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Why is being blocked in basketball called being "packed"?

What's the etymology of this term in basketball, that being blocked is called being packed? I never heard a block being called a pack until I saw this question: In the NBA, if your shot gets blocked, ...
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What's a hіt іn halfpіpe?

I've watched a lot of halfpіpe snowboarding іn the past but have no recollectіon of any reference to a "hіt". This year, іt seems as though іt's standard јargon that any enthusіast should ...
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Would " -5 + Par" instead of "5 under Par" be understood/accepted?

I'm currently writing a program involving Golf and my code's structure makes outputting "-5 + par" way easier (& shorter, in terms of code length required) than "5 under par". ...
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What's the official term for the batting player in women's cricket?

In men's cricket, the term "batsman" or "batsmen" is used to refer to batting players - both by commentators as well as the respective cricket board score cards/commentaries. But ...
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How do "special" teams differ from "regular" teams in American football?

If you are "kicking off" the ball, you will need a "kicker," which you wouldn't need ordinarily. If your team is "receiving" a ball, you would need two men in the back ...
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Is there a word for a goal scored between the opponents posts (as distinct from an own goal)

If a player plays the ball between his own posts it is called an "own goal" and a goal is awarded to the opponents. Is there a similar word for a goal scored correctly between the opponents ...
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Hole-in-one without touching the ground

Is there golf terminology for a hole-in-one that doesn't hit the ground and roll into the hole but rather sinks directly into the hole? I can't really follow what happens in this video but going by ...
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Flex letters on my golf iron shaft

My iron shaft has 2 letters S and R on it. As per my understanding S stands for “Stiff” flex and R is for “Regular” flex and only one letter is suppose to represent flex of a shaft. Why does my iron ...
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What is it called when one runs for the second run without touching the crease during the first run?

In today's IPL match, during the Sunrisers Hyderabad's innings, in the last bowl Samad and Sharma ran for two runs. But one of them (I don't remember who exactly), while taking the first run didn't ...
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What does it mean to "bring back a rider" in bike racing?

I was watching the "30 for 30" episode on Greg Lemond on ESPN. The video (Slaying the Badger) had interviews with previous teammates of Lemond. One of them was Andy Hampsten and in his ...
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What does “show up fielders” mean in a baseball game?

A guy is explaining some unwritten rules in baseball. At about 8'01″ into the video, it sounds like that the guy says Pitchers should never show up their fielders What does "show up" mean ...
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What does "gets pulled" mean in a baseball game?

A guy is explaining some unwritten rules in baseball. At about 7'50″ into the video, the guy says If a pitcher gets pulled they should stay in the dugout at least until the end of that inning. What ...
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What's the name for this skateboard trick? (180 kickturn)

So I'm wondering if there's a special name for this trick. It's very basic. You're moving forward, and you do a 180 degree kickturn (i.e. pivot off the tail, turn the nose 180 degrees). At the end you'...
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Do position and role mean the same thing in football?

Messi's position is forward. Is it correct to say his role is forward? Do position and role mean the same thing?
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Which sport uses the term "Butterfly Stroke"?

What sport uses the term "Butterfly Stroke"?
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What is a 0 (zero) step?

I have been watching James Harden and his "creative" ways to take extra steps without being called for a travel. One concept that he uses is a "0 step." I'm having a hard time figuring out what a 0 ...
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Double Elimination Bracket Naming Convention

So I've been working on creating a tournament bracket, and have drawn up some diagrams for how it will be run. The tournament involves 16 players. The Winners bracket is currently labelled like so: (...
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Does calling 30-30 "deuce" in tennis affect the game scoring?

As an IT guy I cannot avoid the observation that the states "30-30" and "40-40", "deuce", have the same outgoing transitions in the state machine "tennis game": From both scores a two point difference ...
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Is the term "golden point" used much in badminton?

From Wikipedia If the score reaches 20-all, then the game continues until one side gains a two-point lead (such as 24–22), except when there is a tie at 29-all, in which the game goes to a golden ...
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Does a maiden over require all 6 balls to be bowled?

If a team is defending a total, and say in the first ball the bowler takes a wicket and the team is all-out. Will that over be considered a maiden over since no runs came from the batsman's bat and ...
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What is the difference between a runner, a floater, and a tear drop?

In the regular season, a lot of scoring techniques are used to maintain a good ppg average. Throughout all of the games I have watched, I have seed a lot of different layups, and their use. Many ...
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What is flicker ball in cricket?

Harbajan Singh has been described as bowling a variation called a "flicker". What is this variation, and how to bowl it? (I know it's different from the carrom ball or the flipper).
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What is the difference between a Body Check and Woman's Body Check?

This image is from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Why is Women Body Checking different from a regular Body Check? I mean, pretty sure not every penalty was preceded by Women's in the match (like Women ...
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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 there an official list of abbreviations for ballroom dances?

