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Why does an unsuccessful NFL challenge result in the loss of a timeout?

What is the reason an NFL team loses a timeout if it challenges and the challenge fails?
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What happens when ball touches net during serving?

I found some information on rules, but I never found a clear answer to what should be done when a served ball touches the net. Is it point for opponent, or should the serve be redone? If redone - will ...
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Can a Goalkeeper Handle, Drop, and Dribble From Their Box?

Interesting situation happened in a U10 game on 31 October 2015 where the goalie scooped a weak cross from the opponent and everyone ran back to midfield. Upon seeing this, the goalie dropped the ball ...
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What do the laws of cricket say about declaring an inning in a limited overs cricket match?

I know that there is no need of declaring a match with limited overs format. Even the world record total has been chased on that day itself. But, my question is, what do the laws of cricket say ...
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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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How detailed is penalty kick encroachment in football

The laws of the game prohibit encroaching on a penalty kick whether it is an attacking player or defending player. The keeper is supposed to remain on the line until the kick is taken but in practice ...
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Can a bowler bowl a six?

Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball pitches, is missed by the batsman, is missed by the wicket keeper, and flies over the boundary. How much runs/extras? Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball doesn't ...
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Is there a limit on the number of events that a track and field athlete may enter in one meet?

At the high school level, my local district limited an athlete to four events in one track and field meet. Famous sprinters like Carl Lewis have won four gold medals in one meet and other track and ...
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Can a team mate give lifting/climbing support?

Can a team mate give lifting/climbing support so that a player can reach the height where goalie or any opponent cannot reach? Is climbing on the goal post allowed?
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Is there offside when the ball deflects off an opponent?

I was refereeing a 10 year old's junior game today and this situation happened. The home team's defender attempted to pass from their own half to their forward who was in an offside position beyond ...
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Can a goalie handle a headed pass which that player kicked up to himself?

It is illegal for the keeper to pick up the ball if a player on his team kicked the ball to him. On the other hand, he can pick it up if the player headed the ball to him instead. Combining these two,...
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Why does freestyle swimming restrict underwater swimming?

According to Wikipedia and to CONI: Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged ...
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What happens if a ball is lost in cricket?

What will happen if a ball in play is lost or cannot be recovered? Does batting side keep any penalty for that?
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What is the logic behind re-serving in volleyball and tennis?

I have seen plenty of times a re-serve being awarded instead of giving the point to any of the team in both volleyball and I think tennis, too. (I'm not sure if it's still the same in tennis). I had ...
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What happens if a goalkeeper catches the ball whilst their body/legs are still in the box, but the ball is just out of the box?

I have always wondered this. Is a goalkeeper handball determined by where the ball actually is, or where the goalkeepers body is positioned at the point of contact?
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What is the maximum number of overs allowed to bowl in a single day of a test match?

Minimum number of overs allowed per day in a test cricket match is 90. What is the maximum number of overs allowed to bowl? If 2 or 3 more overs required to win the match means, who will decide ...
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If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will 4 runs be added or not?

If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will four runs be added or not? Is there any rule about this?
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Do offences that lead a to a penalty inside the penalty box always result in a red card?

I read somewhere that a red card should automatically be awarded if a defender hand balls the soccer ball in the penalty area. I do not know whether this is substantiated, it seems rather harsh if the ...
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In Soccer, can it be a foul even if the player gets to the ball first?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, both from media and from fans. For example, in the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalo Higuain was hit pretty hard by Manuel Neuer (with his knee), but no ...
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What does “corrected time” mean in Formula 1?

I was watching an old formula one race (Imola, 1994 to be specific). At some point, Michael Schumacher was behind Gerhard Berger on the track. But the race narrator said that due to this "corrected ...
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How are the age restrictions followed by ICC for under 19 cricket tournaments?

I have some doubts under this topic, Can a player aged 19 play under 19 international cricket match? (Since 19 is not under 19) Consider a player having birthday during the series/tournament. How the ...
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In Golf, can you choose to play down the 'wrong' fairway?

I am an occasional (and fairly terrible) golfer. I played a round the other day and was confronted with an odd situation. I sliced a ball through some trees and onto the adjacent fairway. I still had ...
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What's the rule governing the Lynch touchdown in the Falcons - Seahawks playoff game?

In an amazing comeback, the Seahawks got a TD with less than a minute on the clock. The running back Marshawn Lynch seemed to fumble the ball, which was then picked up by the center and carried into ...
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What is the rule for wide ball during reverse hit or switch hit?

It is permitted for a batsman to reverse or switch his bat from right to left or vice versa for getting runs. If they missed the ball means, what is the rule there regarding wide? To be more clear, ...
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How does the NFL distribute their content online?

