logic for the Losers bracket ...
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Why are the Argentinian and Brazilian Leagues split in two parts?

I remember playing championship manager way back in 99 and the Brazilian league was split into two different championships and I noticed that the league in Argentina is similar. They both have ...
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Can a football (soccer) league decide to use video review?

As a fan of ice hockey, I've become accustomed to the benefits of video review. The NHL does it right. There is one VAR room where all video reviews are done for the entire league, which leads to a ...
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What are the rules for NFL restricted free agents that have a first round tender?

For teams with multiple first round draft picks, what are the rules defining which first round draft pick that a team would need to give up if it signs a restricted free agent (RFA) that have the ...
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What is the scoring system in sailing?

After watching the Olympics and seeing that Australia had fewer points than other teams but was guaranteed a gold or silver medal in the Laser class. We were confused as to how sailing is scored.
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Position of holes on a floorball ball?

I'm not a floorball player, I'm a mathematician. I got recently curious about the floorball ball: it's got 26 holes, which is an unusual number, and I wondered how they are placed on the ball. It ...
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What if a shot going for 4 interfered by the spectators in cricket game?

This actually happened to the recent club cricket game that I played last week. We needed 6 runs off 11 balls and had 3 wickets in hand. One of the batsman played a shot and ball was rolling slowly ...
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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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How the Net RunRate for each team is calculated in IPL?

A team's net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team throughout the season, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the season. ...
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What other sports have an offside rule other than football?

The offside rules has a major impact on the way football is played by making it more difficult to play a simple offside trap or in the past by stopping "goal hanging". I was wondering what other ...
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Yellow card and red card in cricket

Yellow and red cards are given in some team sports like rugby,football etc. Is there a practice of issuing these cards in cricket? I heard that Billy Bowden gave yellow card for shane warne, and ...
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What happens when there are 2 turnovers on 1 play?

During the last seconds of the 2015 AFC Championship (Broncos vs Patriots), the ball was intercepted by a Bronco, and while the guy was running, he accidentally fumbled the ball and the Patriots ...
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Dealing with “cheap” opponents

I recently joined a competitive basketball city league, and I've been dealing with some "cheap" stuff on the court - pulling on my jersey, pulling on my arms before a rebound (I'm taller than average),...

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