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What happens to runs scored when an umpire's decision is overturned by DRS?

In many cricket matches, the decisions taken by the on field umpires get overturned especially in case of LBW dismissals, using the DRS system. What happens if the batsman scored a run off that ball ...
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What is the average height in the NBA?

Personally, I'm curious what the mean, median, and mode average heights are in the NBA. From what I can find it looks like the mean average is about 6'7”, but I can't find any trace of median or mode ...
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Own Goal adds to Career Stats? [closed]

I love watching football. I have an interesting doubt. Did the Own Goal(OG) scored by the player(obviously by mistake) adds to his career stats? OR Its ignored?
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What's the rarest event in professional baseball?

What is the rarest feat in professional baseball? Unassisted triple play? Pitching a perfect game? Pitching more than 9 innings, perfect game? Using a statistic or terminology that can be ...
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What determines the kick receiver's location when he catches the kick?

In calculating the distance covered by a kick returner, how is his starting location determined? I believe that it should be the location of his rearmost foot at the time he catches the ball. I have ...
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Is an NHL defender credited with a block if the puck still enters the goal?

If the puck hits a defender, but the puck proceeds to enter the goal they are defending anyway, is that defender still credited with a block (against that shot)?
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If you capture sports data by yourself, is it legal to publish it and use commercialy?

Let's suppose I capture some sports statistics - for example, all made shots for players on a team in the NBA. Can I publish that data and maybe use it commercially later?
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How skillful are major polls at predicting the winner of sports, particularly college football?

And how does this skill vary during the season? For decades we've heard the presentation that polls are biased, especially in preseason, and lazily voted on. Does empirical data generally bear this ...
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What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?

What does the third number in a NFL team's record stand for?
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What is a single powerplay in ice hockey? [duplicate]

This is a question only about the statistical representation of power plays. When looking at team statistics (example), there are numbers that describe teams efficiency in power plays and penalty ...
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Does the pressure of the crowd make a difference on free throw percentages?

Whenever I watch a basketball match I see how the audience tries hard to distract an opponent player who is going to attempt a free throw shot: I assume this can be decomposed in multiple statistics, ...
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Does it count as an at bat with RISP if a runner steals second?

This question is about the specific definition of the baseball statistic AVG w/ RISP. Suppose there is a runner on first with no outs. When the count is 2-2, the runner successfully steals second base ...
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How many times has a cricket player got ten wickets and a fifty in a test match?

After seeing this video I wondered: how many times has a bowler scored fifty runs and also had a ten-wicket haul in the same test match?
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Is a squeeze bunt with a runner on third and one out a good play?

In Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS between the Dodgers and the Nationals, the Nationals on three occasions had a runner on third with one out (the third, fourth and seventh innings). Do any of the generally ...
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Interpretation for sequence of slugging percentages

This is really more of a mathematical question with a baseball application, but it seems more appropriate to ask it here. Because slugging percentage is defined as total bases divided by at bats, it ...
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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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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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MLB: Home Run + Stolen Base in back to back games

On September 6, 2016 Jose Reyes hit a home run and stole a base in the same game. The next day (September 7, 2016) he repeated the feat. How many times has this been accomplished in the past, by ...
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Earned v. Unearned Run Following an Error (Dropped Foul Ball)

Suppose that Paul the pitcher begins an inning by striking out Adam, and then he walks Billy. The next batter is Charlie, who hits a foul ball that the first baseman drops. Subsequently, he is charged ...
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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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How is an overthrow represented on the wagonwheel?

The "wagonwheel" is a diagram used to show where a batsman's shots were played, colourcoded for the number of runs scored from that shot. An overthrow occurs when a fielding player attempts to return ...
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Who is awarded the assist when a receiving player deliberately leaves the ball for another player, who scores?

Who is assisting the goal, if a player [1] passes the ball to a teammate [2], who is missing the ball on purpose and is leaving it for a third player, who scores? For example, who is assisting the ...
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How often does extra time change the outcome of a game?

I am not an avid fan of football, but whenever I happen to watch a game that goes to extra time, the score doesn't change, and the game has to be decided by a shootout. How often does extra time ...
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How many people play water polo around the world?

I found the FIFA Big Count about soccer/football, but no similar number for water polo by FINA or any other source. What is a reasonable guesstimate? (If it improves the question, I can be more ...
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Is there a stat for number of missed "open look" shots in an NBA basketball game?

After watching the NBA finals tonight, I started wondering which team would have won if every player who missed an "open look" shot had made it. I can't find any stats on this. I'm guessing that it's ...
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Has there ever been an NBA game in which one team did not score a single three-pointer?

