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For questions generally related to the scoring mechanisms of a particular sport. Questions using this tag should also be tagged with the specific sport(s) in question.

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How are stoppage time goals deduplicated from regulation time goals?

In football, goals can be scored in stoppage time, say the 46th minute of the first half, and also in the 46th minute of the game in the second half. Is there any way of differentiating / ...
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Is there any software for scoring in sports with subjective voting, such as figure scating, gymnastics, dancing etc

In many sports the scoring system is easy and obvious. For example, in running, racing and others they check your time. But in some sports there are judges, which give there subjective points to the ...
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Slowpitch softball

There is a lot of talk about an appeal play for a missed base with or without runners on base. The problem is no one is talking about the what the batter is credited with. In our case with 2 outs and ...
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How are UFC scores awarded?

How does the UFC point system work? From watching fights I can tell that there are multiple judges that submit a scorecard, and the fighter who is the winner on the most scorecards is the winner of ...
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Fastest power play goal in the history of the NHL

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals scored 2 seconds in the power play, late in the first period of game 1 of Eastern Conference finals of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. What ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild scored a goal against the Winnipeg Jets on April 15th of the 2017/18 NHL season. The last playoffs goal he had scored came 9 years before that for the Carolina ...
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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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What will the batsman score from a winning boundary with one run needed to win?

Assume a team needs 1 run to win and the batsman needs 2 or more runs for his century or half century. The batsman then plays a shot completes his first run then the ball goes to the boundary or six. ...
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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?

In the score below, what do the 7 and 4 superscripts mean in the first set?
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Which team is mentioned first in the score in NBA games?

Most sports I know of (e.g. soccer) will mention the home team first; e.g. if Barcelona plays Real Madrid in Barcelona, the scoreboard will show Barcelona - Real Madrid   1 - 0 both in the ...
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Are own goals considered when calculating goal conversion rate?

In football, goal conversion rate is calculated as the number of goals scored divided by the number of shots taken. Suppose the opposition scores an own goal in a game, or several such goals across a ...
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Points-based scoring systems for non-automotive sports with more than two competitors played over a season

In Formula 1 racing, the following scoring system is used to determine the winning drivers and constructors: 1st : 25 points 2nd : 18 points 3rd : 15 points 4th : 12 points 5th : 10 ...
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How can a touchdown catch be made when the receiver lands outside the End Zone?

Why was this catch by Chris Hogan for the Patriots against the Buccaneers, on October 5th 2017, a touchdown, as he caught the ball in the air and landed outside of the End Zone? I thought the ...
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Laver Cup: Why are the doubles played without No-Ad rules

At the moment the new Laver Cup take place in Prague. Does anybody know, why the doubles are played without No-Ad rules? The champions tiebreak is played in every match including the singles, so why ...
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What is the importance of the game scoresheet?

In sports games, what is the main importance of the scoresheet? As in the image below?
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How is par score used in any variants of Stableford competition?

I have seen some golf scoring systems that show the players' score in relation to par during Stableford competitions. How is this calculated? The point of Stableford is to not worry about the number ...
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What is a “win in last at-bat”?

On a baseball broadcast tonight, the team statistic "wins in last at-bat" came up. What's the definition of this term? The announcer was careful to point out that such a win "doesn't have to be a ...
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Why are scoring numbers in sports sometimes unnecessary high?

Let's start with an example. Boxing is often scored after the 10-point-must-system. The most widely used scoring system since the mid-twentieth century is the "10-point must system", so named ...
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Is there another way of keeping score for our Golf group?

I play with the same people five days a week in a private Golf club. We play two better balls of a foursome, one in a threesome, paying Front, Back & Overall. The same few people get most of the ...
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Is it more common to score on a kickoff return or a punt return?

During the Super Bowl LI last night, the FOX commentators mentioned that a punt has never been returned for a touchdown during a Super Bowl. My first thought was of Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI, ...
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Zero-pitch save

It occasionally happens that a pitcher will earn a save by throwing one pitch. For example, he is brought in with two outs in the ninth and a two-run lead, and his first pitch is popped up. In ...
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Appeal play after a pitching change

Is it possible to appeal a tag-up play at a base after a pitching change? If so, how does it affect the pitchers' statistics? For a concrete example, suppose P1 is pitching, runner R3 at third, one ...
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How are the disability definitions scored in the Paralympics

There seem to be a wide range of categories in the Paralympics, all with different tariffs for difficulty, but how are these actually balanced? For example, one of the simplest groups is Kayaking, ...
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Blown save when starter is ineligible for a win

I'm parsing some baseball data, so I need to be able to appropriately award saves, blown saves, holds, etc. In doing so, I came across some examples that I'm unsure how to handle. Example 1: Suppose ...
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Olympic Diving: how is the difficulty of a dive decided?