Ordinary television shows have sites like Hulu where their content can be viewed online. However, for the NFL, their online content distribution strategy seems less clear. What is the league's ...
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Under what conditions can a player take a quick throw-in in rugby union?

I've read the rules at irblaws but I'm still confused: over there the most binding condition stated is "A player must not take a quick throw-in after the lineout has formed", but quite often it ...
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the net position on a table in table tennis

Are there any rules indicating how the net is placed on a table tennis? Should it touch the top? Should it touch the table? I'm not totally sure. It always seems that we just put it in the middle of ...
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Does stoppage time actually equal all non-playing time during a half?

After every half during a football (soccer) game, the refs add stoppage time to the clock to compensate for lost time due to injuries and penalties. But how closely does stoppage time equal real game ...
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Is hitting the side of the table legal?

In table tennis, on the rare occasion when the ball makes it over the net but hits the side of the table rather than on top (which is pretty hard to counter), Is this a valid point?
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Receiving rules on a serve in table tennis

Does the reciever need to wait for the ball to bounce on the table before hitting it back to the opponent? My question refers to both singles and doubles.
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What happens when fouled behind the goal line near the penalty area?

Everyone remembers Benzema's "La croqueta" against Atlético Madrid in the 2nd leg of 2016/2017 Champions League's semi-final, right?            &...
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“Hand is part of the ball” variant

According to NBA rules, The hand is considered 'part of the ball' when it is in contact with the ball and contact with a players hand when it is in contact with the ball is not a foul. Now I ...
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Is it a foul for the defender to preemptively slide tackle a potential shot?

Let's say that the striker is closing in to the goal post on the right side. As a defender, I am running towards the middle of the right post and the striker. I perform a slide tackle towards the ...
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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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What happens when all the same color balls (solids or stripes) go in on the break?

I played on a pool league (TAP league, 8-ball) a few years ago and some of us pondered what would happen according to the rules if a pool player made either all solids or stripes on the break (but not ...
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Is hiking the football required or just a good idea?

In football, the ball starts at the line of scrimmage and from there is hiked back to the quarterback. Doing this creates room for the quarterback to make passing or running plays. Clearly hiking the ...
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Can a baseball player stop at a base after a home run?

Suppose a player needs a triple to complete the cycle. In the ninth innings, the player hits a solo home run. Suppose that the game is a blowout, has no postseason implications, and so on such that ...
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Why do ice hockey players get thrown out of the face off circle?

Why are players thrown out of a face-off? I've heard there is a certain procedure for these circumstances, but I haven't found a list of things that are considered 'illegal'.
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Is a ball live if it bounces off the field goal and back into the field of play on a kickoff?

If a team kicks off and the kickoff hits the upright of the field goal (or any part of the field goal) and the ball bounces straight back into the field of play (never hitting the ground out of bounds)...
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Are there “Lets” in table tennis?

In tennis if I serve the ball and it goes into the opposite service box, but hits the net on the way, it is a let. Is there such a thing as a let in table tennis?
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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Rain fall a full day in big matches

What will happen if the rain stops play for the whole day in big matches such as finals played for World Cup or Asia cup or currently being played Champions Trophy. Does the match will be played ...
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Heptathlon point system calculation

Are there equations that are used to calculate the scores (as in diving and such)? If so, what are these equations? And if not, please state how the points are calculated.
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Who is out if both batsmen end up at the same end and at the other end fielders hit the stumps?

Consider the following situation, Batsmen A and B are playing, A is facing the ball and hits the ball inside the ground. Both of them running between the wickets and meet at the centre of the pitch, ...
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Deciding the winner of a boxing match

Question Boxing matches are (usually) decided by knockout or decision. However, Timothy Bradley's victory over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 was highly and widely controversial. CompuBox stats show ...
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Rules and punishments for causing crashes in track cycling (omnium, points race)

After yesterday's (August 15th, 2016) omnium in the Olympics and the crash caused by Mark Cavendish in the points race, lots of people, ranging from cycling specific media to seemingly half of twitter,...
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MLB Rule Changes, what is the process?

It seems many sports have a system but it isn't always followed. It may start with team owners and then voting to push it forward or 'commissioner' role may just implement something arbitrarily, ...
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What happens if the non-striker, holding his gloves, drops one of them and the ball in play touches it?

What happens if the non-striker, holding his gloves, drops one of them and the ball in play touches it?
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Who receives the yellow card if no one approaches the ball to shoot a free kick?

A yellow card is usually given to free kick candidates when, in order to gain time, they take too much time to shoot. Usually, especially for defensive free kicks, the candidate is clearly identified ...
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Would the cue ball on top of a rail still be considered legal and playable?

In reference to the image below, the cue ball rested on top of a rail after my opponent attempted a shot. During a different game, I shot the cue ball on top of a rail (to avoid other solid and ...

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