Does someone know of an example of an NBA game in which one team did not score a single three-pointer? Did this ever happen?
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What team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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Additional time stats in football

Are there any statistics about the additional time that European referees give at the end of both the first and second half of a football game? I mean for example ,what is the percentage of 1' added ...
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Leagues which count for two assists?

In the FIFA Mexico 1986 World Cup technical report, it is said that up to two players may receive assist points if their passes were decisive to scoring a goal. In most top level leagues, the assist ...
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Definition of positional terms (latitude/longitude) of basketball shots?

What does latitude, longitude, and x,y positions mean in basketball? These terms are from here, corresponding to 'lat', 'lon', 'loc_x', and 'loc_y'. I would appreciate an explanation in layman's ...
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What does data about kWh in the French Open "shots of the day" videos mean?

The French Open publishes on its YouTube videos with "shots of the day" - the most impressive plays from a particular day at the tournament. At the end of the point, an information about kWh is shown....
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What determines the coefficients in the definition of slugging percentage?

When calculating slugging percentage, why do the numbers of singles, doubles, and triples get multiplied by 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the numerator? And, perhaps related, why does the HR count ...
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What teams have won the Champions League undefeated?

With the Champions League finals coming this weekend, I was wondering if any team has ever won the Champions League or the European Cup without ever losing a game in both the Qualification rounds and ...
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How did Hollinger come up with his PER formula?

Here is the Wikipedia article for John Hollinger's player efficiency rating (PER) statistic, which is commonly used as an "all-in-one" for (mostly offensive) performance in basketball. I would like to ...
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What is the maximum number of 3 pointers made by Michael Jordan in a single game?

What is the maximum number of 3 pointers made by Michael Jordan in a single game? Although it sounds simple, I couldn't find this stat in the internet.
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How are shorter power-plays counted in power play percentage?

One of the team statics in ice-hockey is power play percentage. From example, you can see it here for the currently played World Chapmionship or here for this year's NHL season. I understand that ...
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Sabermetrics and statistics, why so fitting for baseball?

I am looking into defining my own simple metrics for a video game to evaluate how well a player is performing. To that regard I have been reading about Sabermetrics and the general impression I get ...
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Does "Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green" objectify tee-to-green performance?

In short, "Strokes Gained" is a value of a golfer's performance compared to the average performance of other golfers. In 2011, the PGA Tour announced Strokes Gained: Putting. For example, ...
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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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In which part of ice hockey game most goals are scored?

It is quite natural that various part of hockey game have different dynamics and also different likelihood of scoring a goal. There are several factors. Players get more tired with time. In second ...
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Were there any Moneyball-like instances in history of cricket?

Moneyball was an instance in Baseball where the Oakland contingent have used statistics and data science for buying-selling as well as team selection. So, was there any such instance in the history ...
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Was Kobe Bryant's 60 points in his last game comparable to his performance during his career? [closed]

On 13th April 2016, Kobe Bryant played his last professional game against Utah scoring 60 points. I was wondering if there was any evidence to show that those 60 points were a tribute reserved for ...
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How is the conversion rate calculated in football?

I want to know how the conversion rate is calculated in the Premier League for example. I tried to make a report like shots/goals but it seems it's not the correct one. Any suggestions? I'm looking ...
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Why is the QB passing yards count for the distance the receiver runs after completing the pass?

A recent question made me think of this peculiarity (in my eyes at least) of american football. I get the logic behind crediting a TD to both the receiver and the QB. But the QB gets credited for ...
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Where can I find the points per game throughout many NBA seasons?

Where can I find the points per game (of both teams) throughout many NBA seasons? To illustrate my point, what I mean is something like: 2000/01 average points per NBA game: 200; 2001/02 average ...
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Do the laws of cricket allow running on the last ball, even after winning?

Say, teamA score is 368 (369 to win), and teamB is batting at 368 (or 366). One run (or 3 runs) will make them win. The batsman hits the ball for a six, so score is 374 (or 372) which is more than the ...
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What percentage of onside kicks have been successful in the 2015 NFL regular season?

What percentage of onside kicks have been successful in the 2015 NFL regular season? In what percentage of onside kicks did the kicking team regain possession of the ball?
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Where can I find NBA stats for shots made or missed after a foul?

I am looking for the names of websites that show NBA team season percentages of 2 point and 3 point shots that were made and missed after a foul. Thanks to all for your help.
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What is the estimated point value of deferring after winning the coin toss?

In American football, the winner of the coin toss can make a choice now (usually to receive the kick-off which starts the game), or can defer their choice to the second half (thus having the option to ...

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