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What does “dividend” mean in the context of betting?

For example: Tote - The organisation appointed to receive bets and supply dividends in proportion to the amount of the investment. A body in the UK set up to operate pool-betting on all racecourses....
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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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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 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 this skill move performed by Neymar called?

In the following video, Neymar does a double step-over from a dead stop by adding a touch, finishing with a body feint. What is this skill move called?
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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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Are the NBA champions called World champions? Why is that?

When an NBA team wins the championship, they are called world champions. How did that come about?
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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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Oddsmakers, Betmakers and Sportsbooks: Who does what?

Brand new to sports betting here, and am wondering if there is a technical difference between: The oddsmaker; and The betmaker; and The sportsbook These terms seem interchangeable on some sites/...
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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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Which game is using the term “Butterfly Stroke”? [closed]

What game is using the term "Butterfly Stroke"?
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What does “TON” indicate on cricket bat?

I have seen "TON" written on lots of cricket bats like these*: (click to zoom) What does it actually indicate? Is it a brand name? Or a symbol of approved bat by ICC? Or it indicates that a ...
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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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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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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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When will a bowler's delivery be declared as a dead ball?

What is the term dead ball mean in Cricket? and When will be a bowler's delivery considered as a dead ball?
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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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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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Why are assists in basketball called “dimes”?

What's the etymology of this term in basketball, that an assist is called a dime? I tried looking up on google but I didn't find any satisfactory answers.
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What is tie-break for match in tennis?

In US-Open 2015 mixed doubles final I saw tie-break instead of the third set. What is that ? Is it applied only in mixed doubles? When this rule is applied in tennis? Is it applicable for all ...
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Is there a name for what is missing for a perfect score?

I’m searching for a general name like “fault” or “handicap” or something – indicating the amount of points or goals or whatever missing for a perfect score. For example, in Darts, you cannot do ...
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What is the difference between the statistics “First service” and “First service won”?

I am confused about these two statistics: - First service - First service won Can anyone tell what is the difference between them?
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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

I'm trying to understand football and some of its basic stats, and I'm not clear on the difference between these three. Rushing yards: A statistic in football that records the total number of ...
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How did the term 'English' originate? (spin on a ball)

Where does the term 'English' come from, with regards to an athlete applying a spin to a ball? I've heard it mainly in billiards and basketball, but elsewhere too. I have tried looking this up on ...
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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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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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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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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 does this sentence mean? [closed]

The Red Sox got help from star David Ortiz, who went three for four with an RBI double and is now hitting .733 in the Fall Classic. I have no knowledge about baseball statistics so please help me ...
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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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Win-Place-Show in Horse Racing

Horse racing (such as the Kentucky Derby) results usually contains the terms Win, Place, and Show, with the horse associated with each term. What is win, place, and show, and what significance does ...
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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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What is the difference between a manager and a coach in case of a soccer team?

What is the difference between a manager and a coach in case of a soccer team? These two terms are used frequently and interchangeably.
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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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What is “easy choice” in swimming program

While reading a swimming program I've met the following 4 x 25m Freestyle fast on 1 minute, 100m easy choice, 4 x 25m Not Freestyle on 1 minute, 100m easy choice What does "easy choice" mean ...
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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 is the difference between chinaman and regular leg spin?

What is the difference between a chinaman bowler and a leg-spinner? The trajectories and direction of both the deliveries are the same. And why do they call it Left arm unorthodox spin? I can ...
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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 the word Love used as a score for Tennis?

I have never understood this form of scoring. What is the origin of this score "title".
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What is a 5-point play in basketball?

I heard of how a 5-point play could be possible, but when I mentioned it people told me it's not possible -- and I can't remember how this would work.
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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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NFL broadcast info---HS or college affiliation? What does that mean?

When a professional football player introduces himself and states his college affiliation, must that player have graduated from that college or does 3 years allow for him to declare that school ...
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What's the English term for setter positions in volleyball?

When speaking about the positioning system in volleyball in German, we usually say the word "Läufer" (lit. "runner") and append the number, X, of the position of the setter, to refer to a certain ...
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What is a protected pick?

In a trade, one NBA team can give to the other a protected pick (I heard of this concept reading about the alleged details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from Sacramento Kings to New Orleans Pelicans). ...
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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?

There are two distinct labels for a "safety" in football: strong (SS) and free (FS). Ed Reed (FS) and Troy Polamalu (SS) were two of the premier players in the NFL "in the safety position" during ...
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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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What does this beach volleyball “hand motion” represent?

Was playing beach volleyball when the winning team's players started jokingly using their hands to symbolize sort of a mortar-and-pestle, with one hand grinding circularly in the other bowl-shaped one....
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What does “ripper” mean in cricket?

I have seen the below context "Ishant Sharma removed Shane Watson with a ripper" in Cricinfo. What does "ripper" mean in the cricket?
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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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