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Is there a connection between serious injuries/deaths in boxing and having one's father in one's corner?

In the commentary on the tragic 2005 Leavander Johnson/Jesus Chavez fight, which claimed the life of Leavander Johnson, commentator Jim Lampley said that there are two things that seem to be "constant"...
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Do longer playoff series (in first to x formats) lead to worse outcomes in subsequent rounds?

In the NHL, it's generally accepted wisdom that if two teams face each other in a playoff round, and one team has played fewer games in the playoffs due to having fewer losses in previous rounds, they'...
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Are there statistics on whether finishing with a positive result has subsequent effect?

Watching golf today, the commentators were emphasizing that finishing with a good 18th hole was critical towards the next day's play. Got me wondering if there's any statistical evidence of that? ...
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Probability of winning after playing a 5 set match

In the 4 majors of Tennis, the men in the singles competition need to play the best of 5 sets. From what I have seen, is that if a player plays a 5 setter and wins, they are going to have less of a ...
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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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Is there a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?

A tall goalkeeper can be quite intimidating for a penalty taker. Is there any research or statistics that actually shows that there is a correlation between goalkeeper height and penalty save rate?
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Is there a more complete baseball Leverage table?

I am interested in doing some baseball analysis with Leverage. I found Tom Tango's Leverage table from The Book as well as Baseball-Reference's data pages (e.g., this pitching page). However I ...
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Average length of uninterrupted play in basketball

I am wondering, if there are any statistics about the average time a basketball game is "live", that means there is no whistle by the referee (dead ball) and no chance for the players to rest (even ...
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In which late-stage Grand Slam tennis matches has a single player won 200+ points?

Which Grand Slam matches, in the Round of 16 or later, have had 200 or more points won by a single player? Two known examples are Djokovic v. Wawrinka at Australian Open 2013: 209-200 Federer v. ...
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Is there a stat or resource that tracks series-wins in MLB?

Major League Baseball could obviously never have a team go undefeated (actually, I found out it did happen in 1869, so from now on let's just go with the live-ball era forward) because of the large ...
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Does the NHL provide guidelines for collecting stats?

Does the NHL or any other league provide guidelines for use by league statisticians? E.g. for giveaways, takeaways, checks, possession, etc.
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Basketball: will FG percentage revert to mean and continue trend at half time?

This is a stats questions. Imagine team A has a poor FG percentage at half time and team B has a good one, would you expect those rates to convert (mean reversion) or deviate further? Maybe there is ...
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Could Hawkeye tell us the probability of runs and wickets from a given ball?

Suppose the information recorded by Hawkeye was combined with information about the number of runs scored (including boundaries, but excluding overthrows) and wickets taken in each delivery. An ...
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Is there a name for the combined stats of Balls, Strikes, and Outs, as seen on many displays in baseball?

Baseball fields often have a display of the number of balls, strikes, and outs. Does this group have a name? As far as I can cell, "Count" refers to just balls and strikes and are for individual ...
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Is the success of some racial groups in some sports physiological or cultural?

For avoidance of doubt, I think all people are fundamentally the same and the only thing different is the colour of their skin. However, I've noticed that: All the recent 100m Olympic and World ...
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Greatest percentage of breakaway goals scored: location of goal

For all goals scored in the NHL of the one-on-none variety (whether in-game breakaways or shootout goals), what location of the goalie getting beaten is the highest occurence? I would think top ...
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What is the longest drive in the NFL with consideration for penalty yardage?

I have attempted to search for this answer before, but often end up getting answers akin to the longest distance a drive has taken between goal lines, hence the answer is something like 99 yards. ...
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All time QB with the worst December+ INT ratio

For a long time I've been a fan of Matthew Stafford. He had suffered in Detroit for years. Detroit, in their best years would appear to have their playoff hopes get dashed in December. It seems that ...
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How many times has a team put in to field scored a century on day 1?

In the current game between South-Africa and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 157 in 40 odd overs. Dean Elgar ended the day on 90 odd. This made me wonder how many times in test cricket have a ...
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How do you log in basketball stats a desperate shot attempt at shot clock buzzer?

In basketball, the 24 second shot clock buzzer is about to sound, team in possession of the ball throws it up towards the basket. According to some sources this not registered as a shot attempt. Now, ...
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Is there a database of soccer match stats which include VAR calls?

I am wondering if there is a database compiling match/player stats for leagues (or maybe UEFA Champions League) which have VAR in place. I'm particularly interested in stats surrounding VAR itself, ...
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Has a golf hole ever gone an entire round in a full-field event without any score worse than par?

I noticed when watching the 2018 PGA Championship that the short par 3 3rd hole had 20 birdies and 25 pars so far during the day's play. And that got me to wondering... has a field ever gone perfect ...
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What is the NFL record for starting field position by kick returner

Can anyone find the NFL record for starting field position attributed to the primary kick returner? I've looked through several websites listing NFL records, to no avail. Specifically looking for ...
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Probabilities of winning as a function of sets played

In tennis, what are the probabilities of winning a player has as a function of sets played? Examples: 1-0 in a 3 set game 2-1 in a 5 set game However, if you include psychology (such as winning the ...
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American football: lowest net-win differential with positive net points?

Today, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 28-21. The result is that Nebraska wound up with a 1-8 record in Big Ten conference play, with 239 points scored and 239 conceded. This was ...
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Is an NFL player who forces a fumble that goes out of the end zone not credited with the safety?

I can imagine four situations where the title applies. The ballcarrier is out of the end zone and fumbles when he is tackled. This would not be a safety except for the fumble. The ballcarrier is in ...
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When analyzing Betfair odds data, what is the consequence of having virtual odds included?

(I hope I understand virtual odds. I do understand back/lay concept) Context For the sake of simplicity, take a tennis event. We have two runners A, B and for both we have back and lay offers, so we ...
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Base Out State Probabilities by Batting Order Position

I am looking for the number of PA's (Plate Appearances) that occurred in each of the 24 possible base-out states split by batting order position. I am interested especially in the years 2010-2015 in ...
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How can I download a season Baseball Reference data with player IDs?

Is there a simple way to download a season of player data from Baseball-Reference.com that includes their player ID? I can download data with the player names, but I need the player ID they use to ...