When looking around for notes on ballroom dancing you will stumble across many abbreviations, many of them are very clear. But the dances itself (referring to the usual ten ballroom dances in a ...
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What are scrubbed tyres?

I'm reading Mark Webber's book and in it he says that during the the 2005 Belgian grand prix he was amazed that his team put him on new intermediate tyres instead of scrubbed tyres on a drying track. ...
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Why is Arabic an official langauage of the “Asian Football Confederation”

AFC has two official languages - English and Arabic. The official languages of the AFC shall be English and Arabic. In the event of any differences in any interpretation, the English text shall ...
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What is the name of this table tennis equipment?

What is the name of the board/wall/plank that keeps table tennis balls from running too far away from the table? In this image, it is the purple and red board/wall/plank around the playing area that ...
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Please explain "they'll initiate out of a down screen"

It is about basketball play and I don't understand what 'out of a down screen' is. Could anybody explain it for me please? > they gonna start off with a pick-and-roll, and then they gonna start ...
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In basketball, what does 'two for fifteen' mean?

He was raggedy as... Went two for 15. Seven points. He finished with 16 points on six of 14. I guess it is about points, but I really don't understand what they mean. Could someone explain what ...
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What is a "scoring position" in baseball?

I heard the other day the commentator said a player is in "scoring position" after running to the second base. What is a "scoring position" in baseball/MLB?
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Is the convention for reporting football results universal?

In Britain (and throughout Europe and the football-playing world), it is the normal convention to state the name of the home team first and the away team second. So when the results are read out on ...
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What does "Final MON" mean in MLB Sunday games results?

I've seen F/10 MON and F/11 MON and Final MON written after game results in the banner across the bottom of the TV, in WMBA, MLB and MLS, What does MON mean? Google is giving me nothing. UPDATE: ...
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What is the definition for second chance points in the NBA?

I have been reading this, but the details still feel unclear. https://www.sportingcharts.com/dictionary/nba/second-chance-points.aspx Short question: Will any shooting miss activate the possibility ...
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Why are the practice sessions called "free" in Formula 1?

Free practice is a widely used term in motorsports, but I specifically wonder what "free" means in Formula 1. I've some choices without any reference. Is it related to drivers, car parts, number of ...
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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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What does this three-number notation mean in football?

What does 0-0-1 and 1-0-0 mean in this notation for two teams at a tournament? Germany (0-0-1, 0 points) vs. Sweden (1-0-0, 3 points)
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What is the difference between an arena and a stadium?

Russia is using several arenas and stadiums to host matches at the 2018 World Cup. What is the difference between an arena and a stadium?
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Are there any languages where people use a different word for goal?

With the start of the World Cup today, I wanted to compile a list of how to say "goal" (event of scoring, not the target) in every language of the 2018 World Cup participating countries. As in many ...
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What's the difference between the two skateboarding categories in the Summer Olympics?

Skateboarding was approved in the 2020 Summer Olympics. The official program lists two categories: park and street. I was expecting vert and street. To me, park was the same as street, but in skate ...
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What constitutes a player as a rookie?

When is a player said to be a rookie in North American major league sports? My understanding is that a rookie is a player that is playing his first professional season. But for how long is that player ...
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When a football match goes to extra time, when is full time?

The events in a hypothetical football match are: 45 mins - half-time (score 1-1) 90 mins - end of normal time (score 2-2) 120 mins - after extra time (score 3-2) Would it be correct to say that ...
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What is an RKO in wrestling?

I'm not much of a wrestling fan, but I often hear about a RKO. I know KO (Knock Out) and TKO (Technical Knock Out, where it's not a KO in itself, but the fight is considered one). What is an RKO?
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What is a proper definition of "doubles rotation" in badminton?

I had a look at this site. It only explains how to do doubles rotation, not what they exactly are. I am unsure how I would describe "doubles rotation" to a badminton newbie in four-five sentences. So, ...
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Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"?

Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"? I was watching the 2018 Winter Olympics and saw "Olympic Athletes from Russia." Why isn't this done for other countries such as "Olympic Athletes from the ...
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How can one team "own" another team's first-round pick?

For instance, the byline to this Bleacher Report article reads "The Cleveland Cavaliers own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft." How can one team own another team's first-round ...
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Would the Copa del Rey change its name for a queen?

If a princess such as Leonor, Princess of Asturias succeeds to the Spanish throne, would the name of the Copa del Rey change to become the Copa de la Reina?
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Word for: player who's just helping field a team

Say you have a soccer team from a small high school, and only 14 students sign up to play. Now suppose several students twist their ankle or for some other reason aren't able to play. Now you have ...
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What do these numbers mean in the tennis WTA calendar?

Take a look at the rectangle in this picture. I understand that M stands for the whole amount of participants (it is like "S" for Singles). Q stands for qualifiers. D for doubles tournaments. X ...
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What are "holding numbers" in cycle races?

I just read a tweet where K3 says it is "Holding numbers for pro teams in races around the world." what does that mean can someone help please?
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