Shi Tingmao's fourth dive in the 2016 Rio Olympic 3m final was "Forward 3½ Somersaults" with a difficulty coefficient of 3.1. How are such values determined? In general, is the difficulty ...
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Which medals are given when there are multiple tied positions that would earn them? [closed]

In some sports it is (actually, not just theoretically) possible that two contestants receive the same total score. If this happened in the first three positions, would each medal be awarded to two ...
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Do runners on base get a run if the batter hits a home run?

Do the runners on the base get a free run when the batter hits a home run? I have seen a game where there was a runner on first and the batter hit a home run, but instead of getting one home run, ...
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Dropped foul ball followed by hit?

Let's say a batter hits a foul popup to the catcher, and it's an easy play but the catcher drops it. Later in the at-bat, the batter gets a solid hit. Is this scored as the batter reaching on an error,...
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Are football players allowed to screen the goalie?

Are football players allowed to screen the goalie? It gives them an edge. I know that in hockey players are allowed to screen but I'm not sure about football.
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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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What is the point of keeping track of pars?

In a golf tournament the winner is the player who completes the tournament while taking the fewest strokes. It doesn't matter whether he shoots a five under or a five over, as long as he has taken ...
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What is a team basket in basketball?

I was watching the Syracuse-Virginia Elite 8 game today and a player on Virginia tipped the ball into his own basket. The announcers mentioned the points would likely be credited to Syracuse player ...
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Counting random shots (foosball)

Is there a definition of foosball random shots? Do people track them somehow for fun as a "debt" as part of championship ladder?
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What happens when a member of the away team scores a hat trick in NHL?

When a member of the home team scores a hat trick, it is normal for fans to throw their hats on the ice (usually causing a delay). Does the same apply for when a member of the away team scores a hat ...
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Why is a PAT required after a game-winning TD at the end of regulation, but not OT?

The NFL overtime rules state that a touchdown by either team wins the game (field goals and esoteric scoring methods are irrelevant to this question). During Sunday Night Football on November 29, ...
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How to read NFL current score format

This is the current "state" of the NFL game. What does it mean? "3rd and 24 on SF 20 yd" (SF is obv. San Francisco) Sorry for possible duplicate question - I cannot build up a question in English ...
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NCAA Football 1 Point [duplicate]

I heard that is possible to get 1 point in an NCAA football game. Can someone explain how that is possible? I believe it is called the "One Point Safety".
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Is it possible for the libero to score points in volleyball?

Is it possible for a libero to score points during a volleyball match? I believe that libero cannot hit the ball, but he can set and receive, so is it possible that the ball passes over the net and ...
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Consensus on the goalie 'hole' numbering in Hockey?

In ice hockey, it seems fairly well agreed upon that there are 5 main 'holes' to aim for when shooting on the net. Upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right, and between the goalie's legs. ...
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Fair system to score players between friend games

We play football/soccer between our group of friends, but often some of them can't play, so the teams vary every week. My teammate this week can be my opponent next week. We're starting a sort of ...
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Is it possible to lose points while playing table tennis?

Can you be deducted points for conduct during a table tennis match? Also, if you are deducted points are you allowed a negative score?
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Is it possible for football teams to lose points during the game?

If football teams are in violation of rules or something, do they get a penalty deducted from their score? Are there any other ways to lose points? I don't see anything about this in the Beginner's ...
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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

An attacker beats the defensive line and then goes around the keeper on the edge of the penalty area, leaving them well behind. The attacker continues dribbling the ball towards their opponents' goal. ...
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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper catches the ball after it has crossed the goal line?

A player on the opposing team kicks the ball and the ball crosses the goal line. However, before the ball touches either the net or the ground inside the goal, the goalkeeper catches it. Does the ball ...
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Scoring an American Football Game?

Is there an analog to baseball's scorecard for football? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_scorekeeping
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Is a balk scored differently from a "base on balls?

Let's say you have men on first and third. The batter draws a "base on (four balls), and goes to first. The man on first is "pushed" to second, but the man on third stays where he is, because there is ...
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I'm trying to figure out the rules and any online explanations of scorecards don't match up with the abbreviated TV graphics.
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What does this scoring format mean?

Looking at this soccer match page: http://www.espnfc.com/en/report/233737/report.html?soccernet=true&cc=null The score format says, "(2) 3 - 2 (3)". What do the brackets mean? The article also ...
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Why don't professional bowlers score higher?

Why don't professional bowlers score higher? It appears the average professional bowler scores around 230-240 out of 300. In my opinion, this should be much higher. In bowling, unlike other sports,...
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Can a batsman hit the ball after getting bowled in a no-ball or free hit ball?

This can be easily done in slow/medium pace deliveries. Consider a batsman getting bowled in a no-ball or a free-hit ball and the ball remains near the batsman. Is it allowed to hit the ball with ...